Ohana de Watsonville is a non-profit corporation organized for the purpose of operating the low power radio station KAPU-lp 104.7 FM. Our
mission is to promote and perpetuate Hawaiian mele, and to support our community through unique out reach projects. We operate with a
staff of volunteers both on the air and behind the scenes involved in all aspects of running the radio station and building a strong track
record as a community non-profit. Ohana's operations are funded through your lala (membership) donations and through commercial
This edition of our enews letter is actually the late (very late) 4th quarter 2005 edition. Our 1st quarter letter will be sent to you on March
31st, 2006. Please enjoy this quick update on what's happening around the listening area and the radio station.
ROTARY CLUB OF WATSONVILLE
The Watsonville Rotary Club holds its weekly luncheon meeting
every Wednesday from 12:15 to 1:30pm at the Elks Lodge, 121
Martinelli Avenue. The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the
ideal of service."
APTOS ACADEMY ANNUAL AUCTION FUND RAISER
This non-profit, non-denominational Pre-K through 8th grade
school will hold it's annual auction and dinner on Saturday,
March 25, 2006. "Midnight at the Oasis" will take you on a trip to
Morocco 5:30 - 9:30 pm at the Coconut Grove in Santa Cruz.
Tickets are $65 each. (831) 688-1080
MONTEREY RELAY FOR LIFE
Help to support the American Cancer Society by attending the
kick-off Luau on Saturday, April 29th at the Boys & Girls Club
in Seaside. Doors open at 6:00 tickets are $30 each call:
393-9006 or 394-5222 for tickets & more information. KAPU-lp
mele will be at the kick-off luau.
The Monterey Relay for Life will be on Saturday, June 10, 2006
beginning at 10:00 am and ending on Sunday, June 11, 2006
at 10:00 am at the Monterey Fairgrounds. To participate and
support this community benefit event please call 393-9006 or
394-5222. Kapu-lp mele will be at the 24 hour Monterey
Fairground event as well
To become a lala
(member/supporter) of Ohana de
Watsonville / KAPU-lp 104.7 FM,
please click on Norma's email
address below and email your
United States Postal Address to
firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, let
Norma know that you would like to
have her mail you a membership
packet. If you prefer not to receive
a lala packet, (den no gifts or
information come your way) you
can still donate via paypal, or mail
your check to the station: Ohana
de Watsonville, 250 W. Riverside
Drive, Watsonville, CA 95076. We
are a non-profit corporation, so
deduct your donations from your
taxes, bradah! New member names
(since September 2005 will be
published in the 1st quarter 2006
newsletter.) We sincerely
appreciate everyone's support from
$5 to $200. Every donation helps
us stay on the air and gets us just
that much closer to implementing
da kine community projects.
Mahalo nui for your kokua.
Here's da question...you decide...is it fact or fiction?
Q. Eighty percent of the pineapple consumed in the United States is grown in the Hawaiian
Here's da truth...you decide...is it an economic disgrace or progress?
Fact: Pineapple production, was once, one of the leading economic agricultural crops in
the Hawaiian Islands, with 77,000 of ACRES dedicated to the this delicious fruit. Currently
there are only 10,000 ACRES in production in total combined production (with one farm on
Oahu,and another Maui). The economic trend has been to import from other countries
where it can be grown with cheap labor and little environmental restriction. Aina long used
for agricultural is being paved over for housing tracts and shopping malls. This editor
thinks Sean Na'auao sings it best in "Concrete Jungle" (From his CD entitled Fish and
|Norma says, "Morgan asked me to write an article...so here it is."
This will be a short recap of my trip to Honolulu September 9-23, 2005, during Aloha Festivals. Saw a wonderful
variety of performers during the two ho’olaulea’s . At the Waikiki stages watched Kapena, Halau Hula O Maiki, Ka’ala
Boys, Sean Na’auao Trio, Ale’a, Auntie Genoa Keawe, O’Brian Eselu and Ke Kai O Kahiki. This occurred all in one
night, so see what I mean about the most entertainers in and around Waikiki. There were nine stages, with 3 to 4
rotations of performers between 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. The highlight of the evening was when O’Brian Eselu noticed
Auntie Genoa Keawe had stayed for his performance after finishing hers. He acknowledged the honor he felt to have
her remain, then proceeded to sing to her “You Are So Beautiful”, she responded by singing the second verse to him,
and O’Brian sang the third verse, acapella,to Auntie Genoa. Very moving. Hard to describe the emotion felt by all.
It is now the following Friday and I’m at the Downtown Mele (newly named this year) where there are six stages with 4
to 6 rotations of performers. There were tough decisions to make, but armed with a game plan, saw Ike Pono, The
Aloha Festival Royal Court, Kanilau and Na Mamo O Ka’ala, Maunalua, Sean Na’auao (again), and last but not least
Na Palapalai. First time I’d seen Na Palapalai, but won’t forget them or their music. Three voices all singing falsetto.
WOW! I was exhausted just listening to them; they really pour the energy into their songs. So happy to hear their CD’s
being played on KAPU lp. We were so busy watching the entertainers, didn’t even take time to eat. Another fabulous
evening of entertainment. Stage 3 was sponsored the Hawaiian Airlines and KINE 105 FM. Put a word in for KAPU lp,
during a conversation with one of their DJ’s. Chided me about plugging station.
Now on to the rest of my favorites who perform all around Waikiki, first was Henry Kapono, at Duke’s on Sundays at 4
p.m. Every Sunday when leaving The Breakers Hotel for Duke’s, am asked by Tim, at the desk, if am going down to
watch all the animals come out. If you’ve seen the crowd for Henry’s concerts, you know what he means. If not, go
next time as it’s hard to explain, but seeing is believing. I just reply, I’m going for the music. From there it was straight
on down to the Waikiki Marriott Beach Resort and Spa, Moana Terrace, to hear the great sounds of George Kuo,
Martin Pahinui and Aaron Mahi, Jr. What a fabulous way to spend Sunday. Of course it was nice being recognized by
George, as the lady who came out of the back of the trailer (home of KAPU lp), when hearing his wonderful voice
drifting into my office, during a live interview. George’s voice is so beautiful, but when combined with Martin and
Aaron, it is an awesome sound. This is the BEST of slack key. These three have so much fun entertaining their
audiences, that they’re not to be missed every Sunday evening at 6 p.m.
The trip highlight, for me, was at Chai’s Island Bistro, Aloha Tower Marketplace, where Jerry Santos performs with
Hoku Zuttermeister and Brian Tolentino from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m., Mondays. This is a very intimate venue with the stage
maybe six feet away from my table and listening to these three for two hours was incredible. Hoku’s Dad and family
members were at the next table, with his father mouthing all the words to Hoku’s solos. Another very emotional
experience for those lucky enough to be there. Jerry Santos has been performing for so many years, but his voice
seems only to get better. Couldn’t pass up hearing Jerry again Saturday night performing with Olamana at the Hilton
Hawaiian Village, Rainbow Lounge. Jerry commented about people’s names being on some of the seats, as sees
them there every Saturday. No wonder. I would too, if lived on Oahu.
When talked to George Kuo at the Marriott, mentioned he’d just read our newsletter. Had one comment, LONG! Told
Morgan, the boss, so she asked me to write a SHORT article for the November Newsletter, about my trip to Hawaii.
Well, so far it’s two pages, and still haven’t mentioned the GREAT concert by Cyril Pahinui at Don Quixote’s, in Felton,
on September 28th. This is a terrific place to hear Hawaiian music as it is a very intimate venue. The bar is separate
and no one talks during the performances. Cyril is my all time favorite male singer and hearing him sing two of my
favorites, “Tropical Night” and “Eyes of Love”, is just indescribable. Was walking on clouds for days. Cyril’s lovely
wife wrote “Tropical Night” and he wrote “Eyes of Love”. Explained after the songs, he hadn’t sung “Tropical Night” for
fifteen years, and was surprised he remembered the words. Wrote “Eyes of Love” for one of his grandson’s. If you
missed Cyril, he’s coming back to Don Quixote’s in January, along with Dennis Kamaekahi. Looking forward to that.
Dennis also gave a great concert, along with Patrick Landeza, recently, at Don Quixote’s. Listen for upcoming concert
dates on KAPU lp, 104.7, as well as hearing all these great artists played daily. We have the greatest mix of Hawaiian
traditional and contemporary music anywhere. I couldn’t tell the difference between our programming and KINE,
Hawaii 105, except that they talk all the time, plus seem to play certain artists over and over. We’re still the BEST!!!
Our programmer’s mix just can’t be beat. Keep up the great work, Jeff.
AND Norma said: “Guess there was no way to condense two weeks of unadulterated fun in Hawaii. Sorry about the length. Trash it,
break up into two parts, to be continued. Your choice, just no huhu! Aloha nui loa, Norma Crouch
(And the editor says: Dis is da kine, no gonna trash!”)
|...And (finally) Introducing Uncle Bill
|Aloha nui –
I am Bill Rodman, AKA “Uncle Bill”. I am one of the volunteer DJ’s. Music has always been a part of my life from early
childhood. When I was very young, I remember my Father always listening to Classical music. I learned an
appreciation for music back then. When I was a few years older, I studied piano. I was a successful student for about
one year when I decided to stop the lessons. (At that point in my life I was not capable of withstanding all the teasing
from the neighborhood kids!) My first knowledge of Hawaiian music and culture came in 1950, when my father bought
our first television. One of my favorite TV shows at that time was Harry Owens and his Royal Hawaiians. I loved the
music and the exotic dancing. Being a Pisces, I have always been a dreamer! I knew at that time I would somehow be
involved with that culture but I didn’t know when or how. I stayed involved with music on a casual basis but I was
offbeat from my peers. I did not like the new music that everyone was listening to, namely, R & B, Rock and Roll. I still
do not like that kind of music. In that respect I stayed in my own little world of music that included Classical, Jazz, Folk,
Mexican, Caribbean, Brazilian, Flamenco, and Classical Guitar – NOT that other stuff!!
In 1961, I had moved to Livermore to continue my apprenticeship as a machinist at Lawrence Livermore Labs. My
parents gave me a guitar as a graduation present from college and once again, I started music lessons. This time it
was Classical guitar. I had a wonderful teacher in Hayward then. I studied with him for about three years, and once
again I had to stop because my schooling had come to an end and Uncle Sam wanted to talk to me. I left Livermore to
prepare for military service but I got lucky and didn’t have to go. I continued with my guitar studies on my own for the
next 12 years, with aspirations of being a Concert Guitarist. In the meantime, I got married, we adopted three kids.
That spelled the end of my musical career!
I continued my life with quite a varied career as a machinist for many years including having my own shop for 61/2
years. When I closed the shop, I was invited to work in Ecuador as a consultant at a Salesian Monk Monastery where
they worked with young abandoned boys to teach them a trade. It was a fantastic experience – I feel I received at
least as much as I gave working with those boys. We all became great friends. Padre Marco had a guitar there, and
he loaned it to me while I was there. That sparked me to start playing again. I played there for the boys and for the
staff that worked at the school. Very rewarding!
When I returned home I went to work for Seagate Technology as a Supplier Quality Engineer. That job took me all
over Southeast Asia. When I left Seagate, I took a job as a Mfg. Engineer/Manager for a company in Southern
California. That job put me in Bombay, India for about 4 months. Those jobs were great opportunities to travel and
become immersed in other cultures. That really opened my eyes to see how other people live and work, and how to
accept and function in a culture completely alien to our way of life. I believe everyone should be blessed with this
opportunity. The world would be a much happier place to live.
After a few other Engineering jobs we came back to Santa Cruz. Shortly thereafter, our daughter got married in Maui!
That is when it all started to happen. We made many friends there. That is when I was honored with the title of “Uncle
Bill”. Now we are all ‘Ohana. I discovered Ki ho ‘alu – slack key guitar – then. Since then I have spent a great deal of
my time immersing myself into that musical style. Then 2 ½ years ago I had an opportunity to work in Maui for 6 mos.
Well, that did it!! I totally submerged myself in the culture and learned everything I could. When it was time to come
back to Santa Cruz, I couldn’t find another job. I didn’t know what to do! Then one day, a friend of mine – Charley
Lochtefeld – and I were talking and I told him I wish I could find something to do in the music field. He told me that
KAPU lp had just started up and they were looking for DJs and I should talk to them. So I did, and the rest is history. I
love my job at the station. Now I get to meet all the great artists and interview them on my show at the station. I have
also been invited to MC a couple concerts. I don’t see how things could be any better unless we moved our station to
I invite anyone that is interested to please come by the station and say Aloha. You are always welcome!
A hui hou
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