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Bridging the Gap~November 12th, 2019: HPR + HIFF Episode 2: ??ina Paikai

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On episode 2 of my HPR + HIFF collab idea, our guest selections come from local Kanaka Maoli filmmaker, ??ina Paikai.

??ina's portfolio includes several award winning nationally televised documentaries during his long career with ??iwiTV such as Moananui?kea: One Ocean, One People, One Canoe, which HPR recently presented on O?ahu, Kaua?i, and Hawai?i Island. 

??ina starred in the award winning short film Down On The Sidewalk In Waik?k?directed by Justyn Ah Chong, which won second place for Best Made In Hawai?i Short at this year's HIFF Awards Gala. Currently, ??ina is in the process of producing a short narrative film about the life and music of the late aloha ??ina, George Helm, in Hawaiian Soul.

??ina's selections and commentary for tonight's show are centered around the main theme of roots and culture. From reggae to hip hop to Hawaiian music, each song is a thread being woven together to present a tapestry of musical influences throughout ??ina's life and career.

Eia hou, he wahi leo mahalo k?ia i ko ??ina ?ohana, i? Annemarie, k?na wahine (k?na luna nui n? ho?i), a me k? l?ua mau keiki ?elua, na l?kou n? e k?ko?o mau nei i? ??ina ma k?ia ala ?na e huaka?i nei no ka pono o ka l?hui a me n? mo?olelo ??iwi o k?ia ??ina nei.

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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. She hosts Hawaiʻi Kulāiwi and is the Tuesday night host of "Bridging The Gap."
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