KTUH’s RENEWAL Dance party at Campus Center

On Saturday, April 6th, KTUH will be hosting RENEWAL, a massive dance party held in the UH Manoa Campus Center Ballroom and Forum, with 2 areas of Music, 9 of Honolulu’s top EDM DJs, Lights, Lasers, and More.

Featuring DJs:

  • Massfunk
  • Graves (Formerly CTLDG)
  • Superstar Nikki
  • DJ Packo

and KTUH DJs:

  • G-Spot
  • dj mr.nick
  • Sejika
  • 6-Shots

18+ Event
Presale Tickets:
$5 for All UH Systems Students
$10 for General Public
$20 at the Door the night of the Event
Tickets Available at the UH Manoa Campus Center Ticket, Info & ID Office.
This is a Drug and Alcohol Free Event.

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Com Truise

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Looking up at this burly, lumberjack-looking man with a stern face… I didn’t know what to expect. As soon as he began speaking, it was evident he was as unpretentious as can be. Just a sweet-natured guy with a robust mind and large appetite for music. He couldn’t hold in his excitement about being in Hawai’i, “I never thought I’d come to Hawaii… this feels like a movie.” His sincere delight was apparent when he was ranting and raving about his fascination with Oahu’s “architecture and foliage.”

Com Truise (Seth Haley) put on a remarkable show headlining at Next Door Febuary 9th. Unraveling his magnetic beats, there was quickly a gravitational pull that had the crowd locked in. There was an unmistakable supersonic vibe in the room, which crowd-goers were feeding off of. His music has been described as 80’s synth-pop with a dark, new age flow. Although categorizing an artist like Cruise’s music is almost irrelevant, it’s much more affective to hear his songs in order to get an idea of his style. Let’s just say if one were to embark on a smooth, intergalactic voyage, they would jam to Com Truise. This type of artist isn’t what we regularly see in Honolulu, instead they’re more so listened to on the mainland. With that thought, it was really nice to see such a great turnout of Truise-loving fans! It could be an indication that Hawai’i’ is thirsty for something different… the music scene may heading towards a new direction filled with fresh artist and progressive beats.

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Genevieve + Divine Fitz = Super Cool

Awesome sauce! Genevieve’s interview with Britt Daniels & Dan Boeckner of super-group Divine Fits can be found on her website at the following link:


Tune in to her show, HIonAir, every Tuesday, 6-9pm.


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KTUH’s NextDoor Takeover — February 22, 2013

The Station That Loves You is taking over NextDoor once again!

Those 18 and older are eligible to join us as we WILD OUT in funky Chinatown, and see a some of our better DJs kick many styles in NextDoor’s upstairs lounge & on the main stage. TUNE IN for guest list giveaways every day.

KTUH FM is the has provided SUPER GOOD college radio since it was founded by students at the University of Hawaii’s Manoa campus in 1969.  Our mission has continued since then to provide diversity of programming to our university’s student body, and the whole island.  KTUH now has three broadcast channels, from 91.1FM on the North Shore, to 89.9FM West Side, at 90.3 in Honolulu town, and to all listeners via the Web: www.ktuh.org/tune-in

In the Fall, we celebrated a change of frequency on the North Shore, with improved and more reliable signal at 91.1 FM.

This Spring semester, our volunteer DJs have been hard at work with projects on and off the air.  We are on a drive to re-design the website (for the seventh time), remodel the recording studio, implement improved web and mobile services for listeners worldwide, book double the live music performances, and sundry other projects amongst our 80 volunteers.  But all that hard work doesn’t mean the party stops!

Donations exceeding the five dollar minimum at the door are encouraged and mighty appreciated.  Your tips to the DJs also go to the station.  KTUH is one of the few college radio stations that remains run by students, and we run on a rather slim budget.

NextDoor opens at 9pm for 18+

Minimum Donation:
$5 before 12pm
$10 later

$10,000 bottle service includes any bottle of your choice, and you can take Davey home with you.

Just kidding.  (?)

***HOSTED BY MC SEPH ONE (HI-level Funkshun)***
***RARE VJ SET BY JIMMY CRAINE!  (J. Craine and the Brain)***


BRT  (The B-Side)
Davey Shindig  (808mixtapes)
Iturnally Dread meets Rudie’s Hi-Fi
Jem     (The Treasure Chest)
Maynard G. (The Kitchen Sink)
Michelle laBelle (The Garden)
Mr. Nick (The Jet Set)
Roman C. (Morning Jive)
Sejika (The Friday Dub Crawl)
Timo (Afternoon Delight)
Zilla (My So Called Show)

Mahalo nui for your support!



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KTUH Banzai Sushi DJ Night


Yes!  It is happening again: KTUH is coming to the North Shore this Saturday, January 19th, to Banzai Sushi Bar.  We’re bringing the sound system and a gang of our very best DJs.  This is a fundraiser for the station and another chance for us to get out, play some fun tunes, and meet out wonderful N. Shore Family.  100% of your donations at the door go to supporting the station.  Expect silly decadence,  irreverent revelry and good weirdness.  The rest of the details are on the flyer (above).

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Wild Brothers Play Jazz

Dave and Ken Wild, each a KTUH Tuesday night jazz show host in the early 1970s, performed two sets at Vitello’s in Studio City, CA on August 4, 2011 and again in late 2012. Brothers Dave (on piano) and Ken (on bass) were joined by Eric Marienthal on saxophones and Ray Brinker on drums in 2011. Here is a link to a YouTube video from that night. Dave promises that they both will attend the next KTUH staff reunion.

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Kipuka Leo reports the Hawaiian music scene

Aloha pumehana kākou e nā hoa o KTUH! If your ears are ever craving some ʻono Hawaiian music, there are some new voices hitting the Hawaiian music scene who come right out of UH Mānoa. Showcasing flawless three-part harmonies and unreal falsetto high notes, both of these groups are reminiscent of the best of Hawaiian music’s golden era, with a youthful twist that defies the norm.

Keauhou is a trio comprised of Kahanuola Solatorio and brothers Nick and Zachary Lum- all of whom are current UH Mānoa students. Literally translated, “Keauhou” means “the new generation”, which perfectly describes the fresh breath of air they are by perpetuating traditional Hawaiian mele in today’s Hawaiian music scene. Playing every other Sunday night at Imua Lounge from 6pm-8pm and Wednesdays at the Aulani Disney Resort and Spa from 5:30pm-9pm, their repetoire consists of Hawaiian mele that are not often heard anymore on mainstream Hawaiian radio. Kahanuola’s lofty but controlled high notes, Nick’s strong bass and Zachary with a familiar yet steady melody – are what makes Keauhou so recognizable and yet so fresh in a progessively changing mainstream Hawaiian music community. Check out their Facebook page under “Keauhou Music” to get updated on their other appearances and gigs.


Another must see up and coming group is ʻUheʻuhene (literally, “tra-la-la”). ʻUheʻuhene consists of current UH Mānoa students Paul Robins and Jordan Aina Asing along with Heather Kapuaokamakahala Kalua. Despite being “on-call” at Chiko’s Tavern, everytime ʻUheʻuhene plays there they pack the place in. True to their name, listening to them sing is like taking a stroll down the lane of Hawaiian mele…well, more like a skip-hop-frolic down the lane with a falsetto kick in your step and cha-lang-a-lang ukulele background music, if you catch my drift. Going to see ʻUheʻuhene play is a guaranteed good time. You’ll find yourself taken aback with awe when Aina hits that first note of “None Hula”, or when Paul slides easily into a falsetto power note in his “Manu ʻŌʻō”, or my personal favorite (and I recommend you request of them) is Kapua’s “Punaluʻu” – I can tell you right now, you’re jaw will drop. You can catch them and request the above songs at their next gig on December 9th at Club Ke Kai Lounge on Hotel Street from 6pm-9pm.

But of course, one of the BEST places to hear great traditional Hawaiian music, is on the Kīpuka Leo show every Sunday from 3pm-6pm right here on KTUH! The only show currently done completely in the Hawaiian Language – e komo pū kākou i ke Kīpuka Leo!

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Bollywood Dance feat. the UH Napoli Ensemble

At the Kaleo Arts festival I had the pleasure of meeting Jared, the president of the South Asian Student Association. He mentioned they were going to have a festival the wk after thanksgiving in the cc ballroom. I tried to find some info on it on the UH website, but there wasn’t much. I took my chances and just showed up, sure enough there was a lively event taking place filled with music, food, and dancing. I hit the food first, there was a plethora of ethnic food provided by Da Spot. I was so happy to see there was a delicious vegan option, Chickpea curry…mmmm mm mm. There was also iced tea and orange blossom water available. After the positive and high-energy dancing, the UH Napoli Ensemble performed (our very own Alex Kelley on sitar.)

The purpose of this event was to promote diversity through informing people about Indian pop culture (aka Bollywood) and to provide a forum for unification of various cultures. They were promoting not just India, but all 9 South Asian countries. There are several events through out the year, to get on the e-mail list just send your name to lsacl-l@lists.hawaii.edu.

Guaranteed good time, check out one of their events! 

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Local Talent

Who knew we had such an amazing artist at UH? I did, that’s why I interviewed him to write this article. Roger Kelly, 21, is a humble soul with heaps of talent. He started out by creating comic books then took a brief sabbatical from art until he was reintroduced after high school. He is now an art major with a collection of impressive pieces which are considered to be in the “pop surrealism” genre.

During our talk at paradise palms (where a bee was harassing us and poor Roger was forced to sit on a deteriorating bench), I couldn’t resist but to ask the ever so cliche question, “what inspires you?” After some modest laughter he explained that he “gets satisfaction out of creating beautiful things, they all have their own little meanings I try to bring forth. The cool thing about art is you can say what you want but everyone will interpret it differently.” He also mentioned that music has helped his artistic expression, he really enjoys “Grizmatik” (Griz + Gramatik combined, awesome) and Justice. He believes them to be “breaking genre boundaries,” and he likes how they do whatever they feel is necessary for the song, and to him, painting should be the same way. Some of his painting inspirations include Rene Margritte and Van Gogh.

Although he probably wouldn’t admit it, his paintings are extraordinarily beautiful. They are vivid and detailed with a Van Gogh-esque quality,  and each one emits its own unique expression.

Check em out.

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KTUH North Shore DJ Night

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