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Hawaiian Playlist and Podcast Recommendations for your Trip Around the Big Island

Use Drive Time to Listen and Learn

I love to encourage my guests to take advantage of the time they spend driving around the island to listen and learn from native Hawaiian voices.

If you drive all the way around with no stops, it takes you about five hours to drive all the way around the Big Island. If you’ve got an Airbnb in one spot, that means you’ll spend about 2-5 hours every day driving to see everything and that car time adds up!

On the other hand, if you’re renting a Campervan on the Big Island to make your way around, seeing all the sites as you go, you’ll save a lot of time driving back and forth and make some incredible memories on your journey.

What better way to take advantage of your drive time to listen, learn about and support the Hawaiian arts, history, and culture! Here are a couple of my favorite resources:

Hawaiian Podcasts

Morning Mana’o

Join Luana Kawa’a on Maui as she shares about how to live with greater Aloha through her life experiences as a native Hawaiian wife, mother, grandmother, and educator. This podcast is wonderfully accessible and packed with wisdom and knowledge. The episodes are short and meaningful, the perfect background for your drive time.

The Ku Project Podcast

This is an amazing project dedicated to putting Hawaiian values into practice to build a healthy body, mind, and spirit for you to stand taller and Live KŪ. I am a huge fan of their work and can’t recommend them more highly as a resource for learning about Hawaiian values and how we can practically live them out to make the world better.

Hawaiian Playlists

Despite great efforts from western colonization to eradicate Hawaiian culture, Hawaiians have preserved many aspects of their culture through storytelling and music. Like many indigenous cultures that faced forced cultural assimilation, music became a place of refuge for values, stories, art, and movement from the Hawaiian culture to remain preserved. Mahalo to the great native Hawaiian artists and musicians who share their gifts and spread the spirit of Aloha through their work - past, present, and future.

All the Aloha: Native Hawaii:

From slack-key masters to songwriting royals, Native Hawaiians have created the isles’ most memorable music.

Hawaiian Local Music

Exactly what it sounds like.

Hawaiian Dreams

Songs that feature a soothing Ukulele and artists from all over.

Ukulele Instrumental Covers

Popular hits covered with the Ukulele.

What did I miss?

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