Danny Kaleikini Obituary, Death – When you initially start getting employment as a comic, you will most often be expected to emcee. The challenge is that you start with the audience in a frigid state, and you only have ten to fifteen minutes to warm them up. And you just joined us. After that, you are obligated to introduce the other comedic performers. The hosting aspect was something that clicked for me quite immediately. In the beginning, I was a much better host than comic, and the plaudits I received on that account were what led to me getting work. After many years, I finally recognized that it was Danny Kaleikini’s fault. He was a master of all forms of entertainment. That voice, that charm, that sense of humor, and that ability to make each and every person in the audience feel as though he was speaking directly to them makes him an incredible performer. My first few years as an emcee were spent modeling myself after him. I committed the introductions to memory. I had that little crescendo when I listed the comic’s credits, which built up to a brief pause, and then I spoke the name like it was launched out of a cannon like it was a bomb. Because I had witnessed him perform that action such a large number of times, my brain had developed his mannerisms almost subconciously.
And it resulted in a lot of rebookings for me. After some time had passed, I was watching him host something on television, and after a few introductions, it dawned on me that I had been mimicking his style for years. That was how much of an influence he had on daily life in Hawaii. The sound of his voice was both reassuring and reassuringly familiar, and it was an essential component of the Hawaiian experience. And because he had such a profound impact on me, I was oblivious to his influence. I still strive to be as good of a host as he was even to this day.
Even though I did not get the opportunity to personally thank him, those who did report that he was just as kind in person as he appeared to be on television. Perhaps even more. He was, in every sense of the phrase, the personification of the Aloha Spirit. He carried himself with such elegance and sophistication all the time. This article and the accompanying news item might be made significantly longer. He was successful in a great many endeavors. It’s unfortunate that he’s gone, but he leaves behind a lot of individuals whose lives he significantly impacted, including some who didn’t even get the chance to meet him. That is so nice to hear.