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Today’s Forecast

48º | Occasional showers | 56% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:57 a.m. | Sunset 4:31 p.m. | High tides 10:32 a.m. and 12:16 a.m. | Low tides 4:31 a.m. and 6:31 p.m.

Aloha over the airwaves
Three hosts at 91.3 KBCS's Hawaii Radio Connection wearing Hawaiian shirts with the station's logo in the background.
Hawaii Radio Connection used to operate out of a studio at Bellevue College before sticking to home recordings. | Photo via KBCS
Looking to take a trip to Hawaii without all the pesky jet lag? Try turning your radio dial to two unbe-lei-vable local shows.

Hawaii Radio Connection (HRC) has been around since the 90s, establishing connections with the large Native Hawaiian population in the Seattle area and offering listeners a taste of Hawaii’s culture.

Every Saturday at 9 a.m., HRC on KXPA (1540 AM) mixes comedy, interviews, and community news — kind of like NPR, but with island vibes. Then over on Bellevue-based KBCS (91.3 FM) Saturday at noon, HRC produces two hours of easy-listening Hawaiian tunes. Perfect staycation soundtrack.

After three decades of tropical beats, the wave just keeps on growing.

Humble beginnings

It all started back in 1991 with a simple request. A KBCS program called “The Show That Fell to Earth” wanted to play Hawaiian songs one night, so local radio producer Stephen “Braddah” Gomes (born and raised in Hawaii) gathered up his cassettes and headed to the studio.

“People really enjoyed it,” said Braddah. “And the next thing I knew, they gave us an opening on the second Saturday of every month.”

Tweaking the tunes

A monthly show became weekly in 2000 and evolved. After sticking to contemporary music in the beginning, Hawaii Radio Connection’s repertoire now includes:

Personal connection

Though the shows are now produced at home studios, HRC’s DJs regularly appear at local events like the Slack Key Festival and Live Aloha at Seattle Center, sharing memories and stories with listeners. “The feedback is always gratifying,” said Braddah.

You can see one of the DJs this weekend at the Northwest Folklife Festival. Auntie Jay will be MC’ing the Hawaiian Showcase at the Bagley Wright Theater on Sunday, May 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, May 23
  • AweSUMM Math Space | Tuesday, May 23 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Skyway Library, 12601 76th Ave. S., Seattle | Free | Bring the kids for puzzles, games, and other hands-on activities focused on math-related art projects — all ages welcome.
  • Stars On Ice | Tuesday, May 23 | 7 p.m. | Climate Pledge Arena, 334 First Ave. N., Seattle | $35-$180 | Check out Olympic champ Nathan Chen and an international cast of ice skating all-stars as they twirl, spin, and wow the crowd.
Wednesday, May 24
  • “Les Misérables” | Wednesday, May 24-Saturday, June 17 | Times vary | The Fifth Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle | $50-$150 | “Do you hear the people sing?” It’s the iconic, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical touring in Seattle.
  • Seattle Arts & Lectures Presents: Local Voices | Wednesday, May 24 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Lapis Theater, 1634 11th Ave., Seattle | Free | This monthly reading series highlights writers who are also educators at local schools.
Friday, May 26
  • Ancient Drumming Workshop | Friday, May 26 | 5-8 p.m. | Teatro de la Psychomachia, 1534 First Ave. S., Seattle | $130 | Learn about viking, medieval, and other long-ago percussion styles from Jacob Lund, member of the band Heilung from Denmark.
  • Blind Beer Tasting | Friday, May 26 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Ladd & Lass Brewing, 722 NE 45th St., Seattle | Free | Join the brewers as they talk through tasting techniques and styles, and help you identify beers without peeking.
Saturday, May 27
  • Open Script Reads | Saturday, May 27 | 12-2 p.m. | Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle | Free | Submit 10 pages of your own scripts — if you’re so bold — for a live table-read and feedback forum with other screenwriters.
  • Massive Monkees Day | Saturday, May 27 | 12-8 p.m. | Pier 62, 1951 Alaskan Way, Seattle | Free | Seattle’s top breakdancing crew is hosting a cash prize competition and battling it out for a spot in the 2024 Summer Olympics.
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News Notes
  • The Seattle School Board recently approved the district’s budget plan for next year. To cover part of a $131 million shortfall, officials will dip into a rainy day fund. However, steep cuts and potential school consolidation are still on the table to address longer term budget issues. (KUOW)
  • The Mariners, Major League Baseball, and the City of Seattle announced the 2023 All-Star Legacy initiative, seeking to help local youth sports and community college students. The entities’ combined $2 million commitment will go toward renovations at Rainier Playfield, grants to community sports leagues, and other efforts.
  • Fremont Brewing just debuted an IPA without any alcohol, billed as the first nonalcoholic craft beer in Washington. This IPA is closer to a true beer than “hop waters” which Fremont and other Seattle breweries have produced. It should be arriving at local grocery stores now. (Seattle Met)
  • Good news for vacationers. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) changed its summer schedule for Hood Canal Bridge repairs to accommodate travelers. WSDOT will try to keep the bridge between Jefferson and Kitsap counties open during peak travel times for as many weekends as possible, weather permitting. (My Northwest)
  • Yesterday, the Swedish Ballard hospital campus opened its main entrance for the first time in three years, marking the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The entrance was closed for safety reasons during the pandemic, but its reopening should now allow for easier access to the facilities. (MyBallard)
  • Damaged goods? A guitar that Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain once smashed on stage recently sold for ~$600,000 at auction. The famous Fender Stratocaster has been reconstructed, but is still covered in chips and scratches. The buyer remains anonymous. (Seattle Times)
  • Soak up that sun, Eastsiders. Bellevue has launched its outdoor dining program, which allows local restaurants to expand seating onto sidewalks and streets through mid-September. This year, spots like Bis on Main and Fern Thai will join the program that has been running since 2020. (Downtown Bellevue Network)
  • Fremont Community School will open a new daycare center in Wallingford on Thursday, June 1. The Sycamore Childcare Center plans to offer a play-based program for infants through age three that’s open 10 hours a day, five days a week. It will also serve mostly vegetarian and vegan snacks. (Wallyhood)
  • The Washington Huskies softball team just made us go whoa. On Sunday, the team was down by a whopping six runs in the final inning to McNeese before coming back to win. They’ll play in the best-of-three Super Regionals against Louisiana starting Friday, May 26 at 7 p.m., airing on ESPN2.
  • And that’s a wrap — the winners of the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) have been announced. Norway’s “Dancing Queen” took away the coveted Audience Award for Best Film. You can still stream many of the SIFF movies online through Sunday, May 28. (The Stranger)
Feel Good
  • A Seattleite in the Guiness Book of World Records for rowing across the Atlantic in 2006 is saying goodbye to the boat that made the journey. Jordan Hanssen and his buds will take the old boat over to Port Townsend on Tuesday, May 30 for the Race to Alaska and give it a proper send-off. (Seattle Times)
  • Contemplating an e-bike purchase? Upway — the No. 1 certified e-bike provider — sells top-quality electric bikes up to 60% cheaper than retail. Shop top e-bike brands in new or like-new condition. Bonus: Your bike will ship right to your door, so you can immediately experience the sheer joy of effortless travel.*
Looping back on J-Rod’s cereal
A box of JuliO's — the official cereal of Mariners star Julio Rodríguez — on a kitchen counter.
JuliO’s is cool and all, though Ken Griffey Jr. did have his own candy bar. | Photo by SEAtoday staff
Breakfast of champions? No, not Wheaties. Mariners sensation Julio Rodríguez now has his own brand of cereal called JuliO’swhat else?

We tracked down a box at a local Fred Meyer and tried it for ourselves. Would these “multi-colored frosted loops” give us the ability to fly through the air and hit monster home runs like J-Rod? Well, still TBD on that — maybe after a nap. They kinda tasted like some other loops we know.

There’s also a coloring contest on the back that tells Rodríguez’s story from the Dominican Republic to the Big Leagues and an explanation that proceeds will go to underprivileged youth in his home country.

But as we were munching on those sugary circles, we were thinking about possible breakfast items inspired by other local athletes. How about Megan Frappaccino or Bryce Krispies?

Yeah, we need more coffee. Let’s leave it up to you ...
    Which local star athlete should get a breakfast item next?

    A. DK Metcalf
    B. Megan Rapinoe
    C. Bryce Miller
    D. Jordan Morris
    E. Jewell Loyd
    The Wrap
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    I joined the thousands of volunteers in town on Saturday for One Seattle Day of Service, doing some weeding down at South Park’s Marra Farm.

    My knees are a little achy today, but it definitely inspired me to check out more P-Patches around Seattle. You should, too.
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