Lito Arkangel was born and raised in the sugar plantation town of Kea‘au on the island of Hawai‘i. He teaches at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo when he’s not playing music. Lito's debut album is called “Me Ke Aloha” from Palm Records. He performed live in the HPR-2 studio on “Kanikapila Sunday” on September 14.
Kellen and Lihau Paik of the award-winning duo Kūpaoa teamed up with a Hawaiian music group from Japan called Kaulana for an internationally-flavored album called “Na Pua Mōhala (Flowers Will Bloom).” They performed live in the studio on “Kanikapila Sunday” on July 6, 2014.
The Hawaiian Style Band first came on the local music scene with their Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning album “Vanishing Treasures” in 1992. They followed that up with two successful albums. Now the group is back with a new release called “Hānau hou.” HSB's Wade Cambern and Garin Poliahu visited Kanikapila Sunday on June 15, 2014.
Vocalist Raiatea Helm has released a new “mini” CD for the holidays called “Ave Maria.” It features three songs, and proceeds from the sale benefit her Hawaiian Music Foundation for youth education and the Catholic Church’s Office for Social Ministry, which administers to Hawaii’s poor. Raiatea says she dedicated her rendition of “Ave Maria” to her late grandmother.
The entertainer and producer talks about his latest album, “Na`auao,” and his decision to return to exclusively performing Hawaiian music. Hear the complete Kanikapila Sunday interview from September 29, 2013.
Lihau Hannahs Paik and Kellen Paik started performing on stage together in 2005 and were married five years later. They discussed their latest release, "Bumbye," with Derrick Malama during Kanikapila Sunday on April 28, 2013.
Award-winning slack key guitarist Jeff Peterson visited Hawai`i Public Radio to talk with host Derrick Malama about his latest release, “Slack Key Travels.” Jeff brought two of his guitars with him and played a few songs from the album in the HPR studios. Hear the complete interview from March 3, 2013.