Our hearts are heavy as we remember Ernie Cruz Jr., one-half of the legendary Ka’au Crater Boys.
The beloved musician ran into trouble at Sandy Beach on Tuesday. Ocean Safety officials said he was found floating about 125 yards offshore around 230 p.m. A surfer helped lifeguards bring him into shore. He was treated and taken to the hospital where he later died.
I grew up listening to Ka’au Crater Boys with my Papa. This is such sudden and unfortunate news. My heart goes out to the Cruz Ohana & to anyone who held Ernie dear to them. Whether it was through ohana or music, he has made a tremendous impact in Hawai’i.
Now we are left with only memories and recordings. I wish the best for all those who knew Ernie. May his legacy live on. Rest in paradise Ernie Cruz Jr.