Episode 306:
The Unconquered Kingdom of Kauaʻi and Niʻihau

Following the arrival of the first Protestant Missionaries to Hawaiʻi in 1820, changes in Hawaiʻi began due to their influence. While some Hawaiians accepted the religion, and others didn’t, challenges still remain. Host Kamaka Pili speaks with Kahu Kenneth Makuakāne of Kawaiahaʻo Church on how Christianity and being Hawaiian can coexist. 

During the plantation days, many cultures influenced Hawaiʻi’s lifestyle, including music. When the Portuguese arrived, they brought with them a stringed instrument. The Hawaiians made it their own and it evolved into the ʻukulele. In this episode, host Kamaka Pili learns its rich history and how it became the sound of Hawaiʻi.

​​Aloha Authentic is a show celebrating Hawaiian culture.  Through conversations with local artisans, cultural practitioners, kūpuna and community members, we all learn more about Hawaiʻi, our native culture and unique lifestyle.

Episode 309 - Royal Hawaiian Band


Wed, May 31, 2023

9:30 pm on KHON2

Fri, June 2, 2023

9:00 pm on Hawai'i CW

Sun, June 4, 2023

8:00 pm on KHII

King Kamehameha I conquered most of the Hawaiian Islands during his reign through bloodshed, except for two: Kauaʻi and Niʻihau. The King was able to acquire the unconquered kingdom through diplomacy rather than war from King Kaumualiʻi, the last ruling chief of said islands. Host Kamaka Pili speaks with Chucky Boy Chock of Kauaʻi Museum, to learn how the Hawaiian Kingdom was finally established. 

The cowboy lifestyle was introduced to Hawaiʻi by the vaquero after the first cows were brought to the islands as a gift to the King.  From that came the paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy.  Paniolo today continue to perpetuate the unique lifestyle and care for our ʻāina.  Host Kamaka Pili sits down with a couple of paniolo from Parker Ranch on Hawaiʻi island.


Before there was a written Hawaiian language, stories were communicated through poetry and dance. With contemporary music today, the story being told has become second to the song’s production. In partnership with the Hawaiian Music Perpetuation Society, host Kamaka Pili sits down with Kuʻuipo Kumukahi to highlight the importance of poetry, composition, and why songs were dedicated to Hawaiian Royalty. Special guests Marlene Sai and Kumu Hula Kaʻilihiwa Vaughan-Darval share some of their efforts in honoring Hawaiʻi’s past.

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Episode 304:
Paniolo - Hawaiian Cowboy

There are many hands that contribute to perpetuate and preserve Hawaiian Culture. In this episode of Aloha Authentic, host Kamaka Pili sits down with the Daughters of Hawaiʻi, to learn about their preservation efforts of two royal palaces in the islands. We also speak with Pauline Worsham of Moanalua Garden Foundation to learn about the 75th Anniversary of the Prince Lot Hula Festival taking place at Queen Emma Summer Palace.

Episode 301:
ʻUkulele with Kanileʻa ʻUkulele

Episode 302:
Daughters of Hawaiʻi &
​Prince Lot Hula Festival

Episode 305:
Spirituality in Hawaiʻi

Music is not only entertainment, but a tool of archiving and storytelling. In this episode, host Kamaka Pili sits down with Kuʻuipo Kumukahi from Hawaiian Music Perpetuation Society to bring forth the history and stories of Waikīkī. Hear moʻolelo from Waikīkī’s golden era of music with songbirds Melveen Leed and Karen Keawehawaii, and their performances from Nā Kūpuna Nights.

Coming Up Next...

Episode 308:

Keeping Kalo Alive

Episode 303:
Song Birds of Waikīkī

Episode 307:
Hawaiian Composition

Kalo has always been a staple of the Hawaiian diet, but in recent times, kalo has taken a back seat when it comes to starches. Host Kamaka Pili sits down with Keanuenue Kekaula of He Mea ʻOno Poi, to learn why we lost the taste for kalo, the challenges farmers face today, and how he plans to make kalo a staple again. Kamaka also learns how to prepare unique dishes using kalo.