One thing people miss the most when they return home after a visit to Hawaii is the lovely music of the islands. Luckily, with the rise of broadband there are numerous places online where you can hear a simulcast of one of Hawaii's radio stations or listen to a program of music broadcast only on the Internet. Here are a few of our favorites.
KPOA Kahului, Maui:
KPOA on Maui is, hands down, my favorite radio station in Hawaii. I really missed them when they stopped their live feed for several years, but they're back now and as good as ever. The morning show hosted by the station's program director and Morning Goddess, Alaka'I is one of the best morning shows anywhere. It airs from 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Hawaii time. I love the voice of Wendy Osher, the station's newscaster. You won't find a better station to make you feel like you're back in Hawaii.
KINE ("Hawaiian 105") - 105.1 FM Honolulu:
KINE is easily one of the best stations for contemporary Hawaiian music. Their broadcasts are all streamed over the Internet. I really like the feature where you can see their playlist of songs just played. It really helps you see what music is in heavy rotation at the present time. They also maintain an excellent calendar where you can see who is performing where on Oahu.
KCCN - FM100 Honolulu:
KCCN offers a mixture of music including some contemporary Hawaiian music but also lots of contemporary reggae, dancehall, ragga, reggae-pop, club/dance, and urban music. If you're looking for pure Hawaiian music, KCCN's not for you. But if you're looking for some more upbeat island music, check out KCCN.
A pioneer in Internet broadcasting, Aloha Joe has been broadcasting from Southern California since 1994. His Aloha Radio Network® (ARN) features continuously streaming programming with live broadcasts daily Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Fridays and 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Saturday. Aloha Joe's program is advertiser supported which enables the broadcast to be free. Aloha Joe's website is a bit cluttered, but his programs are well worth hearing.
HawaiianRainbow.com has been online since 1999, but quite frankly I hadn't heard of them until just recently. Hosted by Rich Shipley the feed is available 24/7. They have a playlist of the music that has just been played which will give you a good idea of what music they feature. The site also includes an extensive listing of Hawaii related websites.
Hosted by Harry B. Soria, Jr., Territorial Airwaves is now in it's 33rd year. Every Friday he takes a musical stroll back to the days of the Territory of Hawaii, playing historical 78, 33 1/3, and 45 RPM recordings and sharing anecdotes and trivia about Hawaii's past. Territorial Airwaves is Hawaii's longest continuously-running Hawaiian music program. They now broadcast directly online.
Voice of Hawaii:
Called Hawaiian Jamz when it began boradcasting in 1999, the Voice of Hawaii is hosted by L.D. Reynolds, formerly of KONI-FM and operated in conjunction with mauigateway.com. The show is entirely supported through listener donations and grants from local businesses. Their current program "Hawaiian Hits Live!" replaced Hawaiian Jamz in January of 2003 and operates under the banner of the non profit corporation, Pacific Broadcasting Service. It is available 24/7 on the Internet.
Live365 is the world's largest Internet radio network. The Company gives individuals and organizations a "voice" to be able to reach a global audience, while offering radio listeners an unparalleled choice in music and other audio content. Live365 offers a diverse array of high-quality radio, with thousands of stations spanning myriad genres and representing over 150 countries.
They have a nice selection of about ten Hawaiian/Pacific music stations/programs available. For example Slack Key Paradise features all Hawaiian slack key guitar, all day plus interviews with artists.
This is, however, a subscription service. Cost is less than $50 per year. A free trial is available. This is a good buy if you enjoy a wide selection of music/talk from around the world.