‘Aloha Got Soul’ compilation nominated for two Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards

The hope for every project on the Aloha Got Soul label is to create a lasting document of timeless music that reaches a new crop of listeners in Hawaii and the world. For a place like Hawaii, so isolated from the rest of the world, it is invaluable to create an exchange of knowledge and ideas between these islands and distant destinations.

English translation of Aiko’s “Fly With Me” and “Time Machine”

With the help of a Japanese professor, Google translate, and a small working knowledge of the language, I was able to piece together a simple translation of Aiko's "Fly With Me" and "Time Machine". This is a simple way for non-Japanese speakers to understand what the songs are about.

Reflections on the Highlights of 2016

The year has come and gone quickly, but not without bringing some incredible opportunities to the table. As the end of 2016 draws closer, I'm sending this note to express my gratitude for the supporters, collaborators and believers who have helped Aloha Got Soul grow organically and steadily throughout the year.

The Simplest Guide to Making a Vinyl Record

Years ago, running a record label was merely a dream for me. Although the idea initally came to me in 2012, it wasn't until 2015 that I finally turned that dream into a reality. It took a while to figure the basics out, especially since pressing a record is a complicated process — one that likely scares away newcomers who are looking for a "how to" guide.

Digging for vinyl gems at the Hawaii Record Fair

The 2016 Hawaii Record Fair (New Location!)

The one and only annual gathering of vinyl record dealers and enthusiasts is the Hawaii Record Fair.  And it's returning to Honolulu in greater glory on Sunday, October 9th, 2016. Founded in 2012 by the oldest record shop on Oahu—Hungry Ear Records—the fair continues to grow and evolve. This year it'll forgo its regular venue for a [...]