Hawaii Calling

Episode Air Date: January 15, 2021
Artist: Sam Koki
Recording Title: Hawaiian steel guitar

You’re listening to the Hawaiian steel guitar of Sam Koki. He was one of the many Hawaiian music greats broadcast all over the islands, and indeed the world, by a show called “Hawai’i Calls”. First broadcast in 1935, its early transmissions would only reach the Western US states by shortwave radio.

Over the next forty years, though, “Hawai’i Calls” would become the most popular radio show in the world.  At its height, over 750 stations carried the weekly show, brought to listeners from the courtyard of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki.


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2 Responses to “Hawaii Calling”

  1. December 18, 2011 at 13:55 #

    It opened a whole new world of music, literature, art and theory I never would have been privy to otherwise.

    • James O'Connor
      December 19, 2011 at 12:41 #

      Thanks Julia…glad you liked it!

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