Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Opinion: Hawaiians On The Radio

Unless you live in Hawai'i or a city that has a specialty Hawaiian music radio show, why is it that the only time you hear Hawaiians on the radio is when you hear Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You", anything by the Pussycat Dolls, and a sample of Yvonne Elliman in a Fatboy Slim track? Huh? We have more music than that.

I know Israel Kamakawiwo'ole gets a lot of time on NPR and of course on television and in film, but I'm talking regular radio. I look forward to when Nicole Scherzinger's album comes out, then we'll have... one or two additional songs. Pfftt.


Rico said...

Cool Blog! I remember you from In/Flux...way back.

Anyways, I am just getting into hawaiian music, and I didn't realize how hard it is to come across - even on the internet! I basically just listen to KINE on the internet or that one iTunes radio station. Let me know if you know any good resources for listening/buying some good music.

BTW, do you know how I can get a copy/mp3/whatever of "Mr. Sun Cho Lee"?

John Book said...

As far as buying it, there are two websites I can immediately recommend:

Try to avoid Amazon when buying Hawaiian CD's, since they like to slap on an "import" price. Perhaps they don't know that Hawai'i is still apart from the US, I don't know.

Can't help you with an MP3 of "Mr. Sun Cho Lee".