After seven years, locally-produced radio program Aloha Shorts is ready to spread its wings to the Neighbor Islands. On Sunday, May 1st at 2:45 p.m., this co-production of Hawaii Public Radio and Bamboo Ridge Press regularly taped before a live audience in HPR’s intimate Atherton Studio, stages On the Road with Aloha Shorts: Maui No Ka 'Oi at the historic 'Iao Theater in Wailuku. This special event is also a celebration of the recent launch of HPR’s new station KIPM 89.7 FM and the Maui residents who made it possible.
Tickets for the taping ($15 general; $10 HPR members/students) are available for advance purchase by calling the station during business hours (808) 955-8821 or going to www.hawaiipublicradio.org/alohashorts.html. Tickets will also be available at the door.
The May 1st taping features five authors with Maui roots read by seven Maui residents:
• Michael McPherson’s reminiscence of “Toda Drug,” a landmark in the original Kahului shopping mall, read by Maui favorite Kathy Collins;
• “Maui” by Brandy Nalani McDougall, a Native Hawaiian poet, scholar, and teacher from Kula, read by Wailuku resident Marvelee Soon Tahauri;
• McDougall’s “The Upcountry Drought," read by Upcountry native Cassandra Wormser;
• And McDougall’s poem “Waiting for the Sunrise at Haleakala," read by Wailuku’s No'ukahau'oli Revilla;
• Revilla also reads Dana Naone Hall’s “Looking for Signs” about her family’s connection to Makena;
• “No Mo’ Fish on Maui” by Barry Masuda of Kula, read by Lahaina resident Kalapana Kollars;
• An excerpt from Milton Murayama’s breakthrough pidgin novel ALL I ASKING FOR IS MY BODY, a depiction of life in the sugar plantation camp of Pu'ukoli'i in the 1930s and '40s, is performed by Joel William Agnew (Kihei), Pat Masumoto (Lahaina), Kathy Collins, Kalapana Kollars, Devon Nekoba, and Aito Simpson Steele.
Two other prose pieces about Maui personalities complete the afternoon’s literary readings:
• “Da Mayor of Lahaina” by self-professed “Pidgin Guerilla” Lee Tonouchi, read by Aloha Shorts veteran Devon Nekoba;
• “Maui the Demigod,” the final chapter from Steven Goldsberry’s novel, read by Aito Simpson Steele.
Aloha Shorts’ Maui No Ka 'Oi program also includes musical sets from two acclaimed Maui musicians, whose styles – indie/rock and Hawaiian slack key – represent the diversity of material embraced by Bamboo Ridge Press and Aloha Shorts. The two solo sets are from:
Singer/songwriter, Gail Swanson, has released five CDs over her career. Her 4th CD “Living in a Movie,” won a Na Hoku Hanohano award in the rock category. Gail’s recordings feature musical guests and producers such as Doobie Brother Patrick Simmons, Willie Nelson, and Michael McDonald. She performs regularly on Maui and the mainland, at local venues and fundraising events. Find out more about her current projects at GailSwanson.com.
George Kahumoku, Jr.
Hawaii’s Renaissance man George Kahumoku, Jr. is a multiple Grammy and Hoku award-winning slack key guitarist, an artist and sculptor, educator, and farmer. Aloha Shorts audiences will also enjoy his skills as a storyteller, when he leads into songs with colorful anecdotes from his own life. George hosts a weekly slack key concert at the Napili Kai Beach Resort (www.georgekahumoku.com) and presents George Kahumoku Jr.'s Annual Maui Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Workshop, both expressions of his commitment to sharing, celebrating, and perpetuating Hawaiian music and culture.
ABOUT ALOHA SHORTS
Aloha Shorts is a locally produced radio program of writings from Bamboo Ridge Press performed by Hawai'i’s actors. The shows tape before a live audience on the first Sunday of every month and are broadcast every Tuesday at 6:30 pm on Hawaii Public Radio’s KIPO 89.3 FM and now on KIPM 89.7 FM. Tapings and broadcasts are supported in part by the Hawai'i Council for the Humanities. Visit bambooridge.com or hawaiipublicradio.org for more information or to listen to podcasts. Podcasts also available for download at http://feeds2.feedburner.com/AlohaShorts. On-air host is Cedric Yamanaka and the house band is Hamajang. Aloha Shorts is co-produced by Sammie Choy, Craig Howes, and Phyllis S.K. Look.
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