A baby was born to Frances & Elizabeth Kahalepuna on August 15, 1943.
At birth, he was hanai’d to Hiram and Margret Olsen.
Young Hiram’s first instrument was an ukulele that that his Mom purchased for him at A’ala Pawn Shop.
Eventually, Hiram joined a rock group called the “Caravans”, with 3 of his Kahalepuna brothers.
But when he met the love of his life, she introduced Hiram to her father, steel guitarist Billy Hew Len.
And Billy brought Hiram into the world of Hawaiian music, where he distinguished himself over the decades.
In 2016, Hiram Olsen has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, in recognition of his lifetime of exceptional guitar work.
Today, we’ll hear memorable selections from Hiram Olsen’s career, courtesy of the Territorial Airwaves archives.
This week's playlist:
1- Ku’u Tuberose Onaona – Kihei Brown Trio
2- Na Hoa He’e Nalu – Kihei Brown Trio
3- He Mele Lahui Hawaii - Kihei Brown Trio
4- Keonimana - Kihei Brown Trio
5- Kikau - Kihei Brown Trio
6- For A Peaceful World - Kihei Brown Trio
7- Na Kane ‘Oiwi Hawaii - Kihei Brown Trio
8- Ka Hana Ia A Ke Aloha - Kihei Brown Trio
9- Ku’uipo – Lopaka Trio
10- Muliwai Hula – Lopaka Trio
11- Goodnight Leilani E – Lopaka Trio
Length: 54:20 Released on: 05-27-2016 Artist/Compiled by: Hiram "Jigs" Olsen