The school soccer world remembers Hawaiian icon Robert Kekaula after his dying
Keith Farner | 12 hours ago
The college football world lost a broadcast icon on Saturday when Robert Kekaula, who was known for calling Hawaii football games, died.
Kekaula was KITV’s assistant news director and Spectrum Sports’ play-by-play announcer for Hawaiian football broadcasts. As the Star Advertiser reported, he delivered reports with the vibrancy that matched his bright, bespoke Aloha shirts. His contacts in the UH sports community were so strong that colleagues called him “General Manager”.
Kekaula was also a talented musician and composer. His circle of friends had no limits. Kekaula has been hugged by the music community for law enforcement.
“It is with a heavy heart this morning that our ohana has lost her mighty wings,” the Kekaula family wrote in a statement. “Robert Kaleimomi Kekaula died peacefully at 8.25 am with his family. He lived his life his way and was so much to so many people. His heart was full of love for his family, sports and especially music.
“Our wings are broken, but one day we will fly again. And Robert will fly next to us and continue to guide us along the way. Mahalo to everyone who touched his life on his journey. Aloha ‘oe to our father, partner, brother, uncle, friend. We ask for privacy while we get through this difficult time. “
RIP to one of the greats in college football broadcast. Robert Kekaula has helped make countless Hawaiian soccer fans. The way names like “Pisa Tinoisamoa” rolled off his tongue was almost musical pic.twitter.com/n3Bj7qnbv6
– Mare (Adam) from Koreatown (@ManOfSnacciktion) June 19, 2021
Rest in Aloha Robert Kekaula💙. We will miss your music and broadcast 😢🌺
– Leilika (@Lei_Lika) June 19, 2021
Rest in Aloha Robert Kekaula, the voice of Hawaiian football. Mahalo for your legacy and for paving the way for local sports journalist #Imua. https://t.co/JiXdwaDKE6
– Colt Almodova (@ColtAlmodova) June 19, 2021
Absolute legend in Hawaii Sports, as a young sports reporter he was one of my idols. My condolences to his Ohana and @ KITV4 https://t.co/QnvO3SGkw2
– Kyle Chinen (@KyleChinen) June 19, 2021
Hawaii lost Colt Brennan and Robert Kekaula this year. Just totally devastating for the ohana.
– Nik Streng (@NikStreng) June 19, 2021
RIP Robert Kekaula.
A legend in the college football world.
Hang his Hawaiian shirts on the rafters. pic.twitter.com/kRlwYz4ius
– Unnecessary roughness (@UnnecRoughness) June 19, 2021