Hawaiian musician Darren Benitez passed away

 Darren Benitez Hawaiian musician Cause of death
Darren Benitez Hawaiian musician died suddenly (Source: Facebook)


Hawaiian falsetto vocalist Darren Benitez Halawa passed away unexpectedly, and the music industry mourns his loss. Even though he’s gone, the generations that follow will continue to be inspired by his profound creativity.

Those who knew him will be profoundly missing his presence and love, which has left a vacuum in their hearts. They will cling to the priceless memories of a guy who made a lasting impact on the lives he touched as his loved ones struggle with the profound loss.

Now, Darren Benitez’s death and how it occurred are topics of much interest. We have more news information here, which we will share with you in this article.

Hawai’i’s finest falsetto, Darren Benitez, Died

Darren Benitez, a well-known Hawaiian falsetto singer, died unexpectedly. On Friday, August 11, 2023, it was reported that Darren Benitez, a resident of Halawa, Hawaii, had passed away.

Amy Hanaialii Hawai‘i’s female vocalist confirmed the news of Darren Benitez who wrote the following message on her Facebook page,

I am so saddened by the news of one of the dearest entertainers passing, Darren Benitez. What a blessed voice. One of my favorites of Leo Ki’eki’e. They don’t make voices like Darren. I know you are with your beloved Momma so happy I got to see you on Mother’s Day. I will miss you. Your voice greeted me saying, aloha Babes. 🙏🏻❤️

Who was Darren Benitez?

Music was all around Darren Benitez as a child. Benitez grew up loving the sound of his mother’s and uncle’s voices.

He believed that this was how authentic Hawaiian music should sound because he was raised listening to Dennis Pavao, Ledward, and Nedward Ka’apana (also known as the “Hui O Hana”).

Benitez did not, however, consider a future in music at that time and questioned his own vocal ability. Everything altered in 1986 after a neighbor praised his falsetto singing.

Even though he was first mortified, he quit his job as a forklift operator at the former Dole Cannery. Soon after, he used his final paycheck to purchase his first guitar.

He has since been performing professionally and has contributed to shedding new light on the distinctive beauty of Hawaiian falsetto singing.

Darren delighted in his rapid success and continuous ascent among professional Hawaiian music artists. He was even more inspired to concentrate on performance after he won a music competition at the Jubilee Night Club in 1988.

He first met Uncle Johnny Lum Ho and his halau a year later while performing on the inter-island route of the American Hawaii Cruise. His heart was won over by Uncle Johnny’s genuine voice and the gorgeous dancers.

In the 1990s, Darren continued a tradition of Uncle Johnny and him performing at the Merrie Monarch Festival. Darren’s development as a musician is fueled by inspiration and his ongoing quest to learn more about the music he adores.

Darren recognized as a solo artist 

Along with playing and recording with Uncle Johnny, Darren has also gained recognition as a solo performer and shared the stage with Ledward Ka’apana as a member of the New I Kona.

In September 1995, Broken Hearts, his debut CD, was released. He received recognition as the Most Promising Artist of the Year in 1996 after being nominated in five categories for the renowned Na Hoku Hano Hano awards.

He published Mother of the Sea two years later, in 1998, and it received three additional Na Hoku Hano Hano award nominations the following year. Darren Benitez has proven the Na Hoku Hano Hano judges were correct by fulfilling the promise they observed in those early performances, despite a lengthy 10-year gap from recording.

His most recent album, Dear Mama, captures not only his enduring passion for music that he first experienced as a child but also his ever-deepening appreciation for it.

Darren Benitez cause of death

At the time of publication, the public was not aware of the specifics of Darren Benitez’s death’s cause. But the tragic news has been confirmed by his family. The loss of Darren Benitez has stunned and upset his family, the local community, and the entertainment industry.

Additionally, even worse news was that Darren Benitez will be performing with The Mkaha Sons at Moonlight Mele tonight, Friday, August 1. However, he passed away today unexpectedly. Check out the following Bishopmuseum Instagram post.

Darren Benitez earned himself the Nā Hōkū Hanohano award for Most Promising Artist of the Year the year after his debut album was released. Throughout his career, he’s worked to shine a light on the unique beauty of Hawaiian falsetto singing.

Bishop Museum is excited to welcome Darren Benitez for Moonlight Mele on its Great Lawn. The August 11 concert also features fan-favorites Ei Nei, Liam Moleta, Mark Yamanaka, Kalaʻe Camarillo, and headliners The Mākaha Sons!

Enjoy memorable performances by some of Hawaiʻi’s most talented musicians under a starry night sky and in the cool, fresh air of Kaiwiʻula — in partnership with Ha Ka Entertainment, Bishop Museum proudly presents Moonlight Mele!


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At this point, it is unknown precisely what led to his death apart from the confirmation of his death, and the exact cause of the death of Darren Benitez was not released as well.

We don’t know a lot right now about his passing, but we’ll let you know when more information becomes available. As soon as new details regarding Darren Benitez cause of death are available, we’ll update this post.

The family’s privacy must also be protected, despite our best efforts to gather important data and quickly offer the most recent updates.

Darren Benitez’s Obituary

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Saying goodbye to someone we love is heartbreaking. I write this obituary with a heavy heart to inform you of the demise of Popular Hawaiian musician Darren Benitez.

The terrible loss of Darren Benitez has left his family and fans inconsolable, and they have been writing sympathy messages after another to convey how much it hurts.

Darren Benitez, you were an unbelievable talent with, a huge heart, and an all-around awesome guy. Your music and voice is soothing. Thanks for all the memories.

We grieve his passing and extend our heartfelt sympathies to his family, friends, and everyone else whose life he impacted. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this trying time of loss and reflection. Please feel free to leave a condolence in the comment area below as well.


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