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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NOAA's New Eye in the Sky

Jul 8, 2014

 NOAA has a new eye in the sky over the islands.

Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are using unmanned aircraft to improve research in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. 

The Puma is a small thirteen pound aircraft that is launched from the Hi’ialakai research ship. It’s quipped with video and infrared cameras that are mounted on a 360 degree gimbal. It flies ahead of the team and takes pictures and video of everything from monk seals to marine debris.

Todd Jacobs is the Puma project manager.

  The 7th annual Surf Film Festival is underway at the Doris Duke Theater at the Honolulu Museum of Art.  The selection spans a wide range of the surfing world, from historical films, to documentaries about the future of the sport.

Abigail Algar is the curator. She says that the films are more than just a collection of surf movies, instead it’s more about the impact surfing has on the community.

The festival continues till the end of the month.

Fire at Coco Palms Hotel

Jul 4, 2014
Mandy and Alicia Flores-Nunes via
Mandy and Alicia Flores-Nunes via

  On the Garden Island a major blaze took place today at the Coco Palms Hotel site.

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

  Kaiser Permanente has announced they are closing their clinic in Kailua-Kona, effective next week.  But Kaiser members on the Big Island should not be concerned because they’re replacing it with a clinic that is bigger and better.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken has the story.

Patricia Corcoran
Patricia Corcoran

 A set of plastic rocks found on Hawaii Island could become a new marker of human pollution. 

Scientists from the University of Western Ontario found the rocks on Kamilo beach on the Big Island, which is famous for collecting ocean debris.

They are calling them plastiglomerates and they’re formed  when plastic and beach sediment fuse together in high heat like a campfire or lava flow.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  The plan to ban plastic bags in Honolulu has been delayed until next year.  Members of the Honolulu City Council introduced Bill 38 to more precisely define the word biodegradable.  Councilman Stanley Chang said the bill was deferred last week to allow more time to study the impacts of the measure. 

Experts say that there is no such thing as a 100% biodegradable bag, so advocates are pushing for an outright ban. 

Suzanne Frazer represents the Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawaii.

  The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced its regional 2014 Edward R. Murrow Awards, and Hawaii Public Radio has won in three categories. The entire newsroom won for “Best News Series” for “Feeding Ourselves: Hawaii’s Food Future,” which included contributions from reporters on Oahu, Hawaii Island and Molokai. Reporter Molly Solomon won for “Best Breaking News” for her coverage of the molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor. Solomon also won in the “Feature Reporting” category for her piece “Hawaii’s Brain Drain,” done as part of the HPR News series “Neighbors.” 


In a flurry of phone calls, Hawaii Public Radio ended its Challenge 2014 pledge drive.  In all, we raised over one million dollars to keep programing and news on the air.  Hawaii Public Radio would like to say thank you to our wonderful members and listeners who made this accomplishment possible!

  HPR’s news team takes a week-long look at some of the issues involved in the debate about genetically engineered crops in Hawaii. We’ll tell you why the use of pesticides is an important part of understanding the broader story, and we’ll hear from residents of one community about how they feel about their experience of years of living with a GMO seed facility in their midst. And we’ll show you why labeling food as “non GMO” is an idea that’s gathering popularity on various sides of the debate. Listen for the stories on Morning Edition and All Things Considered the week of March 17th.

  Beijing is closer than you think...

And if you are a Hawaii Public Radio supporter, it can be even closer. 

Hawaii Public Radio will be giving away a round-trip pair of tickets to Beijing.   A donation of any amount enters you into the sweepstakes, or just call the station during business hours (808) 955-8821.

 All donations to enter must be made by Thursday, March 27th. 

Flickr / Dan Moyle
Flickr / Dan Moyle

Hawaii Public Radio’s brand new Community Calendar is live!

Find it at:
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The Calendar is a resource for the public to learn and share events around the Hawaiian Islands.

Promoters can now upload their own events by clicking on the “Submit Event” link in the left column.

The new calendar can be found on the page by clicking on the Events Tab, and scrolling down to “Community Calendars”.

Secret Record Store
Secret Record Store

 The Secret Record store is trying to keep the experience of vinyl records alive in Hawaii.

It’s a small pop-up mobile store complete with a listening station where people can preview a record before deciding to buy it.  The design is to give the listeners the feel and interaction of the small independent record stores that are becoming hard to find.

Kevin Cruze is one of the forces behind the project, which started by hauling crates of records and turntables to monthly events that encompass art and music.

Instagram / Hipubradio
Instagram / Hipubradio

Some folks wait until January 1st to make a new year’s resolution, but not Hawaii Public Radio!

With your help we’ll check off the list an early resolution to gather 100 gifts of support before 2014 even begins.

Enthusiastic HPR volunteers will be in the studios December 30th from 6 am to 4 pm and December 31st from 6 am to Noon to accept your tax-deductible contribution at (808) 941-3689 or, we invite you to make a gift on-line.

Flickr / Simon_sees
Flickr / Simon_sees

  The environmental group: Keep the North Shore Country has filed a lawsuit asking the Hawaii Circuit Court to require Turtle Bay Resort to re-examine the environmental impacts of a proposed expansion plan.

Hawaii Public Radio
Hawai Public Radio


This morning Hawaii Public Radio hosted a press conference to announce the debut of the Radio Flyers Program.

Hawaii Public Radio, Hawaiian Airlines and The Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children are combining forces in this unique charitable contribution.