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Thread: Music from Hawaii: what are the rest of us missing?

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    Default Music from Hawaii: what are the rest of us missing?

    Thanks to the Internet, global shipping and sites like Bandcamp it's much easier than it used to be to get hold of recordings from regional artists and people without major label contracts. Even so, it's not always straightforward, particularly in cases where digital distribution hasn't been adopted or an older catalogue of work has languished as the artists have retired or died.

    I occasionally hear about CDs people have picked up at small stores or music festivals in Hawaii but which are seemingly impossible to get elsewhere, of musicians who must surely have made recordings but fail to appear in searches. So, if you're from, in or familiar with the ukulele music scene in Hawaii, what are the rest of us missing? and how can we get hold of these treasures?
    "If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair." - Samuel Johnson

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    Many of the artists have their own websites. Try contacting them directly through their website.

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    Mele dot com

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    Quote Originally Posted by peanuts56 View Post
    Many of the artists have their own websites. Try contacting them directly through their website.
    You seem to be assuming that I know who those artists are. Funnily enough, it had already occurred to me to get in touch with the artists I know about through the Web, but the point of this thread is to learn of musicians who simply aren't well known outside of their local scene.
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    Here's a rare one:

    https://www.ebay.com/c/2177819294

    (Full disclosure, no relation to the eBay seller but the artist is my nephew and was actually born in California but has deep family roots in Hawaii.)

    That said, here's a sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKCW6QGCj9s
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    you can also peruse the nominees for Na hoku hanohano awards, often called the Hawaiian grammys
    harahawaii dot com

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    and also the older videos by HIsessions on youtube (the performances before all the podcasts)

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    Although a fair amount of effort is necessary to mine the information you're looking for, I encourage you to visit the Ukulele Friends Hawaii Facebook page. Since the start of the pandemic they have been holding panel sessions twice a week. On Thursdays they focus on musicians who are no longer around or who have stopped performing. Their intent is to keep these musicians alive for future generations. On Mondays they feature either one of their own panel members or an up-and-coming musician. You don't have to catch them live; they post recorded versions for viewing later. The panelists are Bryan Tolentino, Herb Ohta, Jr., Brittni Paiva, Jake Shimabukuro, David Kamakahi, Hoku Zuttermeister, Halehaku Seabury, Kama Hopkins, Asa Young, Craig Chee, and Sarah Maisel. Watching these panel sessions has greatly expanded my knowledge of and appreciation for Hawaiian music.
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    Thank you, some fine suggestions so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJackBrass View Post
    You seem to be assuming that I know who those artists are. Funnily enough, it had already occurred to me to get in touch with the artists I know about through the Web, but the point of this thread is to learn of musicians who simply aren't well known outside of their local scene.
    https://www.hawaiianmusiclive.xyz/ is an internet radio station that streams Hawaiian music. They also have information about the Hawaiian music scene, including free streaming live concerts by popular artists.

    https://www.hawaiian105.com/ is a popular Honolulu radio station that plays Hawaiian music and also streams it over the internet.

    https://www.youtube.com/user/hisessionsshow is a great YouTube channel with live music videos from popular Hawaii-based artists. It is operated by Jon Yamasato, who used to be in a popular band with Jake Shimabukuro. Their live music videos were shut down for most of the pandemic, but they started up again last month.

    There are other sources like this, but these are the ones I listen to the most. They do have playlists to tell you who they have been playing if you'd like to look up the artists.

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