HPR Station Updates

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.

Partners in Time returns to HPR’s Atherton Studio on February 20 for a concert of music from the Balkans and the Near/Middle East, spiced with original tunes and jazz fusion. The band will be joined by nationally touring, Armenian-American musician and composer Souren Baronian, a master instrumentalist of both Middle/Near Eastern music and jazz.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s regular end-of year fundraising campaign reactivates the Radio Flyers program between December 2 and 10. Through this unique arrangement, donors to HPR may elect to transfer their "thank you gift" of Hawaiian Airlines miles to Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women & Children’s Family Fund. The HawaiianMiles are administered by Kapi'olani and used to fly Neighbor Island patients and their families who would not otherwise be able to afford the airfare to and from its Honolulu facilities.

Francis Albert Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. A hundred years later to the day, Hawaiʻi Public Radio celebrates his birthday in rare fashion:  in the afternoon, a three-hour marathon broadcast of Sinatra: The Man and the Music – 100th Birthday Edition, followed that evening by a concert by local jazz legend Jimmy Borges in HPR's Atherton Studio, performing the audience's requests from the Sinatra songbook.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s Michael Titterton announced today his plan to bring to a conclusion his role as the station’s president and general manager on June 30, 2016.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the fourth consecutive time that HPR has earned this top distinction.
“Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio successfully concluded its fall fund drive "Celebration 2015" on October 24 at 1:05 p.m. The award-winning nonprofit raised a total of $980,449, exceeding its goal by $2,449. Approximately $174,000 of that amount was raised before the drive went on the air on October 13, while the final $21,000 was raised through a steady stream of phone calls in the final hour.

  Hawaiʻi Public Radio launches its semiannual on-air fundraiser on October 13 at 6:18 a.m. The original campaign goal for “Celebration 2015” of $978,000 was 25% lower than the goal for the drive just one year ago, due to the increased participation in the station’s monthly subscription-based model known as Sustaining Membership. A record amount in early donations has further reduced this fall's on-air goal and the current estimate of what remains to be raised in pledge calls and online donations is $825,000.

On September 21, The Kohala Center, a Hawaiʻi island-based nonprofit, and Hawaiʻi Public Radio launch a 13-week original radio series entitled “Aloha ʻĀina.” The series, comprised of 65 approximately two-minute segments, explores the roots and historical endurance of the values of aloha ʻāina, commonly translated as “love of the land.” Commentary is provided by noted Hawaiian scholars and leaders, such as Puanani Burgess, Sam ʻOhu Gon, Davianna McGregor, Jonathan Osorio, and Walter Ritte. The series is researched, written, and narrated by Julia Steele.  

On Monday, September 14, Hawaiʻi Public Radio launches a weeklong series bringing national perspective to our state's homelessness problem. On the talk program The Conversation (airing on HPR-2, weekdays from 8 to 9 a.m.), guests who have addressed the issue in their own cities, as well as across the country, will offer context and comment on Hawaiʻi's current status.

  Hawaii Public Radio’s newsroom was recognized today by RTDNA (Radio Television Digital News Association) with two 2015 National Edward R. Murrow Awards.

  Neal Conan, longtime public radio journalist and the final host of NPR's daily call-in show "Talk of the Nation," has become a regular contributor to Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s news department. His reports, called "Pacific News Minute," started on June 8th. They will focus on his area of expertise, stories of political or military developments in and around the Pacific Rim.

Residents on the west side of Hawaiʻi island can now receive a clearer and more reliable signal when tuning in to Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s news magazine and classical music station. The new HPR-1 signal began broadcasting on May 10 on K239BV Waimea, 95.7 FM, from an antenna on Kaloko Mountain, 5000 feet above Kailua-Kona.
Prior to this installation, HPR-1 was only available to West Hawaiʻi via KKUA 90.7, which also serves Maui, Molokaʻi, and Lānaʻi. That transmitter site at Ulupalakua Ranch on Maui is about 95 miles to the north of Kailua-Kona.

HPR Airs Mahalo ‘Āina Radio Series

May 8, 2015

(ʻOʻōkala and Honolulu, Hawaiʻi) The Hawai‘i Forest Institute (HFI), in partnership with the Hawaiʻi Forest Industry Association, recently launched its MAHALO ʻĀINA: Give Back to the Forest Initiative to gain support for the protection and perpetuation of Hawaiʻi's forest resources.
Starting this month and continuing for 26 weeks, Hawaiʻi Public Radio (HPR) airs the Mahalo ʻĀina radio series to broaden community awareness about the importance of perpetuating Hawai‘i’s forests.

Ten and a half days after the start of its spring fund drive, Challenge 2015, Hawaiʻi Public Radio reached the campaign’s goal of $998,000. After the last pledge call was received on Saturday, April 25, at 12:02 p.m., the final tally exceeded the goal by $766. Including contributions made in the weeks prior to the on-air drive, there were a total 4,093 unique gifts, with 33 per cent of donors enrolling in the monthly giving program HPR calls “Sustaining Membership.” Neighbor Island members represented approximately one-third of the pledges received.