Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


How can I listen to Hawaii Public Radio?

By Air:

HPR-1 News magazines, classical music and fine arts
KHPR 88.1 Honolulu (Oahu and Kaua‘i)
K203EL 88.5 (serving parts of East O'ahu)
KKUA 90.7 Wailuku (Maui) heard on Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i & West Hawai‘i
KANO 91.1 Hilo (East Hawai‘i Island)
K234AN 94.7 Waimea (Hawai‘i Island)

HPR-2 News, Local Talk, and Music
KIPH 88.3  Hana (Maui)
KHPH 88.7 
Kailua-Kona (West Hawai'i Island including Waimea)
KIPO 89.3 Honolulu (Oahu and Kaua‘i)
KIPM 89.7 Waikapu (Maui) heard on Maui, Moloka’i,   Lana’i and West Hawai’i

By Streaming: Service for both streams is available at on a variety of platforms. In addition, HPR's new streaming app is now available free at the iTune's App Store, and works for iPhone, iPad and iPad Touch.

By Cable:
Oceanic Time Warner broadcasts KHPR digitally on Channel 864, and KIPO on Channel 865 statewide. Phone: 643-2337.

By Cyberspace:
Both program streams are available at
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How can I contact Hawaii Public Radio?
We welcome your comments about our community broadcast service. Write to us at 738 Kaheka St, Honolulu HI 96814 or e-mail:

Main Phone #: (808) 955-8821

To request a free program guide or find out how to become a HPR member, contact Gene Evans, Listener Services Manager, at 955-8821 or

To get a Public Service Announcement (PSA) on the air or to have an event listed in the Community Calendar, send your information to the News Department by mail or email two weeks prior to the event. Nonprofit arts events receive priority.

How is HPR funded?
HPR gathers most of its support for its $4 million annual budget from individuals like you; 65% of annual support comes from this group. Another 25% comes from local businesses and corporations in the State of Hawaii; this group forms our Corporate Sponsors. 8% of our support still comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The remaining 2% is made up of grants from foundations and income such as the box office for our two series of concerts in the Atherton Performing Arts Studio. In other words, 92% of our support is local. And we like it that way!

How is NPR funded?
If you follow this link, you'll be taken to the NPR website that explains NPR's funding:

Does NPR pay HPR as an affiliate?
No, NPR never pays Hawaii Public Radio any fees whatsoever. HPR, as an affiliate, pays annual dues plus the fees charged by NPR for its programming, i.e. Morning Edition, All Things Considered, etc. HPR also pays similar fees to the many other production sources that produce programs broadcast on HPR, such as Public Radio International, American Public Media, and many other, smaller programming sources.  HPR is billed based upon the number of people actually listening on a weekly basis, not by the number of people who actually support the service with their personal contributions.

How can I support HPR?
Your individual financial support for Hawaii Public Radio accounts for 65% of our annual operating budget. We sincerely appreciate the fact that you value our radio services enough to contribute to the economic well being of these stations. To become a member or renew your membership, visit our secure membership form.

How can I get my hands on tapes or program guides?
For programs produced by Hawaii Public Radio, send your request to, or check on this web site to see if MP3s of the program in which you're interested are already posted. Go to the Listening link, and then click on Audio Archives.

For programs produced by National Public Radio (phone: 877-NPR-TEXT), Public Radio International or other sources, go to the KHPR/KKUA/KANO or KIPO program grids and click on the name of the program.

A program list and directory are included in HPR's Users Guide. Call 955-8821 for a free copy.

How do I become an HPR volunteer?
Our volunteers help out during our pledge drives, at special events including the Almost New Music Sale (on Kamehameha Day weekend in June), Atherton concerts, answering phones at the front desk, with mailings, filing, and some computer work. We'd love to have you get involved! Call 955-8821 and ask for Listener Services. You can also email us at:

Can I donate my car to HPR?
The donation of your car to Hawaii Public Radio helps us to continue to provide the quality of programming that you expect and hear from both our program streams. It also helps us hire quality staff to keep that programming coming to you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

How to donate your car It's easy!
Call Bernie Shimono at HPR Monday through Friday between 8 am and 4 pm at 955-8821. Schedule an appointment to come in with the paperwork, and in less than an hour, you will have donated your car to HPR. You need to be the registered owner of the vehicle and have a current registration, safety check and title.

IRS Vehicle Donation Information
Current law states that you may deduct the full price we receive for the sale of your car. This greatly simplifies the process for you, the donor, because you no longer have to research and come up with an estimate of the fair market value of the car. This also eliminates the risk of getting into trouble by overestimating the value of your deduction on your tax return. You'll know exactly the amount you may deduct, eliminating guesswork saving both time and risk.

You will receive a letter after the sale of your car at an auto auction giving you the exact amount for which it sold. That is the amount of your tax deduction.

The car must be:
* Running and be on Oahu
* Under 100,000 miles
* Under 10 years old

Where is the Atherton Performing Arts Studio?
The Atherton Performing Arts Studio is located in the HPR office and studio complex at 738 Kaheka Street in Honolulu. Kaheka St. runs parallel to Ke`eaumoku St. and may be accessed from King St. or Kapiolani Blvd. Metered street parking is available, or for a modest fee you may park at First Hawaiian Bank Kapiolani or in the Pan Am building.

Can I rent the Atherton Performing Arts Studio?
Yes. The Atherton is available for appropriate rental usage involving musical performance or community group meetings and lectures. The Studio seats 75 people. The rental rate is $100 an hour including use of the Studio's magnificent Bösendorfer concert grand piano. If you wish to rent outside regular office hours, you will be required to pay for at least four hours of air-conditioning at $50 per hour. There are other details involved, and to receive a complete rundown, please call Gene Evans at 955-8821. He'll be glad to send you the prospectus.

If you represent a cultural or community nonprofit organization, there is always a chance that your request to use the Atherton facility may be approved at no charge to your organization except for air conditioning costs. Again, call Gene to make inquiries. The basic ground rule for gratis site use is that admission to your event is free of charge and that it does not conflict with HPR's internal use of the Studio.

How do I qualify to have HPR present my concert in the Atherton?
Send or drop off a complete press kit and tapes or CDs of you and/or your group in performance to Gene Evans for consideration. When HPR presents a concert in the Atherton, the promotion department handles all publicity on the event, you receive on-air promotion, and HPR is responsible for administering the box office. For details, call Gene Evans at 955-8821.

How do those birds know when to sing on cue following Morning Edition at the beginning of Morning Concert?
The birds are found on "The Good Brown Earth" on Checkfield's Greatest Hits. Available on CD. The original CD is called "Water Wind and Stone." It is available on American Gramaphone Record's AAGCD-700. American Gramaphone's address is 9130 Mormon Bridge Road, Omaha, NE 68152.

What is the piece of music used to open and close Evening Concert?
 It's called "Fantasy on a Hymn Tune by Justin Morgan." The composer/arranger is the late Thomas Canning. The version we use features the Cincinnati Symphony conducted by Jesus Lopez Cobos on the Telarc CD, "American Adagios." This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it