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Hawaii – the 808 state


The nickname ‘the 808 State’ refers to Hawaii’s area code, which is 808. The term has become a popular shorthand for the state, and is often used in reference to its unique culture and music. The number 808 has taken on a broader meaning as well, representing a sense of unity and community among those that live in Hawaii. It is our hope that this site will serve those that live here and those that visit.

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Music in the 808

Aloha, music lovers! If you haven’t had the chance to check out the music scene in Hawaii, you’re in for a real treat. There’s something truly unique about the music in the 808 state, from the traditional Hawaiian sounds to the contemporary fusion of genres. Let’s take a closer look at what makes the Hawaii music scene so special.

For starters, traditional Hawaiian music is unlike anything else you’ll hear in the world. The ukulele is a staple of Hawaiian music and is instantly recognizable, couple that with the slack-key guitar and a steel guitar, and you have Hawaii’s signature ‘sound’. Let’s not forget about the vocals – Hawaiian singing often features beautiful harmonies and a distinctive falsetto style.

Music in Hawaii isn’t limited to traditional sounds. In fact, the state has a thriving contemporary music scene as well. Many local artists blend traditional Hawaiian music with modern genres like rock, reggae, and hip-hop, creating a sound that is uniquely Hawaiian. whether a band blends reggae with Hawaiian-style harmonies and lyrics that reflect the island lifestyle or another band infuses their music with elements of R&B and pop. The common thread always leads back to Hawaiian roots.

There are also plenty of music festivals and events that showcase the best of the Hawaii music scene. The annual Merrie Monarch Festival, held in Hilo, celebrates traditional Hawaiian music, hula dancing, and other cultural traditions. The MayJah RayJah Music Festival brings together top local and international artists for a three-day celebration of music, food, and culture.

One thing that sets the Hawaii music scene apart is the sense of community and ohana, or family, which is key in Hawaiian culture. Many local musicians support each other and collaborate on projects, creating a sense of unity that is reflected in the music they create. This sense of community extends to music fans as well – concerts and festivals are often filled with people from all walks of life, united by their love of music and the spirit of aloha.

The music scene in Hawaii is truly one-of-a-kind. Whether you’re a fan of traditional Hawaiian music, contemporary fusion, or something in between, you’re sure to find something that speaks to your soul. So grab a Mai Tai green bottle, kick back, and let the music of Hawaii transport you to a place of warmth, beauty, and aloha.







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