The Atherton Performing Arts Studio is Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s gift to the community and a way to invite the public into our studio complex. With its perfect acoustics, this 75-seat space provides a superior live concert experience.

HPR produces summer and winter seasons of live concerts in the Atherton featuring a diverse program of artists with national and international careers, as well as emerging local bands. The intimacy of the room creates the opportunity for a more “talk story” sharing by the performer, which Atherton audiences have come to treasure.

A selection of past Atherton concerts also air on Applause in a Small Room (Sunday 4 pm, HPR-2).

Location and parking

  • 738 Kāheka Street, ground floor of the Hawaiʻi Public Radio Plaza building, across from Don Quijote (closest cross street is Makaloa).
  • Metered street parking or paid lots at First Hawaiian Bank (Kapiʻolani branch) and in the Pan Am building.




Atherton Summer Season 2015

All performances on Saturday at 7:30 pm, unless otherwise noted.
Reserve seats online (see link under specific concert) or call HPR at 955-8821 during regular business hours. HPR members receive preferred pricing.
Schedule subject to change.


May 16 - "Sweet Soul Music" with Chris Vandercook Band

Chris Vandercook

Guitarist, band leader, and HPR morning talk show co-host Chris Vandercook brings three guest vocalists (Melodie Soul, Gyn Brown, and Kyle Allen McCarty), the Powerhouse Horns, and his Chris Vandercook Band together for a celebration of the music of  James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Smokey Robinson, and other artists from the glory days of American popular music.

Tickets for "Sweet Soul Music"/Chris Vandercook Band available online or by calling 955-8821 during business hours.

May 23 - Ron and Thunderstorm Artis

Ron and Thunderstorm Artis

Brothers Ron Artis II and Thunderstorm Artis interweave their voices and instruments like few can, delivering original songs all penned by themselves or by their family. In their Atherton debut, this genre-defying duo promises a living room concert with no set list -- what they feel from you, the audience, is what you will hear.

Tickets for Ron and Thunderstorm Artis available online or by calling 955-8821 weekdays between 8:30am and 4:30pm.

June 6 – Maryanne Ito

Maryanne ItoA rising star for lovers of sweet soul and neo-soul music.

Tickets for Maryanne Ito available online or by calling 955-8821 between 8:30am and 4:30pm weekdays.


July 11 – Hawai‘i Folk Singers

HI Folk SingersFolk music from favorites Keith Haugen, Gordon Freitas, and Peter Apo.

Tickets for Hawaiʻi Folk Singers available online or by calling 955-8821 between 8:30am and 4:30pm weekdays.


August 8 – Streetlight Cadence

Streetlight CadenceStreetlight Cadence is a four member vocal and instrumental group comprised of Jonathon Franklin (violin), Brian Webb (cello), Jesse Shiroma (accordion and percussion), and Chaz Umamoto (guitar). Often labeled as alternative folk pop, the band draws inspiration from many genres. They perform both originals and covers ranging from pop to classical and have been described as a synthesis of Mumford & Sons and The Killers.

Tickets for Streetlight Cadence are SOLD OUT (updated Aug 3).

August 15 – Saloon Pilots

Saloon PilotsHawai‘i’s favorite bluegrass and Americana music band, the Saloon Pilots, returns to the Atherton Studio with new band members and an eclectic repertoire ranging from traditional "mountain music" to contemporary country to the songs of the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and the Grateful Dead.

Tickets for Saloon Pilots available online or by calling 955-8821 weekdays between 8:30am and 4:30pm.

August 22 – Stephen Inglis

Stephen InglisThe talented slack key artist presents a new CD release.

Tickets for Stephen Inglis available online or by calling 955-8821 during business hours.


August 29 – Darin Miyashiro and Sandy Tsukiyama

An evening of Japanese koto and shakuhachi music. With special guest Chris Molina on shakuhachi.

Tickets for Miyashiro & Tsukiyama available online or by calling 955-8821 between 8:30am and 4:30pm.

September 5 – Nina Skolnik

From Mozart’s sunny optimism, to Beethoven’s daring experiments, to Schubert’s search for transcendence, Nina Scolnik will perform three sonatas that illuminate the evolution of the form and the individual treatment of b-flat major in the works of each of these composers in a concert titled Music for a Better World. Nina Scolnik has concertized in the United States and abroad as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, chamber musician and collaborative pianist.

Tickets for Nina Skolnik by calling 955-8821 weekdays between 8:30am and 4:30pm.