HPR Board of Directors

The Hawaiʻi Public Radio Board of Directors is the entity which is legally responsible for the governance of HPR as a nonprofit corporation. It also holds the FCC broadcast licenses for the radio stations operating as HPR. The operation and organization of the Board is outlined in the Hawaiʻi Public Radio Bylaws.

The Board members are selected for their commitment to the mission and goals of HPR, and for their expertise in various fields. The individual Directors serve as volunteers and meet approximately six times per year at the HPR studio complex at 738 Kāheka Street in Honolulu. Additionally, Board Committees meet regularly throughout the year. All Board and Board Committee meetings are open to the public. The calendar for full HPR Board meetings can be found below. 

Board members 2017-2018:

Kenneth S. Robbins, chair
Barbara A. Hastings, vice chair
Dawn Suyenaga, secretary
Howard M. Higa, treasurer

Dr. Alan Britten
Buffy Cushman-Patz
Rosemary T. Fazio
José A. Fajardo, HPR president
Frank Haas
Marcie Uehara Herring
Dr. Tyrie Jenkins, immediate past chair
Paul R. Mancini
Jan R. Medusky
Deane Neubauer
Francis S. Oda
Barry Rivers
Anne Swayne
Dawn Suyenaga
Dr. Bill Wiecking
Alan T. Yamamoto
Carol Yotsuda

Ex-Officio
Valerie Yee, HPR vice president and assistant general manager
Bernadette Shimono, HPR vice president, finance / asst. treasurer
Bill Dorman, HPR vice president / news director


Board Meetings*

July 24, 2017 Annual Meeting
September 18, 2017 General Board Meeting
November 20, 2017 General Board Meeting
January 22, 2018 General Board Meeting
March 19, 2018 General Board Meeting
May 21, 2018 General Board Meeting


Board Committee Meetings*

Executive Committee (7:30 – 8:30 a.m. on the following dates)

August 24, 2017
October 26, 2017
February 15, 2018
April 12, 2018
June 14, 2018

Governance Committee (7:30 – 8:30 a.m. on the following dates)

August 30, 2017
November 8, 2017
March 7, 2018
June 6, 2018

Finance Committee (1:30 - 2:30 p.m. on the following dates, except where noted)

October 19, 2017
November 16, 2017
January 2018 (TBD)
April 19, 2018
June 28, 2018
July 19, 2018

Development Committee (noon – 1 p.m. on the following dates)
September 6, 2017
December 6, 2017
March 14, 2018
May 30, 2018

Broadcast Committee (5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on the following dates)

August 1, 2017*
December 5, 2017
April 3, 2018*
June 5, 2018

Community Advisory Board (5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on the following dates)

August 1, 2017*
November 15, 2017
February 28, 2018
April 3, 2018*

* Joint meetings of the Broadcast Committee and the CAB.