Support HPR

Hawaii Public Radio is an organization that is largely funded through the generosity of individuals, businesses, foundations, and community organizations here in our Island community.

Learn how you can be part of the HPR family and assure the future of public radio in the Hawaiian Islands.

HPR holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. It's our third consecutive designation. Read more

Individual Support

Corporate Support

Join, renew, or contribute online now!

Become A Member

Hawaii Public Radio is a community-licensed, listener-supported institution, which means that financial contributions from listeners like you are our largest and most important source of funding. In fact, nearly 65% of our budget comes from membership donations.

If you value the in-depth and insightful news programming and the eclectic mix of music and entertainment that you hear every day on Hawaii Public Radio, please consider becoming a member today. Call Gene Evans at (808) 955-8821, email, or go to our secure online pledge form.


True Believer

A True Believer listens to one or both Hawaii Public Radio stations and understands that member support makes the programming possible. 

New members most frequently join at the $10-a-month True Believer level.  Annual installment plans can be set up on a credit card or a checking account. 

It’s easy.  Just fill out this form and return it to Hawaii Public Radio or give us a call at 955-8821. 

And Thanks! 


Be a Sustaining (lifetime) Member

Becoming a Sustaining Member of HPR is an easy way to increase the power of your support and put more of your dollars into the programs on which you depend. Sustaining Members help to…

  • Save HPR substantial postage, paper and administrative costs.
  • Conserve paper by cutting down on renewal mailings.
  • Provide a reliable stream of support that allows HPR to plan for the future and invest in innovative new ideas.

Here's how it works: Your contribution is deducted automatically from the account of your choice every month. Your membership renews automatically every year, which means no more renewal mail or calls from us. And all the benefits that come with being a member remain yours to enjoy including access to special events and offers. Plus, you can request a thank-you gift each year at your contribution level and change or cancel your contribution at any time.

It's easy to become a Sustaining Member:

  • Choose the amount that you want to contribute every month.
  • Decide if you want to use your checking account or a credit card.
  • Call 808.955.8821 to become a Sustaining Member today.

Sustaining Member Services

  • Guaranteed uninterrupted HPR Member status
  • The satisfaction of providing continuous support for independent news, vibrant music and innovative information.
  • E-Scape, the HPR Member e-newsletter that's filled with news about your favorite programs and hosts, information about upcoming HPR events and special member-only offers 
  • Opportunity to request a thank you gift each year by contacting our friendly Member Services team at 808.955.8821 or by email
  • Invitations to special events, concerts and HPR presentations
Downloadable installment form available here


Multiply Your Contribution

Many businesses have matching gift programs for contributions their employees make to community organizations. Please consider choosing HPR as a beneficiary.

Simply obtain a matching gift form from the human resources department at your company, and send it to HPR with your contribution. Hawaii Public Radio is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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HPR relies on volunteers for a variety of projects such as answering telephones during pledge drives and other special projects and events throughout the year.

You'll get to see our on-air studios, meet the people who share your interest in public radio, and participate in the life of the station. It's a great way to meet people and gain an insight into how it all comes together here at Hawaii Public Radio. You'll have a great time as well.

Become an HPR volunteer today! Call Gene Evans at (808) 955-8821, signup online, or email

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Donate Your Car

The donation of your used vehicle to Hawaiʻi Public Radio helps us meet our operating costs, including those spent purchasing the quality programming you've come to expect on both our program streams. Avoid the hassle of selling your car; instead, enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing that the entire amount garnered from the vehicle's sale will go to HPR and be available to you for tax-deduction purposes.

Preferred condition of vehicle

  • Donations of cars, trucks, or motorcycles accepted
  • Must be running and be on Oʻahu
  • Under 100,000 miles 
  • Under 10 years old

How to donate your vehicle to HPR
Bernie Shimono1. Call HPR's business office Monday through Friday, between 8 am and 4 pm, at 955-8821 to schedule an appointment with Bernie.

2. Bring the approptiate paperwork (you must be the registered owner of the vehicle and have a current registration, safety check, and title) to the meeting. Bernie will immediately complete some forms, including a transfer of title, which she will give you to take to the car auction location.

3. We do not pick up your vehcile or provide towing. To maximize the amount the station can realize from your donation, we ask that you take your used vehicle to the auction site. A map and further instructions will be provided.

4. Bring the used vehicle to the auction location (in Mapunapuna area). HPR can help arrange a taxi cab to transport you to your next destination.

5. On the sale of your vehicle at auction, a receipt will be mailed to you for the exact amount for which it sold. You may claim this full amount as a donation when filing your taxes.
Car Auction site

For more information on donating your vehicle, we recommend this article from Charity Navigator.


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Make a Gift of Stock

Making a gift of appreciated stock to HPR rather than simply writing a check can offer tax benefits that are twofold:

  • You may be able to avoid paying capital gains tax on the increase in the value of the stock.
  • You receive an income tax deduction for the fair market value of the stock at the time of the gift.

To make a gift of stock to HPR, please provide your financial advisor with this information:

Merrill Lynch Account Number: 145-04B77
Depository Trust Corporation (DTC): 5198
Federal Tax ID#: 51-0191809
Contact: Winnie Lam

To learn more, call Valerie Yee at (808) 955-8821 or email

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IRA Charitable Rollover

If you are age 70-1/2 or older you may be eligible to make a tax-free distribution of up to $100,000 from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to Hawaii Public Radio until December 31, 2013.

An IRA charitable rollover is described as a “qualified charitable distribution,” or money that individuals may direct from their traditional IRA to eligible charitable organizations such as Hawaii Public Radio. Individuals may exclude the amount distributed directly to charity from their gross income. With the January 1, 2013 passing of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2013, the provision allowing tax-free distributions to charity from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) held by someone age 70½ or older of up to $100,000 per taxpayer was extended until December 31, 2013.

IRA Charitable Rollover FAQs

Who qualifies?
Individuals who are at least age 70 at the time of the contribution.

How much can I transfer?
Up to $100,000 per taxpayer for 2013.

From what accounts can I make transfers?
Transfers must come from IRAs (traditional or Roth) directly to the charity.

How do individuals make a qualified charitable distribution?
Contact your IRA trustee.

Please consult your accountant or financial advisor to determine if this giving option would be beneficial to you. For more information about the IRA Charitable Rollover or other giving options, contact HPR VP & Asst GM Valerie Yee at (direct) 808-792-8210 or more

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