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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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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Sami Pyylampi / Flickr

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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Jimmy Baikovicius / Flickr

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

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Tim&Elisa / Flickr

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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Wikipedia Commons

The Environmental Protection Agency and the US Navy have reached a tentative deal about the Red Hill fuel storage facility. Early last year an estimated 27,000 gallons of jet fuel leaked from the tanks, igniting concerns about threats to drinking water.

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Gretcholi / Flickr

Tonight's show is going to be a lush collection of pretty strings and textures.

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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / Flickr

Meteorologists with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center are predicting a busy storm season. In their pre season press conference officials predicted 5 to 8 tropical cyclones could form in the central pacific basin this year.  The busiest months for hurricanes are July thorough October, and models point to a 70% chance for an above normal season because of El Nino conditions. Tom Evans is the acting director of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.  He says it only takes one storm to produce devastating results.  

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Tonight's funky good time will focus on the Music of South and West Africa with a few tasty nuggets in-between. 
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Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission Facebook

The Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission is asking the public for donations to continue restoration efforts on Kaho'olawe. They’ve started a GoFundMe account to make up some of the money lost in the last legislative session. The organization needs $100,000 by June 15th to maintain regular access to the island.

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  Tonight's show is going to be a collection of longer songs, some pretty, some intense but as always an eclectic selection. 

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Set List:
Hour 1 

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Today is Cinco De Mayo, a celebration that’s come a long way from its historic roots in Mexico.  In the US, May 5th is often mistakenly associated with Mexico’s Independence Day….which actually falls on September 16th.  But historically, the 5th of May marks the Mexican Army’s brief victory over French forces during the battle of Puebla in 1862.  The French occupation of Mexico continued for the next three years until support was cut by Napoleon III, leaving French occupiers to fight on until their slaughter.

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The University of Hawaii has launched a new mobile app aimed at keeping students safer on campus.  The app is being called "The Manoa Guardian" and allows students to set a timer that notifies a designated contact person or campus security if the user doesn’t check in, or cancel the timer.  Students can also report incidents on campus, alerting security to the time and location of the witness by allowing campus security to respond using the senders GPS location.  Sarah Rice is the Community Programs Manager for the Department of Public Safety for the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

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Elise St. Clair

Tonight's show is coming out live, and totally improvised.
Dinosaur photo by Elise St. Clair 

Pledge Drive is OVER! Finally, I can get back to my regular show.  Thank you again to everyone who pledged to support this show, as well as the whole station. 

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We Did It!

Hawaii Public Radio’s Challenge 2015 Pledge Drive came to an end after an 11-day campaign, with more than 998K donated!

The station would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who pledged early and during the drive, to all of the volunteers, the restaurants that donated food, and to everyone for listening. 

Some footage of the final moments shot by Chris Vandercook: 

Hawaii Opera Theatre
Hawaii Opera Theatre

Hawaii Public Radio’s takes a “Behind the Scenes” look at Hawaii Opera Theatre’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.

HOT’s Simon Crookall takes listeners through a musical tour of the history, characters, and production of the Opera.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

•April 24, Friday, 8:00pm

•April 26, Sunday, 4:00pm

•April 28, Tuesday, 7:00pm

Tickets Available Here

  THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who pledged to Bridging the Gap! We made goal, and a lot more!
A huge thanks to Equus Hotel & Hawaii Polo Club for their donations to the show and Matt Duffy, Mark Tarone and Ray Cruz for guest hosting. Finally, Thank You to Sarah and KTUH for answering the phones. 

And we’re off! HPR’s Challenge 2015 Pledge Drive is on. But the length of the drive is up to you. Help us shorten the drive, and return to regular programing… It’s your call.

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The Pre-Drive Show! Tonight I'll be previewing some of the CDs that will be available during next weeks Challenge 2015 Pledge Drive. 
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Clearing the Air in India

Apr 6, 2015
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Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier / Flickr

A country with some of the worst air pollution in the world will start to measure how bad things really are. The country is India and HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Nick Yee

Another evening of eclectic music selections, from Soul to Modern Tango, to Tiki, through Jazz. 
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In our series this week “Trashing Paradise” we’ve been looking at a number of issues involving waste in Hawaii, and many of them differ from island to island.

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NOAA Marine Debris Program / Flickr

HPR’s "Trashing Paradise" series continues with a look at the dangers of plastic runoff.

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Steven Guerrisi / Flickr

As we continue our series “Trashing Paradise,” we wanted to take a look at what happens to garbage near the ocean when it doesn’t go where it’s supposed to go.

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Smabs Sputzer / Flickr

In our continuing series "Trashing Paradise," we take a look at the continuing fight against littering and the illegal dumping of personal garbage.

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