Live on Tape
|by Stu Dawrs
Sitting next to a small bank of recording equipment in Richard’s Windward Oahu home, Matsuoka chuckles: "We know what they taste like: wekegood; hýnalea? Baaaad. Pretty, but bad."
This collective desire to taste everything has defined the crew’s creative output ever since: There was Seaweeds and Constructions, a literary journal that Richard produced with the late Wayne Westlake and others from 1976 through ’83. There was 7 Poems/8 Photographs, a self-published collaboration with brother Mark Hamasaki that was the official beginning of Elepaio Press; the Hawaii Amplified Poetry Ensemble, a reggae band Doug and Richard formed in the mid-’80s; the slow collection of used recording equipment that led to the Hawaii Dub Machine garage-studio; Hawaii Reggae International, a CD/cassette compilation produced by Doug in 1991 ....
Long story short: To date, Richard, Doug, Mark and friends have produced six CDs and hundreds of pages of print by writers, artists and musicians from throughout the Pacificincluding, most recently, Jan Ken Po, a live-in-Honolulu recording of the Beat-era poets Gary Snyder, Albert Saijo and Nanao Sakaki.
For information on Jan Ken Po and other Hawaii Dub/Elepaio productions, visit nativebookshawaii.com.