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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Lots of sunny spring lo-fi sprinkled with songs that have feel-good vibes to help you relax and recharge on this Wednesday night. 

@stolenpainting

Keeping the music light and fun tonight! Don't forget to become a member of Hawaiʻi Public Radio by financially supporting this program and all the other wonderful content you hear on both streams.

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Leiomy Maldonado

Soundtracking my own personal dance party tonight with 90% of the artists being from the UK. Don't forget, tomorrow is the first day of our Spring Fund Drive which is a great time to become a member.

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Alex Hyner

Indie rock + pop + a dash of Americana + a sprinkling of soul = Indie-ish. 

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It's been over a year since I've been to a concert and I have been craving that feeling of swaying to music in a crowd again, so tonight's loverʻs rock themed show is all about rocking and swaying to the music.

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Tonight's episode of Bridging The Gap is inspired and curated around Hiatus Kaiyote's single "Get Sun" which was released this week ahead of the release of their new full album due in June this year. It's a mix of soul, Brazilian bossa nova, Afro-Beats, and hip-hop sounds. Mahalo to Aisha for switching nights with me this week!. 

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Yesterday was International Women's Day and dj mr.nick did it justice, but tonight is my take on it with a lot of soul, funk, R&B, and a touch of reggae and electronica here and there. 

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  This ʻōlelo noʻeau (#1625) tells of how the presence of ships at the Lahaina and Oʻahu harbors were so filled with ships it was like a forest at sea which is a good way for us to close out this month's Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi series with a show about the ocean, things that grow in the ocean, things we eat from the ocean, and the things that traverse the ocean. 

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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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J. Kaineheikaʻiliʻili Chun-Lum

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!.

Kauaʻi Historical Society

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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