KKCR Airwaves ~ Fall / Winter 2013 NEWSLETTER
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Ka Mea Hou o KKCR
(The News of KKCR)

KKCR Volunteers:  (Top to bottom, left to right)  Mose, Inspector Dan, Erik, Dawn, Den, Richard, King Zor, Fred, Phreddy, Laura, Dean, Tod, Maren, Marj, Scott, Tina, Paul, Sandy, Avia, Abraham, Samson and Oliver 


Ke Kani O Kaua`i Nei  ~ The Sound of Kaua`i

Aloha KKCR Ohana!  We want to take this opportunity to give thanks to everyone who participated in helping to make our Fall 2013 membership drive a success.   Thank you to all of our new and renewing members, our waveriders and underwriters, the restaurants and cooks that fed us, the phone volunteers, the programmers, and all those who pledged both their financial support and their valuable time.  A special mahalo goes out to Kamoa Ukulele Company ( which donated twenty ukuleles for mahalo gifts!  We raised over $51,000 for Kaua`i Community Radio in ten days.  Great Job everyone!  Mahalo for your amazing generosity!

Michele Rundgren (Rock and Roll Happy Hour - Fridays 4-6pm) and Sandy “Tita” Swift (Kani Ka Pila, Mondays - Fridays 7-9am) had a “friendly” competition to see who’s show brought in the most donations during the drive.


Mahalo to everyone who pledged support for Kauai Community Radio during our Fall 2013 Membership Drive. A special welcome to the new members of our KKCR ohana.  This year we've seen a lot of changes, from the upgrades to our remote broadcast equipment and internet stream quality to the addition of an ADA pad. We also replaced our four original transmitters after fifteen years of continuous operation. We're working to improve our Moloa'a signal, and strengthening our Studio to Mt Kahili link.
Community Radio works best when the entire community gets involved. I encourage anyone who has an interest in broadcasting (Music, News, etc.), or who just wants to see how a radio station operates, to stop by for a visit. KKCR is your Community Radio.


We are happy to announce an upgrade to our KKCR internet Stream.  Shortly after we began broadcasting we started streaming worldwide from at 22kbs mono.  With our new server we are streaming at 128kbs stereo, a dramatic improvement. Many Thanks to Dove and Laura Christine for coordinating and implementing KKCR's new stream.  Tune in from anywhere, anytime at

by Leilani K. Kaleiohi

Amongst many cultures the traditional season of peaceful celebration has arrived.  Guided by celestial skies and elements, it is a time for sharing fellowship, cleanings, forgiveness, and gratitude for an abundant harvest.  It is a time for renewal and regeneration, for prayerful blessings towards new growth and a fruitful new year.

In Hawai'i, the rise of the group of stars called Nā-huihui-a-Makali'i (cluster of little eyes), also known as the Pleiades or "the Seven Sisters”, marked the changing of seasons from kau to ho'oili (summer to winter). They heralded the soon arrival of the diety Lono and the Makahiki season, a four month celebration filled with festival activities and ceremonial protocols. Lonoikamakahiki (Lono of the Makahiki) is widely documented in chants and historical writings. Lono presided over preparations, certain kapu enacted, and ceremonies strictly tied to moon phases and constellations. With Lono comes kona (southern) clouds and thunderous rains to replenish the 'āina (land). Weapons are laid down and competitive games display warrior skills.  Purification, dance, music, love, abundance and new growth are celebrated.

When our voyaging ancestors reached these beautiful Hawai'i Island shores, they found a thriving abundance of natural resources. Through their stories of previous hardship and environmental awareness, we are able to feel and imagine their appreciation and lessons learned.  Today we share a deep gratitude to our kūpuna (ancestors) for their invaluable knowledge and guidance for present and future generations. 
Also, we extend much gratitude to our wonderful kumu (teachers), storytellers, composers and cultural practitioners who continue the legacy and pass on ancestral wisdom.

~ Maika'i Kaua'i, hemolele wale i ka mālie.~ (Beautiful Kaua'i, peaceful the calm.)


Funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, KKCR has facilitated the production of many CDs featuring local artists including the Talk Story Series.  This year we released the Talk Story with Larry Rivera and a Kaua`i Live compilation CD.  In 2014 we will be releasing Talk Story with Mike Young and a collection of live tracks from the Loco Moco program hosted by PC which airs each Thursday from 10 pm - 12 am.  



Kaua`i’s Ambassador of Aloha, Larry Rivera, was interviewed by Colett Welch.  Recorded at KKCR’s Princeville Studio.   Executive Producer Amy LaTelevision.  Engineered and Mastered by Dean Rogers.  Cover art by Moses Hamilton


Kauai`i Live airs Sunday nights at 7pm.  Host Red Brick has compiled an album with all tracks performed and recorded live on KKCR’s “Kaua`i Live” program.  Kaua`i Live is produced and engineered by Steven ‘Red Brick’ Meredith for Kaua`i Community Radio.   Album mastered by Fat Tuesday Records.  Cover art by Tod Walker.

Featured Artists: Alexandra and the Starlight Band, Emma Lee, Kilin Reece, Ian Thomas, Bill Alexander - Appalachian Hippy Poet, The Bibs, Kiyoka Hachiya, Shanti Bremer, Dave Mundy, Felix Sonnyboy, Jeordie Layah Jane, The Bus Driver Tour, Tubby Love and Joanna Teters, Elle Caldwell and Soulgood Family, Tangled Roots, Applesauce, and Torture Town

ACOUSTIC LUAU with Mose and Maren
Thursdays 6 - 8pm

I have been a folk “junkie” since the mid 60’s. My interest started with Peter Paul and Mary, the Kingston Trio, Joan Baez, Tom Leher, and of course Bob Dylan.

I have continued enjoying folk music ever since.  Before moving to Kauai in 2003, I was a programmer on KVNF Community Radio in Paonia, Colorado for eight years mostly doing a show called “Just Us Folk”.  It had a very similar format to Acoustic Luau.

My wife, Maren, and I starting doing Acoustic Luau eight years ago in 2005.  At first we alternated with the big band show of Dennis McGraw in the same Thursday evening spot we now occupy. After a short time, Dennis decided to move on and Maren and I began to alternate with each other every week.  The rest is history!

We feature contemporary singer songwriters. We will roam from folk to acoustic blues, light rock, bluegrass and old time music.  We like spotlighting the new CD’s that come into the station.  And, we try to keep it positive!

A few of my favorite CD’s this year are: “Putumayo Presents Acoustic America”, Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott “Memories and  Moments”, and Nora Jane Struthers “Carnival”
We hope you tune in and give us a listen, every Thursday 6 to 8pm. We think you will like what you hear!


On November 8th, we broadcast live from Dove’s 13th Annuall Homegrown Music Festival at the Church of the Pacific in Princeville.  Despite inclement weather the simulcast was a great success.  We used our new remote broadcasting equipment.  With Grateful Phreddy at the concert and our General Manager, Dean Rogers at the station we successfully simulcast live music from the festival including: Parslow Vibes, The Rhythm Kings, John Cruz and Bill Kreutzmann with Ken Emerson, Randy Carnevali, and Jim Winkler.


by Maren Orion, VP Kekahu Foundation Board of Directors

The Kekahu Foundation is the governing body of KKCR   .The Board of Directors  operates through the Foundation to serve the station.  I’ve been on the Board for about 1 ½ years now, and several people have asked me “What exactly does the Board really do?”  

We have 4 scheduled meetings per  year.   At these meetings, we discuss station operations, the budget and other policies.  We listen to public input from anyone who wishes to comment about anything concerning KKCR or the Kekahu Foundation.  We hear the CAB (Community Advisory Board) report, and reports from the general manager, staff members and Kekahu Committe Chairpeople.  We discuss and work towards resolving problems that arise in any area that affects KKCR.

Throughout the year, we work in close contact with KKCR’s General Manager to help out in any way that we can. Each Board member also serves on 2 or more committees.   Each of these committees is dedicated to helping KKCR in a different way.   There are Finance, Outreach and Development, Personnel, Election, Governance and Programming Committees. The committees meet as necessary to accomplish the tasks and attain the goals outlined in our bylaws and Strategic Plan.

The Board meetings are always open to the public and announced on the radio 2 weeks in advance.   Anyone from the community is invited to attend. I am happy to accept all comments, either at the meetings or through email ( or by phone at 828-0590.

Since joining the Board, I  have come to really appreciate the wonderful people that work so hard to help KKCR.  Thanks to Steve Thatcher, Carl Imparato, Lyn McNutt, Mahealani Sylva, Healani Waiwai`ole, and Josh Fukino, our present Board Members. Also, I am very excited to hear that Jeff Frisk (Grateful Phreddy) has applied to serve on the Board....Yea Jeff!

We would love to find a few more members for the Kekahu Board.  It’s a big job and we could use the help! If you are interested in joining the Board, we would love to invite you to attend a meeting or speak with any of the Board members.   Applications are available at

Current Kekahu Foundation Board Members:
Steve Thatcher - President, Maren Orion - Vice President, Carl Imparato - Secretary, Joshua Fukino - Treasurer, Mahelani Sila, Lynn McNutt, Healani Waiwai`ole


The Kekahu Foundation/KKCR Community Advisory Board, the CAB, is now accepting applications for Membership.  Contact the CAB at

The CAB advises the Kekahu Foundation Board Of Directors, the BOD, the governing body of our community radio station,  on how programming and policies can best meet the educational and cultural needs of our island community.  The CAB is mandated by grant funding KKCR receives from the Corporation For Public Broadcasting, the CPB, to operate independently from the BOD and hold public meetings with the community to receive programming feedback, policy suggestions and offer a starting point for those interested in learning about volunteering at KKCR.   The CAB meets twice yearly at different locations around the  island to make it easier for residents to attend. Membership in the CAB is a good opportunity for those who want to be part of our community radio station but do not want a show and are more interested in perhaps community outreach and meeting people who want to help educate our community and provide opportunities for young people, as well as those who want to volunteer at the structural level to strengthen our organization or begin new programming directions.  The CAB has, and continues to be, instrumental in guiding most major policy decisions at KKCR. 

CAB members currently include: Mickey Sussman - Chair, Paul Moody - Vice Chair, Larry Magnussen -  Sectetary, Jim Kelly



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.

808 Equipment Rentals
AFeinberg Photo Galleries
Al Pastor Tacos 
Aiyah's Garden
Akamai Backyard
Anahola Stringed Instruments
Beth McDonald Consulting
Blue House Book Sellers
Brainwaves Kaua`i
Ching Young Village
Coldwell Banker Bali Hai Realty
County of Kaua`i Recycling
Edible Hawaiian Islands
Haleakala Solar
The Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant
Hanalei Gourmet 
Harvest Market 
Hawaiian Beach Rentals
Hawaiian Woodworks
Hawaii Compassionate Care
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers
Healthy Hut
Heaven On Earth Starts
Julio's Beach Burritos
Jungle Chicks
Kamoa Ukulele Company
Kaua`i Canvas
Kaua`i Coffee
Kaua`i Community College
Kaua`i Concert Association
Kaua`i Mini Golf
Kaua`i Kids in Peace and War
Kaua`i Marine & Mower
Kaua`i Music Scene
Kaua`i Paramedics Association
Kava Kaua`i
Kilauea Bakery Pau Hana Pizza
Living Foods Market
Malie Foundation
Menehune Water
Mokihana Pest Control
No Money Fun Guide Books
OG Smokeshop Kaua`i 
Rainbows Over Kapa`a
Ricoh Business Solutions
Second Skin Naturals
Surfrider Foundation
Tahiti Nui Luau
Tiki Iniki
YeeCorp Financial & Insurance Services
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