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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Well-known local singer and host of HPR's Brazilian Experience Sandy Tsukiyama pays homage to Brazilian singer-songwriter Antônio Carlos Jobim on November 4 in the Atherton Studio. The evening of "Just Jobim" will include his popular tunes, as well as some of his lesser known gems. Tsukiyama will be accompanied by Dave Yamasaki on guitar, Peter Factora on drums, Alberto Beserra on bass, and Aaron Aranita on sax, flute and piano.

Jonathan Karrant, named one of the top 12 rising jazz vocalists in New York by the NYC Jazz Record, brings his suave song stylings to HPR’s Atherton Studio on October 28. He’ll be performing classic selections from the American Songbook and bringing his own jazzy twist to contemporary songs.

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.:

Hawaiʻi Public Radio met its Fall Fund Drive goal of $875,000 an hour ahead of schedule, at 4:57 p.m. on Friday, October 6. Nearly $773,000 were raised during the ten days of on-air fundraising on both of HPR's stations (HPR-1 News and HPR-2 Classical). Early donations of $104,000 were received prior to the start of the drive on September 27.
 

Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s 2017-18 Atherton Studio Winter Season opens on October 21 with a concert by esteemed jazz pianist Rich Crandall. The evening is the first of four to feature Hawaiʻi’s  jazz piano masters in solo performance on the Atherton’s magnificent Bösendorfer grand. Crandall will be performing from his recently released solo album of standards Buddy Nowhere 1930, as well as his original compositions inspired by his 40 years of life in the islands.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio presents Ira Flatow, host of the hit radio program Science Friday, for his first live appearances in Hawaiʻi. Flatow will conduct on-stage conversations with guests (to be announced) from the local scientific community, all recorded for possible broadcast on future episodes of Science Friday.
 

You can now listen to your favorite public radio station using the hands-free, wireless speakers from Amazon, called Echo or Echo Dot. These speakers are connected to the Alexa Voice Service and, on your voice command, can fill a room with quality sound.

To enjoy HPR in your smart home, first connect the device to the internet using the Alexa app (wifi required). Next, you’ll want to enable this skill by telling her/it:

Alexa, enable Hawaiʻi Public Radio.”

Anytime you want to listen to HPR, you’ll need to use these specific phrases:

Hawaiʻi Public Radio presents "First Take with Science Friday" and welcomes host Ira Flatow to his first live appearances in Hawaiʻi in the summer of 2018. Every week, Science Friday brings today’s most innovative and exciting scientists to your public radio airwaves. "First Take with Science Friday" brings those same stimulating stories to two Hawaiʻi stages.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio begins its semi-annual, on-air fundraiser on September 27. The local nonprofit is currently supported by 14,000 member donors, as well as nearly 200 local businesses and foundations. During the anticipated ten-day campaign, the station seeks to break its own pledge drive record by enrolling a thousand new individual members and growing the rolls of those who contribute monthly from 45 to 50 percent.
 

Share with your social media network the "I Heart HPR" avatar and let them know that you're a proud supporter of the station.

Click on one of the links below to download a PNG (Portable Network Graphic), then upload it as your profile picture:

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We'd appreciate if you'd display this avatar through at least October 6, 2017.

Starting Monday, September 18, HPR introduces a new weeknight lineup on HPR-1 at 7 p.m. Tune in for two new programs and the return of some listener favorites.

The new 7 p.m. lineup on HPR-1, starting September 18, 2017:

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.
 

Offshore - Season 2 - "The Sacred Mountain"
HPR-1, Saturdays, 4 - 5pm, September 2 – 16, 2017
encore broadcast: Thursdays, 7 - 8pm, September 21 - October 5, 2017

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

Chaminade

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

HANO

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.
 

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