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City Hilo, Hawaii
Broadcast area Hilo
Slogan Honu 62
Frequency 620 kHz
First air date 1947
Format Defunct (formerly News/Talk)
Power 5,000 watts
10,000 watts
(experimental synchronous operation in Kalaoa)
5,000 watts
(experimental synchronous operation in Naalehu)
Class B
Facility ID 5253
Transmitter coordinates 19°51′2″N 155°5′7″W / 19.85056°N 155.08528°W / 19.85056; -155.08528
19°44′12″N 156°1′56″W / 19.73667°N 156.03222°W / 19.73667; -156.03222 (experimental synchronous operation in Kalaoa)
19°0′18″N 155°40′37″W / 19.00500°N 155.67694°W / 19.00500; -155.67694 (experimental synchronous operation in Naalehu)
Callsign meaning HoNU (Branding)
Former callsigns KIPA (1947-2008)
Affiliations ABC News
Owner Matthew Clapp, Jr.
(Mahalo Multimedia, LLC)
Sister stations KBGX, KKOA
Website KHNU website

KHNU (620 AM) (branded as Honu 62) was a radio station broadcasting a News/Talk format. Licensed to Hilo, Hawaii, United States, the station served the Hilo area. The station was owned by Matthew Clapp, Jr., through licensee Mahalo Multimedia, LLC. The station was licensed to operate experimental synchronous operations at Kalaoa, Hawaii and Naalehu, Hawaii.[1]


This station began their broadcasts as KIPA in 1947 through various formats. The most recent format was oldies/adult standards music that has featured programing from ABC Radio's "Timeless Favorites" satellite feed. In 2007, its previous owner Skynet had to sign KIPA off the air after the station lost its transmitter lease. New owners brought the station back on the air with a new callsign and new format that featured programming from Sean Hannity, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Michael Savage, Handel on the Law, among other hosts.[2]

On December 4, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission notified KHNU's licensee that the station's license had expired effective November 22, 2015, due to the station having been silent for the previous year.


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