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.
There are many influences to the creation of Hawaiian music, however one of the biggest contributors is the Royal Hawaiian Band. Since their beginning in 1836, the Royal Hawaiian Band aims to perpetuate the songs of Hawaiʻi’s aliʻi and bring them to the community. Host Kamaka Pili sits down with Kuʻuipo Kumukahi of Hawaiian Music Perpetuation Society and Karen Keawehawaii to learn about their impact to music, as well as speaking with former and current Bandmaster Aaron Mahi and Clarke Bright to learn about the band’s importance today.
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.
Royal Hawaiian Band
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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.
ʻUkulele with Kanileʻa ʻUkulele
Daughters of Hawaiʻi &
Prince Lot Hula Festival
Washington Place was once the home of Queen Liliʻuokalani, then to Hawaiʻi’s Territorial Governors, then to Hawaiʻi’s State Governors. Today, the home isn’t the active residence of the Governor, but it reflects upon its past and rich history. In this episode, host Kamaka Pili sits down with the President of the Washington Place Foundation, and Dominis Descendant Louise “Gussie” Schubert, to learn about the home’s inception and family ties. We then speak with Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus Artistic Director Nola Nāhulu, to learn about the Queen’s music and the importance of teaching the youth of Hawaiʻi the music of our Aliʻi. Then, First Lady Jamie Kanani Green shares her hopes and aspirations for the home in the coming years.
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.
Tattoos serve many different purposes around the world, but what sets the Hawaiian tattoo apart? In this episode, host Kamaka Pili sits down with Hawaiian tattoo practitioner Kawika Au, to learn more about this ancient practice. Learn the purpose tattoos serve in Hawaii, the spiritual process of receiving a tattoo, and see how a traditional Hawaiian tattoo is done.
Keeping Kalo Alive
Song Birds of Waikīkī
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.