Daniel Ho Creations

With the retirement of Moon Kauakahi and the death of his brother, John, Uncle Jerome Koko is left to continue the legacy of the legendary Makaha Sons. He spoke about his solo release featuring producer Daniel Ho, called Makaha Sons Memoirs.

Geoff Tate has been making music professionally since the early 1980's. For decades the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist was the vocalist for the Seattle progressive metal band Queensryche.

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

Steel guitars have played an essential role in Hawaiian music since they were pioneered by musicians like Joseph Kekuku and Sol Ho‘opi‘i.  In the early nineteen-hundreds - Herman Weisseborn developed a new type of instrument by creating a square hollow neck on the guitar that increased the volume of the steel strings.  But the introduction of electric amplification made that acoustic style obsolete.

Courtesy charliemusselwhite.com and Danny Clinch

Legendary blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite has had a long career, and many critical musical relationships. He performs tonight at the Kaua'i Beach Resort and Saturday at the Honoka'a People's Theatre, and took time to be on All Things Considered with Honolulu Host Dave Lawrence while in the islands.   

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.