Heard on Hawaii Public Radio – Enjoy the magic of A Hawaiian Christmas with Slack Key Master Kapono Beamer, sharing tales of his family’s holiday traditions and rich musical legacy.
Heard on Voice of America – A new documentary, “Linsanity,” Details the Rise of Asian-Amerian Basketball Star Jeremy Lin.
Heard on NPR – Mother Marianne Cope become’s Hawaii’s second saint, honored for caring for people in Hawaii with leprosy, now known as Hansen’s disease.
Heard on NPR – The Oscar-winning film “The Descendant’s” is the first Hollywood movie scored entirely with Hawaiian music.
Heard on PRI’s The World – Each year, Hawaii’s Ukulele Festival attracts thousands of people from around the world. Lately, the instrument is seeing a resurgence, thanks in part to musicians like Jake Shimabukuro, who headlined the 40th Annual Ukulele festival.
Heard on AARP Radio – In 2009, the Belgian priest, known as Father Damien, was declared a saint for his extraordinary service in caring for patients with Hansen’s disease on the Hawaiian island of Molokai in the 19th Century. Watch and listen to an audio slideshow.
Heard on Weekend America – After months of non-stop campaigning, presidential candidate Barack Obama returns to Hawaii, where he was born, to enjoy time with his family and friends, and rejuvenate. (2008)
Heard on PRI’s The World – When Hawaii’s highest musical honors, the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, were announced in 2008, Kealii Reichel won another Hoku, this time for Best Music Video DVD of the Year.
Heard on NPR – Ever since Lyle Ritz recorded the world’s first jazz ukulele album more than 50 years ago, he’s been called the “Father of Jazz Ukulele.” He recorded his latest CD, “No Frills,” all by himself on his laptop computer, playing both ukulele and bass.
Heard on Living on Earth – Ever wonder why humpback whales sing? Zoologist Jim Darling has been trying to solve that mystery. And he’s made some unusual discoveries.
Heard on PRI’s The World – Discover why surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku continues to inspire people worldwide and why he’s been honored on a U.S. postage stamp.
Heard on NPR – Nona Beamer dedicated her life to preserving Hawaiian culture. She was a gifted storyteller, hula dancer, songwriter and teacher. Her legacy continues to touch many people today.
Heard on NPR – When the Hawaiian canoe Hokulea was built in the 70′s, it helped spark a Hawaiian cultural renaissance and a rebirth in polynesian voyaging throughout the Pacific. The documentary, “Wayfinders: A Pacific Odyssey,” chronicles that revival and some of Hokulea’s early voyages.
Heard on NPR – One of the world’s most famous battleships, the USS Missouri, has become a floating memorial and museum based at Pearl Harbor.
Heard on NPR – Hawaii is home to a legendary musical family –the Pahinui’s. Gabby Pahinui is called the “Father of Modern Slack Key Guitar.” Since his death in 1980, three of his sons have been carrying on his musical legacy. One of them is Bla Pahinui.
Heard on NPR – After fleeing war-torn Cambodia in the 1970s, a young refugee escapes to San Francisco, where he goes by the name of Don Bonus. He documents his life and struggles in the film “A.K.A. Don Bonus.”
Heard on NPR – A profile of Billy Higgins, one of the most recorded drummers in jazz. For years, he also nurtured a new generation of musicians at his cultural center in Los Angeles.
Heard on NPR – Hapa is the Hawaiian word for half, and it’s often used to refer to someone of mixed race. Hapa is also the name of one of Hawaii’s most popular bands. The musicians chose the name because one is a native Hawaiian and the other a native New Yorker. (Profile of the founding members of Hapa.)
Heard on NPR – Hawaiian slack key guitar master Keola Beamers takes you on a magical journey with his music, including his CD Moe`uhane Kika – Tales from the Dream Guitar.
Heidi Chang is an award-winning multimedia journalist, who produces stories about Hawaii and the Pacific Rim for radio, TV, digital media and print. As a reporter, producer, host and anchor, she’s contributed to local, national and international media.