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Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Full disclosure... I really don't care for Christmas music. It just seems so forced, and is way over-played. But there are a few good selections out there, that remind me of the season, so that's what this session of Bridging the Gap will be: Christmas (if I had to do Christmas).

Merry Christmas Eve! Prepare yourself for possibly the most mainstream show I've ever done - at least in the first hour. In the second hour we'll delve into some more alternative holiday tunes, such as my favorite - "Don't Believe in Christmas."

Tonight's show is a playlist of Christmas songs that are familiar, but the versions and covers might not be. It's a mostly folky-indie-soulful kind of Christmas playlist. Aloha Kalikimaka iā ʻoukou!

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Doing this Christmas Day a little different and turning the selection to the late Lux Interior, frontman for the psychobilly group The Cramps. The Cramps were a wonderful, yet under-appreciated blend of rockabilly, garage, and punk music filled with fuzzy guitars, stripped down drum and raunchy lyrics. Lux often performed nearly nude and in drag. But a little know fact was that he had a soft spot for Christmas and often curated mixtapes for friends...

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Christmas is a holiday that’s generally more associated with parts of the world from the Americas to Europe, and a bit less so in Asia. But there are certain parts of the Asia Pacific that have their own Christmas traditions.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis offered a Christmas message of hope Wednesday against darkness that cloaks conflicts and relationships in large parts of the world from the Middle East to the Americas to Africa.

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.

Happy Holidays to you and yours.
Full disclosure... I'm not a fan of Christmas music...so this session of Bridging the Gap is the closest I'll get to picking out a holiday playlist. It's not all Christmas music, and rather music that reminds me of the season.

It's Christmas Day... and wishing you all a happy holiday. Tonight's show is is going to be a collection of a few Christmas songs as well as a few other songs that remind me of winter and a reflective holiday season.

Full confession. I hate Christmas music. It's just too programed, and rammed down our throats. With that said... there are a few standouts here and there, and that's what will make up tonight's session of Bridging the Gap.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Now that it’s the time of year for special gifts, lovers of fine craft and locally made art are wondering what has become of Nohea Gallery, formerly in Ward Warehouse.  Far from fading away, Nohea moved into the Hyatt Regency, and now, Nohea Gallery has opened a flagship store in Kāhala Mall.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports they’ve been connecting artists and art lovers for the past 28 years.

Merry Christmas!  Tonight we're doing Christmas, and Christmas music in a Bridging the Gap style... including remixes, and other songs that remind me of the holidays.   

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akaitori / Flickr

The holiday season brings its own traditions in many places, and a lot of them are related to food. In Hawai‘i, many look for ‘ahi in the New Year, while other treats of various kinds are part of celebrations.  In Japan, there’s been a more recent food tradition that started in the 1970’s—and has a new twist this year. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

Some people are noting changes in the traditional Christmas season.  The advent of online shopping especially has lessened people’s exposure to the trappings of Christmas, including decorations and loops of holiday music.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa returned to Anapau Street, site of the famous Waikele Lights neighborhood light display, to see how people are keeping their Christmas spirit alive.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

It’s absolutely true that some of the best things about the holidays are free.  You can prove it to yourself and your family by taking a spin around O‘ahu to take in the lights.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

If you’re enjoying this Christmas day around a tree or celebrating at home with family members, the odds are very good that you’re not in Brunei.  The Sultan of Brunei has banned Christmas celebrations in his Southeast Asian nation—and breaking that law could lead to prison time.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Downtempo, two-headed chicks and the closest I'll ever get to a Christmas show - This evening on Bridging the Gap. 

Ashley Takitani Leahey
Ashley Takitani Leahey

  

  Maui's Island Plan, adopted in 2012, makes it a priority to preserve the unique character of Maui's small towns.  The idea is to be able to drive through largely agricultural or undeveloped areas between these distinctive centers.  

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Christmas Day brings different traditions to people around the islands. And it carries various meanings overseas, including in one surprising location in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Puna and Kona Light Displays Pau

Dec 31, 2013
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abc15

  

 Tomorrow, New Year's Day, is often a day when families put away their holiday decorations and lights.  For at least two Big Island residents, tomorrow is Day One of a multi-day cleanup.  From Hawaii Island, Sherry Bracken reports.

Christmas Across Asia

Dec 26, 2013
Danny Choo
Danny Choo

  

  Christmas Day is not the biggest holiday of the year across most of Asia---New Year’s surpasses it in most locations. But the holiday is celebrated with various celebrations.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Thanksgiving is a week from tomorrow, which means it’s almost time for Christmas trees. Every year, containers stacked with trees from the Northwest, pile up at Hawaii’s harbors, waiting to be unloaded and inspected. HPR’s Molly Solomon joined a group of state inspectors and got a look at the first Christmas trees of the season.