years on the air, the time has come for me to say aloha. It
has been an honor and a pleasure to be a part of Hawaii Radio
Connection (HRC), and I will take many wonderful memories
with me. Braddah Gomes and I hosted the first show in January 1992,
then known as The Music of Hawaii Radio Show. What began as a
two-hour show, once a month with two hosts, has evolved into a
weekly program with hosts designated for each weekend. It’s been
very exciting to see HRC grow and become an integral part of the
northwest Hawaiian community.
with HRC has given me a variety of memorable experiences. I enjoyed
meeting KBCS listeners while attending and emceeing Hawaiian events.
I’ve also met many of you at KBCS pledge drives -- thank you for
volunteering your time. Our listeners take pledge drives seriously
and we were caught a little off-guard when a police officer stopped
by the station during his break to personally make a contribution.
Imagine the relief we felt when we realized he was here to meet the
HRC ohana, not bust one of us! Some of the most memorable moments
came unexpectedly, such as when Kory Tideman called me at home and
played a slack key song over the phone! It was a pleasant surprise,
which was very much appreciated. The many Hawaiian entertainers I’ve
met at concerts or as in-studio guests always took me back to my
local roots. I’d automatically switch to speaking pidgin English and
crave a chicken katsu plate lunch at the same time!
Special thanks to: Braddah Gomes, who put up with me all
these years. He’ll probably never forget our first show when I
warned, “I’ll hand you the music, but I’m not going to talk on the
air!” Lo & behold, he got me to speak into the mic, and wasn’t able
to shut me up after that...Uncle Ed (a.k.a UE), my dear
friend and co-host of many years. UE was one of our first listeners,
who offered to share his music collection with us. We went one
better and put him on the air with his music!...The rest of
our wonderful HRC-FM ohana & alumni -- Uncle Gregg, Manono, Aunty
Moody, Sista Kulina, Calabash Uncle Steve, Aunty Rochelle, Uncle
Ari, Rod Arakaki, Tyler Shigeta, Braddah Kiwini, and Sista
Iwalani -- for your time and dedication, and for making HRC so
much fun…My husband, Brad, and daughter, Keilani, for
their unconditional love & support, allowing me to indulge in a fun
hobby, and occasionally accompanying me to the station…the staff,
management, and fellow programmers of KBCS-FM for their belief
in our show…Gail Stringer, of Hawaii General Store, for
inviting me to voice some of their radio commercials…and last, but
certainly not least -- our wonderful listeners. Your
continued support of Hawaii Radio Connection, KBCS-FM, and KXPA-AM
has contributed to the success of the program!
heartfelt mahalo to you all for being a part of this amazing
experience with me. I have truly enjoyed my time with HRC, and know
our paths will cross again in the near future. I may still be
firstname.lastname@example.org, so feel free to drop me a line!