The Friday Edition Podcast: John Burnett’s Top 5 Tunes


Podcast Show Notes: We asked John Burnett, staff writer for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, for his Top 5 Tunes and he came with some classics, and maybe a few you’ve never heard before.  

Burnett’s Picks: Ledward Kaapana’s “I Kona,” Mark Yamanaka’s “Love, Me,” Nā Palapalai’s “Kimo Henderson Hula,” Darlene Ahuna’s “Akaka Falls,” and Long Tall Deb and Colin John – “Lungs.”

John Burnett has been in Hawaii media for almost four-and-a-half decades, three of those in radio. He spent 12 years on the airwaves in Honolulu, starting at the University of Hawaii’s KTUH-FM, then moving on to KNDI, KULA, KKUA, KGU, KDEO, and KPOI-FM. He moved to Hilo in 1987 to work at KPUA/KWXX/B-97. He’s also written extensively about Hawaii music and entertainment – first in the late 1990s for the former Hawaii Island Journal, then for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald starting in 2006, where he’s now the police and courts reporter and handling general assignments during the pandemic.

Burnett’s hoping for a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine to be made available soon so he can go back to his passion of experiencing live music in person, both from Hawaii’s excellent musicians and touring national and worldwide acts.

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