Ed Kanoi

Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Pavilion
Sunday May 6, 1:00 p.m.
Presenting in the Rock ‘n’ Roll event with Ron Jacobs and John Berger. The panel will discuss the evolution of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Hawaii, from Elvis Presley’s first concerts in 1957 to the establishment of K-POI as the first radio station in Hawaii to showcase rock in a Top 40s format. The panel will cover the modern Rock ‘n’ Roll scene as well, from headline performers who venture to Hawaii for concerts (virtually every musician from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame) to Hawaii natives who become award-winning stars, such as Bruno Mars.

Ed Kanoi was born and raised on Oahu, although a few years were spent on the mainland as a military brat. His father was a saxophone player and played in the military band throughout his career. His mother was always playing music on the family phonograph player. Groups like the Beatles, Sergio Mendez and Brasil ʻ66, Mario Lanza, Barbara Streisand and healthy dose of Hawaiian music were always heard in his home during his childhood years. Before graduating from Waipahu High School in 1972, Ed visited a radio station for the first time through arrangements made by an English teacher. After seeing the disc jockey talking in the micro- phone with the music blasting in his headset, Ed knew that he wanted to be a disc jockey. He currently hosts the morning show on 107.9 Hawaiiʼs Kool Gold, and is Program Director of both KKOL- FM (Kool Gold) and KHCM-FM, Hawaiiʼs Country Music station.


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