Elvis Meets Lani Kai and The Surfers

Elvis Meets Lani Kai and The Surfers

Nobody would accuse Elvis of performing what would typically be thought of as “Hawaiian music” – not even in any of the three films he made in Hawai’i.  But Elvis did associate with some greats of Hawaiian music, and these local Hawai’i musicians and personalities added more than a little local flavor and flair to the precedings. In honor of Elvis’s January 8th birthday, Ho`olohe Hou Radio celebrated with some rarities that show how local Hawai’i…

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Hawaiians Honor Sinatra

Hawaiians Honor Sinatra

On December 12th, 2015, the world honored the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frank Sinatra. One of the earliest “triple threats” in the entertainment world (singer-actor-dancer, although the dancing was questionable and was bolstered by having some far superior dance partners), Sinatra has been alternately called “the Chairman of the Board” and “the Artist of the Century.” What does any of this have to do with Hawai`i or Hawaiian entertainment? Throughout history any number…

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Lena Machado – Ahead Of Her Time

Lena Machado – Ahead Of Her Time

Lena Machado is without a doubt one of the most prolific and influential composers in the history of Hawaiian music whose songs are still well loved and often performed and recorded by today’s Hawaiian music artists. She was also a performer with an ethereal voice which earned her the nickname “Hawai`i’s Songbird.” Armed with her composing and performing talents, Auntie Lena became one of the first local Hawai`i musicians to tour internationally – an unofficial…

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Django’s Influence

Django’s Influence

Ho’olohe Hou celebrated the January 23rd birthday of famed Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.  But why? Perhaps because of his undeniable influence on music all over the world – including Hawai’i… As mentioned in our discussions of steel guitarist Billy Hew Len, Django Reinhardt was a jazz violinist whose career radically changed course after a caravan fire robbed him of the use of the pinky and ring fingers of his left – or fretting – hand….

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