Paige Okamura

Host- Bridging the Gap

Paige Okamura (DJ Mermaid) is a keiki papa of Māeaea, Waialua, Oʻahu. She's fluent in Hawaiian and is currently pursuing her MA in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her expertise in Hawaiian music is based out of her love for her language and her culture. She honed her expertise in Hawaiian music at KTUH FM Honolulu as the former host of the Hawaiian language show "Kīpuka Leo" before branching out to create her own bi-lingual show "Kai Leo Nui." She's also a versatile club DJ trained by our very own dj mr. nick with an eclectic, diverse musical library, and the current Tuesday night host of "Bridging The Gap."

Find her on air:
"Bridging The Gap" every Tuesday from 10PM - midnight.
"Kai Leo Nui" ever Thursday from 3-6PM on KTUH FM Honolulu

I'm really excited to finally debut this show because it's been in the making for months. Usually we're used to hearing the ʻukulele in Hawaiian music, so to hear it used in music that's not Hawaiian, has always been pleasantly strange to me. Over the last 6 months or so, I've been collecting non-Hawaiian songs that utilize an ʻukulele in them, and this is the result.  

The music in tonight's show is a collection of the music I've been listening to and discovering while being mandated to stay put at home. It's also based off my discovery of two latin musical artists: Lido Pimienta, and the all-female mariachi band Flor de Toloache. Lots of world sounds and languages to take your mind off the current pandemic situation we're in.

Tonight's episode is co-curated by Mister Modular of KTUH FM Honolulu. His real name is Leon Naldo, and we're also fortunate to have him on staff here at HPR as a board operator. Leon has a degree in Information & Computer Science and he's been an on-air DJ at KTUH for 7 years. His show "My Little Corner of the World" airs every Friday from 9 AM to noon.

This past Saturday, the last day of Hawaiian Language Month, I was asked to DJ an event put on by Mana Studios + Purple Maiʻa called "ʻŌlelo Jam." Mana Studios created a program called "ʻŌlelo Flix" where the public can translate the subtitles of Netflix movies into Hawaiian via a Chrome extension. They also taught keiki how to code in Hawaiian as part of their "Code Haumana" program.

Tonight's episode of Bridging The Gap is split down the middle. The first half is the extended version of my Hawaiian music segment that aired on Here & Now's DJ Sessions last Friday. You'll get to here my extended version of what I would've wanted to showcase if time wasn't an issue, along with my last selection that got cut from the air for time. 

Tonight's episode is all about Motown - the classics as well as some not-so-well-known tracks from the label and its subsidiaries.

David LaChapelle for Rolling Stone magazine

Like the Queen, RuPaul says in every episode of Drag Race: "If you can't love yourself, how in the hell you gon' love somebody else? Can I get an 'Amen?'"

E nā makamaka hoʻolohe mai ka lā hiki i Kumukahi a i ka moku kāʻili lā ʻo Niʻihau, aloha nui nō kākou!

ʻO ka mahina ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi kēia - hulō! hulō! hulō! - no laila, he papahana ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi kā kākou i kēia pō. E lohe ʻia ana nō nā leo o nā mānaleo ma kēia papahana ma o nā lola o Ka Leo Hawaiʻi i mālama ʻia e ke Kula Nui o Mānoa, a i hoʻolaha ʻia ma ka paena punaewele ʻo Kani ʻĀina.

Starting here, and flowing with it til we get there. That's how tonight's show is gonna go.

I took a stroll down memory lane the other day and asked myself, "What was I listening to back in 2012?" The answer was, "Lots of Flume." I can't quite tell whether or not I'm embarrassed by that fact (it was 2012 and I just started working at KTUH) or proud that it was my first dive into non-top 40 music, but either way, it's the catalyst for tonight's indie-electro themed show.

Subbing in for DJ mrnick tonight with dub sounds for this Friday evening.

 

Due to recent weather, tonight's show was curated around the feeling of snuggling up under the covers while listening to the rain outside. It's what I call "burrito weather" in which you basically roll yourself up into your blanket like a human burrito.

Lots of acoustic folk, indie, and soul - stuff that makes you want to snuggle a little closer and burrito a little tighter.

Hauʻoli makahiki hou iā kākou! Mahalo to my best friend, Jon Alan, for bringing us into the new year last week.

New year, new music - some brand new, and some just new to my library. Kicking off 2020 manifesting a year filled with good music.

Quintessential Christmas music on this peaceful Christmas Eve including some classics, and some new takes on the classics. Mele Kalikimaka iā kākou i nēia lā hauʻoli.

DJ Mermaid here, subbing in for Harrison tonight! Sorry, tonight's show is not about the Baby Yoda, but he is cute isn't he?

As 2019 wraps up, I'd like to reflect on all that's happened in the past 12 months. It has been a year of many things: a bucket list trip, some successes, lots of setbacks, a few failures, lots of lessons learned (the hard way), and of course, my first official year as a host of Bridging The Gap!

After taking a short break from our HPR + HIFF collaboration shows, we're back at it tonight with episode 4 featuring selections by local filmmaker, Bradley Tangonan. I was lucky enough to meet Brad at a recent media maker's summit, where he asked an insightful question at a rather mismatched panel (in my opinion) on place-based storytelling.

artwork by Nicole Namdar

Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, or have alternate ways of spending the holiday, it's always a good time to reflect on the things we can be grateful for. For tonight's episode, I combed through and pulled together a playlist of mele that contain the word "mahalo" in it along with a few that were written as a mahalo. 

This show also pushes us to examine what "mahalo" really means. It does not simply fit into the english translation of "thanks" and "gratitude." Through these mele we see that "mahalo" connotates notions of admiration, aloha, and reverence. 

@jahchong's Instagram

There are a few people in this world that I call by their Instagram handles and Jahchong is one of them. He's also the featured guest selector on tonight's 3rd installment of my HPR + HIFF collaboration. 

Justyn Ah Chong is an award-winning Native Hawaiian filmmaker from Oʻahu. An alum of USC's School of Cinematic Arts, he filmed and edited a variety of projects at ʻŌiwiTV such as the award winning feature documentary "Mele Murals."

@downonthesidewalkfilm on Instagram

On episode 2 of my HPR + HIFF collab idea, our guest selections come from local Kanaka Maoli filmmaker, ʻĀina Paikai.

ʻĀina's portfolio includes several award winning nationally televised documentaries during his long career with ʻŌiwiTV such as Moananuiākea: One Ocean, One People, One Canoe, which HPR recently presented on Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, and Hawaiʻi Island. 

The Hawaiʻi Internation Film Festival (HIFF) opened last week, and I was curious as to what some of my favorite local film makers are listening to. So tonight is episode 1 of my HPR + HIFF collab. The idea is to feature the music that some of my favorite local film makers are currently vibing.

While our beloved captain of the Bridging The Gap team is off galavanting in the Nihon motherland, I've decided to commemorate the veteran DJ himself by curating tonight's show in his honor. Every song in tonight's show is a song or artist I have been turned on to by sassy-pants himself, either from his old KTUH show "The Jet Set," or from Bridging The Gap, or his various club sets over the years. In a way, it'll be like he never left...

Fact: I am a 90s baby. Additional fact: I'm going to see the Backstreet Boys live here in Honolulu and am beyond stoked. So in honor of fulfilling my lifelong 90s-baby dream, I decided (under dj mrnick's heavily judgemental watch) to do a 90s throwback show featuring some of my favorite hip hop/R&B/indie rock tracks that I grew up with.

An illustration by Stephen Gammell from "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark"

It's a couple days before Halloween, but why not start getting into the mood? Tonight's show is a collection of various dark-themed tracks - find something for your Halloween party or to play in the back while you pass out candy to all the eager trick-or-treaters.

  Two weeks ago I did an all-women's voices themed show. Tonight we're bringing balance back to the universe and highlighting some of my favorite male voices in music. Definitely not a definitive list of male voices, but just a sampler based on some of my favorite smooth crooners.

On last night's edition of Bridging The Gap, dj mr.nick curated a show in honor of Indigenous Peoples day, but he graciously forgot the one indigenous people that I happen to be an expert on: Hawaiians. So tonight's Bridging The Gap is the Hawaiian edition of last night's Indigenous Peoples show honoring ka poʻe ʻoiwi o nei paeʻāina.

Inspired by NPR's "Turning The Table: 8 Women Who Invented American Popular Music" piece, tonight's show honors the 8 women that the piece centers around (Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Maybelle Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Marian Anderson, Rosetta Tharpe, Celia Cruz, and Mary Lou Williams) along with other female artists, old and new, whose music draws inspiration from them in one way or another.

Tonight's show is inspired by the song "Oh I Miss Her So" by the group Holy Hive, and is reflective of the mood I crave in the midst of the hustle and bustle of our fall membership drive. Mellow but uplifting music to help you keep your head on straight.

Rocksteady vibes on tonight's edition of Bridging the Gap, with a sprinkling of some newer tracks that were inspired by the rocksteady standards.

For tonight's episode of Bridging The Gap, DJ Mermaid is sticking to what she knows best and curating the show with some of her favorite mele Hawaiʻi on vinyl. Mahalo iā KTUH FM Honolulu for lending out a few albums from their collection for this show.

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