Nick Yee

Host, Bridging the Gap

Nick Yee’s passion for music developed at an early age, as he collected jazz and rock records pulled from dusty locations while growing up in both southern California and Honolulu.  In college he started DJ-ing around town, playing long acid jazz and bossa nova sets at various lounges under the name dj mr.nick.  He started to incorporate down tempo and electronic music into his sets as his popularity grew, eventually getting DJ residences at different Chinatown locations. To this day, he is a fixture in the Honolulu underground club scene, where his live sets are famous for being able to link musical and cultural boundaries, starting mellow and building the audience into a frenzy.

In addition to his club life, Nicholas has spent the last 7 years as a DJ for UH Mānoa’s KTUH, running one of its most popular radio shows The Jet Set. He has also served at KTUH in various capacities, including manager and educator.

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A new documentary is capturing the music of Hawai‘i’s plantation history.

Japanese workers cutting sugar cane passed the time and dealt with difficult conditions by improvising songs called “Holehole Bushi”.

The name roughly translates to “dried cane leaf song”, and they became musical windows into the hardships of early plantation life

But the songs were almost forgotten as workers left the fields for the city.  Their memory was preserved in recordings from a music teacher named Harry Urata who recorded hundreds of examples in the early 80’s.

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The return of the trade winds has helped to push some of that recent humid air away from the islands. The trade wind patterns also help keep vog away from most island residents. But in Southeast Asia, a different kind of haze is disrupting life for thousands of people.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute. 

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Gregory "Slobirdr" Smith / Flickr

The US Navy has agreed to limit its use of sonar and explosive training off the coast of Hawai‘i and Southern California that may harm marine life.

A lawsuit filed in 2013 by environmental group Earthjustice challenged the National Marine Fisheries’ five-year permit for testing. 

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The proposed merger between Hawaiian Electric and NextEra is generating dialogue about what Hawai‘i’s sustainable energy future should look like.

Tonight's show will blend upbeat funky Brass - into Soul, Bossa, New Orleans soul, and some flaming tubas! 

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The muggy weather and soaring temperatures are setting records across the state.  And inside ‘Ewa Beach schools – classroom temperatures hover around 93-degrees and can go upwards of 108-degrees.

Parents of students at James Campbell High School are organizing a drive this Saturday called “Be Cool 4 Campbell” to gather new (or gently used) fans for classrooms.  Fans can be dropped off at the school from 9am till 1pm or the Kapolei K-Mart from 9am till 5pm.

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Michelle Barbieri

An abandoned monk seal pup is now being cared for in Kona.

The emaciated pup was found on Monday during a survey being conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Ni‘ihau.  Rescue workers who discovered the seal waited to see if the seals mother would return.  When it was clear she was gone, they arranged for the seals transport.  The Robinson family and the US Coast guard transported the pup to the Ke Kai Ola monk seal rehabilitation facility in Kona.

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ChefSteps / Flickr

Kapi‘olani Community College has broken ground for a new culinary school campus.  The Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head is located at the former site of the Cannon Club.

The school will offer students an advanced professional certificate in culinary management.  The 25-million-dollar first phase includes two classroom buildings, parking, and an outdoor cooking area. Future plans include pastry and confectionary classrooms… as well as a teaching restaurant.  John Morton is the Vice President of the U-H Community College systems. 

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Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

Campbell estate heiress Abigail Kawānanakoa has filed a lawsuit against the City and County of Honolulu to re-address the City Council’s approval of the rail project.  The lawsuit seeks to invalidate key votes of two former Honolulu City Council members who favored the rail project.  Former city council members Romy Cachola and Nestor Garcia agreed to pay fines to the city ethics commission for accepting gifts from lobbyists who profited from rail construction.

Bridget G. Morgan is an attorney representing Kawānanakoa. 

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Matty Wong

Tonight's show is a mellow run through some global Downtempo with a little anti-folk in between.

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billsoPHOTO / Flickr

Today is the 177th birthday of Queen Lili'uokalani.  She was Hawaii’s last monarch, and witness to the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom.  

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A Hawaii congressman has a new idea to help a couple of major roadways on Oahu. The financial impact of light rail construction has slowed repairs to Kamehameha and Farrington Highways.  The two corridors serve as vital links between Aiea and Waipahu for residents, and require improvements brought on by the rail.

Tonight's show will feature Latin treasures taken from the Atlantic rim mixed into various dark downtempo selections.

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The Environmental Protection Agency is taking the next step in addressing questions about the Navy’s Red Hill fuel storage facility.  More than 140 comments were received during the public comment period over the Navy’s Administrative Order on Consent to repair and maintain the facility.  Early last year an estimated 27-thousand gallons of jet fuel leaked from the tanks, igniting concerns about threats to drinking water.

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Aug 25, 2015
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Molly Solomon

The State Department of Health issued an all clear notification for Ala Moana Beach Park and Waikiki beach.  Keith Kawaoka, Deputy Director for the Hawaii Department of Health made the announcement. 

More than 500,000 gallons of water overflowed from manholes near Ala Moana Center and spilled into nearby parks and waterways.  A faulty water pump and miscommunication over repairs are being blamed for the flood.

Note: This show originally was scheduled to air a week earlier… but better late than never.  

Tonight's show has no real theme, instead we're just simply going with the flow and playing simply what feels good.

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The life of Hawaii’s ambassador of aloha is being celebrated in a new exhibit at the Bishop Museum.

A retrospective of the life and accomplishments of Duke Kahanamoku is the museum’s first exhibition about a single person.  Kahanamoku is remembered as an Olympic champion who popularized the sport of surfing.  He was also a sheriff, a businessman, and an ambassador for Hawaiian culture.  Michael Wilson is an exhibit designer for the Bishop Museum. 

Note: This show was accidently aired twice... once on the 8th, and again on the 15th.  My apologies, but I hoped you enjoyed it. The 15th's show can be found HERE. 

Tonight's show will focus on devotional music, from American Gospel, to Pakistani Qawwali.

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Raphael Ritson-Williams

Researchers with the University of Hawaii at Manoa are being honored for their work to understand and reverse coral bleaching. The team headed by Ruth Gates and Madeleine van Oppen from the Australian Institute of Marine Science attempts to grow coral that’s resistant to the effects of global warming and rising levels of acid in the water.

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The first leg of the largest ocean clean-up in history kicked off this weekend from Honolulu.

“The Ocean Clean-up” began as an idea by 17-year-old Boyan Slat.  His idea was simple… use the ocean’s current to clean out plastic debris.  He came up with a catch system designed to be moored to the sea-bed.  The floating design traps debris circulating in the great pacific gyre and collects it in a V-Shaped barrier for recycling.  The stationary design uses minimal energy… and allows marine life to swim free of the debris.

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Where Credit Is Due

Tonight's show, really has no theme or playlist... But I did want to play a few new tracks off the new Quantic LP, A New Constellation... Other than that, we're just going with the flow. 

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Tonight's show will balance Downtempo with a little contemporary Jazz while throwing a few nods to emerging global textures. 
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Hawaii’s live jazz scene will be getting a well-known venue next year with the addition of a Blue Note Jazz Club. The 300 seat venue will occupy the former Society of Seven showroom inside the Outrigger Waikiki.  Barbara Campbell is the Vice President of Retail Leasing and Property Management for Outrigger Hotels.

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I have a few shows coming up where I'm plying vinyl... So tonight's show is primarily coming of my ever growing collection of vinyl records, a few from the original 7" singles. So the sound may be a little scratchy, but hey... its wax! 
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Tonight's show is going to be strictly guitar driven. Weaving all over the place country to country.
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Tonight's show will be a collection of funky rare groove inspired by my upcoming set for Motown on Monday in San Francisco. 
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New music from Arooj Aftab leads a selection of modern middle eastern gems mixed into a little bossa and jazz. 
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Tonight, I just have to play one from the late Ornette Coleman. Other than that I'm just letting it flow out. 

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Tonight's show is going to stay on the Jazzier side, peppered with a little house, and some Latin influence. 

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The Hawaii Farm Bureau is opening a new farmers market beginning this Sunday in Hale'iwa. The market will run weekly from 8am till noon and feature more than twenty-five vendors will be selling an array of locally grown products, produce and plants. The market will be located on the “Backyard Hale'iwa” lot behind the North Shore Marketplace.

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