|Meet KAPU’s Moa Kane Bob
Moa Kane Bob is excited to be a part of KAPU Radio. He
hosted a jazz show on KKUP in Cupertino about 20 years
ago, and always hoped to return to programming. Last
summer, he read a newspaper article about KAPU, and
contacted Jeff and Morgan Kost about his interest in doing a
show on their station. After badgering them intensely, the
Kost’s reluctantly agreed to allow him on the air. They keep
him on a very short leash, with a maximum amount of
supervision, and under constant threats of termination. It is
this kind of structure that keeps Moa Kane Bob out of trouble.
Despite his traditional name, Moa Kane Bob is not Hawaiian.
However, his appreciation of island culture began during
childhood, when he received a small statue of King
Kamehameha I as a gift. A couple years later, tragedy struck
when Moa Kane Bob chipped off the great King’s nose while
using him to hammer a nail into a wall. Moa Kane Bob
considers Steve McGarret from Hawaii Five-O as one of the
coolest people of all time.
Moa Kane Bob’s taste in food is almost as broad as his
musical tastes. Among other styles, he enjoys jazz,
bluegrass, folk/folk-rock, the Grateful Dead, British
progressive rock, ethnic (Afro-Latin, Brazilian, Klezmer,
Flamenco, Mexican, Greek, etc.), and of course, Hawaiian
music. Moa Kane Bob’s grandmother prayed each night that
her daughter would grow up to be a professional accordion
player. Unfortunately, those prayers went largely
unanswered. Although she did learn to play the accordion,
she didn’t become professional. Through her accordion
lessons, she learned many military songs which she sang as
lullabies to young Moa Kane Bob. His mother prayed every
night that he would make something special of himself. And,
those prayers had largely gone unanswered until Moa Kane
Bob landed his program on KAPU Radio.
Moa Kane Bob’s show is called A Pupu (not poo poo) Platter.
It airs the first Wednesday of the month from 12:00-1:30 p.m.
The program features vocal music in the Hawaiian language.
|The 2005 Na Hoku Hano Hano Awards
The sucking sound started when Alan called us out by name as
we were checking in. “Jeff & Morgan Kost, you have the radio
station right? I’m Alan.” He held out his hand, and I shook it
warmly. “Yes, we are. Nice to meet you Alan.” There are two
Alans’ on the HARA (Hawaiian Academy of Recording Arts)
Board of Directors. Was this Alan Yamamoto or Alan
Yoshioka? We didn’t know. It was obvious, though, we’d been
talked about. Hmmm. Neato. Cool. Right-On!
We got our table number, which from the diagram we were
shown, was three rows back from the stage and dead center
(mahalo Bonnie). We’ve never had seats like this in seven
years of attendance, we were smiling inside (c’mon be cool, we’re
cool.) After getting checked in Jeff and I found a nice spot along
the wall, next to a potted plant, in the pre-show area. We
nursed our cocktails and watched the folks arrive.
“Hey! Isn’t that Nedward Kaapana?” Jeff asked me. I shrugged
my shoulders. It sure looked like Ledward’s brother, but I couldn’
t be sure. Just I few years back we mistook John Keawe for
George Helm (dumb Haoles.) “Maybe, go introduce yourself,” I
said. Jeff didn’t budge. “Oh my! Jeff! That’s Eddie Kamae!”
This, we were sure of. He walked in looking incredibly dapper in
a powder blue dress shirt and his unmistakable smile. “I have to
go introduce myself” I told Jeff. I waited about twenty feet
behind Mr. Kamae while he purchased his drink tickets and got
a glass of red wine. “Mr. Kamae, excuse me. My name is
Morgan Kost. I really enjoyed the biography that Jim Houston
wrote about you. In fact, once I started the book I couldn’t put it
down. I help operate a completely Hawaiian radio station in
Watsonville, California. I think in October you’ll be in our area,
and you’ll stop by?” “Yes, I think I will be in the area then.
Thank you, nice to meet you” Eddie answered. Then I walked
back to Jeff. Oh boy, I’m such a clod. I talk way too fast. I know
which fork to use, but cold call introductions make my cheeks
hot. Wait, that sounds bad. I mean, it makes me nervous to talk
to famous folks. I behave awkwardly, to say the least.
For about an hour we watched people we recognized enter the
reception area: Auntie Genoa Keawe, Charles Ka’upu,
Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole, Dennis & Cheryl Kamakahi, and we
talked to each other. We were having fun, and always do
together, plus our kids were in our motel room with our niece,
who, lucky for us, lives in Mililani. I should explain the “sucking
sound”. You know the sound a snail makes when it is frightened
and begins to retract into its shell? That’s how Jeff and I
operate. Even though we had met Brittni Paiva in the lobby the
day before, and realized how shy she was, and how shy most
folks are…There we were armed with a quality, portable
recorder (with the idea of getting some of the artists we saw at
the Hokus to record KAPU-lp station identification
announcements) and with invitations to perform at our 2006
station fund raiser, we were retracting into our shells. Where
was Bill anyway? He knows everyone.
The doors opened. We went into the ballroom and found our
table. We were seated with the executive producer of the K5
Home Team, John Fink , his wife and son; an Auntie who had
previously received a lifetime achievement award and her niece
(only got their first names, kala mai), and a kumu hula and his
partner. We could practically touch Robert and Roland
Cazimero, Dennis &Cheryl Kamakahi, Milton and Ann Lau,
Eddie and Myrna Kamae, David Kamakahi…We were right
there, unbelievable. I did pass out 2006 invitations to
Maunalua, The Cazimeros, David Kamakahi, Owana Salazar
and Brittni Paiva.
Highlights of the awards show were live performances by
Maunalua, Ale’a, Na Palapalai and the show stealers: Brittni
Paiva and Bill Tapia. The Makaha Sons who presented the
award for Album of the Year were as silly as ever, promoting
their upcoming event at The Shell, in lieu of the award. They
did present the Group of the Year Award to Na Palapalai for
their CD entitled Ke Ala Beauty. Other notable awards went to
Owana Salazar for Jazz Album of the year, Brittni Paiva for Most
Promising Artist of the Year, Eddie Kamae for Anthology Album
of the Year and Album of the Year. Robert Cazimero received
an award for Song of the Year with Ala Anuhea. Female
Vocalist of the Year went to Raitea Helm and Male Vocalist went
to the golden voice of the late Dennis Pavao. David Kamakahi
received a Hoku for Contemporary Album of the Year. This
award was received by David with special thanks to his father
Dennis, and mentor Eddie Kamae.
The Na Hoku Hanohano awards is an annual event conceived
and organized in 1978 by Krash Kealoha, along with Jacqueline
Rossetti, Kimo Kahoano, and Ronnie Hope as a promotion for
Radio KCCN-AM. Awards were then determined by public poll.
The Hokus has evolved into an industry event where
technicians, promoters, distributors, artists, album designers
and annotators receive awards for excellence in their fields.
2005 marked the first year that Hawaiian music was recognized
by the Grammys. If you would like to become “a friend” of the
Hawaiian Academy of Recording Arts, visit their website (click on
the link below.)
The caper for our evening actually came the next morning while
we were sitting in bed drinking coffee, reading through our Hoku
programs and watching cartoons (our kids are 5 and 3, yeah?)
There, on the third page of the program, “Jeff! With special
Aloha to: Jeff and Morgan Kost,” I exclaimed. Look out! The
snails are out of their shells!
Written by Morgan Kost
For More information about becoming a FRIEND of The
Academy, (HARA: Hawaiian Academy of Recording Artists)
please click on this link: www.nahokuhanohano.org
|Jeff and Morgan ready to go to the 2005 Na Hoku Hanohano
(Mahalo Amber for the photography)
|Aloha Oe traditionally sung at the end of the Hoku broadcast.
Pictured above (left to right): John Keawe, (unknown to us),
Keoki Kahumoku leading the song on guitar, Charles Michael
Brotman, Randy Lorenzo, John Cruz, Owana Salazar (talking to
someone in the back), KuanaTorres & Kainani Kahunaele. Mr.
John Fink & his son in the
|NEW MUSIC IN THE KAPU-LP MIX
The Lim Family: Launa’ole/Unequalled, Frank Delima: Silva
Anniversary 25 Years of Comedy, Jake Shimabakuro:
CROSSCURRENT, Amy & Willie LIVE: 2003 Aloha Live Tour,
Uncle Moe Keale: Live in Waikiki, Dennis Pavao: Keiki /
Kapuna, The Kalima Bothers & The Richard Kauhi Quartet,
Na Palapalai: Ke Ala Beauty; Myrtle K. Hilo: The Singing
Cab Driver; Willie K: The Uncle in Me Volumes I & II; Don
Tiki: Adulterated “The Remix Project”…and more all da
time. TUNE IN!
What’s your favorite pidgin word?
No Huhu Without anger or frustration.
Waiwai Goods, Property, Value, Worth
Try Wait? Wait a moment, won’t you please?
Yeah? Added on to the end of sentences
‘Dis good fun, yeah?
|MEET ONE OF OUR NEW VOLUNTEERS
I am Norma Crouch and do office work around the station. I discovered Hawaiian mele (music) on my first trip to Hawaii. It began a
deep, lasting appreciation and love for island mele. Visiting four islands, in 1975, after winning “Checker of the Year”, (for a large
grocery chain) the prize was a two- week expense paid trip to Hawaii. After enjoying many return visits, I still fly there annually,
adding to my collection of Hawaiian CD’s and to see numerous favorite entertainers. Get ready for a tour of Hawaii’s best
entertainment venues and my list of the islands best recording artists.
Each trip now includes going to the Concerts on the Beach, at Duke’s Waikiki, to hear Kapena every Saturday at 4PM and Henry
Kapono Sundays at 4PM. Love those guys and their music. Trips are always scheduled during “Aloha Festivals” to see and hear
the local entertainers performing throughout the evening during the Waikiki Ho’olaule’a. (Street party, where 11-14 stages are set
up on Kalakaua Ave) Each stage rotates 4-5 different performers and tens of thousands of people are having lots of fun, including
great food, crafts, hula halaus and music. It is at this event I was blessed to see and hear Brother IZ several times before his
death, also Sistah Robi, Fiji and many more popular local groups. Besides all this fun, there are other activities including the
falsetto contest, floral parade and special Aloha Festivals entertainment at several shopping centers throughout the week.
Another favorite entertainer, the late Moe Keale, was a regular, poolside at the Sheraton Waikiki. If you’d ever walked along the
ocean side of Waikiki and heard irresistible music drifting out, behind the Sheraton and stopped to listen, it was Moe. Upon noticing
you enjoying the music, he’d turn around, smile and with that ever present Aloha spirit, kindly invite you inside. If you did, you were
in for a real treat. You can hear Moe daily on KAPU, along with many other great island legends. More groups on my “don’t miss”
list include Jerry Santos with Olomana performing Fridays/Saturdays at the Rainbow Lounge in the Rainbow Tower of the Hilton
Hawaiian Village. Now on down to the other end of Waikiki, at the Marriott, you hear all the best slack key guitar players, including
the Pahinui Brothers, Ledward Ka’apana and Auntie Genoa Keawe. Can’t miss checking out Chai’s Island Bistro at the Aloha
Tower Marketplace where you find the Brothers Cazimero performing, maybe Melveen Leed and my all time favorite, Jerry Santos,
is there weekly, also. Waikiki may be crowded and touristy, but it’s where you find the best and most entertainers. Pick up the free
newspapers, Honolulu Weekly/Waikiki Weekly for time and location of every live act during the current week.
If you can’t get to Hawaii, listen to all these great performers on KAPU-lp. Oahu stations don’t come close to providing the great
mix, quality and quantity, of mele, we have at KAPU. Morgan and Jeff tell me that a station called “The Breeze” is doing a great
job, so I plan to check it out while there in September. KAPU is a unique gift we must cherish and nourish so it grows and
prospers. I am amazed that it is the ONLY station broadcasting Hawaiian music twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
When the membership drive began, along with a donation, I indicated I would like to volunteer, and have been on board, in the
office every Thursday afternoon. The message from Morgan (my boss) said something like get your article written for the
newsletter and no huhu (don't know exactly what that means, but here it is).