HPR Station Updates

New Hires & A Promotion On HPR's News Team

Aug 30, 2019

Hawai‘i Public Radio announces several changes on the news team.

Dear listener,

Thank you for making Hawai‘i Public Radio a part of your life. Your support sustains and strengthens this enterprise as a vital source for balanced news, civil conversation, cultural programming and good music. I’m proud to share highlights from HPR’s fiscal year, which successfully concluded on June 30th.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio announces the election of four new members to its 19-person, volunteer Board of Directors. Joining the Board are David K. DeLuca, Teri Freitas Gorman (Maui), Bryan Kapeckas, and Chuck Mitsui.

HPR President and General Manager José A. Fajardo said, “in pursuing our mission to educate, inform, connect, and entertain our communities in Hawai‘i and beyond, much of our success has been thanks to the guidance and expertise of our Board of Directors. In this spirit, we welcome our new Directors, who will be invaluable resources for us now and in the future.”

This week we are extending a special invitation to become a new member of this station.

Member-supported HPR receives 94% of its operating funds from the community - and only 6% from the federal government, by way of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The costs of doing business are high: in addition to facilities, infrastructure, and power, we also have to pay for the shows we air on HPR-1 and HPR-2. Morning Edition and All Things Considered alone cost the station about $1,000 per day! 

HPR's Generation Listen, the initiative aimed at engaging younger listeners with the station, has been accepted into Matson Inc.'s Ka Ipu 'Aina program. Ka Ipu 'Aina translates into "container for the land" and is an environmental community partnership that aims to improve Hawaiʻi's inland and coastal areas. As part of the partnership, Gen Listen will organize and implement a cleanup project this summer; Matson will donate all container equipment and underwrite trucking expenses.

Hawai‘i Public Radio’s Ryan Finnerty won first place for best feature story in the Radio II division in the 2019 Associated Press Television and Radio Association honors, announced on Thursday, May 16.

The winning story, "Artificial Intelligence Will Transform the Hospitality Industry" was described by judges as “a creative look at the potential impact of artificial intelligence on the hospitality industry.”

Hawai‘i Public Radio’s eclectic music show Bridging the Gap will host a four-day residency at Hawai‘i State Library in Honolulu May 28-31, 2019. The sessions, which will be recorded for later broadcast on HPR-1, will feature selections from the library's music collection. Songs will be curated by Nick Yee, also known as dj mr.nick, along with co-hosts Paige Okamura and Harrison Patino.

Hawaii Public Radio announces the lineup for the upcoming season of their Atherton Summer Concert Series, kicking off May 25. Featured artists represent a diverse array of genres, including jazz, Americana, vintage soul, contemporary Hawaiian, and modern shakuhachi. Ameresco is the summer sponsor of the Atherton Concert Series.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s Spring Fund Drive ended on the scheduled tenth day of the campaign April 12, 2019. The on-air fundraiser collected $765,000 in contributions from donors residing in Hawaiʻi, on the mainland, and around the world.  675 of those gifts were from first-time supporters.

Moana Surfrider Sweepstakes

Apr 10, 2019

On April 10, 2019, one HPR donor may win a Moana Surfrider package by pledging between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. First-time members will be entered twice!

Prize package includes:

  • a two (2) night stay in an ocean view room at the Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa
  • a VIP pass for two at Blue Note Hawai‘i

To donate online and simultaneously enter to win, click here.

Maui Film Festival Sweepstakes

Apr 9, 2019

On April 9, 2019, one HPR donor may win a Maui Film Festival getaway package for pledging between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. First-time members will be entered twice!

Package includes:

  • Two (2) Sapphire Circle VIP Patron Galaxy Passes (unlimited access to all screenings, filmmaker panels, and special culinary events)
  • A 5-night stay for two at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea from Wed June 12-Sun June 16, 2019

To donate and simultaneously enter to win, click here.

HPR is expanding its local reporting and community outreach efforts thanks to a $200,000 grant over two years from the Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF).

9.7" iPad Pro Sweepstakes

Apr 5, 2019

On April 5, 2019, one HPR donor may win a 9.7" iPad Pro for pledging between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. First-time members will be entered twice!

To donate online and simultaneously enter to win, click here.   

* One entry per person. No donation or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win. A donation will not increase your chance of winning.  Call (808) 944-8800 to enter. Sustaining members may opt to be entered into all HPR sweepstakes here. 

Thanks to the generosity of our legal community, all pledges on Friday April 5, 2019 will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total of $15,125.

We gratefully recognize these firms:

Kaua‘i Beach Resort & Spa Sweepstakes

Apr 4, 2019

On April 4, 2019, one HPR donor may win a Kaua‘i Beach Resort & Spa package by pledging between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. First-time members will be entered twice!

Prize package includes:

  • a two (2) night stay in a deluxe pool/ocean view room at the Kaua‘i Beach Resort & Spa
  • Breakfast buffet included
  • Daily Resort Fee, State & Accommodations taxes included

To donate online and simultaneously enter to win, click here. 

Spring Fund Drive Kicks Off April 3

Apr 3, 2019

Hawaiʻi Public Radio takes to the air from April 3-12 with its semi-annual membership drive. 94% of HPR's revenues are generated by individuals, families, and businesses in its community, and during the fund drive, Hawai‘i is invited to contribute to the station’s growth.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio is pleased to announce the appointment of Dabney Gough as their new Director of Marketing & Communications. She succeeds Phyllis S.K. Look, who retired from HPR on March 31, 2019.


Gough will provide marketing leadership and develop strategies for branding and promotion of the station’s statewide services over two discrete stations on 15 frequencies, the internet, social media, and streaming devices.  

Hawaiʻi Public Radio, a statewide, community-supported radio network, announces that Sandee Oshiro has joined its newsroom as the station's first news editor. Oshiro is an award-winning veteran journalist whose media experience spans multiple platforms, and who has managed teams and projects that have drawn national recognition.

HPR Rated Top Charity for 7th Consecutive Year

Aug 17, 2018

For the seventh consecutive year, Hawai‘i Public Radio has been awarded a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator. HPR's top rating demonstrates that the member-supported station executes its mission of providing non-commercial cultural and informational programming in a financially efficient way and is committed to accountability and transparency.

HPR adds new Board members

Jul 27, 2018

Hawaiʻi Public Radio announces the appointment of four new members to its 20-person, volunteer Board of Directors. Joining the Board are Linda Lee K. (Cissy) Farm, Susan Ing, Kathryn S. Matayoshi, and Konrad Ng, PhD. The Board also welcomed new ex-officio member Joseph Uno, chair of HPR’s Community Advisory Board.

Alexa, Meet Hawaiʻi Public Radio

Sep 29, 2017

You can now listen to your favorite public radio station using the hands-free, wireless speakers from Amazon, called Echo or Echo Dot. These speakers are connected to the Alexa Voice Service and, on your voice command, can fill a room with quality sound.

To enjoy HPR in your smart home, first connect the device to the internet using the Alexa app (wifi required). Next, you’ll want to enable this skill by telling her/it:

Alexa, enable Hawaiʻi Public Radio.”

Anytime you want to listen to HPR, you’ll need to use these specific phrases:

UPDATE 9/19/18: The interviews taped in Hawaii this past July will air on HPR-1 on Friday, September 21, 1 - 3pm. This Science Friday episode will also be archived post-broadcast here.

HPR Sets Bold Membership Goals for Fall 2017 Fund Drive

Sep 20, 2017

Hawaiʻi Public Radio begins its semi-annual, on-air fundraiser on September 27. The local nonprofit is currently supported by 14,000 member donors, as well as nearly 200 local businesses and foundations. During the anticipated ten-day campaign, the station seeks to break its own pledge drive record by enrolling a thousand new individual members and growing the rolls of those who contribute monthly from 45 to 50 percent.

New 7 p.m. Weekday Lineup on HPR-1

Sep 10, 2017

Starting Monday, September 18, HPR introduces a new weeknight lineup on HPR-1 at 7 p.m. Tune in for two new programs and the return of some listener favorites.

The new 7 p.m. lineup on HPR-1, starting September 18, 2017:

HPR Takes It to New Heights with New Maui Transmitters

Aug 10, 2017
Don Mussell

Hawaiʻi Public Radio announced the completion of its relocated Maui transmitters on August 8. The nonprofit public radio network previously broadcast its KKUA 90.7 (HPR-1) and KIPM 89.7 (HPR-2) frequencies from a site located 4,500 feet above Kīhei on lands held by the ʻUlupalakua Ranch.

A Message from HPR President & GM

Aug 7, 2017

Aloha, Friend of HPR,

By any measure, Hawai‘i Public Radio is well-positioned to meet the challenges of the future. We count a record number of 13,900 station members; 45% of them (more than ever) are now monthly Sustainers. Local businesses and organizations continue to find value in HPR underwriting opportunities. With nearly 200,000* listeners across the Hawaiian islands and the globe, there is yet more potential for growth.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio hosts the return of neo-soul singer/songwriter Maryanne Ito to the Atherton Studio on Saturday, August 19th at 7:30 p.m. Likened to Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, Ito combines a soulful jazz style with R&B, reggae, and hip hop. In her upcoming Atherton concert, she performs some new music, as well as new arrangements of work on her debut album “Waking Up." She'll also be putting her twist on jazz standards and soul classics.

HPR optimistic about growth in FY 2018

Jul 26, 2017
Don Mussell

Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s Board of Directors capped their first meeting of the fiscal year on July 24 by approving a 2017-2018 budget showing revenue of $5.49 million. This is an increase of 1.8 percent over the station’s fiscal year 2017’s projected year-end revenue. HPR, a 35-year-old independent nonprofit, generates 94 percent of its support from local individuals, families, businesses, and foundations.

The all-star line-up of local musicians in Vibra Cubana present an evening of Afro-Cuban and Hawaiian jazz in HPR’s Atherton Studio on Saturday, August 12, at 7:30 p.m. Led by vibraphonist Thomas Mackay, the ensemble includes pianist Tommy James, percussionist Bobo Butires, bassist Ian Sheridan, and drummer Scott Schafer. The program features the music of two legendary vibraphonists, Arthur Lyman and Cal Tjader, and exotica classics such as “Yellowbird,” “Quiet Village,” “Dahil Sa Iyo,” and “Black Orchid.”

UPDATE: This event is sold out.