Kui Lee Cancer Fund | Elvis Presley Aloha From Hawaii 1973
January 10, 2019
Kui Lee Cancer Fund
Eddie Sherman, was a journalist who wrote about celebrities for the Honolulu Advertiser, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and MidWeek in Hawaii. Sherman wrote that one of his biggest achievements was his involvement in the Elvis Presley concert broadcast worldwide from the Neal Blaisdell Center in 1973.
'I had started the Kui Lee Cancer Fund (thru my column) for a doctor at the UH doing cancer research. Lee was the legendary songwriter who died of cancer at 34. In the TV concert, Elvis sang Kui's most famous tune - 'I'll Remember You', to millions of global viewers. Thanks to Elvis and Col. Tom Parker, his manager, I received (for the fund) a check for $75,000 from the live concert gate. Because it was a television broadcast, there was no charge. The audience was allowed in via their own contributions. Some kids saw the show for only 10 cents. Next day, Elvis and the Colonel took out full-page newspaper ads thanking Hawaii'.
Kuiokalani 'Kui' Lee
Kuiokalani 'Kui' Lee (July 31, 1932 - December 3, 1966) was a singer-songwriter and the 1960s golden boy artist of Hawaii. Lee achieved international fame when Don Ho began performing and recording his compositions, with Ho promoting Lee as the songwriter for a new generation of Hawaiian music.
Lee was born in Shanghai, China. His entertainer parents Billy and Ethel Lee were of Scottish, Hawaiian and Chinese ancestry. Ethel died in 1936. Kui's widowed father took him back to Hawaii when he was five years old and enrolled him in the Kamehameha Schools. He later graduated from Roosevelt High School.
Lee worked as a knife dancer and choreographer in the Hawaiian Room of New York's Lexington Hotel.
There he met and married singer-hula dancer Rose Frances Naone Leinani, known to everyone as Nani. Nani returned to Hawaii with Kui and performed with him, as well as with Don Ho at Honeys. She also performed with Sterling Mossman, Tommy Sands, Sons of Hawaii and Zulu. Kui and Nani would have four children together - Wailana, Mahealani, Maile and Kimo
By 1961, he was working at Club Jetty in Nawiliwili, Kauai. He later went to work at Honeys in Kaneohe, owned by Emily 'Honey' Ho, mother of Don. The connection would launch a symbiotic relationship between Don and Kui that transcended Kui's early death. Recording Kui's songs made Don a star, and it was from Don's on-stage patter that most people learned of Kui Lee. Onstage, Don gave Kui full credit for creating island music for a new generation.
Kui Lee only achieved fame for his musical compositions toward the very end of his life. The Extraordinary Kui Lee was the only album released during his lifetime. Famous songs on that album included 'I'll Remember You' (brought into even greater fame by Don Ho, Elvis Presley and Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau), 'Days of my Youth' and 'Ain't No Big Thing'. All three became standards in Hawai'i.
Two other Hawaii entertainers, Lani Kai and Alex Kaeck, wrote and recorded a song in his honor, 'A Man Called Hawaii (The Legend Of Kui Lee)', that was released as a 45-rpm single by Palm Records (Palm P-1030). A 30-second clip may be heard from the Hawaiian Music Collection, held by the University of Hawaii's Hawaiian Music Collection.
Kui Lee had been battling lymph gland cancer when he died at the Guadalajara Hospital in Tijuana on December 3, 1966, at the age of 34. His ashes were scattered off Waikiki. In 1973, Elvis Presley gave the Aloha From Hawaii concert which raised $75,000 for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund, which had been created shortly before the concert by Hawaii veteran newspaper columnist Eddie Sherman, to fund the cancer research going on at the University of Hawaii. Kui's widow Nani Lee Meadows also died of cancer, on April 12, 2008.
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CDs | In Concert
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