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HPR announces Kanikapila Sunday host change

Derrick Malama
Derrick Malama will continue to be the station's local host of Morning Edition.

HPR’s Derrick Malama has decided to end his 19-year run as host of Kanikapila Sunday, HPR-1’s longstanding Hawaiian music show. Malama’s last Kanikapila Sunday show will be Sunday, October 3 from 1-4 p.m. on HPR-1. Louise Kealiʻiloma Lanzilotti, host of HPR-2’s Classical Pacific, will take the reins as host starting October 10.

“After nearly 20 years of hosting Kanikapila Sunday, I’m finally ready to ‘mālama Derrick’ with a little more me time,” Malama said. “I’m glad that Louise will be taking on the show, and continue to serve our listening community.”

"Hawaiian music has been a central part of my life since small kid time,” said Lanzilotti. “I’m excited to share my aloha with HPR listeners as Kanikapila Sunday goes through this transition."

Malama is the show’s original host, which debuted on April 7, 2002. Over the years, the program has developed a loyal and enthusiastic following among listeners “across the Hawaiian islands” (as Malama is known for saying) and around the world. Malama will continue as the station’s local host for Morning Edition, which airs weekdays from 5-9 a.m. on HPR-1.

Kanikapila Sunday will remain part of HPR-1’s lineup, with a few modifications. Starting October 10, Fresh Air Weekend will air Sundays from 1-2 p.m.; the show highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks. Kanikapila Sunday will move to a two-hour format, airing from 2-4 p.m., with Lanzilotti as host.

In addition to radio, HPR’s programming can be streamed via smart speaker, the HPR website, or on the HPR mobile app.

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