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Is Hawaii Journalist Robert Kekaula’s Cause of Death Illness?


Longtime Hawaii journalist and sportscaster Robert Kekaula’s cause of death is still questionable after he passed away suddenly Saturday morning (June 20, 2021) at the age of 56. May he rest in power.

His family confirmed the heartbreaking news of his death in a statement through the University of Hawaii. The news icon Kekaula died at 8:25 a.m., surrounded by his family.

In the statement, his family announced, “We have heavy hearts this morning as our ‘ohana has lost its mighty wings. He lived his life his own way and was so much to so many people. His heart was full of love for his family, sports and most of all music.”

Longtime Hawaii journalist and sportscaster Robert Kekaula's cause of death is still questionable
Image source: Helping Hands Hawaii

The statement came to continue, “Our wings are broken but we will fly again one day. And Robert will fly beside us and continue to guide us along the way. Mahalo to everyone who touched his life along this journey. Aloha ‘Oe to our father, partner, brother, uncle and friend. We ask for privacy as we get through this difficult time.”

Robert Kekaula, whose outsized personality and generosity made him one of Hawaii’s most recognizable personalities, was KITV’s assistant news director and Spectrum Sports’ play-by-play announcer for University of Hawaii football telecasts for years.

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Robert Kekaula’s Cause of Death is Unknown

Although there is no official report about KITV’s managing editor Robert Kekaula’s cause of death at this time, US day News is trying to find the latest updates and further related information as soon as possible; stay with us.

Also there is no information about his last health condition!

However, beloved Robert was famous for his decades-long performance as a sportscaster in Hawaii sports media. He there presented reports with the vibrancy to match his famous custom-tailored aloha shirts. His communications were so great in the UH sports community that co-workers nicknamed him the “General Manager.”

Longtime Hawaii journalist and sportscaster Robert Kekaula's cause of death is still questionable
Robert is one of those characters that made college football so unique, fun, and special.
Image source: Gigi-Hawaii

As a talented musician and composer, Robert Kekaula’s friends were from every kind of people; he was embraced by the music community to law enforcement, so his death saddened many!

Reactions to Robert Kekaula’s Unexpected Passing

As you know, Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts, however, fans kindly remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts even after death.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the multi-talented Robert Kekaula, his family, friends, fans, and all of his loved ones on these challenging days. You can share a condolence message below the comment box to honor him.

Soon after the tragic news was released, many of the actor’s friends and fans expressed their sadness on social media by posting their tributes:

A Twitter user said, “Robert was an amazing communicator. On camera or behind a mic his passion was unmatched. I will forever be grateful for his willingness to take a chance on me. Early Days w Robert and Neil Everett taught me everything I needed to know about the biz. Love and Aloha Kekaula ohana.”

there is no official report about KITV’s managing editor Robert Kekaula's cause of death at this time
A trailblazer and a warrior, Robert Kekaula’s passion for Hawaii and its people has always shown through in his covering the news.
Image source: Twitter

KITV′s News Director Janice Gin stated, “He leaves a legacy of being a great communicator, one who understood people of all walks. He appreciated the human spirit and human potential. He loved Hawaii, and the culture that made him proud to be a native son of the Islands.”

Someone wrote, “Late to this but: Robert Kekaula did not have what you would think of as a polished football broadcaster’s voice or style. That was his charm. That was what made him memorable, even for someone who was only sometimes able to stay up late enough to hear him. RIP.”

Another said, “I lived in Hawaii for like a decade and quickly became a @[email protected]@NaKoaFootball fan. Robert Kekaula was the best! It’s been a sad year. I think he and Colt are hanging tonight. #shootz Aloha and good evening.”

A user tweeted, “Just heard of Robert Kekaula’s passing today. I grew up watching him anchor the news in Hawai’i. He was like a giant teddy bear with this distinct voice. Rest in Paradise, Robert.”

A Short Biography of Robert Kekaula: Age, Wife, Sisters, Salary, and Net Worth

Longtime Hawaii journalist and sportscaster Robert Kekaula's cause of death is still questionable
Image source: The Spun
Longtime Hawaii journalist and sportscaster Robert Kekaula's cause of death is still questionable
Robert Kekaula was the team leader at KITV4 Island News and the mentor for many newscasters.
Image source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Starting his first job in broadcast journalism at KGMB in 1986 as a weekend sports producer, Robert Kekaula later entered KITV in 1989 as a weekend sports anchor and reporter. In 1997 he came back to KITV to work as sports director after leaving the station for KHNL in 1994.

Robert Kekaula is an American journalist, artist, and broadcaster, who most recently served as Managing Editor at KITV, the station’s sports director and evening anchor.

Sports 10 years ago, Robert was chosen as the TV play-by-play voice of the Warriors.

Born in Honolulu, Kekaula was around 56 years old; nevertheless, he preferred to keep his personal life away from the spotlight, so his exact date and year of birth are unknown. 

When Robert was in the third grade, he went to Kona along with his father Sam and his mother, where Sam opened a bar-restaurant, the Kona Billfish Inn. He had two sisters, an older sister Deborah and a younger one, Kimberley Kekaula Fernandez; both sisters are former Miss Hawaii contestants. Robert leaves behind his wife and their two children, a daughter Tiera (34) and a son Shayde (25).

Robert Kekaula’s Salary and Net Worth

He worked as an anchor at KITV, receiving a satisfactory salary, an average of $61,451 per year. As he had worked as a journalist for many years, there is no doubt he has grown a decent wealth. His net worth is estimated at $ 670,236.

Another user sadly penned, “I am completely heartbroken about the loss of a friend and colleague who treated me as an equal when I was fresh out of college and he was already a legend. Then I moved to LA and realized guys like @edsbs let the secret out on one of the best in the business. RIP Robert Kekaula.”

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  1. James Medeiros June 20, 2021

    Went To School at Kealakehe on the Big Island with Robert . He was funny and smart I will miss his him .

    James Medeiros

  2. Steven June 21, 2021

    Rest in peace robert. We will miss you

  3. LUCIA Tarallo June 21, 2021

    How can he be around 40, if his child is 34??? Didn’t he grad from Kamehameha 1983…he was my son’s classmate.

    1. US day News June 21, 2021

      We have just edited the article, So thanks for informing us.

  4. Maui Boy June 22, 2021

    He was much older than 40

  5. Leslie June 22, 2021

    It is June 22, 2021, how could he have died on June 29, 2021???

    1. US day News June 23, 2021

      We have just edited the article, So thanks for informing us.

  6. Fran November 1, 2021

    He was not your everyday journalist nor was he the guy with a suit a tie. Yet, this gentle giant personified everything “Hawaii” and he was proud of it. He had the local touch and did not put on airs. In plain and simple terms, he was Robert, the Mr. Aloha that made you feel comfortable in your own shell. There was nothing phony about him; everything was in living color and realistic. Unlike some of the journalists we watch on television, Robert was Robert; there was no bullshitting about his persona. This is what made him unique; he knew what he was, who he was and where he was gonna’ go. He was in a class all by himself. He left us all too soon and I’m sure gonna miss that guy even if I didn’t know him personally. He was the best that KITV could offer and I’m forever grateful that this station kept him on until the very end.


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