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"Kapu nā mauna" may not be an "official" ʻōlelo noʻeau, but it is true: our mountains are sacred. This is evident in our mele and moʻolelo, and why our tallest places are known as "wao akua" or "realm of the Gods," sacred spaces reserved for our natural deities and not meant for human habitation. Tonight's show honors our mauna, pali kuahiwi, and puʻu who are all famous in story and song.

J. Kaineheikaʻiliʻili Chun-Lum

"E lei kau, e lei hoʻoilo i ke aloha" ('Ōlelo Noʻeau #332) reminds us that love is everlasting throughout all seasons, and that all lei - and it's components - should be made with love, protocol, and intention, both literally and metaphorically. Tonight we celebrate lei in all their forms, whether it be the lei of love worn around our necks like the embraces of our kupuna or keiki, or the lei that keep us warm through the coldest of nights.

Aloha Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi iā kākou! February is Hawaiian Language Month here in Hawaiʻi, and I'll be celebrating it by choosing an ʻōlelo noʻeau (Hawaiian proverb) to frame and theme each show this month.

Tonight's ʻōlelo noʻeau is number 2801 in Pukui's book: "Ua ka ua, kahe ka wai" or "When it rains, the waters flow." All of the mele in tonight's show will be themed around the rains, mists, dews, and freshwater.

Alex Mustard

Another year, another covers show! As many of you Bridging fans may already know, I love me a GOOD cover song.

If you have any covers songs you love that I can add to my running playlist of covers, shoot me an email with the link below. 

Nicole Namdar

Music that helps us look forward to sunnier days during inclement weather and inclement times. 

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More ʻukulele in non-Hawaiian (strange) music!. 

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On this episode of Bridging The Gap, we'll be exploring the artists signed to Colemine Records. As a DJ, I should probably do a better job of paying attention to the labels my favorite artists are signed to, but I don't notice that often. I did, however, notice that a lot of songs I love have similar album art, which is basically this vintage 45 looking label with the word "Colemine" on it, which is the name of the record company they're signed to.

It's my last show of the year, so we're going out on a funky bang! This show is full of music that is infused with other genres (mostly reggae, dub, jazz, and hip-hop) that create these catchy, fun, and funky tracks to bid 2020 adieu to. 

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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Mahalo nui to everyone who contributed to our End Of Year Pledge Drive this past weekend, and to anyone who has ever supported this public radio station in past fundraising drives - it's because of you that we continue to be on-air in these trying times.

It's been a tough year for all of us, but this is the music that got me through it all. It's a mix of both the music I've listened to the most (according to Spotify) and the deep cuts and new music I discovered this year. 

Tonight's episode of Bridging The Gap is a very special one, with a very special guest: our very own President and General Manager, José Fajardo (a.k.a. DJ El Presidente). He'll be playing the music that influenced his early years and his career in radio, as well as the music he's currently listening to. Don't miss it!

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Settling into December with songs that have the word "warm" in the title, or just bring a sense of warm groove.

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November is Native American Heritage Month so tonight's episode of Bridging The Gap celebrates Native Voices tonight. Also, Hauʻoli Lā Kūʻokoʻa iā kākou!

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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.

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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.

Paige Okamura

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!

Paige Okamura

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.

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