4/25/18 Show ft. D. Kealiʻi MacKenzie

This week’s show features the poetry of D. Kealiʻi MacKenzie and the poetry he’s chosen to pair with his work!


D. Kealiʻi MacKenzie is a queer poet of Kanaka Maoli, Chinese, English, German, Scottish, and Irish descent. He was born in raised in Springfield, Massachusetts and spent 3 years in the city of Worcester, Massachusetts, where he cohosted the now-defunct Poet’s Asylum. A member of the Worcester Poetry slam team that competed at the 2009 National Poetry Slam, his poetry has appeared in: Home(is)lands: New Art and Writing from Guahan and Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi Review, Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought, Storyboard Journal, and Assaracus: a Journal of Gay Poetry. He received both his MLISc and an MA in Pacific Islands Studies from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.


  1. Opening/intro Song: “The Moon” – Patricia Barber; album: Mythologies
  2. LIT: “Origins”
  3. “Night Marchers” – Kupa‘aina; album: Kupa‘aina
  4. LIT: “Colonial”
  5. “Hawaii 78” – IZ; album: Facing Future
  6. LIT: “For Mauna Kea”
  7. “Eo E Mauna Kea” – Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole; album: Welo
  8. LIT: “Poem for March 1st”
  9. “Se Ma Le Losa” – Te Vaka; album: Nukukehe
  10. LIT: “This is What I Left Behind”
  11. “Kara Remembers” Bear McCreary (composer); album: Battlestar Galactica Season 4 Soundtrack
  12. LIT: “Pause”
  13. “Pierro Fiel” – Shakira ft. Nicky Jam; album: El Dorado
  14. LIT: “2:23 AM”
  15. The Tennessee Waltz” – Cassandra Wilson & Jacky Terrasson; album: Rendezvous
  16. LIT: “Island Men”
  17. Song: “Nesian 101” – Nesian Mystik; album: Elevator Musiq.
  18. Closing song: “1977” – Anna Tijoux; album: 1977



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