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Shoutout to the graduates: Paying tribute with funky Hawaii High School Band records

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Shoutout to the graduates: Paying tribute with funky Hawaii High School Band records

What a time to be alive, right graduates? It's 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has cancelled practically every in-person graduation ceremony. And, well, we're incredibly envious of you! Envious? Yep. Mainly because Barack Obama spoke at everyone's commencement the other day. Virtually, of course, but regardless — how cool is that? But also, and more importantly: being young today means you are only just beginning to make your mark on the world. So, congratulations on this opportunity to leave a positive impact! Here's a niche way to say congrats: vinyl records To show our appreciation in the best way we know...

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A new song every day, for the foreseeable future

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A new song every day, for the foreseeable future

YouTube is a near endless universe of music discoveries waiting to happen. I've spent quite a bit of time surfing through hour-long mixes of latin grooves, channels that specialize in unearthing ambient gems, and users who've been digging up old video footage from the 1980s and 1990s of local musicians in Hawaii. There are also a few channels from Japan that almost exclusively share music from Hawaii. This is not surprising, especially when you consider that one of the reasons I started this blog was because the only information available online (at the time) about rare, collectible Hawaiian records were...

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Record Culture In Hawaii: A Film by The Vinyl Factory

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Record Culture In Hawaii: A Film by The Vinyl Factory

The Vinyl Factory invited Aloha Got Soul to create a film about Hawaiian records and vinyl culture in the islands. The film showcases local record shops and my current Top 5 favorite Hawaiian records. Watch, share, enjoy, and when you get the chance, make a trip out to Hawaii.

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Sassy K "Playtime": Enter Hawaiian Freestyle Music

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Sassy K "Playtime": Enter Hawaiian Freestyle Music

Did Hawaii have a freestyle music scene? No idea. I'd like to ask Sassy K about it, and whether her phenomenal album Playtime had any influence on the Honolulu music scene when it was released in 1990.

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The Four 50's "Ka Huaka‘i" (Darryl Valdez)

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"Ka Huaka‘i" by The Four 50's That's Darryl Valdez, co-founder of Tender Leaf, wearing black pants and playing the guitar in this video. Music still fills his passionate soul! In 2010, he was performing with a local Hawaiian acoustic group, the Four 50's. This video was recorded at Ka Huaka‘i "The Journey" Church in Honolulu. I've noticed that several Hawaii musicians—including Darryl Valdez, Tony Tam Sing, Rob Mehl—have dedicated themselves to playing Christian music. Almost exclusively? I don't know, it's just a thought... ...More thoughts on the homepage of this Hawaiian music blog.

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