"He's an amazing guitar virtuoso, a Hawaiian Jimi Hendrix; he's Gabby Pahinui, Andres Segovia and Eddie Van Halen rolled into one. Willie can mimic seemingly any style, moving easily between screaming Stratocaster, sweet slack key & jazz almost baroque, acoustic 12-string." --The Honolulu Weekly
Raised on Maui, Willie Kahaiali`i (aka Willie K.) has been entertaining audiences with his music since the age of 10. One of Hawaii’s most versatile talents. Willie performs a myriad of musical genres, including Hawaiian, Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Rock, Country Western, and even Opera He is a Grammy Music Awards nominee and has earned multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards for his many CD recordings. He has played with or opened for musical giants, such as B.B. King, Santana, Al DiMeola, Willie Nelson, Prince, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Elvin Bishop, Bonnie Rait, Jackson Browne, Mick Fleetwood, George Benson, Jimmy Buffett and in 2009 he toured Germany with Simply Red.
His musical collaborations are legendary – as a duo with Amy Hanaiali‘i; the comic-music team of Barefoot Natives with Eric Gilliom; the huge hit Away in a Manger with Willie Nelson; performing with Mick Fleetwood’s Island Rumours Band; and most recently, Lima Wela, his jazz-inflected guitar trio with Avi Ronen and Joe Cano, interweaving Hawaiian, Latino, and Middle Eastern influences with unmatched guitar virtuosity. And, of course, heading his own immensely popular Willie K band.