Culture takes the spotlight in this month’s episode of Home is Here, but in two very different ways. In Kalihi on O‘ahu, the non-profit Kōkua Kalihi Valley (KKV) is looking to help the community connect with its cultural roots through food and farming. Also featured is a group that gets no shortage of exercise, 808 Breakers. Founded in 2005, the group brings together Hawai‘i’s elite breakdancers.
Earlier this year, the Hawai‘i State Archives received two historic collections of records. One of the collections was from long-time radio personality and host of Territorial Airwaves, Harry B. Soria Jr. The other collection was from an Englishman who resided in Toronto, Canada named Michael Scott. In all, the collections equal roughly 20,000 records, with the earliest dating back to 1905. Contained within these priceless vinyl artifacts is much of the history of Hawaiian recorded music.
Aunty Genoa Keawe and granddaughter Pōmaikaʻi perform a medley of song "Mauna Loa" and her signature song "Alika" on a 2001 episode of Nā Mele.
George Helm performs the song "Kalamaʻula" at the Liliuʻokalani Trust Center in Kalamaʻula, Molokai for the Golden Anniversary of Molokai Homesteading in 1972. Featuring Barney Isaacs, Jr. on steel guitar, Benny Kalama on guitar, and Jimmy Kaopuiki on bass. From the program "Pau Hana Years: Golden Anniversary of Molokai Homesteading: 50 Years of Hawaiian Homelands on Molokai"
Paige Okamura, a.k.a. DJ Mermaid of Hawaiʻi Public Radio, talks about the role Hawaiian music plays in preserving and perpetuating history and language.
Oliver Seguin of Hawaiʻi record shop and label Aloha Got Soul explains how he and owner Roger Bong are working to preserve rare local music from the past while promoting Hawaiʻi's artists of the future.
Since 2018, RYSE or Residential Youth Services and Empowerment, has been helping teens and young adults who are experiencing homelessness on O‘ahu. For 100 years the Ka Leo O Hawai‘i has served as the student-run newspaper for the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. On Maui, a young man is grooving to the beat of his own voice. Pono Akiona is the 2022 American Beatbox Champion.
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