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It's always good to take the time and honor the Native voices and stories of our ʻāina, and not just as a once-in-a-while thing, but all the time, so that it becomes he mea maʻa mau ia (a regular thing) for you and I.

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Volume 2 and the conclusion of last week's tour around Oʻahu through mele.

Diving deep into hapa-haole music tonight, and trying to define what makes up this specifically unique genre of music in Hawai'i.

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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As the saying goes, "May Day is Lei Day in Hawaiʻi" and it is true. Unfortunately, many Lei Day celebrations across the paeʻāina have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Yet many of us continued to celebrate in our own ways at home e kui ana, e wili ana, a e haku ana i nā ʻano lei like ʻole. Although it is Cinco de Mayo, I'm not Mexican and could never do a Cino de Mayo show justice. However, I am Hawaiian, and can give you a heck of a good lei day show, so that's what we're doing tonight!

artwork by Nicole Namdar

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.