Media in Honolulu

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Honolulu is served by one daily newspaper, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The newspaper began publication on June 7, 2010, following the merger of the city's two daily newspapers, the Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Prior to the merger, Honolulu had been one of the few cities of its size in the U.S. to have more than one daily newspaper.

There is also "MidWeek", a weekly newspaper which is published every Wednesday by O'ahu Publications Inc., and distributed free on O'ahu.


Honolulu has the longest established magazine west of the Mississippi, Honolulu Magazine, the only city magazine in the state of Hawai‘i.



Full-power TV stations[edit]

PSIP Virtual channel ATSC Physical Channel Call letter Affiliations DT2 DT3 DT4 DT5 Owner
2 8 KHON-TV Fox The CW Media General
4 40 KITV ABC MeTV Hawaii SJL Broadcasting
5 23 KGMB CBS This TV Escape Raycom Media
9 22 KFVE MNTV HITV, LLC/ MCG Capital Corporation
(Raycom Media SSA)
11 11 KHET PBS PBS Hawaii Kids Hawaii Public Television
13 35 KHNL NBC Antenna TV Grit Raycom Media
14 31 KWHE LeSEA Cozi TV Lester Sumrall Evangelistic Association
20 19 KIKU Ind. (Asian) The Works NRJ Media
26 27 KAAH-TV TBN TCC JCTV Enlace USA Smile of a Child TBN
32 33 KBFD Ind. (Asian) KBS World Arirang Allen Broadcasting
38 39 KALO Independent One Love Outreach Inc.
44 43 KWBN DayStar DayStar
50 50 KKAI RTV Kailua Television
56 38 KUPU Independent Oceania Christian Church
66 41 KPXO-TV ION Qubo Ion Life Worship Ion Media Networks

Early conversion to DT[edit]

On January 15, 2009, Hawaii became the first state in the United States to have its television stations switch from analog to digital early. As a result of this move, all of Honolulu's full-power TV stations, including network affiliates and independent stations, ceased analog broadcasting at noon on that date. By making the switch early, the broadcast towers atop Haleakala near the birds' nesting grounds can be dismantled without interfering with the petrels' nesting season.[2] Also, as a result of the conversion, the former NTSC channels listed in this table are now the same channels that can be seen on a PSIP Virtual channel.

Low-power TV channels[edit]

Radio stations[edit]

AM radio stations[edit]

Frequency Call letter HD1 format HD2 format FM translator Owner
590 KSSK Adult Contemporary Clear Channel Communications
650 KPRP Fillipino SummitMedia LLC
690 KHNR Conservative Talk Salem Communications
760 KGU Business Talk Salem Communications
830 KHVH News/Talk Clear Channel Communications
870 KHCM Chinese Salem Communications
940 KKNE Traditional Hawaiian SummitMedia LLC
990 KIKI Talk Clear Channel Communications
1030 KLHT Religious Calvary
1080 KWAI Adult Standards Radio Hawaii, Inc.
1130 KPHI Tagalog 96.7 Hochman-McCain Hawaii
1210 KZOO Japanese Pop Polynesian Broadcasting
1270 KNDI Multicultural Broadcast House of the Pacific
1370 KUPA Sports Broadcasting Corp. of America
1420 KKEA Sports SummitMedia LLC
1460 KHRA Korean KMC
1500 KHKA Talk Ohana Broadcast Company
1540 KREA Korean JMK Communications

FM radio stations[edit]

Frequency Call letter HD1 format HD2 format HD3 format HD4 format Translator Owner
88.1 KHPR Classical, News (National Public Radio) Hawaii Public Radio
89.3 KIPO News, Information, Jazz (National Public Radio) Hawaii Public Radio
90.3 KTUH Modern Rock, Progressive music University of Hawaii
92.3 KSSK-FM Adult Contemporary Smooth Jazz Clear Channel Communications
93.1 KQMQ-FM Hawaiian Contemporary/Reggae Ohana Broadcast Company
93.9 KUBT Rhythmic adult contemporary Dance/EDM 99.1 Clear Channel Communications
94.7 KUMU-FM Rhythmic adult contemporary Ohana Broadcast Company
95.5 KAIM-FM Christian Contemporary Salem Communications
96.3 KRTR-FM Adult Contemporary SummitMedia LLC
97.5 KHCM-FM Country Salem Communications
98.5 KDNN Hawaiian Contemporary Country Clear Channel Communications
99.5 KGU-FM Religious Salem Communications
100.3 KCCN-FM Hawaiian Contemporary SummitMedia LLC
101.1 KORL-FM Adult Top 40 Active Rock Korean Pop Japanese Pop 97.1/101.5/107.5 Hochman-McCain Hawaii
101.9 KUCD Alternative Radio Free Hawaii Clear Channel Communications
102.7 KDDB Rhythmic Contemporary Ohana Broadcast Company
103.5 KLUU Christian Rock Educational Media Foundation
104.3 KPHW Rhythmic Contemporary SummitMedia LLC
105.1 KINE-FM Traditional Hawaiian SummitMedia LLC
105.9 KPOI-FM Alternative Ohana Broadcast Company
106.7 KNAN New/Format TBA Big D Consulting
107.9 KKOL-FM Oldies Salem Communications

Low powered FM[edit]

  • 91.1 K216FI (Christian Contemporary)
  • 95.9 KXRG-LP (Dance)
  • 104.7 K284AL (Community programming)

Cable and satellite television[edit]

Oceanic Spectrum (a division of Charter Spectrum) is the primary cable television carrier in the Honolulu metropolitan area. However, in June 2011, Hawaiian Telcom, the state's main telephone carrier, was given a license to start providing cable services in Hawaii, which is expected to begin in early 2012 in Honolulu County before going statewide. Satellite television (DIRECTV, Dish Network, some C-Band) is also available as an alternative.

Satellite radio[edit]

Prior to 2011, due to its geographical location, service from Sirius XM Radio (the parent company of Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio) was not reachable, although Sirius XM programming could've been reached through other outlets via internet or through subscription from various phone providers. XM programming was featured on DIRECTV channels in Honolulu, but DIRECTV dropped the lineup in February 2010 in favor of Sonic Tap.

That all changed in 2011, when Sirius XM received approval from the FCC to begin transmission to Hawaii and Alaska as it prepares to place a 1.8Kw transmitter in downtown Honolulu in anticipation for a future launch.[3] Sirius XM had been trying to expand service into Hawaii since 2007[4] but had opposition from the Hawaii Association of Broadcasters fearing loss of local competition. The FCC rejected the HAB's petition.