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Hawaii Public Radio

Hawaii Public Radio
Type Public Radio Network
Country  United States
First air date
Broadcast area
Owner Hawaii Public Radio
Affiliation National Public Radio
Public Radio International
American Public Media
Official website
Official website

Hawaii Public Radio (HPR), is a network of six non-commercial, listener-supported stations serving the state of Hawaii. It is the statewide member of National Public Radio (NPR). The stations originate from the studios of The Hawaii Public Radio Plaza on Kaheka Street, near the Ala Moana Shopping Center in Honolulu.


  • History/programming 1
  • Stations 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The network's original station, KHPR, signed on the air in Honolulu on November 13, 1981. It originally operated with a staff of two people—general manager Cliff Eblen and music director Bob Miller. Originally operating from rented space at the University of Hawaii, it moved to its current studios in 1987. A year later, HPR became a true statewide network with the sign-on of a station in Maui.

HPR's programming choice increased in 1989, when KIPO signed on with a news and information format.

Keeping with the focus on HPR-1 (KHPR), most of the programming, including the programming produced in-house (Morning Cafe / Morning Concert, Evening Concert, Howard’s Day Off, Sunday Brunch, The Early Muse ) feature selections of classical music. The station also airs some non-classical programing such as Hearts of Space, The Thistle & Shamrock and Fascinatin' Rhythm.

National programming from NPR, such as All Things Considered and Morning Edition are broadcast Monday through Friday (as well as the weekend editions of the programs on Saturday and Sundays), as well as PRI’s A Prairie Home Companion and Studio 360 on Sundays.

HPR-2 (KIPO) features a news and talk format during the day. National shows from NPR and PRI, such as All Things Considered, Fresh Air, Marketplace and The World are broadcast Monday through Friday (Morning Edition is only aired on HPR-1.) The Conversation, produced in-house, airs at 8 a.m. with other locally produced talk and news shows broadcast at 5 p.m. (The Body Show, Bytemarks Café, Town Square) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Jazz programming, including Evening Jazz and The Real Deal (also produced at HPR-2) take to the air in the evening, followed by syndicated jazz programming. The station also broadcasts the BBC World Service overnight after midnight.

On the weekends, HPR-2 features national programming such as This American Life, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! and Radiolab as well as Brazilian Experience, showcasing Brazilian music, and Bridging the Gap, an eclectic music program; both music shows produced in-house. Sundays feature a mix of spirituality programming (On Being and New Dimensions) ideas (TED Talks) as well A Prairie Home Companion and musical standards show Fascinatin' Rhythm, roots music show American Routes and Bluegrass Breakdown. Music shows produced at HPR-2 that also air include Kanakapila Sunday, which showcases Hawaiian music, Sinatra, which features recordings, radio shows and the audio from television programming featuring Frank Sinatra, and Full Nelson, which features country music (Willie Nelson, in particular).

Program Format Presenter
The Body Show News/Talk: Health Dr. Kathleen Kozak
Brazilian Experience Music: Brazilian Sandy Tsukiyama
Bridging the Gap Music: Eclectic Nick Yee
Bytemarks Café News/Talk: Technology Burt Lum and Ryan Ozawa
The Conversation News/Talk: Public Affairs Beth-Ann Kozlovich and Chris Vandercook
The Early Muse Music: Classical Ian Capps
Evening Concert Music: Classical Joan Canfield
Full Nelson Music: Country Tim Vandeveer
Hawaiian Word of the Day News/Talk: Educational Leilani Poli`ahu
Howard’s Day Off Music: Classical Howard Dicus
Kanikapila Sunday Music: Hawaiian Derrick Malama
Masterworks Hour Music: Classical Gene Schiller
Morning Cafe/Morning Concert Music: Classical Gene Schiller
Sinatra, The Man and the Music Music: Standards Guy Steele
Singing and Other SIns Music: Classical Gary Hickling
Sunday Brunch with Gene Schiller Music: Classical Gene Schiller
Town Square News/Talk: Public Affairs Beth-Ann Kozlovich


HPR operates as two distinct services. "HPR-1," based on KHPR, focuses on classical music and fine arts programming. "HPR-2," based on KIPO, airs NPR news and talk, along with jazz and blues music at night. Both services have been streamed live on the Internet since 2001.

Call sign Frequency City of license FCC info Notes
KHPR 88.1 FM Honolulu FCC Classical music, News and Information
KIPO 89.3 FM Honolulu FCC News and Information, jazz (evening)
KIPM 89.7 FM Wailuku FCC News and Information, jazz (evening)
KKUA 90.7 FM Wailuku FCC Classical music, News and Information
KANO 91.1 FM Hilo FCC Classical music, News and Information
KIPH 88.3 FM Hana FCC News and Information, jazz (evening)
KHPH 88.7 FM Kailua FCC News and Information, jazz (evening)

There are also two low-power translator stations that fill in gaps in coverage:

In addition, HPR also transmits on Oceanic Time Warner Cable digital channels 864 and 865 for the entire state of Hawaii.[1]

Until September 2008, the signal of KIPO was limited to 3,000 watts to avoid interference with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) monitoring stations in Pearl City. This effectively limited its coverage to the south shore of Oahu. A new 26,000 watt transmitter for KIPO went on the air on September 20, 2008, enabling the signal of KIPO to reach all areas of Oahu. Plans are in the works to expand the HPR-2 stream to the other islands as well. In April 2011 KIPM in Wailuku signed as KIPO's satellite outlet.[2]


  1. ^ Digital Cable Program Guide / Lineups - Oceanic Time Warner Cable (accessed March 20, 2011)
  2. ^

External links

  • HPR's website
  • "You've Come A Long Way, Baby", HONOLULU Magazine ~ November 2006
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