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KHET: Honolulu, Hawaii
KMEB: Wailuku, Hawaii
Branding PBS Hawaii
Slogan We Bring the World to Hawaii and Hawaii to the World.
Channels Digital: KHET: 11 (VHF)
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
KMEB: 10 (VHF)
Virtual: 10 (PSIP)
Subchannels 11.1 PBS-HD
11.2 Kids
Affiliations PBS
Owner Hawaii Public Television Foundation
First air date KHET: April 15, 1966
KMEB: September 22, 1966
Call letters' meaning KHET:
Former channel number(s) Analog:
11 (VHF, 1966–2009)
10 (VHF, 1966–2009)
KHET: 18 (UHF)
KMEB: 30 (UHF)
Former affiliations NET (1966–1970)
Transmitter power KHET: 15.7 kW
KMEB: 21.2 kW
Height KHET: 625 m
KMEB: 747 m
Facility ID KHET: 26431
KMEB: 26428
Transmitter coordinates KHET:
21°24′3″N 158°6′10″W / 21.40083°N 158.10278°W / 21.40083; -158.10278
20°39′37″N 156°21′46″W / 20.66028°N 156.36278°W / 20.66028; -156.36278 (KMEB)

KHET, VHF digital channel 11, is a PBS member television station located in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. The station is owned by the Hawaii Public Television Foundation, which is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. KHET's studios are located on Dole Street in Honolulu, and its transmitter is located on Palehua Ridge, north of Makakilo.[1]

The station's signal is relayed across the rest of the state outside of Oahu and metropolitan Honolulu on full-powered KMEB (VHF channel 10) in Wailuku on Maui and through a network of low-powered translators on the other Hawaiian Islands. It can also be seen statewide on Oceanic Time Warner Cable channels 10, 90 and HD digital 1010, and Hawaiian Telcom channels 11 and HD digital 1011.

Station history[edit]

KHET signed on the air for the first time on April 15, 1966; KMEB followed on six months later on September 22 of that year. KHET is the second outlet in Honolulu to occupy the channel 11 dial position, the first being KONA-TV from 1952 to 1955, when it moved to channel 2 because the higher VHFs (2 to 6) offered more ERPs at the time; that station is now KHON-TV. Had KONA not moved to channel 2, the channel would've remained a commercial allocation, as the FCC had intended to make channel 7 a non-commercial allocation for Honolulu in the first assignment, but the FCC relocated channel 7 to Wailuku in 1959 and made channel 11 a non-commercial allocation instead. Originally known on-air as "Hawaii Educational Television" (or "Hawaii ETV"), it rebranded as "Hawaii Public Television" in 1970 and then became "PBS Hawaii" in 2003. PBS Hawaii broadcasts 24 hours a day on cable television, but airs only from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. daily on its over-the-air broadcast signal; this makes it one of the few remaining television stations in the United States that continues to sign off during the overnight hours.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2][3]
11.1 1080i 16:9 KHET-HD Main KHET programming / PBS
11.2 480i 4:3 KHET-SD Create (12 a.m.-6 p.m.)
NHK World (6 p.m.-12 a.m.)

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KHET and KMEB shut down their analog signals, respectively over VHF channels 11 and 10, on January 15, 2009, the date in which full-power television stations in Hawaii transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts (six months earlier than the June 12 transition date for stations on the U.S. mainland). KHET's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 18 to its former analog-era VHF channel 11; KMEB's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 30 to its former analog-era VHF channel 10.[4]

The station's digital transmitter operates at 9.5 kW (versus 148 kW for its analog signal); as a result, most residents in the Honolulu area have difficulty receiving KHET's digital signal via antenna, requiring cable or satellite to receive adequate reception of the station's signal.[5]


PBS Hawaii operates the following low-powered translator stations:

City of license Callsign Channel
Anahola K36IJ-D 36
Hakalau K50JT-D 50
Hanalei K29HL-D 29
Hilo K28JV-D 28
Kilauea Military Camp K41JT-D 41
Kilauea K34IS-D 34
Lihue K30JE-D 30
Naalehu K31IZ-D 31
South Point K35II-D 35
Waimea K28JM-D 28
Waipake K21IA-D 21


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