Musician Joe Louis Walker is back in the islands, performing as part of the O'ahu Jazz and Blues Festival. He took time for a call into HPR's All Things Considered with Honolulu Host Dave Lawrence.


Blues rockers the Chris Duarte Group have been in the state, touring behind their latest album, Lucky 13. The Texas guitarist and his band played live in HPR's Atherton Performing Arts Studio as guests on All Things Considered with Dave Lawrence.

Following up Booker T. Jones of Booker T and the M.G.'s as our guest last week , HPR's All Things Considered continues the diversity with Max Cavalera of Soulfly.

University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu Center for Labor Education and Research
University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu Center for Labor Education and Research

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.


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.

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.

courtesy Peterson Productions www.jeffpetersonguitar.com

  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.