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Bridging the Gap~November 26th, 2019: Mele Mahalo

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Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, or have alternate ways of spending the holiday, it's always a good time to reflect on the things we can be grateful for. For tonight's episode, I combed through and pulled together a playlist of mele that contain the word "mahalo" in it along with a few that were written as a mahalo. 

This show also pushes us to examine what "mahalo" really means. It does not simply fit into the english translation of "thanks" and "gratitude." Through these mele we see that "mahalo" connotates notions of admiration, aloha, and reverence. 

This show took me three times longer to curate than normal. Pulling songs that I knew had "mahalo" in them off the top of my head only got me about 45 minutes worth of music, so I had to call in reinforcements. Mahalo nui e ku?u mau hoa puni mele, ?o Jordan Asing l?ua ?o Grant Kono, for helping me pull all the music I could that fit in tonight's theme. E ?ole ?olua, e lawa ai n? mele, pau ?ole ko?u mahalo.

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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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