HPR Music Conversations

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Today we’re wrapping up a special Heavy Metal Holiday week of guests, as we’ve been celebrating some new releases by a trio of gifted singers associated with hard rock / heavy metal bands.

Kenny G is back in Honolulu for another run of dates ending New Years Eve at the Blue Note. He took time with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence to discuss some of the interesting ways his career has intersected with a number of wide-ranging musical luminaries, as well as future collaborative aspirations. 

See the complete interview below: 

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Graham Bonnet may not have a household name, but he gave voice to Rainbow's hits "Since You've Been Gone" and "All Night Long", as well as a body of work with Michael Schenker, Alcatrazz and many ot

courtesy of geofftate.com

Singer/songwriter/musician Geoff Tate has released the second effort in a trilogy of albums from his new Operation Mindcrime project.

The Outlaws are among the classic Southern Rock bands, but also bring a lot more to the table than some may realize. With five-part harmony vocals and their own take on the twang, Legacy Live is their latest effort, capturing the band live at a pair of shows in upstate New York and Florida.

On December 7th, Greg Lake passed on at 69 after a long battle with cancer. The bassist, guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, author and producer had been the early voice of King Crimson, then Emerson, Lake and Palmer with songs like Lucky Man, Still You Turn Me On, From The Beginning and many others people around the world identified with.

Hulu Kupuna Productions

The Kauaʻi duo of Kūpaoa, Kellen and Līhau Paik, have released a new album of Hawaiian music called Hoʻokele. They stopped by 'Kanikapila Sunday' to talk about it and to play songs in our studio. Līhau Paik says she wrote the title song for her father, who’s a mentor in her life.

Kaleiola Records

Hōkū Zuttermeister is from a family that is renowned in the world of Hawaiian music and hula. His great-grandmother Kauʻi Zuttermeister composed the classic ‘Nā Pua Lei Ilima.’ Hōkū’s debut album in 2007, ʻĀina Kupuna, won six Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards. His latest release is called Kuʻu Pua Sakura. He wrote the title song for his mother, comparing her to a sakura, or cherry blossom. HPR’s Derrick Malama asked Hōkū why he chose that flower for his mother.


Kealia Farms Record Company

Uncle George Kahumoku, Jr. discussed his latest album, Paniolo Slack Key, Songs of the Hawaiian Cowboy.



Makai Studios & The Slack Key Show

The documentary 'The Legend of Grey Wolf' is about the late singer, songwriter and storyteller, the Rev. Dennis Kamakahi. The title is from a name given to him by a Native American tribe in Washington state. His son David Kamakahi reflected on what it was like to grow up listening to his father's tales.

Daniel Ho Creations

With the retirement of Moon Kauakahi and the death of his brother, John, Uncle Jerome Koko is left to continue the legacy of the legendary Makaha Sons. He spoke about his solo release featuring producer Daniel Ho, called Makaha Sons Memoirs.

Courtesy Pono Ridge Music/Mountain Apple Company
Courtesy Pono Ridge Music/Mountain Apple Company

Michael Keale, or Mike, as he likes to be called, is part of a legendary musical family. His uncle was Moe Keale and his cousins were Israel and Skippy Kamakawiwo`ole. His latest release is called “No Ka Beauty” and he stopped by Kanikapila Sunday on July 12, 2015.

Palm Records

Lito Arkangel was born and raised in the sugar plantation town of Kea‘au on the island of Hawai‘i. He teaches at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo when he’s not playing music. Lito's debut album is called “Me Ke Aloha” from Palm Records. He performed live in the HPR-2 studio on “Kanikapila Sunday” on September 14.

Kellen and Lihau Paik of the award-winning duo Kūpaoa teamed up with a Hawaiian music group from Japan called Kaulana for an internationally-flavored album called “Na Pua Mōhala (Flowers Will Bloom).” They performed live in the studio on “Kanikapila Sunday” on July 6, 2014.


The Hawaiian Style Band first came on the local music scene with their Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning album “Vanishing Treasures” in 1992. They followed that up with two successful albums.  Now the group is back with a new release called “Hānau hou.” HSB's Wade Cambern and Garin Poliahu visited Kanikapila Sunday on June 15, 2014.

Raiatea Helm Records
Raiatea Helm Records

  Vocalist Raiatea Helm has released a new “mini” CD for the holidays called “Ave Maria.” It features three songs, and proceeds from the sale benefit her Hawaiian Music Foundation for youth education and the Catholic Church’s Office for Social Ministry, which administers to Hawaii’s poor. Raiatea says she dedicated her rendition of “Ave Maria” to her late grandmother.

  The entertainer and producer talks about his latest album, “Na`auao,” and his decision to return to exclusively performing Hawaiian music. Hear the complete Kanikapila Sunday interview from September 29, 2013.

Neos Productions/Mountain Apple Company
Neos Productions/Mountain Apple Company

Veteran singer Robi Kahakalau discusses “Robi Calling” and what she’s been doing since her last solo album in 2000. Hear the complete Kanikapila Sunday interview from August 11, 2013.

Lihau Hannahs Paik and Kellen Paik started performing on stage together in 2005 and were married five years later. They discussed their latest release, "Bumbye," with Derrick Malama during Kanikapila Sunday on April 28, 2013.

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  Award-winning slack key guitarist Jeff Peterson visited Hawai`i Public Radio to talk with host Derrick Malama about his latest release, “Slack Key Travels.” Jeff brought two of his guitars with him and played a few songs from the album in the HPR studios. Hear the complete interview from March 3, 2013.

Daniel Ho Creations / http://danielho.com

The Kumu Hula and prolific composer talks about the first poem he wrote in grade school, his songwriting philosophy and his latest release, “Hali`a i ka Poli.” Hear the complete interview from “Kanikapila Sunday” on March 24, 2013.