Sad news from the Islands

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Sad news from the Islands

Post by NowhereLandAggie » June 20th, 2021, 2:27 pm

Their play by play announcer Robert Kekaula died. He was only 56 years old.

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2021/06/ ... enerosity/

I remember watching some streamed basketball games to KJZZ in the WAC when USU had some dominant teams in conference late at night. Listening to his sayings such as, "The Aggies are putting on a clinic here in Honolulu."

I don't think I will ever forget the 2012 comeback when the team was down 28-7, and won 35-31. His calls throughout the game made it that much more enjoyable.

RIP Robert, gone too soon.

http://www.mediafire.com/file/nmkl3quqa ... r.mp4/file
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Re: Sad news from the Islands

Post by flying_scotsman2.0 » June 20th, 2021, 2:37 pm

NowhereLandAggie wrote:
June 20th, 2021, 2:27 pm
Their play by play announcer Robert Kekaula died. He was only 56 years old.

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2021/06/ ... enerosity/

I remember watching some streamed basketball games to KJZZ in the WAC when USU had some dominant teams in conference late at night. Listening to his sayings such as, "The Aggies are putting on a clinic here in Honolulu."

I don't think I will ever forget the 2012 comeback when the team was down 28-7, and won 35-31. His calls throughout the game made it that much more enjoyable.

RIP Robert, gone too soon.

http://www.mediafire.com/file/nmkl3quqa ... r.mp4/file
I loved that dude... my favorite opposing announcer of all time. RIP



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Re: Sad news from the Islands

Post by Yossarian » June 20th, 2021, 3:54 pm

Horrible news. I loved listening to him call games. He had such a calm demeanor and pleasant voice. Way too young. Definitely my favorite announcer to listen to. RIP, Robert.



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Re: Sad news from the Islands

Post by NowhereLandAggie » June 20th, 2021, 4:33 pm

He was a very talented individual, besides covering UH Football, he was covered political races, local stories of interest, and even recorded Polynesian music.

Here is his Facebook page showing some of the stories he covered.

https://m.facebook.com/pages/category/N ... 423345661/

I had a chance to visit 4 of the 7 Hawaiian Islands about 4 years ago. It truly is a place unlike any other on earth, and I thought about the voice streamed to my home as I went through the place.



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Re: Sad news from the Islands

Post by Aggie formerly in Hawaii » June 20th, 2021, 9:10 pm

Very sad to hear. Definitely listened to my share of games with him announcing. Wish his family well. 56 is too young to go.



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Re: Sad news from the Islands

Post by OKAggie » June 20th, 2021, 9:35 pm

Very sad news. I loved listening to that guy - he was a delightful mash-up of Keith Jackson and Grover from Sesame Street. Knew his football, called games joyfully, and was Hawaii through and through. Heaven help whoever steps Into those shoes. RIP Robert.
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Re: Sad news from the Islands

Post by dogie » June 20th, 2021, 10:27 pm

Am I correct in remembering that he was the Nate “Ben Dole” announcer? I also enjoyed hearing him announce the games.



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Re: Sad news from the Islands

Post by Yossarian » June 21st, 2021, 1:02 am

dogie wrote:
June 20th, 2021, 10:27 pm
Am I correct in remembering that he was the Nate “Ben Dole” announcer? I also enjoyed hearing him announce the games.
I think the originator of Ben Dole was the cajun guy at La Tech. He was a close second to my favorite visiting team broadcaster.



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Re: Sad news from the Islands

Post by Aggie84025 » June 21st, 2021, 7:43 am

He was a great announcer. His voice is awesome. Sorry to see him go.



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Re: Sad news from the Islands

Post by NVAggie » June 21st, 2021, 7:51 am

I still watch that Hawaii game often. His voice was the narrator of Aggie Football rising from the ashes.



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Re: Sad news from the Islands

Post by Mr. Sneelock » June 21st, 2021, 10:29 am

Oh man. Tragic. I loved that guy. By far my favorite opposing play by play guy.


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Re: Sad news from the Islands

Post by crazywookie » June 21st, 2021, 11:32 am

He was also the man who said from the armpit of America when referring to Fresno I believe. Whether or not that is true what a loss.

He will be missed.


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Sad news when we play Hawaii

Post by Aglicious » June 21st, 2021, 1:35 pm

Man, he was the best! Hawaii games will never be the same without his voice and commentary :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: ....RIP and :thanks: for doing your job a little different than everyone else.



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Re: Sad news from the Islands

Post by vegasaggie » June 22nd, 2021, 5:56 pm

Graduated from my high school (Kamehameha) in Honolulu...albeit a mere 20 years after I graduated! Wonderful, kind man with an enormous heart...he will be missed but always appreciated!



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Re: Sad news from the Islands

Post by BearLakeMonster » June 22nd, 2021, 7:23 pm

Very sad news indeed.

Much mahalo Robert


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Re: Sad news from the Islands

Post by 918AGG » June 29th, 2021, 1:50 pm

So sad. Truly my favorite sports announcer of all time (and I never knew that I even had one of those).

There's not another soul in the world who has ever said it quite like this (to paraphrase): "Aaaand the Aggies have opened the trap door on Hawaii!"

So much for my dream of hearing a game called by Robert Kekaula and Gus Johnson. RIP, my MW and WAC brother.


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