HPR Station Updates

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.

Rita Coury

Mango Season, a Honolulu-based, jazz, soul, funk, seven-piece band serves up an intoxicating mix of vintage soul, jazz-infused harmonies, and booty-shaking funk. For their HPR Atherton Studio concert on Saturday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m, they'll be featuring tunes from their recently released sophomore album, “Point Panic,” with a Brazilian and Latin jazz twist.

Kaipo Kiaha

Jamarek, Honolulu’s premier African dance band, brings its African and Latin-inspired music to Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s Atherton Studio on Saturday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. They will be performing selections from their recently released studio album “Fechal” (which means “Dance” in Wolof, one of the indigenous languages of Senegal, West Africa), as well as other newly arranged songs. Dancing is encouraged – and may be irresistable!

Jazz Duo Brings Great Vibes to Atherton Studio, June 17

May 31, 2017

Vibraphonist Thomas Mackay and pianist Tommy James bring their mind-expanding interpretations of tunes from the Great American Songbook, others by Chick Corea and Joe Locke, as well as their own originals to HPR’s Atherton Studio on Saturday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. Their musical partnership takes jazz standards beyond the usual boundaries with their highly improvisational style.

Step Lively to Good Foot in the Atherton Studio, June 10

May 22, 2017
Aaron McMullen

Inspired by the creative spirit of Hawaiʻi Public Radio, Hawaiʻi’s only Afro Funk Soul band Good Foot will be showcasing their original compositions in the Atherton Studio on Saturday, June 10, 7:30 p.m. Known primarily for their high energy club performances, their Atherton debut promises music that will get people up on their feet dancing, while keeping their brains dancing as well. Good Foot’s eight band members are Capt.

One of Hawaiʻi’s top jazz vocalists Rachel Gonzales, longtime collaborator pianist Les Peetz, and versatile bassist Kathryn Schulmeister bring their talents to Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s Atherton Studio on May 27 at 7:30 p.m. Their program will be an unconventional mix of jazz standards, twentieth century classical, Sixties pop, plus free improvisations.
 

Spring 2017 Fund Drive Thank You List

May 2, 2017

A big mahalo to the many individuals and organizations who contributed to make the Spring 2017 Fund Drive a success.

Volunteer Organizations

AARP Hawai‘i

AIA Honolulu

Alston, Hunt, Floyd, and Ing

Awesome Foundation

Berkshire Hathaway

Blue Note Hawai‘i

Booz Allen Hamilton

Chaminade

Chelsea Group

Daughters of Hawai‘i

Envision Networked Solutions

Exchange Club

Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i

Gay Mens Chorus of Honolulu

Good Foot

HANO

Hawaiʻi Public Radio presents an evening of music, storytelling, and aloha from Hōkū-winning slack key artist Patrick Landeza in the Atherton Studio on Friday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. Landeza will be featuring songs from his latest album “Hoʻomanaʻo” (translates “to remember”), which is currently on the final ballot of the 2017 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award, Slack Key Album of the Year. He will also share stories of learning slack key from some of the masters of the genre, as detailed in his newly released memoir From the Island of Berkeley, CA.

HPR Exceeds Fundraising Goal on Tenth Day of Drive

Apr 28, 2017

Hawaiʻi Public Radio concluded its spring 2017 fund drive today at 11:30 a.m., exceeding its goal of $900,000 ahead of schedule. The first $135,000 were raised before April 19; the remaining $785,450 donations were received during the subsequent nine and a half days of on-air fundraising on both of HPR’s newly re-formatted stations.

Multi-lingual jazz vocalist Allison Adams Tucker returns to open the 2017 Atherton Summer Season on Friday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. with a travel memoir in song. The jazz-inspired music and stories from her third album “WANDERlust” span countries and genres in six languages, and include tunes from Björk and Christina Perri to Astor Piazzolla, Pat Metheny and Antonio Carlos Jobim to Ennio Morricone, and even ancient Japanese folk songs.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio is pleased to announce the appointment of award-winning journalist Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi as its new general assignment reporter. Hiraishi joined HPR’s seven-person news team on April 10, 2017.
 

Hawaiʻi Public Radio launches its on-air fund drive on April 19. The goal for the 10-day fundraiser is $900,000. Nearly eight hundred donors responded to the pre-drive campaign with early gifts totaling $124,882.
 

HPR Mobile App FAQs

Mar 1, 2017

1. How do I get HPR's new mobile app?

Go to the App Store (on iOS devices) or Google Play (Android). Search for “hpr” – look for our new logo – and follow the rest of the instructions to download it at no cost. Works on iPhone 4S, 5/6/6+, iPod touch, iPad2 and newer, iPad mini, Android (small, medium, and large screens), Android tablets and Kindle Fire HD and newer.

2. If I’ve downloaded a previous version of the HPR app, do I still need to install this new one or can I simply update the old one?

Noa Emberson, Onward Creative

Hawaiʻi Governor David Y. Ige and Lt. Governor Shan S. Tsutsui have proclaimed February 14 – 21, 2017 “Hawaiʻi Public Radio Week.” The proclamation asks “the people of the Aloha State to join us in tuning in to the two locally grown HPR stations” and recognizes HPR for delivering “the highest standards of independent broadcast journalism, music and entertainment.” It goes on to list the station’s 35 years of accomplishment and community service. The Proclamation may be found in full at bit.ly/hprweek.

Hawai‘i Public Radio is pleased to announce that 20 station members have been elected to its new Community Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB represents the diversity of HPR’s statewide membership and serves in an adjunct (non-fiduciary) capacity to the nonprofit’s existing Board of Directors. The role of the CAB is to represent the community in providing feedback to the station on its programming and outreach opportunities.

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The ancient Greeks classified seven specific kinds of love. In honor of Valentine's Day, Willow Chang has curated an evening of songs she calls "The Seven Faces of Love." She will bring these beloved tunes from theater, pop, jazz, and beyond to HPR's Atherton Studio on Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. Accompanying her will be Ernie Provencher (bass), Tom Chun (guitar), Thomas Mckay (vibraphone), and other surprise guests.
 

Hawai'i Public Radio presents 2017 GRAMMY-award nominees Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum in its Atherton Studio on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Fiddler and guitarist Laurie Lewis and mandolin player Tom Rozum are widely regarded as being among the most preeminent bluegrass and Americana artists of our time. They will perform their versatile and engaging repertoire of love songs, laments, social commentary, and free-wheeling fun.
 

On January 28, Hawaiʻi Symphony violinist and singer/songwriter Nancy Shoop-Wu teams up with slack key/classical guitarist Ian O’Sullivan in HPR's Atherton Studio for a program of classical, tango, and original works that celebrate the beauty and aloha spirit of the islands. Both are Yale School of Music graduates and recent Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award finalists. The evening's program is taken from their recent CDs, Rainbow Road (Shoop-Wu) and Songs from the North Shore (O'Sullivan).

      Stories of Tsunami Survivors Told in Music: Performance to retell Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barry Bearak’s New York Times Magazine cover story

Hawaiʻi premiere of TWINGE includes January performances at UH West O‘ahu and Hawaiʻi Public Radio

Jazz veterans Lenore Raphael and Wayne Wilkinson return to the islands to warm up HPR's Atherton Studio Winter Season. On January 14 at 7:30 p.m., pianist Raphael and guitarist Wilkinson pay tribute to jazz giants Oscar Peterson and Joe Pass with a program of jazz standards and some of Raphael's original compositions. Many of the evening's featured tunes were previously recorded by Raphael and Wilkinson and a CD signing with the artists will conclude the Atherton event.

HPR Spotify Page and Best of 2016

Dec 22, 2016

Hawaii Public Radio now has a Spotify page, and we're ending the year with a series of "Best of 2016" playlists from a few of our DJs.  Subscribe and stream away.  Get to it HERE.

Note: Spotify is a music streaming service and you must sign up to access the music. 

Here's a few samples: 
John Zak, Evening Concert

Start the new year with Discord & Rye's honest, feel-good music and a foot-stompin', holler-filled hootenanny in HPR's Atherton Studio on January 7. This popular local band, known for their exploration of the history and future of original American music, will be introducing some new material in their Atherton debut.

North Shore musician/singer-songwriter Ron Artis II returns to HPR's Atherton Studio on Saturday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m. for a concert of original music featuring the Atherton’s crown jewel, the magnificent Bosendorfer grand piano.

Artis said, "I started on the piano, and I'm ready to return for a concert." Along with special guests, he will be performing a program of songs inspired by his childhood and the subsequent years.

The Winter Solstice, the longest night and shortest day of the year, falls on December 21. Hawaiʻi’s premier Irish band, Celtic Waves, celebrates this time of renewal of faith in the face of cold and darkness with a spirited evening of traditional Irish tunes and a few original compositions on Saturday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio presents pianist Christopher O'Riley in concert in the Atherton Studio on Saturday, December 3 at 4:00 p.m. He will perform works by notable modern composers John Adams, Anton Garcia-Abril, and Thomas Ades, as well as his own arrangements of contemporary and classical music.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio is forming a volunteer Community Advisory Board (CAB), an adjunct to the station’s governing Board of Directors, and is now accepting nominations for the CAB’s first 20 members. This new advisory board will provide feedback to HPR’s management on the station’s programming, as well as assess community outreach opportunities. A key consideration in the selection process, therefore, will be the overall composition of the CAB and its representation of Hawaiʻiʻs diverse communities. Neighbor Island residents are encouraged to apply.

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