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.

Ronica Ann Ibarra

The colorful paʻū riders are one of the most unique features of any parade here in the Hawaiian Islands. Draped in yards of brightly colored fabric and decked in lei, paʻū (pah-OOH) riders continue an old equestrian tradition. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more. 

The Conversation: Monday, July 4th, 2016

Jul 4, 2016

Cuddle Parties Come to Honolulu; Barbershop Quartet; What It Means to be an American; Kona Historical Society Paniolo Exhibit

Cuddle Parties Come to Honolulu: Erica “Tika”Scott

Sarah Anderson
Sarah Anderson

  Hawaii Island is known for its ranching and farming, part of its longtime paniolo culture.  One event marking that connection is underway on the Hamakua Coast--Honoka'a Western Week.  It features activities in town every day and also underlines some local family history.  HPR's Sherry Bracken is on Hawaii Island and has the story.

Jock Goodman
Jock Goodman

  You can find ranch life all across the Hawaiian Islands.  But if you're looking for rodeo culture, your best bet is the Big Island.  This weekend in South Kona, the public is invited to take part in the longest running rodeo on the island.  HPR's Sherry Bracken reports.