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CityKailua, Hawaii
Affiliations50.1: Independent
50.2: Telemundo (simulcast of KFVE)
OwnerKailua Television, LLC
First air date
2004 (18 years ago) (2004)
Former channel number(s)
50 (UHF, 2004–2009)
50 (UHF, 2009–2019)
Faith TV (2004–2012)
RTV (2012–2017)
Call sign meaning
KAIlua (city of license)
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID83180
ERP38.5 kW
HAAT373 m (1,224 ft)
Transmitter coordinates21°25′19.6″N 157°45′21″W / 21.422111°N 157.75583°W / 21.422111; -157.75583
Public license information

KKAI, virtual channel 50 (UHF digital channel channel 29), is a religious independent television station serving Honolulu, Hawaii, United States that is licensed to Kailua. The station is owned by Kailua Television, LLC. KKAI's transmitter is located north of Kailua. Since March 2018, the station is available statewide on Oceanic Spectrum digital channel 50.


The station first hit the air in 2004. Originally intended to sign on as a UPN affiliate, it began airing family programming from Faith TV in addition to local programming. In 2012, the station became a full-time affiliate of the Retro Television Network. In 2017, the station switched to a religious format.[1]

In late 2018, KKAI added Telemundo programming on its second digital subchannel, simulcasting Kailua-Kona-based KFVE.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[2]
50.1 480i 16:9 KKAI DT Main KKAI programming
50.2 KKAI Simulcast of KFVE / Telemundo

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997 [1], the station did not receive a second (companion) channel for a digital television station. On January 15, 2009, KKAI flash-cut to a digital signal on the same channel.

On April 13, 2017, the FCC announced that KKAI will relocate to RF channel 29[3] by April 12, 2019[4] as a result of the broadcast incentive auction.[5]


  1. ^ "Local Programs". KKAI 50. KKAI 50 Hawaii's Catholic TV. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KKAI
  3. ^ "Repack Plan". RabbitEars.info. RabbitEars.info. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Transition Schedule". FCC.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  5. ^ Meisch, Charlie. "FCC ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF WORLD'S FIRST BROADCAST INCENTIVE AUCTION" (PDF). FCC.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 16 April 2017.

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