Na Mele O Hawai'i

Join host Beth Post as she features the unique sounds of Hawaiian music — from early icons of island music to today's innovators — exploring styles, the history of the genre, and revered songs and performers.

Replays Saturday 10am-12pm
Live Thursday 1-3pm
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Mele o Protest Kahiko Aug 16th, 2012

"On August 12, 1898, everything ceased. Washington Place was shuttered, as was every other Hawaiian home. No Hawaiian stirred from his own house nor his own thoughts, while the annexationists celebrated. Henry Berger played "Hawaii Ponoi" for the last time, as a free nation's anthem." - Helena G. Allen, "The Betrayal of Liliuokalani," p. 365

What's being described here? Nothing less than the end of Hawai'i as a sovereign nation. Listen in as we play the songs of protest and allegiance that Hawaiians of the day, including Hawaii's last monarch, penned and sang in tribute to their love of the land, "aloha 'aina." Learn why "Kaulana Na Pua" was originally called "The Stone Eating Song," and reflect on why there remains to this day a strong sovereignty movement in Hawai'i. Oni pa'a.

Mele o Protest Auana Aug 9th, 2012

Ever been to Hawai'i and been embraced by aloha, but felt a strong sense of unrest or anger? Today's show hopes to bring some of the reasons for that anger to light musically. We'll present songs of protest, some explicit, some couched in kaona, in which frustration and anger at the disenfranchisement of the Hawaiian from his or her own land and culture is expressed. Listen to Hapa, The Brothers Cazimero, Dennis Pavao and others express their love of the land, their anger at its use and misuse, and their desire for unity amongst Hawaiians in the struggle to retain their land, culture, and identity. Ua mau ke ea o ka aina. Oni pa'a.

Hapa-Haole Music Part 2 Aug 2nd, 2012

We pick up our review of hapa-haole music where we left off last week, with the risque tune, "Princess Pupule," sung by Auntie Naughty Abbie. Then we are carried away to the islands by the long-running radio show, "Hawai'i Calls." You can hear the waves rolling right up to the microphone! The show finished out with a number of entertainers that were featured on Hawai'i Calls across the years, including Clara Inter (Hilo Hatiie), Benny Kalama and Alfred Apaka.

Hapa-Haole Music Part 1 July 26, 2012

Today's "class" begins with Sonny Cunha, the father of hapa-haole music, and includes the very first hapa-haole song, played on an original Edison Amberola. We move on to one of the most popular hapa-haole songs (and winner of the 10th Annual Academy Award for Best Song -- do you know what song it is? Listen in to find out!) and share cuts played by the legends of early hapa-haole music, like Tau Moe, Andy Iona, and John K. Almeida. But we've only gotten halfway. Tune in next week for Part 2 (and the rest of "The Princess's" song...) -- Hawai'i will be "Call"ing.

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Stacey - so glad you enjoyed the show. I hope you'll keep listening. Here's the playlist for the "Flower" show (Mele o pua). Aloha!

Song Artist Abum
Salomila Hui 'Ohana Young Hawaii Plays Old Hawaii
Lei 'Ohu Cyril Pahinui 6 and 12 String Slack Key
Green Rose Hula Pure Heart Pure Heart
Ku'u Pua Lei Mokihana Gabby Pahinui Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band V. 1
Na Pua Lei 'Ilima Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau Unforgettable Hawaiian
Pauoa Ka Liko Ka Lehua Ohana Hawai‛i — Under the Rainbow
Pua `Ahihi Darlene Ahuna Classic Hula
Pua Olena Tia Carrere Hawaiiana
Pua Tubarose Keola & Kapono Beamer Honolulu City Lights
Ku`u Lei Awapuhi Pali With Aloha [Disc 2]
Hanohano Ka Lei Pikake Keali'i Reichel Kamahiwa [Disc 1]
Maile Swing Jeff Peterson Maui on My Mind

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 05/25/2012 - 9:43pm

Thank you for the playlist from the Mele o pua show you did!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 12:39pm

You're welcome and thanks for asking. I'll make a point of posting future playlists once I find how to do it on the website rather than in the comments.
Auntie Peka

Submitted by Beth Post on Sat, 06/02/2012 - 1:30pm

Auntie Peka

Submitted by Beth Post on Wed, 03/21/2012 - 9:32pm

I'm really enjoying everything about your show and look forward to hearing more. Your commentary really pulls it all together--I'll be spreading the word. Thanks!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 03/21/2012 - 5:47pm

I appreciate your comments. It warms my heart to know you're enjoying what I enjoy.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 04/12/2012 - 12:09pm

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