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We are saddened by the news that Keo was so young to have passed away. It just proves that life is way to short and we all have to live it to the fullest!
“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart to advise you of the passing of artist, Keo Woolford. The multi-hyphenate, multi-disciplinarian talent suffered a severe stroke on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. He passed away this afternoon.
As a writer, director, actor, and newly appointed Kumu Hula of Kumu Hula Robert Cazimero’s Halau Na Kamalei o Lililehua, he is most known for his successful one-man show, “I-LAND,” which was the inspiration for his indie blockbuster, “The Haumana.” With a long career that has taken him to London as the King in “The King & I,” and around the world as a member of popular Hawaii boy-band, “Brownskin,” and everywhere else in between, he is a talent and extraordinary human being that will be missed.
We kindly ask to give the family their privacy. If there are any questions, please contact me.
And for those who haven’t had the chance to visit him, we will be here until 10:30 pm when hospital visiting hours end.”
Mahalo nui loa, Tracy
Keo Woolford appeared in a recurring role as Det. James Chang on the remake of CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, and he had small roles in such films as Happy, Texas (1999), Falling for Grace (2006) and Godzilla (2014).
Woolford toured as a member of the Hawaiian boy band Brownskin and starred in more than 300 performances as the King of Siam in a stage production of The King & I that made its way to the London Palladium.
The Haumana revolves around a host (played by Tui Asau) of a struggling luau show who reconnects with his culture after he takes over a high school hula class for boys after his former kumu hula (master hula teacher) dies.
Woolford’s one-man show, I-LAND, served as the inspiration for his feature. The Haumana closed the 2013 Hawaii International Film Festival, and the writer-director received a special jury prize at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival for best first feature.
Woolford had just completed the script for a sequel, and acting auditions were set to begin in January, Larrua said.
Farewell Keo. RIP!