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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.
    Benny Chong is one I like a lot. Kawika Kahiapo, Halehaku Seabury, Bruce Shimabukuro, (Jake's brother) Mica Kane and Kelly DeLima are a few of my favorite local artists. My wife is born and raised on Oahu and still has a lot of family there so I get to spend a lot of time in the islands every year except this year.

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    Seems that a lot of old threads about this got deleted. Here's the only one I could find.

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...Hawaiian-Music

    Must-hear foundational albums:

    Hui ʻOhana by Hui ʻOhana
    Tropical Storm by Peter Moon Band
    Guava Jam by Sunday Manoa
    Gabby by Gabby Pahinui

    EDIT: There's some tacky stuff on here, but a good jumping off point for some legendary artists: https://kingshawaiian.com/blog/the-a...music-playlist.
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    Try listen to the Father and Son team of Keikilani and Leo Lindsey.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9MwJIrCzw0
    Kamaka HF3, Tenor
    Martin S1, Soprano
    Ko'olau C1, Concert
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    The biggest problem, and it's certainly been mentioned here before, is getting hold of the recordings. If only there was an organised push to get these artists onto a service like Bandcamp I'm sure it would really boost sales and exposure for them. I make a point of picking up some music I've not heard before from Bandcamp quite frequently, which is much easier, quicker and certainly cheaper than trying to get hold of a Benny Chong CD at collectors' prices.
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    I think I have all of Iz's music, and I also have several CD from Keali'i Reichel - very good. Don't forget Amazon for uke music. They have a lot of the traditional singers and groups.

    These were recommended by people here. I haven't bought them yet, but they're on my Wish List.

    https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B004LP2B...v_ov_lig_dp_it

    https://smile.amazon.com/Guava-Jam-S...YB20A07N84834M

    https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00004TE...v_ov_lig_dp_it

    And -

    https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=hawaiia...f=nb_sb_noss_1

    Radio - I have an internet radio, and I can hit a button and get a steady stream of Hawaiian music, straight from Hawaii. Once you buy the radio, there's nothing more to pay. I wish it worked in my car.

    https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=interne...f=sr_nr_p_89_2
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    that xyz site is good, but I can never get it to stream properly. since the pandemic started I know at least one radio station has disabled streaming for anyone off-island. also, a lot of modern Hawaiian pop music still leans towards reggae ("Jawaiian").

    another list of artists can be found at mountain apple's site (Jon de mello, Iz's producer); some are old and no longer active/alive (you can add Kaau crater boys, Makaha sons of Niihau to that list of classics), most link to albums, some include links to artist websites
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    Never thought about an internet radio. I presume it is WIFI and you enter a password for whatever private WIFI site you have access to? When looking up internet radio there are a lot of apps out there. You are talking about a physical radio, right?. Would be great to have along when RV'ing when campgrounds only have WIFI, not TV.

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    I live in Honolulu and I’d say NPR Hawaii’s Sunday Kanakapila show in the afternoon is your most comprehensive showing of current Hawaiian music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimosabe View Post
    I live in Honolulu and I’d say NPR Hawaii’s Sunday Kanakapila show in the afternoon is your most comprehensive showing of current Hawaiian music.
    I second this idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJackBrass View Post
    The biggest problem, and it's certainly been mentioned here before, is getting hold of the recordings. If only there was an organised push to get these artists onto a service like Bandcamp I'm sure it would really boost sales and exposure for them. I make a point of picking up some music I've not heard before from Bandcamp quite frequently, which is much easier, quicker and certainly cheaper than trying to get hold of a Benny Chong CD at collectors' prices.
    I'm not really sure what you're hoping to get here? Plenty of the recommended classic artists are on iTunes, Youtube, Amazon, eBay if you look for them. Not full catalogs, but certainly enough to give you a taste.

    Album to album, it all depends on the record contracts. Lots of guys got hooked into terrible deals and lost the rights to their music. Others have long since passed. Some folks/families can't be bothered to get their stuff up digitally. The industry here is small enough that the humbug of sorting out logistics often outweighs the potential profit. Music sales aren't what they were.

    Some stuff you just won't get unless you run across it at a thrift store (limited run personal project, etc...). But there is enough out there that's easy to source to give you a really good start into appreciating the genre.

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