Nick Yee

Host, Bridging the Gap

Nick Yee’s passion for music developed at an early age, as he collected jazz and rock records pulled from dusty locations while growing up in both southern California and Honolulu.  In college he started DJ-ing around town, playing long acid jazz and bossa nova sets at various lounges under the name dj mr.nick.  He started to incorporate down tempo and electronic music into his sets as his popularity grew, eventually getting DJ residences at different Chinatown locations. To this day, he is a fixture in the Honolulu underground club scene, where his live sets are famous for being able to link musical and cultural boundaries, starting mellow and building the audience into a frenzy.

In addition to his club life, Nicholas has spent the last 7 years as a DJ for UH Mānoa’s KTUH, running one of its most popular radio shows The Jet Set. He has also served at KTUH in various capacities, including manager and educator.

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The Pre-Drive Show! Tonight I'll be previewing some of the CDs that will be available during next weeks Challenge 2015 Pledge Drive. 
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Clearing the Air in India

Apr 6, 2015
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Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier / Flickr

A country with some of the worst air pollution in the world will start to measure how bad things really are. The country is India and HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

Another evening of eclectic music selections, from Soul to Modern Tango, to Tiki, through Jazz. 
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In our series this week “Trashing Paradise” we’ve been looking at a number of issues involving waste in Hawaii, and many of them differ from island to island.

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NOAA Marine Debris Program / Flickr

HPR’s "Trashing Paradise" series continues with a look at the dangers of plastic runoff.

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Steven Guerrisi / Flickr

As we continue our series “Trashing Paradise,” we wanted to take a look at what happens to garbage near the ocean when it doesn’t go where it’s supposed to go.

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Smabs Sputzer / Flickr

In our continuing series "Trashing Paradise," we take a look at the continuing fight against littering and the illegal dumping of personal garbage.

A special free flowing rainy day set, from Tango through Modern Jazz. 
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friendsofqueentheater.org Via historichawaii.org

A historic theater in Kaimuki may be getting an encore.

Tonights show is going to be an experiment in selection. I'm not going to be following the traditional order of Bossa, then Latin, then Downtempo, then Jazz...instead just flying just on feeling and musical instinct alone so the music flows better. Hope you enjoy it. 

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Scientists with the University of Hawaii at Manoa are using Microbes to take a pulse on the ocean’s health. Photoautotrophes are light-loving bacteria that need solar energy to photosynthesize food.  Though these microbes are too small to see, they are the very basic element of the ocean’s food chain.  Scientists took samples from different areas, and discovered that the presence of morning light causes all the microbes to photosynthesize at the same.

Sticking to slightly longer songs this evening, but still going all over the place. 

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Pi Day in Hawaii

Mar 13, 2015
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Tomorrow’s date is 3/14/15. 

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www.womenon20s.org

A group is working to put a female face onto the $20 bill.  

“Women on 20’s” launched a website that lets people vote for a number of women that fought for equal rights. The campaign has since gone viral on the internet and Facebook, collecting more than 25,000 votes since launching a week ago.

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www.deathandtaxesmag.com

Valentine’s Day has come a long way from its roots.

The holiday traces its origins back to the Roman festival of Lupercalia. There, Women were whipped with the skins of sacrificed animals to gain fertility. On February 14th of two different years, Roman Emperor Claudius II executed two men both named Valentine.  Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church as the Celebration of St. Valentine’s Day. Eventually the church fused the day with Lupercalia in order to expel its pagan rituals.

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downbeatdiner.com

Bars and restaurants in Oahu’s Chinatown district are drawing attention to a piece of legislation that would limit the volume levels of their establishments.

Honolulu Museum of Art
Honolulu Museum of Art

  

  Hawaiian history buffs will have one last chance to view a beautiful artifact with a tragic history.

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Wikipedia Commons

  

A new book is shedding light on how sailors exploring Polynesia were able to communicate with the locals.

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Wikipedia Commons

Coffee farmers in Kona are challenging the labeling laws for their products. The Kona Coffee Farmers Association has sent out a petition to support Hawaii County resolution 501-14.  Advocates want the minimum percentage of Kona coffee changed to 51%.  Currently, blended coffee must have a minimum of 10% of beans sourced locally to carry the “Kona” name.

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The flu season is hitting Hawaii residents a little harder than usual this year.  Hospitals and urgent care facilities are reporting an influx of people with flu symptoms.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the current vaccine is only 23% effective, but experts say that it shouldn’t stop people from getting them. Dr. Sarah Park is the Chief Epidemiologist for the Disease outbreak control division of Hawaii.  She says that the rising levels here match those on the mainland, but despite the numbers so far, this flu season is still developing. 

The Human Body Through Art

Jan 12, 2015
Kris Goto and Eric West
Kris Goto and Eric West

A downtown gallery is interpreting the human body through the style and design of two different artists. 

Uber
Uber

A popular car service is expanding its operation to Maui.

Uber announced and expansion of its Uber X and high end Uber Black service to Maui. The company offers personal car service that’s summoned through a mobile app.  You bring out your phone, summon a car, and ride to your destination. Billing is handled directly through a credit card attached to the app so there is no cash transaction.

Thomas Linley Rattial
Thomas Linley Rattial

Scientists exploring the Marianas Trench returned to Hawaii with a few surprising discoveries.  An international team onboard the Falkor research vessel used deep sea vehicles to dive more than 34,000 feet. They studied how life adapts to ocean depths and the history of volcanic activity.

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hvo.wr.usgs.gov

In Pāhoa, the new finger of lava continues to move downhill at a rate of around 250 yards a day.  Wet conditions have reduced smoke pollution and the risk of brushfires started by the lava.

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State Library of Queensland
State Library of Queensland

Researchers with the University of Hawaii’s Marine Heritage Program have discovered a “Ghost Ship” off of Oahu.  The wreckage of the USS Kailua sits about 20 miles off the coast of Waikiki in 2,000 feet of water.   The ship was originally named the USS Dickerson and served as a cable ship between Hawaii and Midway before being used by the US Navy.  When no longer needed, the ship was used as torpedo target practice and sunk in 1946, its location forgotten until now.

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Hawaii is one of 23 states that allows the use of medical marijuana. 

On January 1st, control of the state medical marijuana system will be changing from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Health.  But patients whose registrations expire this month are urged to reapply by December 12th to avoid any lapse in coverage.  Applicants must still obtain a signed physician’s statement before applying.  Scotty Ruis is the project coordinator for the State Medical Marijuana program. 

Owens & Co.
Owens & Co.

Large shopping centers will not be the only busy places this Black Friday.

Local boutiques and restaurants in Chinatown are also gearing up for the holiday rush, and they want you to think outside the big box store.  Missy Mulls is the owner of Owens and Company and one of the organizers of the “Downtown Shop Around"  

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