DJ Mermaid

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

ʻĀina's portfolio includes several award winning nationally televised documentaries during his long career with ʻŌiwiTV such as Moananuiākea: One Ocean, One People, One Canoe, which HPR recently presented on Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, and Hawaiʻi Island. 

The Hawaiʻi Internation Film Festival (HIFF) opened last week, and I was curious as to what some of my favorite local film makers are listening to. So tonight is episode 1 of my HPR + HIFF collab. The idea is to feature the music that some of my favorite local film makers are currently vibing.

While our beloved captain of the Bridging The Gap team is off galavanting in the Nihon motherland, I've decided to commemorate the veteran DJ himself by curating tonight's show in his honor. Every song in tonight's show is a song or artist I have been turned on to by sassy-pants himself, either from his old KTUH show "The Jet Set," or from Bridging The Gap, or his various club sets over the years. In a way, it'll be like he never left...

Fact: I am a 90s baby. Additional fact: I'm going to see the Backstreet Boys live here in Honolulu and am beyond stoked. So in honor of fulfilling my lifelong 90s-baby dream, I decided (under dj mrnick's heavily judgemental watch) to do a 90s throwback show featuring some of my favorite hip hop/R&B/indie rock tracks that I grew up with.

An illustration by Stephen Gammell from "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark"

It's a couple days before Halloween, but why not start getting into the mood? Tonight's show is a collection of various dark-themed tracks - find something for your Halloween party or to play in the back while you pass out candy to all the eager trick-or-treaters.

  Two weeks ago I did an all-women's voices themed show. Tonight we're bringing balance back to the universe and highlighting some of my favorite male voices in music. Definitely not a definitive list of male voices, but just a sampler based on some of my favorite smooth crooners.

On last night's edition of Bridging The Gap, dj mr.nick curated a show in honor of Indigenous Peoples day, but he graciously forgot the one indigenous people that I happen to be an expert on: Hawaiians. So tonight's Bridging The Gap is the Hawaiian edition of last night's Indigenous Peoples show honoring ka poʻe ʻoiwi o nei paeʻāina.

Inspired by NPR's "Turning The Table: 8 Women Who Invented American Popular Music" piece, tonight's show honors the 8 women that the piece centers around (Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Maybelle Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Marian Anderson, Rosetta Tharpe, Celia Cruz, and Mary Lou Williams) along with other female artists, old and new, whose music draws inspiration from them in one way or another.

Tonight's show is inspired by the song "Oh I Miss Her So" by the group Holy Hive, and is reflective of the mood I crave in the midst of the hustle and bustle of our fall membership drive. Mellow but uplifting music to help you keep your head on straight.

Rocksteady vibes on tonight's edition of Bridging the Gap, with a sprinkling of some newer tracks that were inspired by the rocksteady standards.

For tonight's episode of Bridging The Gap, DJ Mermaid is sticking to what she knows best and curating the show with some of her favorite mele Hawaiʻi on vinyl. Mahalo iā KTUH FM Honolulu for lending out a few albums from their collection for this show.

Take a cool dip into tonight's music. Inspired by the intense, lingering heat of this summer, tonight's episode of Bridging The Gap features songs about water. Whether it be rain, ocean, river, or tears, each song is written about or mentions water in some form. 

DJ Mermaid still subbing in for dj mr. nick who will be back next week.

DJ Mermaid digs through the music and artists coming to us out of the Wonderwheel record label. Wonderwheel was founded by DJ/producer/remixer Nickodemus and is based out of Brooklyn, NYC. Wonderwheel Recordings identifies their sound as "rooted in the eclectic dancefloor sounds of the globe".

Global dance and tropicalia tracks from artists like The Brooklyn Gypsies, Jeremy Sole, Populous, Rodrigo Gallardo & Nikola Cruz, and much more.

Besides her obvious penchant for alliteration, DJ Mermaid also loves soul music so tonight's show is full of it. Featuring tracks from classic soul, to neo-soul, with a sprinkling of ska.

DJ Mermaid comes back to us from a weekend spent in Waimea, on Hawaiʻi island, also known as the "Moku o Keawe" or the "Island of Keawe", for its famed chief.

For tonight's show she pays tribute to Hawaiʻi island in song, taking us all on a musical huakaʻi (journey) from Kona, to Hilo, with a nod to some of the famed ʻohana paniolo of Waimea.

DJ Mermaid puts together an eclectic, multi-genre collection of her favorite cover songs and re-works, some of which may even be better than the original - but you can be the judge of that for yourself.

The theme for tonight's show is "Cool, Calm, and Collected." It's the perfect playlist to have in the background while working or relaxing, as well as a good playlist to have whenever you need a little lift to your mood. The perfect pick-me-up to your Tuesday evening.

What originally started out as a "Protest Songs" theme, morphed into a "Songs Against the System" theme, until it finally bloomed into a theme of "Patterns of Oppression". Tonight's show highlights some of the music that gave voice to those within the struggle, and those who stood up against it. These songs were written and performed during various events (past and current) in world history such as the Apartheid, World War II, the Vietnam War, the Tulsa Race Riots, and much more.

Kepano Carvalho

"Nā Kani o ka ʻĀina" literally translates to "The Sounds of the Land", but metaphorically alludes to the many melodic and harmonic voices that have come out of Hawaiian music. Much like the multitudes of sounds in nature, such are the voices of this land. Throughout the generations a wide variety of Hawaiian music has been produced - from ancient chants to the modern contemporary mele of today. DJ Mermaid explores the different sounds and styles of Hawaiian music on tonight's edition of Bridging the Gap.

A collection of island-inspired summer beach vibes. An ecclectic mix of reggae, ska, indie-electro, and rock. Perfect for a hot, summer day, lying on the beach. Some of the local tracks are songs that DJ Mermaid grew up with, including the Hawaiian Style Band, who's hosting our upcoming Talk Story event with members of the original Hawaiian Style Band.

Bridging the Gap~June 25th, 2019: On Repeat

Jun 25, 2019

Tonight's episode of Bridging The Gap consists of songs DJ Mermaid has had on repeat. Being an obsessive listener, she's got a playlist full of songs that are so good she's had them on repeat for days, weeks, sometimes even months.

Got a case of those Friday night feels? You know, those love songs that just hit you in the feels? Tonight's show is all about those. DJ Mermaid subs in for DJ Mr. Nick tonight with a show full of lovesick love songs for your Friday night feels.

Paige Okamura / DJ Mermaid explores a small slice of world music, along with tracks that are influenced or utilize foreign sounds. Tonight's first hour is more upbeat, with latin-inspired tracks and remixes. The second hour winds down with a mixture of Maori and Japanese music. There's even some Ukranian music in there somewhere! Tune in and take a quick trip around the world.

DJ Mermaid / Paige Okamura is bringing the funk and soul to the airwaves tonight with classic jams along with some newer music that fits into the groove. The first hour will have you dancing, while the second hour will help you wind down for the night. Goes great with cooking or cleaning the house.

Tonight's show was recorded live on location at the Hawaiʻi State Public Library's main branch in Honolulu and features Hawaiian music pulled exclusively from their audio collection then re-shelved. If any of tonight's music piques your interest, please do check it out from your nearest public library - you can use their helpful app to easily request and check out books! Just make sure you pay your fines first.

Bridging the Gap~May 21st, 2019: Moon Music

May 21, 2019

On tonight's edition of Bridging The Gap, Paige Okamura / DJ Mermaid pays tribute to the amazing moon views we've had this past week with music written about the moon, as well as a few tracks to look at the moon to.

Bridging the Gap~May 14th, 2019: Moving On

May 14, 2019

On tonight's edition of Bridging The Gap, Paige Okamura / DJ Mermaid plays a collection of mostly mellow, somewhat emotional songs about "moving on", whatever that may mean for you.

Whether you're running for excercise, or running from your problems, Paige Okamura a.k.a. DJ Mermaid has curated two hours of (mostly indie rock) music to run to. She's got you covered tonight as you start out on a high, songs to give you that much need encouragement in the middle, and finally easing the tempo for a nice cool down.

Tonight on Bridging the Gap, Paige Okamura (DJ Mermaid) picks songs from androgynous voices as well as androgynous artists.

Tonight on Bridging the Gap, Paige Okamura picks songs to study to. Expect a mellow collection of Downtempo, Soul and Jazz. Education never goes out of style.

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