“Sounds of Hawaii” is a photo series documenting recording studios that once existed in the Kaka’ako, Ward, and Ala Moana areas. The project is part of Smithsonian's ‘Ae Kai: A Culture Lab on Convergence.
I suppose I didn't anticipate working from 9am to 9pm every day on this project. One of the most important things is the power of connecting with people. We created deep relationships between people who were worlds apart, but now here in Hawaii working passionately on this documentary film. I am forever changed because of this.
"I found that special find". Look closely, and you'll see those words inscribed in the dead wax on the flip side of AGS-7002, the second release from the Aloha Got Soul blog-turned-label (but still a blog!). The idea came to me in January after picking up a copy of RVNG Intl's anthology music by Ariel Kalma. RVNG's attention [...]
Aloha Got Soul is now a record label, focusing on quality reissues of rare and relatively unknown Hawaiian soul, funk, rare groove and beyond.
While I've been busy *not* updating the blog here, (sorry, folks!) I've been juggling a handful of other projects. Firstly, I've been prepping for the forthcoming Aloha Got Soul record label—which tentatively launches by year's end with the label's first release, a 7-inch single by Mike Lundy. The music's been mastered and went to the vinyl manufacturer [...]
Native Hawaiians cherished salt for its most important use, preservation. And that's exactly what Fitted x Aloha Got Soul are doing with this mixtape: preserving the funky, flavorful music of Hawaii's past.
Nearly two years after we started this journey, I can humbly say that in just a month's time you'll have a super funky (and super danceable) mix in your hands, plus a dope limited t-shirt, thanks to to good stewards at Fitted Hawaii.
Every Wednesday in Sydney, Australia, a man named Paris takes over the Australian airwaves at Radio 2SER with his rare groove show, Jumping The Gap. Listen to an exclusive 7-inch vinyl mix by Aloha Got Soul featuring seven Hawaiian funk, soul, and jazz.
Has anyone been to the new Harry's Music Store location at 3270 Waialae Ave? After 6 months of being closed, Harry's Music Store is finally open.
You know the story: 1 store. 10 dollars. 100 records. When Harry's Music Store closed in February, I bought vinyl records so dirt cheap, I decided to make a mixtape of my finds. But one mixtape just wasn't enough—that's why I made another, it's called Paradise: 1x10x100 Revisited.