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Leo Lakio
October 28th, 2005, 07:26 AM
I usually check HT in the morning at work, while listening to music selections to add to my programs. Today is especially enjoyable, as I am selecting Hawaiian music to add to the program many of you get to hear throughout the Islands - in the airports, shopping malls, restaurants, etc.

Being considered today, CDs by Herb Ohta Jr., Pali, Leilani Rivera Bond, Keahiwai, Na Leo, Eddie Kamae, and a classic-songs compilation. Days like this, I love my work. :D

lurkah
October 28th, 2005, 08:42 AM
I usually check HT in the morning at work, while listening to music selections to add to my programs. Today is especially enjoyable, as I am selecting Hawaiian music to add to the program many of you get to hear throughout the Islands - in the airports, shopping malls, restaurants, etc.

The year was around 1998-99, back when I first moved out here to Daboonies. It was the season of Christmas in the dead of winter with a thick layer of snow on the ground, and to me, all the trees looked dead, barren of all their leaves. On one of those dreary, depressing nights, I took my wife shopping at a local Fred Meyer department store, and as we were talking with each other while pushing a shopping cart through the aisles, a sound suddenly registered in my brain that caused me to freeze in place with an expression of shock in my face. Not noticing, my wife continued walking and talking until I said, "SHHHHH!!! Quiet!!! Do you hear that?? Try listen!!!" She stopped and listened...and said, "Oh yeah. Who is that?"

How could this be happening way out here in the boonies? I got all choked up and kept listening until the song ended, and told her, "That's Dennis Kamakahi with Eddie Kamae and the Sons of Hawai'i singing "Christmas Memories (http://64.65.106.62/v3/sbits4/607_04.ram)."

I immediately went to the store manager to find out how this was possible. He had no idea who or what I was talking about, but he did say that the in-store music was being provided by Muzak.

After getting home from the store, I called Dennis on the phone and he laughed and got a kick at how excited I was that I had heard his music way out here where things Hawaiian for the most part do not exist, and he also told me that the reason it was being played in a store by where I lived was because he knew someone in the Seattle area who worked for Muzak.

Mr. Leo Lakio...by any chance, was that you?

Leo Lakio
October 28th, 2005, 09:06 AM
Yes and no. It was originally programmed by Derrick Malama (now the "Morning Edition" host on Hawai`i Public Radio, and programmer of the new compilation CD "Pure Hawaiian `Elua"), who introduced me to Dennis when he came to visit Seattle one time. After doing some specialized Hawaiian programs, I fully took over the Hawaiian programming some time after Derrick departed, back around 1999. As I am unsure which specific program the store used, I humbly share the blame/responsibility/credit with Derrick, who taught me a lot about programming Hawaiian music.

Leo Lakio
October 30th, 2005, 08:19 AM
Am I becoming a posting ho?
It took from August 23-October 3 to reach my first 100 posts, but only from October 3-30 to reach number 200 (this one.)
Maybe that's why I'm here at work on a Sunday...

tutusue
October 30th, 2005, 08:45 AM
Am I becoming a posting ho?
It took from August 23-October 3 to reach my first 100 posts, but only from October 3-30 to reach number 200 (this one.)
Maybe that's why I'm here at work on a Sunday...
Ah jeez...I really don't know what to tell you 'cept...
CONGRATULATIONS
Wish I knew how to turn it into rainbow colors like Aunty Lynn does!