The Services & Celebration Of Life for Hawaii’s beloved Jacqueline “Skylark” Rossetti
Tom Moffatt Waikiki Shell
May 18, 2019
WHO: JACQUELINE “SKYLARK” ROSSETTI
WHAT: SERVICES & CELEBRATION OF LIFE
WHEN: SATURDAY, MAY 18 2019 (O’AHU)
SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019 (HILO)
WHERE: SATURDAY, MAY 18 2019 – TOM MOFFATT WAIKĪKĪ SHELL
SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2019 – AFOOK-CHINEN CIVIC AUDITORIUM
The Services & Celebration Of Life for Hawaii’s beloved Jacqueline “Skylark” Rossetti (see attached bio) will be held on two days in May and June 2019.
The first celebration will be on Oʻahu at the Tom Moffatt Waikiki Shell on SATURDAY MAY 18, 2019. The doors to the Waikīkī Shell will open to the public at 5:00 p.m. with the Service and Celebration starting at 5:30 p.m.
The second Celebration Of Life will be on SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019 at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium located in Hilo, Hawaii. Public Visitation will begin at 12:00 noon, with the Celebration starting at 1:30 p.m.
For further information contact:
Billy V (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alan Yamamoto (email: email@example.com)
Kehaulani Rocpan (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) (808) 341-4528
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Jacqueline “Skylark” Rossetti
Skylark Rossetti, Legendary Hawaii broadcaster, passed away from complications from end-stage renal disease surrounded by family and friends on March 20, 2019 at Kaiser Permanente at Moanalua, Island of Oʻahu. She was 65 years old. As well as being part of the broadcast community, she constantly pushed the envelope in the promotion of Hawaii music, especially music in the Hawaiian Language, or ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.
After graduating from the Kamehameha Schools in 1971, she attended San Francisco City College. While in California, someone mentioned she should try a job in radio, because of the collection of Hawaiian music that she had. She started working at radio station KPOO in San Francisco. She excelled and returned home. She worked at Radio KNDI where she worked her way up to eventually running the station, something that was unheard of by a woman in the 1970ʻs.
While there at KNDI, she became a voice for the young artists and groups of Hawaii, including lifelong friends, the Mākaha Sons of Niʻihau.
She would work with other legends in the broadcast community. A young program director named Krash Kealoha. A young hula dancer, entertainer & actor Kimo Kahoano. Together they would create the long standing Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards given out to celebrate excellence in the Hawaiian Music Industry.
Skylark not only hired many of todays well known broadcasters (or gave them their start), she mentored many in music, broadcast knowledge and emcee duties. Her voice and her presence would bring her to be one of the pillars in the Hawaiian Music & Broadcast Industry. She was involved emceeing the Hoʻike night and was also involved with the television broadcast of the Merrie Monarch Festival. She has also advocated and told the stories of many issues of our Hawaii and Hawaiians. She broadcast from the launching of Hokuleʻa. She was one of the first on Kahoʻolawe in the protest days of the 1970ʻs.
In radio, she stepped away from KCCN in 1986 to start a hybrid of Hawaiian and Top 40 music. In 1990, along with General Manager Micheal Kelly and Radio Announcer Billy V, put KCCN FM 100 on-the-air. The worldʻs first radio station playing Hawaii and Hawaiian music 24 hours a day on the FM dial. KCCN FM 100 would be the #1 station in Hawaii within a year.
Rossetti moved to Hilo in 1992 and became part of the broadcast industry and community on Hawaii Island with radio stations KWXX-FM and KAPA Hawaiian FM. She also worked with Economic Development and the County of Hawaii.
She was recognized as Outstanding Hawaiian Woman of the Year in 1984, Broadcaster of the Year in 1991, and won two Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, first in 1993 and then in 1996. In 2011, she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts. She has worked with and mentored three generations of Hawaiian broadcast personnel.
Survived by her longtime companion Kimo Laʻau and her children Imaka Lindsey, Kilohana Lindsey and Makana Rossetti-Ota and six grandchildren.