Phyllis S.K. Look

Director of Marketing

Phyllis Look brings more than 15 years of marketing/communications experience to her position at HPR, with prior positions at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and in the private sector at a Honolulu-based agency. She had an earlier career in the professional theatre and, before joining the staff of HPR, was a volunteer co-producer of its popular Aloha Shorts program. She was born and raised on Oʻahu and enjoys discovering its hills and valleys à pied.

Ways to Connect

A quartet of clarinet, violin, cello, and piano perform a classical and Latin music program to close the Atherton Summer Season on September 2, at 7:30 pm.  The program includes works by Max Bruch, Edward Elgar, Aram Khachaturian, Astor Piazzolla, and more. The musicians, each nationally acclaimed, include Hawaiʻi-based clarinetist Gunhwan Jung; pianist Baekyu Kim from Trio Klaritas in Boston; and cellist Alex Youngjin Yun and violinist Sinmyung Min, resident artists at The Encino Chamber Music Society in California.

Consolidated Theatres has selected Hawaiʻi Public Radio as one of the five nonprofits to benefit from its "Consolidated 100: A Film for Every Decade" series. This special $4 Saturday matinee offer is part of Consolidated's celebration of their 100th year in the islands.

The 10 mostly family-friendly films, their original release years, and their screening dates are Saturdays at 10 a.m.:

Don Mussell

Hawaiʻi Public Radio announced the completion of its relocated Maui transmitters on August 8. The nonprofit public radio network previously broadcast its KKUA 90.7 (HPR-1) and KIPM 89.7 (HPR-2) frequencies from a site located 4,500 feet above Kīhei on lands held by the ʻUlupalakua Ranch.

The Saloon Pilots return to Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s Atherton Studio on Saturday, August 26 with an evening of American Roots Music and Bluegrass. With several new band members, the Saloon Pilots’ performance will be infused with exciting new material that crosses the borders of musical genres and promises a musical journey from traditional Americana to blues, jazz, and rock.

Offshore - Season 2 - "The Sacred Mountain"
HPR-1, Saturdays, 4 - 5pm, September 2 – 16, 2017

In its second season, Honolulu Civil Beat's podcast series “Offshore” explores the clash between science and culture using the ongoing debate over whether a new telescope should be allowed on Mauna Kea on Hawaiʻi island. The series is edited to three hour-long episodes for radio broadcast, exclusively on Hawaiʻi Public Radio.

Aloha, Friend of HPR,

By any measure, Hawai‘i Public Radio is well-positioned to meet the challenges of the future. We count a record number of 13,900 station members; 45% of them (more than ever) are now monthly Sustainers. Local businesses and organizations continue to find value in HPR underwriting opportunities. With nearly 200,000* listeners across the Hawaiian islands and the globe, there is yet more potential for growth.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio hosts the return of neo-soul singer/songwriter Maryanne Ito to the Atherton Studio on Saturday, August 19th at 7:30 p.m. Likened to Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, Ito combines a soulful jazz style with R&B, reggae, and hip hop. In her upcoming Atherton concert, she performs some new music, as well as new arrangements of work on her debut album “Waking Up." She'll also be putting her twist on jazz standards and soul classics.

Don Mussell

Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s Board of Directors capped their first meeting of the fiscal year on July 24 by approving a 2017-2018 budget showing revenue of $5.49 million. This is an increase of 1.8 percent over the station’s fiscal year 2017’s projected year-end revenue. HPR, a 35-year-old independent nonprofit, generates 94 percent of its support from local individuals, families, businesses, and foundations.

The all-star line-up of local musicians in Vibra Cubana present an evening of Afro-Cuban and Hawaiian jazz in HPR’s Atherton Studio on Saturday, August 12, at 7:30 p.m. Led by vibraphonist Thomas Mackay, the ensemble includes pianist Tommy James, percussionist Bobo Butires, bassist Ian Sheridan, and drummer Scott Schafer. The program features the music of two legendary vibraphonists, Arthur Lyman and Cal Tjader, and exotica classics such as “Yellowbird,” “Quiet Village,” “Dahil Sa Iyo,” and “Black Orchid.”

Rita Coury

Mango Season, a Honolulu-based, jazz, soul, funk, seven-piece band serves up an intoxicating mix of vintage soul, jazz-infused harmonies, and booty-shaking funk. For their HPR Atherton Studio concert on Saturday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m, they'll be featuring tunes from their recently released sophomore album, “Point Panic,” with a Brazilian and Latin jazz twist.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio is proud to present broadcasts of performances by the Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra recorded live during HSO’s 2016-2017 Halekūlani Masterworks Series at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu. HPR Music Director Gene Schiller is your host.

All broadcasts air on Saturdays from 7-9 pm on HPR-2. See specific dates below.

Sponsored by Mid-Pacific Institute, home of Mid-Pacific School of the Arts.

July 8, 2017
Tao Rachs

Kaipo Kiaha

Jamarek, Honolulu’s premier African dance band, brings its African and Latin-inspired music to Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s Atherton Studio on Saturday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. They will be performing selections from their recently released studio album “Fechal” (which means “Dance” in Wolof, one of the indigenous languages of Senegal, West Africa), as well as other newly arranged songs. Dancing is encouraged – and may be irresistable!

Vibraphonist Thomas Mackay and pianist Tommy James bring their mind-expanding interpretations of tunes from the Great American Songbook, others by Chick Corea and Joe Locke, as well as their own originals to HPR’s Atherton Studio on Saturday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. Their musical partnership takes jazz standards beyond the usual boundaries with their highly improvisational style.

Aaron McMullen

Inspired by the creative spirit of Hawaiʻi Public Radio, Hawaiʻi’s only Afro Funk Soul band Good Foot will be showcasing their original compositions in the Atherton Studio on Saturday, June 10, 7:30 p.m. Known primarily for their high energy club performances, their Atherton debut promises music that will get people up on their feet dancing, while keeping their brains dancing as well. Good Foot’s eight band members are Capt.

One of Hawaiʻi’s top jazz vocalists Rachel Gonzales, longtime collaborator pianist Les Peetz, and versatile bassist Kathryn Schulmeister bring their talents to Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s Atherton Studio on May 27 at 7:30 p.m. Their program will be an unconventional mix of jazz standards, twentieth century classical, Sixties pop, plus free improvisations.

A big mahalo to the many individuals and organizations who contributed to make the Spring 2017 Fund Drive a success.

Volunteer Organizations

AARP Hawai‘i

AIA Honolulu

Alston, Hunt, Floyd, and Ing

Awesome Foundation

Berkshire Hathaway

Blue Note Hawai‘i

Booz Allen Hamilton


Chelsea Group

Daughters of Hawai‘i

Envision Networked Solutions

Exchange Club

Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i

Gay Mens Chorus of Honolulu

Good Foot


Hawaiʻi Public Radio presents an evening of music, storytelling, and aloha from Hōkū-winning slack key artist Patrick Landeza in the Atherton Studio on Friday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. Landeza will be featuring songs from his latest album “Hoʻomanaʻo” (translates “to remember”), which is currently on the final ballot of the 2017 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award, Slack Key Album of the Year. He will also share stories of learning slack key from some of the masters of the genre, as detailed in his newly released memoir From the Island of Berkeley, CA.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio concluded its spring 2017 fund drive today at 11:30 a.m., exceeding its goal of $900,000 ahead of schedule. The first $135,000 were raised before April 19; the remaining $785,450 donations were received during the subsequent nine and a half days of on-air fundraising on both of HPR’s newly re-formatted stations.

Multi-lingual jazz vocalist Allison Adams Tucker returns to open the 2017 Atherton Summer Season on Friday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. with a travel memoir in song. The jazz-inspired music and stories from her third album “WANDERlust” span countries and genres in six languages, and include tunes from Björk and Christina Perri to Astor Piazzolla, Pat Metheny and Antonio Carlos Jobim to Ennio Morricone, and even ancient Japanese folk songs.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio is pleased to announce the appointment of award-winning journalist Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi as its new general assignment reporter. Hiraishi joined HPR’s seven-person news team on April 10, 2017.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio launches its on-air fund drive on April 19. The goal for the 10-day fundraiser is $900,000. Nearly eight hundred donors responded to the pre-drive campaign with early gifts totaling $124,882.

HPR-1 stations KKUA 90.7 (Maui), KHPH 88.7 (West Hawaiʻi), and KANO 89.1 are off the air until an engineer can reach the transmitter site. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Join HPR and Hawaii Opera Theatre (HOT) for Three Decembers, featuring opera legend Frederica von Stade. Reserve seats now.

Honolulu Civil Beat

HPR-1, Saturdays, 4 - 5pm, March 11 – April 8, 2017

SUMMER 2017 PHOTO CONTEST: "Tripping with HPR"

We think our mobile app makes the best travel companion and we'd like to see where in the world you can take us this summer.

Shoot a photo featuring both the app activated on your device, as well as your travel location (example at right). Post it with hashtag #trippingwithhpr, or email your photo(s) to Deadline: Labor Day, September 4, 2017.

Noa Emberson, Onward Creative

Hawaiʻi Governor David Y. Ige and Lt. Governor Shan S. Tsutsui have proclaimed February 14 – 21, 2017 “Hawaiʻi Public Radio Week.” The proclamation asks “the people of the Aloha State to join us in tuning in to the two locally grown HPR stations” and recognizes HPR for delivering “the highest standards of independent broadcast journalism, music and entertainment.” It goes on to list the station’s 35 years of accomplishment and community service. The Proclamation may be found in full at

Monday, Feb 13, afternoon: KIPL and KIPL-FM 89.9 (currently HPR-2 stations) will start to carry HPR-1 programming. This is in preparation for the realignment of all the news, talk, and non-classical music shows to HPR-1 on Tuesday the 14th.
Wednesday, Feb 15: K269GD 101.7 (currently HPR-1) will become an HPR-2 (classical music) station.

HPR-2 KIPH 88.3 in Hana, Maui is off the air. An engineer is looking into the problem.