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

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It's always good to take the time and honor the Native voices and stories of our ʻāina, and not just as a once-in-a-while thing, but all the time, so that it becomes he mea maʻa mau ia (a regular thing) for you and I.

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Tonight's show has no name because I don't know what to name it. It's a little bit of this, a little bit of that, a lot of self-reflection and a sprinkling of hope.

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It's the last night of our Fall Pledge Drive! It's also the pre-Halloween, kabuki-spooky-vibes show. I imagine that any of the songs in tonight's show would do well in the soundtrack of a horror movie. 

I'll also be DJing back-to-back with sassy-pants dj mr.nick this Friday for a virtual Halloween dance party for HPR's GenListen - get your tickets here.

I know nothing about Exotica. Luckily, our friend Randy Wong knows a lot about Exotica! Randy is the President of the Hawaiʻi Youth Symphony and bandleader of modern exotica band Waitiki 7. Randy not only curated tonight's show, but he also provided in-depth history on Exotica as a genre and the musicians behind the music. Mahalo nui Randy!.

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Hauʻoli Lā ʻŌiwi iā kākou a pau! Happy Indigenous People's Day! DJ mrnick asked me to switch with him today to celebrate ka poʻe ʻōiwi o kēia ʻāina nei, ka poʻe Hawaiʻi hoʻi. 

Tonight we are taking a look at how our mele have survived and evolved over hundreds of years from chants and hula ʻōlapa to being sung with modern instrumentation today.

Being stuck at home most days has given me a chance to watch the shows and movies that I didn't have time to prior to the pandmic. One of these, is Beyoncé's visual album, "Black Is King." Beside it being visually and lyrically stunning, in my opinion, she also featured a handful of African and Latin artists, some of whom I had heard of before (like Oumou Sangaré), while most I had not.

Tonight's show has nothing to do with the debates that happened earlier today. We all need a little reprieve sometimes and I intend for tonight's show to be that restorative kīpuka we all need.

In case you missed Volume I of this show, you can listen to it here.

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Showcasing the new R&B tracks that have made their way into my library recently - some earlier on in the pandemic, and some as recently as this morning.

Toots Hibbert, frontman and lead vocalist of Toots & The Maytals, passed away a few days ago so tonight we're honoring his music and exploring the music that was influenced by Toots and the Maytals.

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Volume 2 and the conclusion of last week's tour around Oʻahu through mele.

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Oʻahu makaʻewaʻewa, mai kuhihewa! Tonight we're going to kaʻapuni a puni o Oʻahu and see the sights and learn the history of this island - my home - because as our kupuna have said, "Oʻahu is the Center of the Seas."

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Our very own dj mr.nick HAD A BABY! Actually, his wife did 90% of the work on that one, but I am still extremely excited be an aunty. Congratulations to Sarah and Nick on their newborn little baby that I will be loving on as soon as we make it through this pandemic. 

Tonight's episode of BTG is themed around music thatʻs calm, soulful, but still fire. It's the kind of music that gets me through the week, especially one that includes the start of another stay-at-home mandate.

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On the surface, tonight's playlist seems like a random hodge-podge of music that wouldn't go together well, but they all have one common factor that allows them to get along: a harp! Much like my "ʻUkulele In Strange Places" show, tonight's playlist is a culmination of collecting songs that feature or are accompanied by a harp.

Diving deep into hapa-haole music tonight, and trying to define what makes up this specifically unique genre of music in Hawai'i.

Upbeat indie-electro-soul-pop is what's on the agenda for tonight's episode of Bridging The Gap.

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Super calm and relaxing music for our collective post-hurricane nerves. I'm just glad we're all safe.

Spinning a collection of loverʻs rock to rockaway to this sultry summer evening.

Special thanks to dj mr.nick & Harrison Patino for contributing to tonight's playlist!

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A year ago to the day, I put my entire life on hold, packed my warm clothes and survival gear into a dry-bag duffle and hopped on an early morning flight to Kona. To quote Joseph Nāwahī, "O ke Aloha Aina, oia ka Ume Mageneti iloko o ka puuwai o ka Lahui." Just two days prior, I had a done a show with the intent of highlighting the honoring of mountains in Hawaiian music, and for various reasons ended up changing its tone. I don't have a lot of regrets, but changing that show's original intent is one of them.

In celebration of 8 years of Bridging The Gap, I'm taking a stroll down memory lane and re-visiting some of my best shows during my tenure as one of its hosts. One of my favorite and most popular shows is the tribute to Territorial Airwaves show I did last year when the program turned 40 years old.

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Keeping it low key, mellow, and smooth tonight with some of my favorite indie and soul artists. Perfect music for relaxation and reflection.  

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Sometimes, the best music is born out of social movements against injustice. Some songs even end up as rally calls or the theme song for the movement it was born of, and for future movements. Tonight we are taking a look at some of the music that born out of recent movements around the world - most of which are on-going movements that are still active today. 

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It's been a little over a year since my trip to Aotearoa, which happened to be the trip I'd been dreaming of my whole life thus far. It was beautiful, enlightening, culturally enriching, and full of dairy that didn't make me sick! 

Tonight's show is volume two of Māori waiata - including a few new songs that have come out within the past year. Nau mai, haere mai, ki te pae.

Most of the music we hear today has deep roots in black culture - music made by black people - and we would be purposefully ignorant not to recognize and pay tribute to that fact. This show is definitely not finite, and could easily go on for days if not months, but it does allow me to use the two hours I have to highlight black voices both old and new.

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Letting the music speak for itself and keeping most of my anecdotes to myself tonight because it's not about me - it's about amplifying the voices of those who have gone unheard for generations.

For some persepective, check out this episode of Code Swtich titled, "A Decade Of Watching Black People Die".  

Tonight we're playing with the idea of "retro sound", with retro soul being the vehicle. The guiding thought is the music of today inspired by the sounds of yesterday. There's no exact formula, just a whole lotta feel.

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Inspired by the May 8th episode of This American Life titled "Stuck!", which featured stories of people feeling stuck in a time when most of us "feel like we are living in a holding pattern" I wondered that feeling or concept would sound like in music form.

All of the music in tonight's show is about being stuck or feeling trapped and the various situations we find ourselves in during this stay-at-home order.

I always love finding out what my co-workers are listening to and/or what music influences their lives. The other day I asked Russell Subiono, our resident Pledge Drive guru, if he would be so kind as to curate tonight's show and he graciously accepted.

His playlist is aptly named "Memories & Roots" and the songs are nostalgic to his youth and his homeland, Waimea.

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As the saying goes, "May Day is Lei Day in Hawaiʻi" and it is true. Unfortunately, many Lei Day celebrations across the paeʻāina have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Yet many of us continued to celebrate in our own ways at home e kui ana, e wili ana, a e haku ana i nā ʻano lei like ʻole. Although it is Cinco de Mayo, I'm not Mexican and could never do a Cino de Mayo show justice. However, I am Hawaiian, and can give you a heck of a good lei day show, so that's what we're doing tonight!

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ʻO ka wā i hala... tongiht's show is intended to transport us to the Hawaiʻi that once was in a time that seems long gone. These recordings are as old as the 1920s, and as new as the 1940s. Sounds that aren't heard anymore, I recently remarked to a good friend of mine that "I wish music still sounded like this." Can you believe, the year 1920 is exactly a century ago from today.

I love me a good cover song. To me, a really good cover song can give a song a whole new feel and make you hear it like you've never heard it before. Songs that you're used to hearing all your life suddenly become more clear in meaning when someone else sings it in their own way. For example, Nick Kurosawa's cover of Kalapana's "What Do I Do?" takes on a whole new meaning when slowed down and sung acoustic by a smooth crooner and a guitar. Somehow, the gravity of the lyrics had been lost on me all my life until Nick covered it. 

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