HPR Music Conversations

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Singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff contributed to the Southern California Rock sound of the 1970s, along with Linda Ronstadt, The Eagles and Jackson Browne.  Although she's visited the islands many times, Bonoff will be performing here for the first time on July 22 and 23 (Sunday and Monday night) at Blue Note Hawai'i.

'Mālama ʻĀina' celebrates the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and takes the audience to places in Hawaiʻi that Jeff visited with his dad and brother as a young child. He stopped by 'Kanikapila Sunday' recently to discuss what inspired him to write a concerto for slack key and orchestra, as well as his upcoming performance with the Hawaiʻi Symphony on Sunday, December 10.


John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for December 6,  2017. I’m your host, John Zak.  

In today’s broadcast, we’ll hear music of Sullivan, Berlioz, Dvorak, Clara Schumann, Balakirev, Beethoven, and Kraus. We’ll also he hearing two wonderful pieces by Duplessy and the Violins of the World;   a French-International ensemble whose work I was delighted to have introduced to Hawaii listeners on Classical Pacific.

Jimbo Mathus of the Squirrel Nut Zippers joined NIck Yee in the studio to talk about the band and what's next for the Squirrel Nut Zippers who were in town for a show at the Blue Note Hawaii.

Jim Mina
Jim Mina

For the last 16 years The New Mastersounds have developed unique blend of Jazz, Soul and Boogaloo. Formed in Leeds in the late 90’s by drummer Simon Allen and guitarist Eddie Roberts, the duo eventually added bassist Pete Shand and keyboardist Joe Tatton. 

Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning songwriter and performer Kuana Torres Kahele joined Derrick Malama in the studio to talk about his 5th release in his "Music for the Hawaiian Islands" series.

Filmmaker, activist and Spearhead front-man Michael Franti joins Nick Yee by phone to discuss his career and his upcoming show in Honolulu at the Republik.

Hulu Kupuna Productions

The Kauaʻi duo of Kūpaoa, Kellen and Līhau Paik, have released a new album of Hawaiian music called Hoʻokele. They stopped by 'Kanikapila Sunday' to talk about it and to play songs in our studio. Līhau Paik says she wrote the title song for her father, who’s a mentor in her life.

Kaleiola Records

Hōkū Zuttermeister is from a family that is renowned in the world of Hawaiian music and hula. His great-grandmother Kauʻi Zuttermeister composed the classic ‘Nā Pua Lei Ilima.’ Hōkū’s debut album in 2007, ʻĀina Kupuna, won six Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards. His latest release is called Kuʻu Pua Sakura. He wrote the title song for his mother, comparing her to a sakura, or cherry blossom. HPR’s Derrick Malama asked Hōkū why he chose that flower for his mother.


Kealia Farms Record Company

Uncle George Kahumoku, Jr. discussed his latest album, Paniolo Slack Key, Songs of the Hawaiian Cowboy.



Makai Studios & The Slack Key Show

The documentary 'The Legend of Grey Wolf' is about the late singer, songwriter and storyteller, the Rev. Dennis Kamakahi. The title is from a name given to him by a Native American tribe in Washington state. His son David Kamakahi reflected on what it was like to grow up listening to his father's tales.

Daniel Ho Creations

With the retirement of Moon Kauakahi and the death of his brother, John, Uncle Jerome Koko is left to continue the legacy of the legendary Makaha Sons. He spoke about his solo release featuring producer Daniel Ho, called Makaha Sons Memoirs.

Courtesy Pono Ridge Music/Mountain Apple Company
Courtesy Pono Ridge Music/Mountain Apple Company

Michael Keale, or Mike, as he likes to be called, is part of a legendary musical family. His uncle was Moe Keale and his cousins were Israel and Skippy Kamakawiwo`ole. His latest release is called “No Ka Beauty” and he stopped by Kanikapila Sunday on July 12, 2015.

Palm Records

Lito Arkangel was born and raised in the sugar plantation town of Kea‘au on the island of Hawai‘i. He teaches at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo when he’s not playing music. Lito's debut album is called “Me Ke Aloha” from Palm Records. He performed live in the HPR-2 studio on “Kanikapila Sunday” on September 14.

Kellen and Lihau Paik of the award-winning duo Kūpaoa teamed up with a Hawaiian music group from Japan called Kaulana for an internationally-flavored album called “Na Pua Mōhala (Flowers Will Bloom).” They performed live in the studio on “Kanikapila Sunday” on July 6, 2014.


The Hawaiian Style Band first came on the local music scene with their Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning album “Vanishing Treasures” in 1992. They followed that up with two successful albums.  Now the group is back with a new release called “Hānau hou.” HSB's Wade Cambern and Garin Poliahu visited Kanikapila Sunday on June 15, 2014.

Raiatea Helm Records
Raiatea Helm Records

  Vocalist Raiatea Helm has released a new “mini” CD for the holidays called “Ave Maria.” It features three songs, and proceeds from the sale benefit her Hawaiian Music Foundation for youth education and the Catholic Church’s Office for Social Ministry, which administers to Hawaii’s poor. Raiatea says she dedicated her rendition of “Ave Maria” to her late grandmother.

  The entertainer and producer talks about his latest album, “Na`auao,” and his decision to return to exclusively performing Hawaiian music. Hear the complete Kanikapila Sunday interview from September 29, 2013.

Neos Productions/Mountain Apple Company
Neos Productions/Mountain Apple Company

Veteran singer Robi Kahakalau discusses “Robi Calling” and what she’s been doing since her last solo album in 2000. Hear the complete Kanikapila Sunday interview from August 11, 2013.

Lihau Hannahs Paik and Kellen Paik started performing on stage together in 2005 and were married five years later. They discussed their latest release, "Bumbye," with Derrick Malama during Kanikapila Sunday on April 28, 2013.

courtesy Peterson Productions www.jeffpetersonguitar.com

  Award-winning slack key guitarist Jeff Peterson visited Hawai`i Public Radio to talk with host Derrick Malama about his latest release, “Slack Key Travels.” Jeff brought two of his guitars with him and played a few songs from the album in the HPR studios. Hear the complete interview from March 3, 2013.

Daniel Ho Creations / http://danielho.com

The Kumu Hula and prolific composer talks about the first poem he wrote in grade school, his songwriting philosophy and his latest release, “Hali`a i ka Poli.” Hear the complete interview from “Kanikapila Sunday” on March 24, 2013.