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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The Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture says the coffee berry borer has been spotted on Maui at a farm in Kīpahulu.  The larvae of the small beetle feeds on unpicked coffee beans, reducing yield and quality of the product.  It’s the second sighting on Maui in two months… the first in Hāna last November.

The borer was first detected in 2010 in Ka‘ū, and has been managed with organic pesticides and field sanitation.

Political Blind Spot
Political Blind Spot

Native American activists are making a final push to urge President Obama to grant executive clemency to activist Leonard Peltier.

G. Love
G. Love

Blues musician Garrett Dutton, better known as G. Love started his career as a teenage street musician in central Philadelphia. There he developed a unique style of mixing traditional Blues guitar and harmonica music with the “old school” Hip-Hop that was popular at the time. 

He and his band entitled “G. Love and Special Sauce” saw major commercial success in the mid- 90’s with their song “Baby’s Got Sauce”. He describes his sound as a party with Robert Johnson, The Rolling Stones, Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys…with Bob Dylan showing up at the end.

Richard L. Pyle/Bishop Museum
Richard L. Pyle/Bishop Museum

Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have named a fish after President Obama.

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Wikipedia Commons

More than 5,000 electric vehicles are now registered in Hawai‘I, and 8 of Hawai‘i’s leading energy organizations are marking the occasion by launching an initiative called Drive Electric Hawai‘i.

Hawaii Magazine
Hawaii Magazine

This Saturday’s session of Bridging the Gap, is the last show for 2016.  So I'm capping it off with some of the best songs and discoveries from the last year, as well as some of the artists that we lost along the way.

(Note: Next weeks show will be replaced with the NPR New Years Special)

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

Donald Trump has officially won the presidency with the 270 electoral votes needed to secure the office.  Voting proceeded mostly according to tradition… despite some efforts to persuade Republican Electoral College members to vote rogue.

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Wikipedia Commons

Astronomers with the University of Hawai‘i are a step closer to understanding the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres.

The planet is the largest body in our asteroid belt, and was originally thought to be covered in reflective salt.  Using a gamma ray and neutron detector, scientists found the surface is a porous mixture of rocky materials with ice in the cracks.

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Thomas Hitz / Flickr

Tonight on Bridging the Gap, a winter themed set that will hopefully become a mixtape soon.

SAMUEL BRESENDEN
SAMUEL BRESENDEN

Chicago born, LA based DJ Jeremy Sole is exploring the mechanics of roots music.

For 10 years he’s hosted a late night show every Wednesday on Los Angles’ KCRW, mixing together an eclectic blend of world music, soul, reggae, and independent rock.  On the side he’s done official remixes for David Bowie, Beck, Fela Kuti, and Thievery Corporation.

University of Hawaii
University of Hawaii

UH Women’s Volleyball head coach Dave Shoji will take a break to deal with prostate cancer.  In a press release, Shoji said he was diagnosed a few weeks ago… but didn’t want the announcement to distract the team.  He added that treatment will take him away from coaching duties for several weeks.

Associate head coach Jeff Hall will take over until an interim coach can be found.  Shoji recently wrapped is 42nd year with the Rainbow Wahine.  With 1,202 wins, he is ranked second in all-time NCAA Division I women’s volleyball victories.

Billabong
Billabong

The Billabong Pipe Masters surfing competition could start any time as the holding period opens. 

The annual event off ‘Ehukai beach is considered the super bowl of surfing events, being one of the most attended as well as the most prestigious of the competitions.  It’s also the conclusion of ten competitions in the world surf league.

Organizers say the close viewing proximity from the shore…mixed with the danger of the reef make pipeline one of the most exciting contests to watch.  Bron Heussenstamm is a former competitor…and representative for the event.

This Saturday on Bridging the Gap, I’m playing an afro-funky mix of music ahead of my opening set for KCRW's Jeremy Sole.  We'll hear tasty selections of Afro-beat, ska, cumbia, and a little streel drum disco.

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Keeping it eclectic tonight with new music from Bon Iver, the Avalon Jazz band and Jamarek.

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Forest Starr and Kim Starr / Flickr

Maui Electric Company is making adjustments to make up for power that will be lost with the closure of sugar cane production.

Hawai‘i Commercial and Sugar Company will no longer provide additional electricity that was generated at its Pu‘unēnē mill.  The partnership provided 4 megawatts of scheduled power and an additional 16 megawatts of immediate emergency power.  MECO spokeswoman Shayna Decker says the utility has been working with HC&S since the closure was announced in January.

Red Bull Media House
Red Bull Media House

A new documentary is looking behind the scenes of big wave surfing with a professional.

“Distance between Dreams” follows surfer Ian Walsh through the last year’s season… with a special focus on surfing Jaws on Maui.  It provides a unique first person perspective into the training, technology and preparation that goes into surfing giant waves.  Walsh says he wanted to take a different approach to the traditional surfing movie.

Tonight on Bridging the Gap, a set to cure those post-Thanksgiving blues and food coma.

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Listen to The Dinner Mix

Barrio Vintage
Barrio Vintage

Many people will be headed to malls today for Black Friday sales.  But there are an assortment of alternative shopping choices popping up this year. 

On O‘ahu, Chinatown merchants and restaurants are hosting the 2nd annual Downtown Shop Around. Downtown boutiques are hosting trunk sales and discounts… while restaurants offer shoppers discounts for their support of merchants.  Bradley Rhea is co-owner of Barrio Vintage clothing store.

Disney
Disney

Disney’s movie “Moana” has opened in theaters following a wave of both praise and controversy.

The story follows an adventurous teenager who sails across the pacific on a mission to save her people. Along the way she meets the demigod Maui and discovers her identity.

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As the President-elect continues to put together his cabinet, the rest of the world continues to wonder what the policies of the Trump Administration will be. That’s certainly true in the Asia Pacific. And this week, many business people in India are trying to figure out what Donald Trump might mean for their future. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Daptone Records
Daptone Records

Tonight we're doing a tribute to the late Sharon Jones, singer of The Dap-Kings who passed away at 60 this last Friday.  I'm also taking the opportunity to mix in some neo-soul, and ska.

Oahu Community Correction Center
Oahu Community Correction Center

One of the last and most notable executions to take place in Hawai‘i occurred 87 years ago tomorrow.   The case attracted national attention and divided ethnic communities.

In September of 1928… Myles Fukunaga confessed to abducting and killing 10-year-old George Gill Jamieson, the son of a prominent white businessman.  He told police he wanted to use the ransom money to send his parents back to Japan….and save them from a life of poverty in Hawaii.

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Wikipedia Commons

There’s new movement on plans to restore the Old Maui High School.

A company called TEACH Development has been tapped by Maui County officials to rebuild remaining structure. Teach stands for technology, education, agriculture, community and health.  In a meeting last week they pledged to work closely with the community to achieve plans to create an environmental education center within the historic architecture.  The limited liability corporation was formed for the project, and was chosen by Mayor Alan Arakawa’s administration through a request for proposal process.

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Kathy Swendiman / Flickr

Health care access just got more convenient for veterans living on the Leeward coast of O‘ahu.  The Wai‘anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center has started a care partnership with the Veterans Choice Program.

Tonight we're doing a post election show.  It's going to be a little collection of songs that popped into my head earlier this week.  I'm also going to try and squeeze in some Leonard Cohen.  Tune in from 6-8pm on HPR-2.

Green Light for Jaws

Nov 10, 2016
WSL / Kelly Cestari
WSL / Kelly Cestari

The large surf hitting the Hawaiian Islands is a welcome sign for big wave surfers competing in the Peahi Challenge at “Jaws” in north Maui.

The competition was put on “Green Alert” by organizers, and first heats are expected to begin as early as 7 this morning if favorable conditions hold.   Forecasts call for light winds and surf around 30 feet, which is considered “medium” for the competition.

The competition is also hosting a women’s division for the first time in event history.  Peter Mel is the Commissioner the World Surf League’s Big Wave Division.

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Tim Pierce / Flickr

Protests across the country are springing up following the election of Donald Trump. Thousands filled the streets in at least 25 US cities on Wednesday and Thursday.  Major demonstrations were focused outside Trump properties.

Activist group World Can’t Wait Hawai‘i is hosting a rally this afternoon (Friday) on O‘ahu.  Organizer Liz Rees says it was enlightening to see protests happening across the country. 

The World Can’t Wait rally against Trump’s takes place this afternoon from 4-6pm at the Entrance to Ala Moana Beach Park.

Outrigger Hotels Sold

Nov 8, 2016
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clohr / Flickr

One of Hawai‘i’s largest hotel chains has been sold.

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts will be purchased by K-S-L Capital Partners—a private equity group. Although terms were not disclosed.  The transaction includes all of Outrigger's hotels, condominiums, and vacation resort properties.

Tonight's show is going to be almost entirely new music covering pockets of Downtempo, Jazz, Gypsy Swing and more.

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