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.

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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.

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

1. How do I get HPR's new mobile app?

Go to the App Store (on iOS devices) or Google Play (Android). Search for “hpr” – look for our new logo – and follow the rest of the instructions to download it at no cost. Works on iPhone 4S, 5/6/6+, iPod touch, iPad2 and newer, iPad mini, Android (small, medium, and large screens), Android tablets and Kindle Fire HD and newer.

2. If I’ve downloaded a previous version of the HPR app, do I still need to install this new one or can I simply update the old one?

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.

KHPR 88.1FM, KIPO 89.3 FM, KIPL 89.9 FM, and K269GD 101.7 FM on Kauaʻi and Oʻahu's North Shore are experiencing signal dropouts.

An engineer will be investigating as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

Hawai‘i Public Radio is pleased to announce that 20 station members have been elected to its new Community Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB represents the diversity of HPR’s statewide membership and serves in an adjunct (non-fiduciary) capacity to the nonprofit’s existing Board of Directors. The role of the CAB is to represent the community in providing feedback to the station on its programming and outreach opportunities.

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The ancient Greeks classified seven specific kinds of love. In honor of Valentine's Day, Willow Chang has curated an evening of songs she calls "The Seven Faces of Love." She will bring these beloved tunes from theater, pop, jazz, and beyond to HPR's Atherton Studio on Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. Accompanying her will be Ernie Provencher (bass), Tom Chun (guitar), Thomas Mckay (vibraphone), and other surprise guests.

Hawai'i Public Radio presents 2017 GRAMMY-award nominees Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum in its Atherton Studio on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Fiddler and guitarist Laurie Lewis and mandolin player Tom Rozum are widely regarded as being among the most preeminent bluegrass and Americana artists of our time. They will perform their versatile and engaging repertoire of love songs, laments, social commentary, and free-wheeling fun.

On January 28, Hawaiʻi Symphony violinist and singer/songwriter Nancy Shoop-Wu teams up with slack key/classical guitarist Ian O’Sullivan in HPR's Atherton Studio for a program of classical, tango, and original works that celebrate the beauty and aloha spirit of the islands. Both are Yale School of Music graduates and recent Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award finalists. The evening's program is taken from their recent CDs, Rainbow Road (Shoop-Wu) and Songs from the North Shore (O'Sullivan).

Don Mussell

Next month, HPR looks forward to the completion of another goal, one we've had in our sights since the station's founding. For 35 years, with the generous support of our members, we've been building the infrastructure to allow our services to be heard across the state. The 14th facility, a transmitter above Hilo, brought the second station to the eastside of Hawaiʻi island this past October, and now (finally!), with both streams available across the islands, we can fulfill the original promise we made to our listeners and realign the stations into two distinct programming formats.

      Stories of Tsunami Survivors Told in Music: Performance to retell Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barry Bearak’s New York Times Magazine cover story

Hawaiʻi premiere of TWINGE includes January performances at UH West O‘ahu and Hawaiʻi Public Radio

Jazz veterans Lenore Raphael and Wayne Wilkinson return to the islands to warm up HPR's Atherton Studio Winter Season. On January 14 at 7:30 p.m., pianist Raphael and guitarist Wilkinson pay tribute to jazz giants Oscar Peterson and Joe Pass with a program of jazz standards and some of Raphael's original compositions. Many of the evening's featured tunes were previously recorded by Raphael and Wilkinson and a CD signing with the artists will conclude the Atherton event.

88.5 FM serving East Oʻahu is silent due to a problem at the site.  An engineer will visit the site as soon as a helicopter trip can be arranged.

Start the new year with Discord & Rye's honest, feel-good music and a foot-stompin', holler-filled hootenanny in HPR's Atherton Studio on January 7. This popular local band, known for their exploration of the history and future of original American music, will be introducing some new material in their Atherton debut.

North Shore musician/singer-songwriter Ron Artis II returns to HPR's Atherton Studio on Saturday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m. for a concert of original music featuring the Atherton’s crown jewel, the magnificent Bosendorfer grand piano.

Artis said, "I started on the piano, and I'm ready to return for a concert." Along with special guests, he will be performing a program of songs inspired by his childhood and the subsequent years.

The Winter Solstice, the longest night and shortest day of the year, falls on December 21. Hawaiʻi’s premier Irish band, Celtic Waves, celebrates this time of renewal of faith in the face of cold and darkness with a spirited evening of traditional Irish tunes and a few original compositions on Saturday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio presents pianist Christopher O'Riley in concert in the Atherton Studio on Saturday, December 3 at 4:00 p.m. He will perform works by notable modern composers John Adams, Anton Garcia-Abril, and Thomas Ades, as well as his own arrangements of contemporary and classical music.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio is proud to be a sponsor of Jake Shimabukuro's Helping Hand for the Homeless benefit concert for Partners in Care.

WHEN: Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: HPR's Atherton Studio, 738 Kāheka Street

Hawaiʻi Public Radio presents baritone Buz Tennent in "If I Sing," a centennial tribute concert honoring his mentor and father, Arthur Tennent, on Sunday, November 13, at 4:00 p.m. The program suggests the wide range of interests shared by father and son: opera arias by Thomas and Korngold, French melodie of Chausson and Poulenc, German lieder by Schubert and Strauss, English art song featuring Vaughan Williams and Ireland, American sea shanty arrangements by Dougherty, and Broadway selections. Tennent will be joined by his longtime piano accompanist Eric Schank.

UPDATE 10/26/16, 1:15pm: HPR-2/KAHU 91.3FM was turned on from Kulani Cone at 1:01pm today and can now be heard in East Hawaiʻi.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio concluded its on-air pledge drive at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21, having raised $872,162. The drive broke several station records, including the amount raised on the first day of a drive ($80,947) and the number of first-time member sign-ups (922).

Natalie Nakasone

NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley, the preeminent showcase for young musicians heard weekly on Hawaiʻi Public Radio comes back to the islands for two live recordings of the hit NPR show, featuring musicians from Hawaiʻi and beyond. This marks From the Top’s fifth visit to Hawaiʻi, having recorded seven shows over the past twelve years on Oʻahu, Maui, and Hawaiʻi island.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio opens its Atherton Winter Season on October 28 at 7:30 p.m. with internationally celebrated Nigerian-American multi-disciplinary artist Iyeoka. The evening titled “Iyeoka’s Paper Heart” is an interactive talk about her creative journey, combined with her performance of her poetry and songs.

The Kulani Cone transmitter has been turned on and the new frequency for HPR-1, which is co-located on this tower, is now operating at low power. While we continue to test the HPR-1 signal, Hawaiʻi island residents can now also find their HPR-1 programming on 89.1 FM. Even at low power, the signal is much stronger than the original one (at 91.1) broadcasting from Mountain View.

Once the FCC completes its approvals for the new KANO (HPR-1) signal, we will be able to turn on the new KAHU (HPR-2) channel on 91.3 FM.