Hawaii Public Radio

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.

Hawaii Public Radio
TypePublic Radio Network
First air date
Broadcast area
OwnerHawaii Public Radio
AffiliationNational Public Radio
Public Radio International
American Public Media
Official website
Official website


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 Catherine Cruz 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, originally focused on classical music and fine arts programming. "HPR-2," based on KIPO, originally aired NPR news and talk, along with jazz and blues music at night. On February 14, 2017 Hawaii Public Radio realigned its two program services — HPR-1 now carries news and talk and jazz, while HPR-2 switched to classical music. From the very beginning, HPR intended to offer two distinct programming services when it acquired the resources and transmitters to do so.[1] Both services have been streamed live on the Internet since 2001.

HPR-1 service
Call sign Frequency City of license ERP FCC info
KANO 89.1 FM Hilo 18000 FCC
KHPH 88.7 FM Kailua 6500 FCC
KHPR 88.1 FM Honolulu 39000 FCC
KIPL 89.9 FM Lihue 1000 FCC
KKUA 90.7 FM Wailuku 14500 FCC
HPR-2 service
Call sign Frequency City of license ERP FCC info
KAHU 91.3 FM Pahala 18000 FCC
KIPH 88.3 FM Hana 250 FCC
KIPM 89.7 FM Wailuku 62000 FCC
KIPO 89.3 FM Honolulu 38500 FCC

There are also four low-power translator stations that fill in gaps in coverage:[2]

In addition, HPR also transmits on Oceanic Time Warner Cable digital channels 864 and 865 for the entire state of Hawaii.[3]

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.[4] Two more HPR-2 satellites signed on over the next three years, enabling Hawaii Public Radio to realign its services into a true two-channel network.


  1. ^ "HPR Program Realignment - February 14, 2017". hawaiipublicradio.org. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/wheretolisten
  3. ^ Digital Cable Program Guide / Lineups Archived 2011-02-25 at the Wayback Machine - Oceanic Time Warner Cable (accessed March 20, 2011)
  4. ^ http://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/hpr/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=47&Itemid=63

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Art song

An art song is a vocal music composition, usually written for one voice with piano accompaniment, and usually in the classical art music tradition. By extension, the term "art song" is used to refer to the collective genre of such songs (e.g., the "art song repertoire"). An art song is most often a musical setting of an independent poem or text, "intended for the concert repertory" "as part of a recital or other relatively formal social occasion". While many pieces of vocal music are easily recognized as art songs, others are more difficult to categorize. For example, a wordless vocalise written by a classical composer is sometimes considered an art song and sometimes not.Other factors help define art songs:

Songs that are part of a staged work (such as an aria from an opera or a song from a musical) are not usually considered art songs. However, some Baroque arias that "appear with great frequency in recital performance" are now included in the art song repertoire.

Songs with instruments besides piano (e.g., cello and piano) and/or other singers are referred to as "vocal chamber music", and are usually not considered art songs.

Songs originally written for voice and orchestra are called "orchestral songs" and are not usually considered art songs, unless their original version was for solo voice and piano.

Folk songs and traditional songs are generally not considered art songs, unless they are art music-style concert arrangements with piano accompaniment written by a specific composer Several examples of these songs include Aaron Copland's two volumes of Old American Songs, the Folksong arrangements by Benjamin Britten, and the Siete canciones populares españolas (Seven Spanish Folksongs) by Manuel de Falla.

There is no agreement regarding sacred songs. Many song settings of biblical or sacred texts were composed for the concert stage and not for religious services; these are widely known as art songs (for example, the Vier ernste Gesänge by Johannes Brahms). Others sacred songs may or may not be considered art songs.

A group of art songs composed to be performed in a group to form a narrative or dramatic whole is called a song cycle.

Chris McKinney

Chris McKinney (born 1973) is an American writer born and raised in Hawaii.


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Hawaii and the American Civil War

After the outbreak of the American Civil War, the Kingdom of Hawaii under King Kamehameha IV declared its neutrality on August 26, 1861. However, many Native Hawaiians and Hawaiian-born Americans (mainly descendants of the American missionaries), abroad and in the islands, enlisted in the military regiments of various states in the Union and the Confederacy.

J. R. Kealoha

J. R. Kealoha (died March 5, 1877) was an American Union Army soldier of Native Hawaiian descent. Considered one of the "Hawaiʻi Sons of the Civil War", he was among a group of more than one hundred documented Native Hawaiian and Hawaiʻi-born combatants who fought in the American Civil War while the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi was still an independent nation.

Kealoha enlisted in the 41st United States Colored Infantry, a USC regiment formed in Pennsylvania. Participating in the Siege of Petersburg, he and another Hawaiian soldier met the Hawaiʻi-born Colonel Samuel Chapman Armstrong, who recorded their encounter in a letter home. With the 41st USCT, Kealoha was present at the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. After the war, Kealoha returned to Hawaiʻi. He died on March 5, 1877, and was buried in an unmarked grave in Honolulu's Oʻahu Cemetery.The legacy and contributions of Kealoha and other Hawaiian participants in the American Civil War were largely forgotten except in the private circles of descendants and historians, but in later years there was a revival of interest in the Hawaiian community. In 2010, these "Hawaiʻi Sons of the Civil War" were commemorated with a bronze plaque erected along the memorial pathway at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. In 2014, through another local effort, a grave marker was dedicated over J. R. Kealoha's burial site, which had remained unmarked for 137 years.


KAHU is a Hawaii Public Radio station on 91.3 MHz FM. It is licensed to Pahala, Hawaii, on the island of Hawaiʻi.


KANO (89.1 FM) is a radio station licensed to Hilo, Hawaii. The station is owned by Hawaii Public Radio, and airs HPR's news and talk and jazz service.


KHPR (88.1 FM) is a radio station licensed to serve Honolulu, Hawaii. The station is owned by Hawaii Public Radio (HPR), and is the flagship station for HPR's news and talk and jazz service. It was founded in 1981 with a studio at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

On February 14, 2017 KHPR dropped the classical portion of its format as part of a realignment of Hawaii Public Radio's program services.


KIPH (88.3 FM) is an American non-commercial educational radio station licensed to serve the community of Hāna, Hawaii. The station, established in April 2011, is owned and operated by Hawaii Public Radio, Inc.


KIPM (89.7 FM) is an American radio station licensed to serve Wailuku, Hawaii. The station is owned by Hawaii Public Radio, and airs HPR's classical music service. KIPM and KIPH operate as simulcasts of sister station KIPO.On February 14, 2017, KIPM changed their format from HPR's news, talk and jazz service to HPR's classical music service, as part of Hawaii Public Radio's realignment of its program services.


KIPO (89.3 FM) is a radio station licensed to Honolulu, Hawaii. The station is owned by Hawaii Public Radio, and airs HPR's classical music programming. KIPO programming is simulcast on sister stations KIPM and KIPH.On February 14, 2017 KIPO changed their format from HPR's news, talk and jazz service to HPR's classical music service, as part of Hawaii Public Radio's realignment of its program services.


KKUA (90.7 FM) is a radio station licensed to serve Wailuku, Hawaii. The station is owned by Hawaii Public Radio (HPR), and airs for HPR's news and talk and jazz service.


KUPA (1370 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Pearl City, Hawaii. The station is owned by James Su, through licensee Beach Time Broadcast, LLC. KUPA operates with 6,200 watts from a non-directional transmitter near Mililani Cemetery Road in Pearl City.KUPA broadcasts Chinese language programming to the Honolulu media market, covering the island of O'ahu.

Kris Kristofferson

Kristoffer Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an American actor and singer-songwriter. Among his songwriting credits are the songs "Me and Bobby McGee", "For the Good Times", "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down", and "Help Me Make It Through the Night", all of which were hits for other artists. Kristofferson composed his own songs and collaborated with Nashville songwriters such as Shel Silverstein. In 1985, Kristofferson joined fellow country artists Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash in forming the country music supergroup The Highwaymen, and formed a key creative force in the Outlaw country music movement that eschewed the Nashville music machine in favor of independent songwriting and producing.

In 2004, Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He is also known for his starring roles in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Heaven's Gate, Blade and A Star Is Born, the latter of which earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

List of radio stations in Hawaii

The following is a list of FCC-licensed radio stations in the U.S. state of Hawaii which can be sorted by their call signs, frequencies, cities of license, licensees, and programming formats. In addition, several stations in Honolulu also transmit their audio broadcasts on Spectrum Digital Cable for the entire state of Hawaii through local agreements.

Mountain Apple Company

The Mountain Apple Company is a record label based in Honolulu, Hawaii that specializes in traditional and contemporary music of Hawaii, as well as other artists with a connection of Hawaii.

Neal Conan

Neal Conan (born November 1949) is an American radio journalist, producer, editor, and correspondent. He worked for National Public Radio for over 36 years and was the senior host of its talk show Talk of the Nation. Conan hosted Talk of the Nation from 2001 to June 27, 2013, when the program was discontinued. NPR announced that Conan would depart the network.

Robert Rees (journalist)

Robert Morrison "Bob" Rees (1938 – November 1, 2005) was an advertising executive and journalist who wrote for the Honolulu Weekly and Honolulu Advertiser.

Rees was born in San Diego. After graduating from Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley, Rees worked as an advertising executive with Doyle Dane Bernbach on campaigns for Volkswagen, Porsche, and Audi. He later moved to Hawaii, teaching at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Rees was a freelance writer, especially for the alternative paper, the Honolulu Weekly. He also hosted the Hawaii Public Radio program Talk of the Islands and television show Counterpoint.In his journalistic career in Hawaii, Rees often stirred controversy, questioning among others, politicians and certain figures in the Hawaiian sovereignty movement. For his work in Honolulu Weekly, Rees received two AAN awards. He died in Kailua, Oahu.

Hawaii Public Radio / NPR member stations in the state of Hawaii

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