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HPR welcomes new music hosts Leimomi, Olivia Waring

From left: New "Bridging the Gap" Tuesday host Leimomi; new "Evening Concert" Thursday/Friday host Olivia Waring

(HONOLULU) Hawai‘i Public Radio welcomes new music hosts Leimomi and Olivia Waring to its on-air roster.

Leimomi is the new Tuesday evening host of “Bridging the Gap,” the weeknight contemporary music program on HPR-1. With a degree in Language, Linguistics, and Literature, Leimomi says that she draws from her “appreciation for culture, sound and recording to weave together mixes that tell a story.”

She describes her playlists as a “low-key dance party” that “broadly presents left-field genres, electronica, and place-based music from around the globe.” She previously co-founded a local community radio platform, and has hosted programs on KTUH and Hawaiian Airlines.

"I’m stoked to be joining the HPR team,” Leimomi says. “I look forward to sharing my love for dance music from around the world. I truly believe public radio is an incredible tool for building resilient communities across the digital divide."

Leimomi is taking over the Tuesday host position from DJ Mermaid (Paige Okamura), who has stepped away to focus on “Hawai‘i Kulāiwi,” the Hawaiian ethnomusicology program, which airs Sundays at 6 pm on HPR-1.
On the classical music side, Olivia Waring is the new Thursday and Friday host of “Evening Concert” on HPR-2. Waring comes to HPR from the WGBH family of stations in Boston, where she also served as a classical music host. She is a linguistics PhD student at UH Mānoa, where she is studying endangered language documentation and revitalization. Previously, she was an intern at NPR, and has worked in software development, journalism, and education. Originally from New Jersey, Waring grew up playing the violin, singing in choirs, and performing in musicals.

“I’m delighted to join the HPR team, and I look forward to sharing my love of classical music and guinea pig trivia with listeners in Hawai‘i,” Waring said.

“Bridging the Gap” airs weeknights, 10 pm - 12 am on HPR-1. “Evening Concert” airs weeknights, 6 - 8 pm on HPR-2. Both programs can also be livestreamed on the free HPR app (available on iOS and Android), and on Past episodes of "Bridging the Gap" can also be accessed at

About Hawaii Public Radio
HPR is a private, non-profit organization which broadcasts classical, jazz, and international music; and in-depth news and informational programming from National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and other local, national, and international program sources, as well as programs produced by Hawaii Public Radio. In 2013, Charity Navigator, the premier charity evaluator, awarded HPR its second consecutive highest, four-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

HPR's mission is to serve the entire population of the state of Hawai‘i with two excellent program streams. HPR-1, the news magazine and fine arts stream, can currently be heard on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i (KHPR 88.1 FM and 88.5 FM); Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, and West Hawai‘i (KKUA 90.7 FM); and East Hawai‘i (KANO 91.1 FM (Hilo) and 94.7 FM (Waimea)). HPR-2, the news, local talk, and music stream, is found on Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i (KIPM 89.7 FM and KIPH 88.3 FM (Hana)); West Hawai‘i (KIPM 89.7 FM and KHPH 88.7 FM); O‘ahu and Kaua‘i (KIPO 89.3 FM; KIPL 89.9 FM).

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