Kenneth Alan Hultquist II, 61, of Lahaina, passed away on December 12, 2012 at Maui Memorial Medical Center of complications after having gall bladder surgery.
He was born February 19, 1951 in Germany, the second child of a romance between the colonel's daughter and an air force basket ball star; ?also living in France and then Yuma, Arizona. ? Going to high school in Pennsylvania, Kenny wrote the first of many songs-Buttermilk Falls. Later, in California, he went to college in the redwoods and wrote for the school newspaper. He managed the band LAZER BOY ?and also was a roadie on a tour with Huey Lewis and the News. For a while he drove taxi in L.A. and had many stories about passengers he picked up from Hollywood to Malibu and up into Laurel Canyon. He and high school friend Vicki reconnected, got married, and moved back ?to the Fairfield area. Daughter Arika was born and then son Nils.?
In 1996 Kenny joined Maui Live Poets Society reciting the many songs he had written as poems. It was there that he met another unique artist, Ellen Levinsky, and they spent the next 16 years living in a quaint cottage in Lahaina. As a group, the poets made the 'longest piece of paper' at Kenny's workshop and with contributions from many it ?became the 'longest peace poem' and was presented at the U.N. ?
In 2006 Kenny decided to take some video classes at AKAKU, the public access TV station on Maui. Kenny loved his Sony camera and would ride around town with it mounted on his bicycle filming whatever and whoever was in sight. He has had over 50 of his videos shown on AKAKU and Honolulu TV stations; the subjects including Maui County meetings, politicians, children's activities, art shows, musicians performing, motorcycles on Front St., whales at birthday parties, the Surfboard Fence, fires filmed from a helicopter, the sinking of the Brig Carthaginian, and many ?other ?community events. ?
Kenny was a fearless activist testifying at many meetings, writing letters to the Editor, and filming county meetings for Maui Tomorrow to help preserve the future of Maui and educate the public. He also played guitar and sang his songs at open mic venues including Hard Rock Cafe, Lahaina Cafe, Maui Brews, Moose McGillycuddy's, Coolers, Life's A Beach, and under the Lahaina Banyan Tree. ?Many Maui musicians enjoyed performing with Kenny and the P. E S. T. S.; ?playing along with his most popular song, Concerned Citizen. ?
Predeceased by his son Nils, and brother Kirk; Kenny is survived by his parents, Harriet Hultquist and Kenneth Alan Hultquist, sisters Jane and Gail, ?his companion of 16 years Ellen, daughter Arika, and grandchildren Makena and Kieren-Kawai. ?Cards may be sent to the family-Hultquist, P.O. Box 1121, Lahaina, Hi. 96767.
There will be a celebration of Kenny's life in January, date and location to be announced.
Borthwick Norman's Mortuary assisted with arrangements.