HPR Station Updates

Hawai‘i Public Radio has garnered two awards for local news reporting over the past year. 

HPR Mobile App

Apr 15, 2020

The HPR mobile app makes it easy to listen to Hawaiʻi Public Radio's two streams (HPR-1 and HPR-2) no matter where you are. 

The app allows you to:

A Note From HPR's Board Of Directors

Mar 31, 2020

Tomorrow was scheduled to be Day 1 of our Spring Pledge Drive, which we have postponed. It's a long-standing tradition that HPR's Board of Directors participate in the first day of the drive, and in that spirit we'd like to share a message from them.

Aloha HPR team,

We serve on HPR's Board of Directors because we believe in the importance of Hawai‘i Public Radio and the caliber of work undertaken by its staff and volunteers.

Across our islands, HPR keeps us informed, keeps us together, and makes us whole.

Spring Pledge Drive Postponed

Mar 18, 2020

Dear HPR community, 

It’s times like these that bring HPR’s mission even more clearly into focus.     

Amid a rapidly evolving news landscape, our reporters are working to provide you with information and updates, context and insight. They are working with a laser focus to find and share the stories that matter most - and to make sense of it all. It’s a time where fact-based journalism and responsible reporting truly shine.

HPR Annual Report 2019

Feb 13, 2020

Each year, HPR compiles a report of what we've accomplished over the past calendar year. It's a celebration of our community's power in helping us to achieve our mission to educate, inform, connect, and entertain.

Hard copies are mailed to current station members; it's also available digitally here:

HPR Annual Report 2019

Hawai‘i Public Radio’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the eighth consecutive time that HPR has earned this top distinction.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio announces its Community Advisory Board (CAB) class of 2022. The CAB is an adjunct to HPR's Board of Directors and provides feedback to HPR management on station programming and community outreach opportunities. 

 The new 10 Community Advisory Board members (listed below) were selected from more than 80 nominations solicited through the station's communications and airwaves. Two are from Hawai‘i island, two from Maui, one from Lānaʻi, one from Moloka‘i, and the remainder from O‘ahu. The group is chaired by Nancy Budd of Kauaʻi.  

Hawaiʻi Public Radio announces that its new Lanaʻi transmitter is now on the air, providing an improved signal for West Maui, Lānaʻi, and Molokaʻi. The frequency 103.1 FM, licensed to Kualapuʻu, Molokaʻi, went live on January 13. It broadcasts HPR-1 (news, talk, entertainment, and a variety of music) to areas previously within a terrain shield, wherein the West Maui mountains obstructed the signal broadcast from Haleakalā. The full HPR-1 program schedule can be viewed online.

HPR takes to the air December 10-12 with its End of Year Fund Drive. 95% of HPR's $6.4 million operating budget is contributed by individuals, families, and businesses in its community, and during the fund drive, Hawai‘i is invited to contribute to the station’s growth, while taking advantage of donating within the 2019 tax year. 

The station currently counts 14,607 members; 54% are Sustaining Members who donate in regular monthly installments. 

End Of Year Fund Drive 2019 Sweepstakes Rules

Dec 10, 2019

HPR is giving away several prizes during the End of Year 2019 Membership Drive. Contribute to HPR by December 12, 2019 to be automatically entered to win.

NO DONATION OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A DONATION WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING.

By entering and participating in the Hawaiʻi Public Radio Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”), entrants agree to accept and be bound by these rules and the decisions of Hawaiʻi Public Radio (HPR) as final in all matters relating to the Sweepstakes.

Hawai‘i Public Radio is pleased to announce leadership changes in its Community Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB welcomes its new chair, Nancy Budd of Līhuʻe, Kaua‘i. Budd began a three-year CAB term in 2017. In her role as CAB Chair, Budd will also hold an ex-officio seat on HPR's Board of Directors. Joseph Uno of Honolulu recently completed his term as CAB Chair, and has been elected to a newly added seat on HPR's Board of Directors.  

The station also gratefully acknowledges the outgoing CAB class of 2020:

HPR Acquires New Transmitter On Lanaʻi

Nov 14, 2019

Hawaiʻi Public Radio announces the acquisition of a new transmitter located on Lanaʻi, which will provide an improved signal for West Maui, Lanaʻi, and Molokaʻi. The frequency 103.1 FM, licensed to Kualapuʻu, Molokaʻi, will broadcast HPR-1 (news, talk, entertainment, and a variety of music) to areas previously within a coverage "shadow," wherein the West Maui mountains obstructed the signal broadcast from Haleakalā.

The signal has been assigned the call letters KJHF in honor of Dr. John Henry Felix, who was HPR's inaugural chair of the Board of Directors from 1979-1985.

Hawai‘i Public Radio (HPR) is seeking candidates interested in serving a two-year term as a member of the HPR COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD (CAB).

 

The CAB broadly represents the diverse needs and interests of Hawai’i’s community and advises HPR management on the station’s programming and community outreach. CAB meetings occur at least four times throughout the year, occasionally meeting with HPR’s Broadcast Committee of the Board.

Hawai‘i Public Radio announces two additions to the team. As announced in July, station veteran Cat Gelman has been promoted to vice president, corporate relations. Her team also now welcomes two new hires, each in the role of corporate relations associate.  

Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s Fall Fund Drive ended on the scheduled tenth day of the campaign October 4, 2019. The fundraiser collected $761,652 in contributions from donors residing in Hawaiʻi, on the mainland, and around the world. 812 of those gifts were from first-time supporters. 

 

This was accomplished within a reduced fundraising schedule; thanks to the ongoing support of Sustaining Members, the station was able to give 42 hours of uninterrupted listening back to listeners over the course of the ten-day on-air drive.

 

Hawaiʻi Public Radio (HPR) takes to the air from September 25-October 4 with its semi-annual membership drive. 94% of HPR's $6.04 million operating budget is contributed by individuals, families, and businesses in its community, and during the fund drive, Hawai‘i is invited to contribute to the station’s growth.

HPR is giving away several prizes during the Fall 2019 Membership Drive. Contribute to HPR by October 4, 2019 to be automatically entered to win.

NO DONATION OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A DONATION WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING.

By entering and participating in the Hawaiʻi Public Radio Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”), entrants agree to accept and be bound by these rules and the decisions of Hawaiʻi Public Radio (HPR) as final in all matters relating to the Sweepstakes.

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 2018 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. 

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