local music

Blues From the Basement

10 hours ago

Saturdays at 10 PM on HPR-1. Blues from the Basement is a traditional blues show. whether it's Mississippi, Chicago, delta, or Piedmont blues, we cover it and try to remain true for the purists. And for those folks who may either have misconceptions about the blues or have never really delved into the blues... We do our best at trying to give our listeners a musical education on the great American art form simply known as the blues.

The Real Deal with Seth Markow

12 hours ago

Saturday and Sunday at 8 PM on HPR-1. Join host Seth Markow from 8 to 10 p.m. as he presents the entire historical and stylistic spectrum of jazz in a lucid, entertaining and informative manner. The birthdays of great jazz artists are often celebrated with musical biographies. New jazz releases are frequently played, as are classic live recordings. Listeners' requests are welcome

Latin Beat with Ray Cruz

Nov 27, 2020

Fridays at 8 PM on HPR-2. Latin Beat shares music and information regarding the Latin Genre. Host Ray Cruz connects the dots for the listener as he tells the story via music so that the audience feels surprised, entertained and moved. "Latin Beat.....music to make your ears smile"

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Evening Jazz with Charles Husson

Jun 11, 2020

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 8 PM on HPR-1. The latest in instrumental and vocal releases is the focus of Evening Jazz. You'll also hear about live jazz acts performing around the islands.

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I always love finding out what my co-workers are listening to and/or what music influences their lives. The other day I asked Russell Subiono, our resident Pledge Drive guru, if he would be so kind as to curate tonight's show and he graciously accepted.

His playlist is aptly named "Memories & Roots" and the songs are nostalgic to his youth and his homeland, Waimea.

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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.

Hawaii's vintage soul band The Elevation share with us their music and their style in this live reocrding from HPR's Atherton Studio.  

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Childish Gambino’s viral video, “This is America,” offers a cold view of American culture that has sparked streams of comment online.   Gambino says he made the song for people to play on the 4th of July.  Spinoffs on Youtube beg the question, if a Hawai‘i version of “This is America” were done, what would it say?  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa asked a local hip hop crew, the Super Groupers, what they would include in a version of “This is Hawai‘i.”

Sinatra, The Man and the Music

Feb 25, 2018

Sundays at 5 PM on HPR-2. The life and times of one of the 20th century's greatest entertainers - Frank Sinatra. Hosted by HPR's Guy Steele, the program features recordings, radio and television appearances, and live performances. Also included are excerpts from interviews with Sinatra himself, as well as commentary from arrangers, musicians, songwriters and other who worked with him during his long career.

Kanikapila Sunday

May 25, 2017

NOTE: As of February 14th, Kanikapila Sunday will be heard Sundays at 1pm on HPR-1

Sundays at 1 PM on HPR-2. In Hawaiian, "kani ka pila" means "play music," and Hawaii Public Radio's Derrick Malama plays the latest in Hawaiian music, plus classic songs from Hawai`i's past. The show also features interviews with guest artists and in-studio performances.

Bridging the Gap with Nick Yee

Apr 17, 2017
Shuzo Uemoto
Shuzo Uemoto

Weekdays, 10pm-Midnight on HPR-1.

dj mr.nick's position as a club DJ in Honolulu's Chinatown district earned him a reputation for being able to start in one genre and seamlessly slide into another, moving across musical and cultural boundaries, while continuing to educate audiences in music that's under the radar. 

Full Nelson with Tim Vandeveer

May 21, 2015

Sundays at 10 PM on HPR-2. A familiar "Aloha y'all" kicks things off each Sunday night, as Tim Vandeveer bridges cultural and musical divides with Americana tunes that are "contrary to ordinary." "At my family reunions we always sing 'Blessed be the tie that binds,' and more and more I realize that music is often the tie" says Vandeveer, who has hosted the show for ten years on HPR.