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Ka Mea Hou o KKCR
(The News of KKCR)

Mele Kalikimaka
Hau'oli Makahiki Hou
The staff, volunteers and board members of KKCR and the Kekahu Foundation wish you joyful and happy holidays

MAHALO FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  As a special gift to our Email List Subscribers we are giving you free access to our 24/7 Hawaiian Music Stream.  Enjoy Hawaiian Music streaming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
Click here to listen now.
Ke Kani O Kaua`i Nei  ~ The Sound of Kaua`i
Aloha and mahalo to everyone who participated in helping to make our Fall 2014 membership drive successful!  We did not quite reach our goal and due to our station's new Federal Classification our Federal Grant has been reduced by 30%, which equates to 10% of our operating budget.  Will you please consider donating now by clicking HERE.  Your donations are tax deductible.  The Kekahu Foundation Inc. (dba KKCR Kauai Community Radio) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Our Tax ID Number is 99-0303677.  Mahalo for supporting KKCR.

Mahalo to our 109 new members and to all of our loyal renewing members, our waveriders and underwriters, the restaurants and volunteers that fed us, the phone volunteers, the programmers, and all of you who pledged both your financial support and valuable time.  A special mahalo to Kamoa Ukulele Company ( for donating twelve high quality ukuleles as premiums for a few of our amazing Angels, Princeville Ranch Adventures  ( for our Early Bird Drawing prize, and the Hanalei Bay Resort ( for our Grand Prize Drawing award. Congratulations to Beverly in Utah our Early Bird Winner and Lucky in Kapaa our Grand Prize winner.  We raised over $46,000 for Kaua`i Community Radio, in eleven days.

Mahalo for your amazing generosity and commitment to Kaua`i Community Radio!


Mahalo to everyone who pledged support for Kauai Community Radio during our Fall 2014 Membership Drive.

Another election cycle has passed, again demonstrating the importance of KKCR as the only independent media source on the island of Kaua'i.  KKCR provided live broadcasting of all seven political forums hosted by The Chamber of Commerce. The political forums, along with all of our talk shows, are archived on our website at for listeners to hear when it is convenient for them.

KKCR has added a 24 hour Hawaiian music stream, and nine new programs to our broadcast schedule including: Makai Watch with Maka`ala from 12-1p and The KCC Vet Show 5-6p both on the second Monday of each month, Wonderland with Allisun 3-5p alternating Mondays, Backroads Radio with Maren and Mose 2-4p and Evolve with Dove 6-8p  on Thursdays, Magic Mixtape with Ben 6-8p alternating Fridays, The Zucchini Brothers 10-11am Saturdays and Soul Shakedown Party with Braddah Eric 8-10p alternating Saturdays.

On October 1st KKCR experienced a lightning strike adjacent to our main studio, the result was a complete meltdown of our Studio and Office phone systems. Thanks to Hawaiian Tel and KIUC for their quick response in restoring our service.

We'd also like to send a big mahalo to the Kekahu Foundation Board of Directors for their tireless efforts to keep our station operating smoothly.  We welcome new Director Donovan Cabebe.

Community Radio works best when the entire community gets involved. I encourage anyone who has an interest in broadcasting (Music, News, Community Outreach, etc.), or just wants to see how a radio station operates, to stop by for a visit. KKCR is your Community Radio.


Funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, KKCR has produced many CDs featuring local artists including the Talk Story Series.  All donations of $25 or more will receive our latest TALK STORY WITH JERRY SANTOS CD. Click here to listen to a sample:  Jerry was interviewed by Auntie Maria.  The cover photo was taken by Jackson Koorenhof (



by Auntie Maria
Enjoy Auntie Maria’s Hawaiian Music Show
“Aloha Kaua`i” Thursdays and Fridays 7 -9am.

AN `UKULELE CHRISTMAS 2A who's who of Hawaii's dynamic `ukulele music scene performs fourteen festively upbeat holiday instrumentals -- upbeat standards and traditional tunes, with a contemporary twist.

KAWAIOKALENA by Keali`i Reichel Kawaiokalena is the much-anticipated release from Keali`i Reichel, adding to the legacy of his artful interpretations of Hawaiian music and chant. The CD includes traditional Hawaiian songs in the hula tradition, new original compositions in the Hawaiian language, and contemporary covers delivered in Keali`i’s unique style.

ANTHOLOGY 1994-2014 by Eric Lee This comprehensive anthology covers Eric Lee's 20-year career with Kanile`a Collection, The Ka`ala Boys, Na Kama, Makaha Sons and as a solo artist. The 3-disc set includes two CD with 24 tracks plus a DVD, documenting his lengthy career including interviews and live concert footage.

REUNION by Amy Hanaiali`i Gilliom & Willie K. Picking up where they left off a decade ago, these two keenly talented artists combine their love for music, writing and their homeland to express their mutual growth in this album.

KAHELELANI NI`IHAU by Kuana Torres Kahele This is the second installment of Kuana's "Music for the Hawaiian Islands" series. He presents newly recorded traditional songs as well as new compositions extolling the beauty and culture of Ni`ihau.

KU`U `AINA ALOHA by Kawika Kahiapo Slack Key tunings intertwined throughout Hawaiian music, bringing forth soulful tunes with aloha.




A hui hou Roland Lanzi aka ~ Rollin Stoned & Phil Inns

"I just want to fill in" was the statement Roland Lanzi made when he walked into the KKCR station in early 2006. And fill in he did, to the tune of over 200 shows in an 8 year period. His main stay was the Mardi Gras Soul Revue but he also did acoustic, contemporary, jazz and a host of other genres.

Roland started his radio volunteerism in 1992 at the public radio station KHSU located among the redwoods on the campus of Humboldt State University in Northern California. He hosted a weekly Blues show for 6 years called "The Blues Revue."

Being an avid body surfer His life dream was to live in Hawaii and in 2001 made that dream a reality. Growing up in the Southern California in the 60's Roland enjoyed the summer beach life mainly in Newport Beach and particularly around 15th Street where the waves were good for body surfing. "I loved summers because all my buddies would drive down from the San Gabriel Valley where I lived and just have a ball body surfing. Then someone told me that it was summer all the time in Hawaii with great waves and I knew I had to live there."

In 2001 after raising 3 children in Northern California he made his dream come true and moved to Kauai. "I was going to move to Maui but my buddy Bill Lane got me a place to live here so it was a no brainier, Garden Island here I come!". And it was a perfect fit when he found KKCR. "I heard Swamp Daddy's show and he was playing the same music that I used to play and gave him a call and ended up filling in for him." Not only did he fill in for him but for the Acoustic Luau, Mystery Train, Sunset Jazz, Jungle Jukebox and others going by the radio name of "Rollin Stoned" or "Phil Inns".

In September Roland felt the tug of being a newly made Grandfather and moved back to California. "It was a hard decision for me to make having been embraced by KKCR family who are just about some of the most special people on earth but I want to be a part of my grandchildren's early up bringing."

We at KKCR miss "Rollin Stoned" very much, but we have a sneaky feeling he'll be back in the not too distant future because he's got the radio bug and when that bug bites it bites for life.

When I moved to San Francisco in the mid seventies I started to listen to classical music.  It is an amazing city for both jazz and classical.

I am honored to be a dj…or as we say….a programmer on our amazing community radio station……KKCR !! 

I want to thank all our listeners for supporting KKCR !!
Mahalo Nui to our

Afeinberg Gallery 
Aloha Lomi Massage Academy
Anahola Granola
Bar Acuda Restaurant 
Bee Kind Apiary
Bill Fernandez 
Coconut Cup Juice Bar
Coldwell Banker Bali Hai Realty
Crystal Harmonics
Dolphin Restaurant
Dr. Basko – All Creatures Great & Small 
Floating Tranquility
Harvest Market Hanalei
Havaiki Oceanic & Tribal Art
Heaven on Earth
Hunter Gatherer
Jungle Girl
Kauai Canvas
Kauai Farmacy
Kauai Fire Department
Kauai Marine and Mower 
Kauai KISS
Mokihana Pest Control
Norman Ohana
Oasis On The Beach
Ola's Hanalei
Pawrific Pet Care
Princeville Center
Poi Boy Records 
Sol Systems
The Greenery Cafe
Tiki Iniki
Warrior Designs
Working Blue Pools
YeeCorp & Associates
Yoga Hanalei
Zero Waste Kauai


Kekahu Foundation Board of Directors from left to right:  Donovan Cabebe, Jeff Frisk, Anni Caporuscio, Steve Thatcher, Maren Orion, Carl Imparato
Introduction to the Kekahu Foundation Board of Directors:
An Interview with Director Carl Imparato
KKCR is operated and overseen by the Kekahu Foundation, a non-profit organization whose Board is responsible for the station’s long-term direction, policies, financial health, legal compliance, effective management and stable operation.  Airwaves spoke with Carl Imparato, the Board’s most-senior member, about his experiences on the Board.

How and when did you first become involved with Kauai Community Radio? What motivated you to become a member of the Kekahu Foundation Board?

I first joined the Kekahu Foundation Board of Directors in January 2007.   Back then, there was a lot of controversy related to events that had taken place during the first few years of the Foundation’s and KKCR’s existence.  There were questions and bitterness about the process through which the Foundation’s bylaws had been changed from requiring that all directors be elected by the KKCR membership (a democratic process that some felt to be essential for a community radio station), to allowing new directors to be selected by the existing directors (a process that is often used at non-profit organizations to ensure that new directors have the skills needed to responsibly guide the organization).
Because I valued the on-air forum that KKCR provided for presenting and discussing topics of importance to the community, I thought that it would be worthwhile to invest the time and effort to help resolve the issue that was splitting KKCR’s supporters and hindering them from working towards common goals.  I felt that my experience in engineering, management and policy-making could be helpful in crafting a solution that might meet everyone’s needs.  So I applied to become a director and was accepted.
How many years, and in what capacities, have you been serving on the Board?
Over the seven years that I’ve been on the Board, I’ve been president, secretary and treasurer. I’ve also chaired the Board’s Elections Committee and Programming Committee.
It has been very gratifying that through the efforts of the Elections Committee and everyone’s willingness to work together, we’ve developed and implemented an election process under which part of the Board is elected by the members and part of the Board is selected by the Board.  It’s a compromise that seems to have met everyone’s major concerns by ensuring that the integrity and qualifications of the Board will not be compromised and that, in the end, KKCR’s members will have the final say over the direction and policies of the Foundation and the station. 
It has also been gratifying that through the efforts of the Board’s Programming Committee, we’ve developed a generally-accepted set of recommendations for programming standards and guidelines that should help to improve the balance, quality and integrity of KKCR’s programming.
What are some of the challenges facing Kekahu Foundation and KKCR?  Do you have any thoughts about the current direction of Kekahu Foundation?
Looking back over the past 7 years and the various crises - financial and otherwise - that KKCR and the Kekahu Foundation have faced, I am impressed that the members of the Board have been so capable, responsible and committed.  They have struck a good balance in overseeing the operation of KKCR without becoming involved in the day-to-day operation of the station (which is the duty of our very able station manager, Dean Rogers).  The old issues that split the KKCR community are behind us.  And with the exceptional efforts of the station manager, staff and committed volunteers, we have weathered the cutbacks imposed by the global economic crisis.  All in all, while we are lean, we are healthy.
But there are still many things that need to be done.  We need to fully implement the programming standards and guidelines that I mentioned earlier. We need to update the Foundation’s bylaws to codify the election process that we’ve developed, as well as a few additional mechanisms to ensure that KKCR, the Kekahu Foundation, and the Board will always be ultimately responsible to the membership on important matters.  And as our strategic plan recommends, we need to find ways to determine and meet the needs of a broader cross-section of the island’s community, and we need to increase our fundraising capabilities so we do not continue to be dependent on the federal government for roughly a third of KKCR’s budget.  
Do you have any advice for someone considering applying for Kekahu Board membership?
As you can see from the answer to the previous question, there is a lot that remains to be done, in addition to the ongoing task of overseeing the general health and operation of the Foundation and KKCR.  We’ve made it this far because of the many, many contributions of past and present Board members.  At this time, the Board is down to just six members.  In addition to myself, there are two directors who have been on the Board for a while: Steve Thatcher (our president) and Maren Orion (our vice-president). Many of KKCR’s members know Steve and Maren, based on their contributions to KKCR as programmers, underwriters and fundraisers.   And it is exciting that we have three new Directors - Jeff Frisk, Anni Caporuscio and Donovan Cabebe - who are bringing new ideas, energy and commitment to the Board.
But we do need more help, especially from people who have the ability and interest to help in one or more of the areas I mentioned earlier.  Being a Board member is behind-the-scenes work; it isn’t about having a say about what particular programming goes on-the-air or becoming involved in the day-to-day issues.  More than anything, it requires a commitment to the institution of community radio - a belief that what KKCR strives to provide to Kauai is worth the time and energy.  It also requires the ability to work as part of a team, and lots of patience, because building healthy, durable institutions is a non-linear process that takes time.  If a potential director goes into the process with those understandings, he or she can make a real contribution to the community.
Kekahu Foundation Seeks Candidates for Board of Directors
The Kekahu Foundation, which operates KKCR - Kauai’s independent, non-commercial, listener-supported community radio station - is accepting applications for candidates for the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

The Kekahu Foundation Board is responsible for ensuring that all legal and financial matters of the non-profit Kekahu Foundation are effectively managed to enable KKCR to meet its mission.  Directors focus on the long-term direction, policies, financial health, and stable operation of the Foundation and KKCR.  They are not directly responsible for the day-to-day operation of the radio station. 

The Board is seeking candidates who are dedicated to the success of community radio on Kauai.  This year, if 15% of KKCR’s members inform the Board this November that they desire an election, an election will be conducted by mail between mid-December and mid-January, and the two candidates who receive the most votes will be seated by the Board.  Beyond that, the Board will select additional Directors from the field of candidates to fill other vacancies on the Board.
To become a candidate, a person must be a Kauai resident and must have been a member of the Kekahu Foundation/KKCR for at least a year.   An application can be downloaded at


On a recent Wednesday night, a small group of people met in the Kapaa Neighborhood Center to talk about community radio.

This was a meeting of the KKCR Community Advisory Board (CAB), whose task is to solicit feedback from KKCR listeners on programming and on how well the station is fulfilling its mission to benefit the community and provide a forum for under-represented or overlooked voices and music.

The existence of the CAB is mandated by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides a significant portion of KKCR’s annual budget.  

Members of the CAB receive comments from community members and then report those comments to the Kekahu Foundation board of directors, which is responsible for the operation of the station.

“We’re here to listen to questions or concerns about programming, to hear suggestions about improvements, to be a place where people can come and talk about what they want from their community radio,” said Mickey Sussman, chair of the CAB.

CAB meetings are held at least twice a year at different locations around the island with the dates posted on the KKCR website, along with minutes from previous meetings.

While the meetings tend to bring out comments and complaints about practically every aspect of the station’s operation - from fundraising to volunteer requirements to the tidiness of the studio – it’s fairly rare for there to be criticism of what’s actually on the air.

Members of the CAB don’t assume that means everyone is always satisfied with what they hear. They make an effort to encourage those with complaints or suggestions for improvement to attend the meetings or write detailed notes on how they believe KKCR programming falls short.

That correspondence becomes part of the public record and, if appropriate, is discussed with station management and the Kekahu Foundation board.

 “Our job isn’t to resolve disputes or get into the management of the station,” Sussman said. “We want to focus on the programming and make sure that what’s on the air is ultimately helping make the community better.”

Sussman, a luthier/reforester  and owner of Anahola Stringed Instruments, is a founding member of KKCR and has served as chair of the CAB for four years.  Other members are Paul Moody, a retired broadcaster; Larry Magnussen, a retired orthopedic surgeon; Ed Coll, a founding member of KKCR and an instructor at Kauai Community College and Jim Kelly, communications manager of Kauai Island Utility Cooperative.

The CAB is always looking for new members. If you’re interested in joining or have a comment about KKCR programming, send an email to There are also links to information about the CAB and minutes from meetings on the KKCR website.


Call Erik at 808.826.7774 or email

Please express your gratitude and support to our underwriters which, along with listeners like you, help make KKCR programs possible.

KKCR is Kaua`i's independent, non-commercial, listener-supported community radio station. We seek to stimulate, educate and entertain our audience, to preserve, perpetuate and celebrate Hawaiian culture, and to reflect the diversity of the local and world community. We provide a forum for overlooked, suppressed, or under-represented voices and music. The Kekahu Foundation facilitates this broadcasting opportunity.
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