HPR Station Updates

Multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning composer and musician Kuana Torres Kahele is this year’s featured artist in Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s annual benefit event at the Palikū Theatre on Sunday, August 7. For the first time, Kahele will be offering two, back-to-back concerts, showcasing his entire existing Music for the Hawaiian Islands CD series.

Jazz pianist Tommy James has conceived of an evening of “Mostly Ellington” for HPR’s live concert audiences and the magnificent Bösendorfer grand piano housed in the station’s Atherton Studio. The evening will focus on lesser-known pieces originally composed for solo piano by Duke Ellington and/or his writing partner Billy Strayhorn. Selections will include “Lotus Blossom,” “A Single Petal of a Rose,” and “Melancholia,” among others. Rounding out the performance will be some of the Ellington evergreens.

The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) announced yesterday that Hawaiʻi Public Radio has won a 2016 Clarion Award for the weeklong series “Homelessness from the Outside In” produced by the station’s morning talk show “The Conversation.” The Clarions—named for the medieval trumpet known for its clarity—recognize small business, large corporate, nonprofit, agency and government communication specialists internationally who demonstrate excellence in clear and concise communications.

Hōkū Zuttermeister shares melodies, memories, and people near and dear to his heart in an upcoming HPR Atherton Studio concert. On July 23 at 7:30 p.m., he performs from his multi-Hōkū-Award-winning CD “Āina Kūpuna,” from his recent release “Kuʻu Pua Sakura,” as well as favorite Hawaiian standards. Accompanying him are Solomon “King” Kanahele on bass, with hula from Susan Misae Zuttermeister, the artistʻs mother, to whom his latest album is dedicated.

Bill Dorman, news director for Hawaiʻi Public Radio since 2007, was elected to the Board of Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) at its recent national conference in Saint Louis, Missouri. Dorman will serve as the Medium Market Representative for two years; among his duties will be planning, with other members of the PRNDI board, their annual conference.

Airing tonight at 7:00 pm on HPR-2, "Obama's Years - Part I," an NPR news special hosted by Steve Inskeep.

An Independence Day special on HPR-2, from 9:00 p.m. to midnight (HST):  the United States Air Force Band's 2016 Jazz Heritage Series. The guests for this year's radio broadcast (the series' ninth season) are vibraphone virtuoso Stefon Harris, the duo of trumpeter Marvin Stamm & pianist Bill Mays, and tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf.

UPDATE 7/8/16: A second show has been added on Friday, July 15, at 7:30pm. Please see hprtickets.org for link to online ticket purchase or call 955-8821 during business hours.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s newsroom was recognized today by RTDNA (Radio Television Digital News Association) with its third National Edward R. Murrow Award in two years. This 2016 award was in the category of Small Market Radio Continuing Coverage for a series of reports on the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope by HPR General Assignment Reporter Molly Solomon. The series previously won in the same category for its region, comprising California, Guam, Hawaiʻi, and Nevada.

Intelligence Squared comes to HPR-2 every Monday at 7 p.m. beginning June 13. 

On Tuesday, June 7, from 4:00 - 7:00pm (HST) on HPR-1, we will be airing Special Coverage of the New Jersey, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota (Dem), New Mexico and California primaries. This special is a collaboration between NPR, WNYC, and KQED and will feature speeches, newsmaker interviews, reports from candidate sites, and analysis from WNYC, KQED, and NPR’s Political Team. If news warrants, the Special will continue past 7:00pm.

Guitarist and composer Ian OʻSullivan launches his newest CD, Songs for the North Shore, from HPR’s Atherton Studio on June 18, at 7:30 p.m. Original instrumental compositions inspired by the area in which he was raised, his latest work combines his classical training with Hawaiian music.

Streetlight Cadence, the four-member alternative folk-pop group that got its start on the streets of Waikīkī, returns to HPR’s Atherton Studio on Saturday, June 11, to introduce songs from their new release Rarities. Long-time fans and new converts to this group's unconventional instrumentation, refreshing lyrics, and sweet vocals can also expect to hear some of the old favorites, as well as tales of the band's recent adventures in Los Angeles. The Atherton concert is part of their planned three-week tour across the islands.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio investigates the lingering and long-term effects of crystal methamphetamine on Hawaiʻi’s communities in its first extensive four-episode podcast and radio series. The series, called “Hawaiʻiʻs New Ice Age: Crystal Meth in the Islands,” will be broadcast starting May 25, and available for subscription at www.hawaiipublicradio.org.

On May 28, Thomas Rosenkranz performs one of the masterpieces of piano literature, J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” on the Atherton Studio’s concert grand Bösendorfer piano. This technically challenging composition, originally written to be performed on harpsichord, begins with a musical aria and is followed by a set of 30 diverse variations. “These variations have such diversity, from ecstasy to sadness from high jinks to outright zaniness,” said Rosenkranz. “The piece is an epic journey that plunges into the deepest human emotions.”

Hawaiʻi Symphony violinist and singer/songwriter Nancy Shoop-Wu celebrates the release of her latest, Hōkū-nominated CD Rainbow Road with a concert in HPR's Atherton Studio on Saturday, May 21. This is the first public performance of the original songs from the CD, inspired by the natural beauty of Hawaiʻi. Shoop-Wu will be joined by guitarist Zanuck Kapala Lindsey and pianist Aron Nelson. Lindsey will also perform two of his own upbeat, Hawaiian/bluegrass numbers.

Hawaii Opera Theatre

Hawaii Opera Theatre's educational touring adaptation of Mozart's The Magic Flute opens HPR’s 2016 Atherton Summer Season on Saturday, May 14. Performed by a small cast from HOT’s Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studio, the special youth-friendly matinee begins at 3:00 p.m. The hour-long show, originally created for grades K – 8, offers opportunities for adventurous audience members of all ages to play a four-headed dragon and even sing a chorus.

HPR News General Assignment Reporter Molly Solomon was recognized today with a 2016 regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her continuing coverage of the controversial construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope. See a compilation of the series here.

The announcement came from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). The Edward R. Murrow Awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio concluded its semi-annual fundraiser today at 4:59 p.m., exceeding its goal of $961,000, by nearly $3,000.  The independent, member-supported broadcaster received the first $122,000 of “Challenge 2016” before the campaign went on the air on April 5; the remainder was raised in nine and three-quarters days, the shortest pledge drive since the spring of 2014.

Don Mussell

The HPR facility on Kulani Cone, above Hilo on Hawai'i Island, will deliver a better signal for KANO (HPR-1) and bring KAHU (HPR-2) to East Hawaiʻi. This lengthy process involving fundraising, extensive lease negotiations, and transporting equipment through rain forests, is coming to an end. In recent weeks, we have been removing the previous tenantʻs equipment and bringing in our own.

East Hawaiʻi transmitter charter members

We are grateful to the many restaurants, food purveyors, and cooks that provided meals for HPR volunteers and staff during the 2016 spring fund drive.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio thanks these law firms and attorneys for their generous donations to the Spring 2016 Attorney Compliment Challenge Fund:

Hawaiʻi Public Radio kicks off its spring on-air fundraiser, “Challenge 2016,” on April 6 with $839,000 remaining to be raised. The campaign’s overall goal of $961,000 was significantly reduced by nearly 900 early donations (averaging $150 per gift). That original goal is the lowest for any drive since the spring of 2013, a direct result of the steady income stream provided by monthly donors. Challenge 2016 is also the 31st and final drive for Michael Titterton at HPR, who steps down as its President & General Manager on June 30.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio announced today that its Board of Directors has selected José A. Fajardo, a Florida-based public media executive with more than 30 years of industry experience, as the organization’s new president and general manager. He will succeed Michael Titterton, the station’s current and longest-serving president and general manager, who will exit the post on June 30, 2016. Fajardo will begin at HPR full-time on May 16, and make an earlier appearance during the station’s April on-air fund drive.

On February 29, Hawaiʻi Public Radio (HPR) launches “The Benevolent Mind,” a 100-part series, in partnership with Hawaiʻi Community Foundation (HCF).  One of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country, HCF celebrates its centennial anniversary in 2016. The radio series is one of among several initiatives HCF has introduced to highlight the impact of philanthropic acts on Hawaiʻi and its residents. Researched, written, and narrated by Bob Wehrman, the “The Benevolent Mind” seeks to find “the spark that ignites giving.”

By popular demand, a second performance in HPR's Atherton Studio of chamber music written especially for guitar has been added on Sunday, March 6, at 4:00 p.m. This final concert of the 2015-16 Atherton Winter Season features award-winning classical guitarist Luke Trimble and an ensemble of chamber players from the Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra. The Atherton Studio is noted for its unique suitability to the timbres of guitar and strings. The highlight of the program is Luigi Boccherini’s Quintet for Guitar & Strings No. 4 in D major.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio presents an evening of chamber music written especially for guitar, featuring award-winning classical guitarist Luke Trimble and an ensemble of chamber players from the Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra. The concert takes place on March 5 and closes the 2015-16 Atherton Winter Season. The Atherton Studio is noted for its unique suitability to the timbres of guitar and strings. The highlight of the program is Luigi Boccherini’s Quintet for Guitar & Strings No. 4 in D major.

Vocalist Dana Land returns to HPR’s Atherton Studio on February 27 with the songs of America’s favorite crooners, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Mel Torme, and Bobby Darin.  The evening is dubbed “Dana Does Frank, Tony, Dean, Mel, & Bobby!”  Land’s music director and accompanist on piano is the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s Tommy James. She is also accompanied by Rockford Holmes (saxophone, flute, clarinet), Alika Lyman (bass), and Von Baron (drums).

$5 Friday Exceeds Membership Goal

Feb 5, 2016

HPR's held its second "$5 Friday" campaign to encourage Sustaining Membership at the $5-a-month level on Friday, February 5. Its goal to garner 55 first-time members for the station was exceeded at 6:00 p.m. with a final online gift. A total of 56 members joined on $5 Friday at various giving levels.

HPR extends a warm welcome to these new members and its appreciation to those who shared the news of this campaign.