The Hawaiian music world is in mourning this Thanksgiving.
The father of modern Hawaiian radio Krash Kealoha passed away Thursday morning in his Waimanalo home.
Kealoha was suffering from a tumor and decided to forgo radiation treatment. According to Kealoha's wife, Chris, he was in poor condition.
Kealoha was the program director for KCCN FM 100, produced both radio and television shows, managed local musical groups and started the Na Hoku Hanohano awards.
Hawaiian music was always on Kealoha's mind. Friends in the Hawaiian music community say he was an integral part of pushing the music forward.
"He became the leader and program director of a unique group of people that would continue 30, 40 years to shape Hawaiian music. He took care of that and gave it forward to a younger generation of not only radio people, but entertainers," Hawaiian 105 KINE radio personality and entertainer Billy V said. "
Kealoha was also known for his spirit of aloha.
"Krash had a way of expressing himself like very few people. He knew that aloha was first. He had the sense of aloha when he spoke, whether to you, or me, or visitors who were coming here," Billy V said. "He had that sense of aloha in everything he did and he wasn't ready to leave yet. There was more that he wanted to do."
Kealoha also appeared in several TV shows including Magnum, P.I., Hawaii Five-O and The Jeffersons.
Kealoha's real name was Victor Opiopio.