HPR Station Updates

Hawaiʻi Public Radio presents baritone Buz Tennent in "If I Sing," a centennial tribute concert honoring his mentor and father, Arthur Tennent, on Sunday, November 13, at 4:00 p.m. The program suggests the wide range of interests shared by father and son: opera arias by Thomas and Korngold, French melodie of Chausson and Poulenc, German lieder by Schubert and Strauss, English art song featuring Vaughan Williams and Ireland, American sea shanty arrangements by Dougherty, and Broadway selections. Tennent will be joined by his longtime piano accompanist Eric Schank.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio Launches HPR-2 in East Hawaiʻi

Oct 24, 2016

UPDATE 10/26/16, 1:15pm: HPR-2/KAHU 91.3FM was turned on from Kulani Cone at 1:01pm today and can now be heard in East Hawaiʻi.

HPR Closes Eventful Fall Fund Drive on Tenth Day

Oct 22, 2016

Hawaiʻi Public Radio concluded its on-air pledge drive at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21, having raised $872,162. The drive broke several station records, including the amount raised on the first day of a drive ($80,947) and the number of first-time member sign-ups (922).

HPR Brings "From the Top" Back to Islands

Oct 18, 2016
Natalie Nakasone

NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley, the preeminent showcase for young musicians heard weekly on Hawaiʻi Public Radio comes back to the islands for two live recordings of the hit NPR show, featuring musicians from Hawaiʻi and beyond. This marks From the Top’s fifth visit to Hawaiʻi, having recorded seven shows over the past twelve years on Oʻahu, Maui, and Hawaiʻi island.

Starting October 12, Hawaiʻi Public Radio rallies its listeners in its biannual on-air fundraiser with an appeal to support "Civility, Complexity, and Creativity." José A. Fajardo, HPR’s new President and General Manager, said “In this raucous election season, we believe there's a newly discovered appreciation for the values that public radio espouses. Civil discourse, the exploration of complex issues, and the celebration of creativity may be in short supply elsewhere, but are mainstays on HPR's two programming streams.

Presidential Debates - October 9 and 19

Oct 4, 2016

The final two Presidential debates of the 2016 election followed by analysis will air on
Sunday, October 9 from  3 - 6pm on HPR-1
Wednesday, October 19 from 3 - 6pm on HPR-1 and HPR-2

Tune in during the live broadcast and follow the real-time annotated transcript of these debates on our website. The added analysis and fact-checking are provided by the NPR politics team, aided by editors and reporters who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy, and more.

For the fifth consecutive year, Hawai‘i Public Radio, a statewide radio network, has been awarded the top 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s leading independent charity evaluator. The report, which can be found at bit.ly/hpr4stars, demonstrates that the member-supported station executes its mission of providing non-commercial informational and cultural programming in a financially efficient way and is committed to accountability and transparency.

Airing Tuesday, September 6, at 7pm on HPR-2, an NPR special hosted by Weekend Edition's Rachel Martin that will examine the character of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Barbershop Quartets from Sounds of Aloha, Sept. 10

Aug 23, 2016

Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s 2016 Atherton Summer Season closes on Saturday, September 10 with a unique, a cappella concert event in a double-bill presentation. Four ensembles from the Sounds of Aloha Chorus – Funny Bones, 19th Avenue, Resonance, and Wong Fu – will showcase a diverse repertoire that includes not only barbershop standards, but hapa haole favorites, Broadway and jazz numbers, patriotic songs, and more. Audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy these tunes, while learning about the history and musical characteristics of the barbershop art form.

Singer, songwriter, pianist, and ʻukulele player Ruth Shiroma Foster shares HPR’s Atherton Studio stage with her musical colleagues and the audience on September 3rd at 7:30 p.m. Known for her passionate approach to an eclectic repertoire, Shiroma Foster also believes in breaking barriers between performer and listener.

Latin American music scholar and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Dickey and vocalist/ethnomusicologist Sandy Tsukiyama lead Un Recorrido Musical desde México hasta Argentina (A Musical Journey from Mexico to Argentina) in HPR’s Atherton Studio on Saturday, August 27. The evening begins with the classic folk and popular songs of Mexico, where both Dickey and Tsukiyama grew their Latin American musical roots. From there, they “travel” to Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Colombia to explore the rich cultural and folk music traditions of the Hispanic Caribbean.

Ernie Provencher brings his double bass to the Atherton Studio on August 20 for a concert of classical music, jazz, and his own original jazz compositions, featuring the bass in duets, quartets, and sextets. His collaborators are Sandy Tsukiyama, vocals; David Yamasaki, guitar; Rocky Holmes, sax and flute; Duane Padilla, violin; and Ethan Capone, piano.

Programming Update 7/26/16: Obama's Years - Part Two

Jul 26, 2016

Airing tonight at 7:00 pm on HPR-2, "Obama's Years - Part Two," an NPR news special hosted by Steve Inskeep.

Multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning composer and musician Kuana Torres Kahele is this year’s featured artist in Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s annual benefit event at the Palikū Theatre on Sunday, August 7. For the first time, Kahele will be offering two, back-to-back concerts, showcasing his entire existing Music for the Hawaiian Islands CD series.

Jazz pianist Tommy James has conceived of an evening of “Mostly Ellington” for HPR’s live concert audiences and the magnificent Bösendorfer grand piano housed in the station’s Atherton Studio. The evening will focus on lesser-known pieces originally composed for solo piano by Duke Ellington and/or his writing partner Billy Strayhorn. Selections will include “Lotus Blossom,” “A Single Petal of a Rose,” and “Melancholia,” among others. Rounding out the performance will be some of the Ellington evergreens.

The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) announced yesterday that Hawaiʻi Public Radio has won a 2016 Clarion Award for the weeklong series “Homelessness from the Outside In” produced by the station’s morning talk show “The Conversation.” The Clarions—named for the medieval trumpet known for its clarity—recognize small business, large corporate, nonprofit, agency and government communication specialists internationally who demonstrate excellence in clear and concise communications.

Hōkū Zuttermeister shares melodies, memories, and people near and dear to his heart in an upcoming HPR Atherton Studio concert. On July 23 at 7:30 p.m., he performs from his multi-Hōkū-Award-winning CD “Āina Kūpuna,” from his recent release “Kuʻu Pua Sakura,” as well as favorite Hawaiian standards. Accompanying him are Solomon “King” Kanahele on bass, with hula from Susan Misae Zuttermeister, the artistʻs mother, to whom his latest album is dedicated.

Bill Dorman, news director for Hawaiʻi Public Radio since 2007, was elected to the Board of Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) at its recent national conference in Saint Louis, Missouri. Dorman will serve as the Medium Market Representative for two years; among his duties will be planning, with other members of the PRNDI board, their annual conference.

Programming Update 7/19/16: Obama's Years - Part I

Jul 1, 2016

Airing tonight at 7:00 pm on HPR-2, "Obama's Years - Part I," an NPR news special hosted by Steve Inskeep.

Programming Update 7/4/16: Jazz Heritage Series

Jun 30, 2016

An Independence Day special on HPR-2, from 9:00 p.m. to midnight (HST):  the United States Air Force Band's 2016 Jazz Heritage Series. The guests for this year's radio broadcast (the series' ninth season) are vibraphone virtuoso Stefon Harris, the duo of trumpeter Marvin Stamm & pianist Bill Mays, and tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf.

UPDATE 7/8/16: A second show has been added on Friday, July 15, at 7:30pm. Please see hprtickets.org for link to online ticket purchase or call 955-8821 during business hours.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s newsroom was recognized today by RTDNA (Radio Television Digital News Association) with its third National Edward R. Murrow Award in two years. This 2016 award was in the category of Small Market Radio Continuing Coverage for a series of reports on the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope by HPR General Assignment Reporter Molly Solomon. The series previously won in the same category for its region, comprising California, Guam, Hawaiʻi, and Nevada.

Intelligence Squared comes to HPR-2 every Monday at 7 p.m. beginning June 13. 

Programming Update 6/7/16

Jun 6, 2016

On Tuesday, June 7, from 4:00 - 7:00pm (HST) on HPR-1, we will be airing Special Coverage of the New Jersey, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota (Dem), New Mexico and California primaries. This special is a collaboration between NPR, WNYC, and KQED and will feature speeches, newsmaker interviews, reports from candidate sites, and analysis from WNYC, KQED, and NPR’s Political Team. If news warrants, the Special will continue past 7:00pm.

Guitarist and composer Ian OʻSullivan launches his newest CD, Songs for the North Shore, from HPR’s Atherton Studio on June 18, at 7:30 p.m. Original instrumental compositions inspired by the area in which he was raised, his latest work combines his classical training with Hawaiian music.

Streetlight Cadence, the four-member alternative folk-pop group that got its start on the streets of Waikīkī, returns to HPR’s Atherton Studio on Saturday, June 11, to introduce songs from their new release Rarities. Long-time fans and new converts to this group's unconventional instrumentation, refreshing lyrics, and sweet vocals can also expect to hear some of the old favorites, as well as tales of the band's recent adventures in Los Angeles. The Atherton concert is part of their planned three-week tour across the islands.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio investigates the lingering and long-term effects of crystal methamphetamine on Hawaiʻi’s communities in its first extensive four-episode podcast and radio series. The series, called “Hawaiʻiʻs New Ice Age: Crystal Meth in the Islands,” will be broadcast starting May 25, and available for subscription at www.hawaiipublicradio.org.

On May 28, Thomas Rosenkranz performs one of the masterpieces of piano literature, J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” on the Atherton Studio’s concert grand Bösendorfer piano. This technically challenging composition, originally written to be performed on harpsichord, begins with a musical aria and is followed by a set of 30 diverse variations. “These variations have such diversity, from ecstasy to sadness from high jinks to outright zaniness,” said Rosenkranz. “The piece is an epic journey that plunges into the deepest human emotions.”

Hawaiʻi Symphony violinist and singer/songwriter Nancy Shoop-Wu celebrates the release of her latest, Hōkū-nominated CD Rainbow Road with a concert in HPR's Atherton Studio on Saturday, May 21. This is the first public performance of the original songs from the CD, inspired by the natural beauty of Hawaiʻi. Shoop-Wu will be joined by guitarist Zanuck Kapala Lindsey and pianist Aron Nelson. Lindsey will also perform two of his own upbeat, Hawaiian/bluegrass numbers.

Hawaii Opera Theatre

Hawaii Opera Theatre's educational touring adaptation of Mozart's The Magic Flute opens HPR’s 2016 Atherton Summer Season on Saturday, May 14. Performed by a small cast from HOT’s Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studio, the special youth-friendly matinee begins at 3:00 p.m. The hour-long show, originally created for grades K – 8, offers opportunities for adventurous audience members of all ages to play a four-headed dragon and even sing a chorus.