HPR Board of Directors

The Hawaiʻi Public Radio Board of Directors is the entity which is legally responsible for the governance of HPR as a nonprofit corporation. It also holds the FCC broadcast licenses for the radio stations operating as HPR. The operation and organization of the Board is outlined in the Hawaiʻi Public Radio Bylaws.

The Board members are selected for their commitment to the mission and goals of HPR, and for their expertise in various fields. The individual Directors serve as volunteers and meet approximately six times per year at the HPR studio complex at 738 Kāheka Street in Honolulu. Additionally, Board Committees meet regularly throughout the year. All Board and Board Committee meetings are open to the public. The calendar for full HPR Board meetings can be found below. 

Board members 2018-2019:

Kenneth S. Robbins, chair
Barbara A. Hastings, vice chair
Dawn Suyenaga, secretary
Howard M. Higa, treasurer

Dr. Alan Britten
Buffy Cushman-Patz
José A. Fajardo, HPR president
Linda Lee K. (Cissy) Farm
Frank Haas
Marcie Uehara Herring
Susan Ing
Dr. Tyrie Jenkins, immediate past chair
Kathryn S. Matayoshi
Konrad Ng, PhD.
Francis S. Oda
Barry Rivers
Anne Swayne
Dawn Suyenaga
Dr. Bill Wiecking
Carol Yotsuda

Ex-Officio
Valerie Yee, HPR vice president and assistant general manager
Bernadette Shimono, HPR vice president, finance / asst. treasurer
Bill Dorman, HPR vice president / news director
Joseph Uno, CAB Chair


Board Meetings *

July 23, 2018 Annual Meeting
September 17, 2018 General Meeting
November 19, 2018 General Meeting
January 21, 2019 General Meeting
March 18, 2019 General Meeting
May 20, 2019 General Meeting


Board Committee Meetings *

Executive Committee (7:30 – 8:30 a.m. on the following dates)

August 16, 2018
October 25, 2018
February 21, 2019
April 25, 2019
June 20, 2019

Governance Committee (7:30 – 8:30 a.m. on the following dates)

August 30, 2018
November 8, 2018
March 7, 2019
May 30, 2019

Finance Committee (1:30 - 2:30 p.m. on the following dates)

October 18, 2018
November 15, 2018
January 17, 2019
April 18, 2019
June 27, 2019
July 18, 2018

Development Committee (noon – 1 p.m. on the following dates)

October 31, 2018
January 16, 2019
April 24, 2019
June 19, 2019

Broadcast Committee (5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on the following dates)

September 4, 2018
December 12, 2018 **
March 13, 2019
June 5, 2019 **

Community Advisory Board (5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on the following dates)

September 11, 2018
December 12, 2018 **
February 26, 2019
June 5, 2019 **

* Dates and time subject to change

** Joint meeting of the Broadcast Committee and the CAB