Bridging the Gap

Weekdays 10pm-Midnight on HPR-1
  • Hosted by Nick Yee, dj mr.nick
  • Local Host Paige Okamura
  • Local Anchor Harrison Patiño

Bridging the Gap is Hawaii Public Radio's late night eclectic journey into sound, 10-midnight on HPR-1. Anchored by dj mr.nick, and now featuring Paige Okamura on Tuesday nights and Harrison Patiño on Thursday nights. Together they explore a wide range of music from Indie Rock to Electronic, to World, to Jazz, to Hawaiian, and everything in between.

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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with music about Space in this session of Bridging the Gap.

This week we're commemorating the 50th Aniversary of the Lunar Landing. More specifically, here on Bridging the Gap, we'll be playing nothing but moon-related songs and tracks. Believe it or not, plenty of artists have at least one moon-related song. 

Deathwish Skateboards
Deathwish Skateboards

This session of Bridging the Gap is entirely made of female artists from the states. The idea was to showcase the diversity of sound in this country... but it's going to lean heavily on Soul and a little Gospel.

Kepano Carvalho

"Nā Kani o ka ʻĀina" literally translates to "The Sounds of the Land", but metaphorically alludes to the many melodic and harmonic voices that have come out of Hawaiian music. Much like the multitudes of sounds in nature, such are the voices of this land. Throughout the generations a wide variety of Hawaiian music has been produced - from ancient chants to the modern contemporary mele of today. DJ Mermaid explores the different sounds and styles of Hawaiian music on tonight's edition of Bridging the Gap.

Moody and Mellow music makes up this session of Bridging the Gap with bits of Bossa Nova, Fado, Soul and Downtempo.

Following up last night's session of Bridging the Gap with Harrison Patiño and his Free-For-All show with another eclectic night of music. Expect a little Boogaloo, Psychedelic Rock, Soul, Dub and more.

Sometimes the best plan is no plan at all. HPR's Harrison Patino proves that with tonight's Bridging the Gap, where he goes down the musical rabbit hole - exploring jazz, world music, indie rock, soul and even a few new releases to boot. Expect the unexpected.

Back on track and exploring new releases in this session of Bridging the Gap. Expect new music from Austin's Black Pumas, Ty Segall, and Quantic (pictured).

A collection of island-inspired summer beach vibes. An ecclectic mix of reggae, ska, indie-electro, and rock. Perfect for a hot, summer day, lying on the beach. Some of the local tracks are songs that DJ Mermaid grew up with, including the Hawaiian Style Band, who's hosting our upcoming Talk Story event with members of the original Hawaiian Style Band.

This past Saturday marked the 6th year anniversary of Bridging the Gap on Hawaii Public Radio. So I'm putting together part 2 of best of the show from the last 6 years, and sticking to the mellower side of the show for this Monday evening.  We'll also be paying tribute to Bossa Nova founder João Gilberto who passed away on Saturday at 88.

Tomorrow (Saturday) is the 6th year anniversary of Bridging the Gap on Hawaii Public Radio. So I'm putting together a best of the show from the last 6 years.

To ring in this year's Fourth of July, Harrison Patino explores influential tracks of early folk, blues, bluegrass and gospel music that had a profound impact on the larger soundscapes of what can be called "American Music." Songs of labor, strife, belief and protest from turbulent times in the country's history on an atypically patriotic edition of Bridging the Gap.

Celebrating an early 4th of July! I'm marking the occasion with songs about American immigrant stories, political struggles, freedom, and a few protest songs... just to remind us that we're from a country of immigrants and free thinking radicals.

DJ Mermaid comes back to us from a week in Aotearoa (New Zealand) full of mahalo for the tangata whenua (peope of the land) that hosted her so well. Tonight's episode of Bridging The Gap honors the people, places, and language of Aotearoa through the waiata (songs) that the whanau (family) shared with her, along with other music she heard during her time there.


Since Monday always seems like a good time for more mellow selections... I'm filling the late night airwaves with chilled beats and sophisticated Jazz.

Since the weather is still hot and muggy (thought it's supposed to clear up) and since it's now officially summertime, this session of Bridging the Gap is going to be packed with sunshine filled songs.

For tonight's Bridging the Gap, another tribute to a New Orleans legend. Bandleader Dave Bartholomew - an early pioneer of Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll - passed away this Sunday at the age of 100. To pay homage, Harrison Patino plays some of his best tracks, along with some of the music of his contemporaties that he so deeply influenced.

This session of Bridging the Gap is going to be a little random... about as random as the cat meme that's pictured. I'm trying to weave together a little Jazz, a little afro-funk, and a little indie rock into the next two hours... because why not listen to good music... why not make memes out of stuffed Persian cat.

Bridging the Gap~June 25th, 2019: On Repeat

Jun 25, 2019

Tonight's episode of Bridging The Gap consists of songs DJ Mermaid has had on repeat. Being an obsessive listener, she's got a playlist full of songs that are so good she's had them on repeat for days, weeks, sometimes even months.

This show started as a buffet of new Jazz releases... but morphed into a variety of Jazz, Americana, Latin and more. We're starting off with new music from Quantic (pictured DJing live in Honolulu a few years ago).

Celebrating the Summer Solstice with a collection of fun summertime favorites and a few new discoveries.

For tonight's Bridging the Gap, Harrison Patino explores some of the most exciting new releases in indie, folk, world, punk and much more. All new music from across the musical spectrum.

As you may have discovered…
I have a one-hour inflight version of this show on Hawaiian Airlines that’s on any of the flights around the world (but not on inter-island hops… as it’s just enough time to drink that little juice and land). So this session of Bridging the Gap is going to be some of the music that is going into the next inflight session, and selections from the previous show.

Harry B. Soria Jr., Territorial Airwaves

This year the Territorial Airwaves program turns 40 years old. Hosted by Harry B. Soria Jr., Territorial Airwaves is the longest continuously running Hawaiian music radio show in Hawaiʻi, and the longest running Hawaiian radio show in the world. DJ Mermaid pays tribute to Harry B. and Territorial Airwaves tonight by digging through her personal archives of mele Hawaiʻi and pairing them with stories learned from listening to Territorial Airwaves.

Matthew Diomataris

For tonight's Bridging the Gap, DJ Harrison Patino fills in for DJ Mr. Nick - eschewing genre and categoritzation to jump from one end of the musical map to the other. Expect lots of indie, world, folk - and everything in between.

Got a case of those Friday night feels? You know, those love songs that just hit you in the feels? Tonight's show is all about those. DJ Mermaid subs in for DJ Mr. Nick tonight with a show full of lovesick love songs for your Friday night feels.

In a continuation of a theme laid down by the previous two nights of Bridging the Gap, Harrison Patino continues to explore the world with far-out sounds in foreign psych, pop, jazz and funk.

Dan Clarke Photography
Dan Clarke Photography

Taking a global hop for this session of Bridging the Gap, and running through a lot of the World Music that’s been building up, as well as a few favorites.

Paige Okamura / DJ Mermaid explores a small slice of world music, along with tracks that are influenced or utilize foreign sounds. Tonight's first hour is more upbeat, with latin-inspired tracks and remixes. The second hour winds down with a mixture of Maori and Japanese music. There's even some Ukranian music in there somewhere! Tune in and take a quick trip around the world.

Radical Retinoscopy
Radical Retinoscopy

 The temperature for this show should be mostly cool and mellow with bits of smart breakbeats woven into fill out these late nights at HPR.