Harry G. Soria, the "Dean of Hawaiian Radio" was the 1st of three generations of men named Harry Soria who became involved in Hawaiian radio. This audio is from an acetate air check recorded at KGU during the regular remote broadcast from the gangplank of Matson's SS Lurline at Aloha Tower. The reporter would interview recognizable personalities as they disembarked from the great white ship. Grandfather's wit is evident, but his allegiance to radio is also revealed, as he didn't feel television would come to Hawaii "for some time to come", but in reality, TV arrived 3 short years later in 1952.
Length:1:25 Released on: 01-01-1949 Artist/Compiled by: Harry G. Soria
Kawika - Through The Decades
Let's examine how a chant composed in honor of King David Kalakaua, "Kawika", has been performed through the years, transitioning from a chant to a mele. [(1934) Ku'ulei Kapamana & Nani Makakoa, (1930) Kalama Quartette, (1940) Napua Woodd w/ Johnny Kaonohi Pineapple & his Native Islanders, (1946) Andy Cummings & his Hawaiian Serenaders, (1969) Sunday Manoa.]
Length:7:15 Released on: 11-25-2006 Artist/Compiled by: Various Artists
Maile Swing - Through The Decades
Hear the musical evolution of John Kameaaloha Almeida's composition, "Maile Swing" as we go decade hopping via recordings. [(1946) Genoa Keawe w/ Johnny Almeida's Hawaiians, (1947) Johnny Almeida w/ Pua Almeida's Club Pago Pago Orchestra, (1980) Marlene Sai w/ Olomana, (2005) Raiatea Helm.]
Length:4:18 Released on: 11-25-2006 Artist/Compiled by: Various Artists
Manuela - A Lost Song Found
Alvin Kaleolani Isaacs appeared live in the studios of KCCN 1420 AM Radio, as our special guest on Territorial Airwaves on September 8, 1982. When his son Barney arrived, Uncle Alvin picked up his ukulele and they sang this nearly forgotten drinking song of Hawaii's yesteryears to Harry B. & the Honolulu Skylark.
Length:1:05 Released on: 08-09-1982 Artist/Compiled by: Alvin Kaleolani Isaacs
Ka Loke - Through The Decades
Listen to classic renditions of Mary Heanu's composition, "Ka Loke" (The Rose) as we traverse the decades of recordings. [(1927) Royal Hawaiian Girls Glee Club, (1947) 49th State Hawaiians, (1957) Annie Hu, (1961) Linda Dela Cruz.]
Length:5:05 Released on: 03-11-2006 Artist/Compiled by: various artists