HiUP #18 – Obachan

Show eighteen documents an unforgettable couple of weeks in the HawaiiUP household. I talk about the passing of my grandmother and share the scene at her Buddhist funeral on Tuesday. Then I try to lighten the mood with a playful tune from a local rockabilly band. Jen tells us about how she’s been profiled by our TiVo. And I close with some Hawaii podcasting news. This is the first show assembled on a Mac (a 2Ghz 17″ iMac G5, to be exact), so please forgive any weird audio artifacts and other glitches as I get used to the new system.

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Special thanks to Akamai Brain Collective for providing our theme song. To download this episode, click the “Pod” icon below to get it via Coral cache, or cut-and-paste the following URL to grab the local file:


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6 Responses to HiUP #18 – Obachan

  1. NemesisVex says:

    To Jen: CMT is weirdly amusing. The station itself (not just the portion airing on Spike!) is right now whoring for the “Dukes of Hazzard” movie by airing the original series. I flip through CMT during commercial breaks, and I’m amazed at how the middle-of-the-road suburban Republicans who eat this crap up are being bilked of an actual music tradition. Lonestar? Boy band. Kenny Chesney? Renee Zellweger is your beard. Thank you, CMT, but I’ll sit here in the corner with my Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris and Jack Ingram.

  2. Wow. Thanks for the shout-out and the trippy domain. I noticed it before I even did the download and thought, “What the heck?”

    The HawaiiDiner podcast is excellent. My new second-favorite.

    You gotta get that Kristen back on. I’m dying for another listen.

  3. Jared says:

    My condolences on the loss of your grandmother. Its wonderful to gain the maturity that we apprciate and see the person and the life they lived.

    On a side note thanks for the wide variety of music you present. Its so good to slip out of the mainstream and hear the heart in music.

  4. V.Brown says:


    Great show as always, and nice to hear you switched back to a Mac!

  5. Chris says:

    I never knew that Japanese folks living in Hawaii were forced to interment camps on the mainland.

    It felt good to share a little of your grandmother’s life, and to be there at the funeral services, for a brief moment.

    There an evident well-spring of wisdom that has definitely passed down from generation to generation.

  6. Kevin in HB says:

    Condolences to the family for the loss of your grandmother. Listening to Ryans eulogy made me start to miss my grandma(obachan).

    PLEASE keep playing music from the new artists. While I love the Hawaiian mainstream, the new music is incredible and deserves to be heard.

    Theres only one kind of Bachi, and its all bad. Thats why I try not to laugh when I see an empty car lot dealership thats gone out of buisness.

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