Hawaii Public Radio

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Hawaii Public Radio
Type Public Radio Network
Country  United States
First air date
Broadcast area
Owner Hawaii Public Radio
Affiliation National Public Radio
Public Radio International
American Public Media
Official website
Official website

Hawaii Public Radio (HPR), is a network of six non-commercial, listener-supported stations serving the state of Hawaii. It is the statewide member of National Public Radio (NPR). The stations originate from the studios of The Hawaii Public Radio Plaza on Kaheka Street, near the Ala Moana Shopping Center in Honolulu.


The network's original station, KHPR, signed on the air in Honolulu on November 13, 1981. It originally operated with a staff of two people—general manager Cliff Eblen and music director Bob Miller. Originally operating from rented space at the University of Hawaii, it moved to its current studios in 1987. A year later, HPR became a true statewide network with the sign-on of a station in Maui.

HPR's programming choice increased in 1989, when KIPO signed on with a news and information format. However, the two stations simulcast Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.


HPR operates as two distinct services. "HPR-1," based on KHPR, focuses on classical music and fine arts programming. "HPR-2," based on KIPO, airs NPR news and talk, along with jazz and blues music at night. Both services have been streamed live on the Internet since 2001.

Call sign Frequency City of license FCC info Notes
KHPR 88.1 FM Honolulu FCC Classical music, News and Information
KIPO 89.3 FM Honolulu FCC News and Information, jazz (evening)
KIPM 89.7 FM Wailuku FCC News and Information, jazz (evening)
KKUA 90.7 FM Wailuku FCC Classical music, News and Information
KANO 91.1 FM Hilo FCC Classical music, News and Information
KIPH 88.3 FM Hana FCC News and Information, jazz (evening)
KHPH 88.7 FM Kailua FCC News and Information, jazz (evening)

There are also two low-power translator stations that fill in gaps in coverage:

In addition, HPR also transmits on Oceanic Time Warner Cable digital channels 864 and 865 for the entire state of Hawaii.[1]

Until September 2008, the signal of KIPO was limited to 3,000 watts to avoid interference with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) monitoring stations in Pearl City. This effectively limited its coverage to the south shore of Oahu. A new 26,000 watt transmitter for KIPO went on the air on September 20, 2008, enabling the signal of KIPO to reach all areas of Oahu. Plans are in the works to expand the HPR-2 stream to the other islands as well. In April 2011 KIPM in Wailuku signed as KIPO's satellite outlet.[2]


  1. ^ Digital Cable Program Guide / Lineups - Oceanic Time Warner Cable (accessed March 20, 2011)
  2. ^ http://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/hpr/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=47&Itemid=63

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