Waikiki Records Company was founded in 1958 by Tommy Kearns, a kama’aina businessman, in partnership with his childhood pal, Y. O. Kang.
Young O. Kang was Hawaii’s recording engineer genius, with successful stints at KGU Radio since 1922, the Hawaii Calls radio show since 1935, and Bell Records since 1945.
Barney Isaacs served as the musical director for Waikiki Records.
Many of the Waikiki Records releases were destined for both the local hula market, as well as the Waikiki visitor industry.
Today, we’ll share some of the rarest recordings made on the Waikiki Records label, on “Hawaiian Recordings History – Waikiki Records”!
This week's playlist:
1- Ho’omalimali E – Fely Gabriel
2- Ha’u Ha’u E – Kalani Bright
3- Pidgin English Hula – Varoa Tiki
4- Hanohano Hawaii – Louis Akau
5- He Ono – Gabby Pahinui
6- Hanohano Hanalei – Pua Almeida
7- Aloha Kaua’i – Mikilani Fo
8- Na Ono Ia Na Kupuna – Iolani Luahine
9- Mahalo O Hilo Hanakahi – Bill Ali’iloa Lincoln
10- Healoha No O Honolulu – Richard Kauhi Trio
11- Pua Carnation – Lani, Lahela, & Nina
12- Honolulu, I’m Coming Back Again – Andy Cummings
Length: 54:02 Released on: 01-25-2013 Artist/Compiled by: Waikiki Records