Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
HPR Station Updates

HPR celebrates 40th anniversary

hpr_history_sm.jpg
HPR's first News Director Bob Miller and founding General Manager Cliff Eblen in HPR's first studio on UH Mānoa's lower campus. The walls are lined with egg cartons for acoustic baffling.

This Saturday marks our 40th anniversary! We'll be celebrating throughout the coming year, but as we enter our fifth decade on the air, we thought we'd look back into our photo archives to show how far we've come over the years.

1986_Orig studio_fund2.jpg
Scenes from an early membership campaign in HPR's original offices (1986). 
1986_Orig studio_fund_.jpg
Volunteers at an early membership campaign in HPR's original offices (1986). 
1994_Scott Kim.jpg
News Director Scott Kim in 1994. After some subsequent time away, Kim returned to HPR earlier this year as a News Editor.
1997_John Henry Felix.jpg
Founding Chair John Henry Felix on air during a 1997 membership campaign.
1997_Charo_.jpg
Spanish singer and actress Charo visits HPR in 1997.
Judy Val_nd.jpg
Judy Neale and Valerie Yee tally member contributions during a 1990s-era campaign.
2000_Alan Burin.jpg
Alan Bunin gives a station tour in 2000.
Schiller_Tanigawa.JPG
Gene Schiller and Noe Tanigawa team up on air at a membership campaign.
2008_KIPO_Party__9204280_.jpg
Ray Cruz celebrates the completion of the KIPO 89.3FM rebuild in 2008.
2011_Maui KIPM.JPG
Maui event in 2011 celebrating the debut of 89.9 FM.
2016_MT, JF on air.jpg
Outgoing HPR President & GM Michael Titterton and David Pellegrin welcome new President & GM José A. Fajardo during the spring 2016 membership campaign.
2017_Realignment conference.JPG
Aaron Mahi offers a blessing of HPR's 2017 program realignment, which resulted in two distinct streams (HPR-1 and HPR-2) broadcast statewide.

These photos are but a glimpse back at milestones and everyday scenes throughout this organization's growth. Our expansion of service to you has been commensurate with community support and involvement. Every new transmitter, local program, and even news story is made possible thanks to the generosity of individual members, businesses, and local foundations who believe in the importance of this public service.

From all of us, mahalo.

More from Hawai‘i Public Radio