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Ka Mea Hou o KKCR
(The News of KKCR)

Aloha and mahalo to everyone who participated in our Fall 2016 Membership Drive!  We raised just over our goal of $55,000 for Kaua`i Community Radio in fourteen days.  Mahalo to our 179 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 to all of you who pledged both your financial support and valuable time.

Kamoa Ukulele Company for donating twelve high quality ukuleles as premiums for a few of our amazing Angels.  The Hanalei Colony Resory, The Mediterranean Gourmet Restaurant, Kaua`i Backcountry Adventures and Hooked on Kaua`i for our Grand Prize Drawing prize.  Congratulations to Duncan & Madelyn from Princeville, Kauai, our Grand Prize Drawing Winner!  They will be enjoying a 2 night stay at The Hanalei Colony Resort in Haena, a dining Gift Certificate for the Mediterranean Gourmet in Haena, an amazing Tubing Adventure with Kaua`i Backcountry Adventures and a shoreline fishing tour with Hooked on Kaua`i.  Also, congratulations to Steve in Huber Heights, Ohio, our Early Bird Drawing winner of an iPad Mini.

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

Even though we did well during our on-air fundraiser, KKCR still faces many financial challenges as we look towards 2017.  As the end of the year approaches, many people traditionally give generously to community non-profits.  We ask you to consider KKCR in your holiday giving plans.  In return, we promise to continue to be here for you 24/7/365, bringing you an array of music, public affairs and call-in shows and Hawaiian language and cultural programming.

Your gift to KKCR truly is a gift to all the people of Kaua`i.  It will help us to continue our community centered, commercial-free broadcasting.  It will help keep Kaua`i Community Radio strong and healthy in the years to come.  Your contribution to KKCR is tax deductible to the full extent of the law, as we are an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Sustaining (monthly donations) and one-time donations to KKCR may be made securely online by clicking here, calling us at (808) 826-7774 with your credit card information, or mailing checks to us at:
P.O. Box 825
Hanalei, HI  96741

Thank you again for your support.   We are grateful for all you do to help sustain KKCR.  We look forward to another year of providing our community with great radio programming, accessible to all, creating a forum for all concerns, musically, culturally, and politically.

When you become a Sustaining Member your contribution is deducted automatically from the account of your choice every month. All the benefits that come with being a member remain yours to enjoy. You may request a mahalo gift each year at your contribution level and change or cancel your contribution at any time. Please go to to sign up securely and become a KKCR Sustaining Member through Paypal, or, call us at (808) 826-7774 and we can take your infomation over the phone.  Mahalo nui for supporting Kaua`i Community Radio!
Support the Kekahu Foundation & Kaua`i Community Radio through the Amazon Smile Program!  Support us when you shop for holiday gifts. #StartWithaSmile at and Amazon donates. 

So far, KKCR has received $49.77 from the Amazon Smiles program, which means that people who have designated KKCR as their Amazon Smiles Charity have spent $9,954 at  Mahalo nui to everyone who has and will sign up!

D's Desk

Aloha KKCR Listeners

KKCR has seen great changes in 2016, with the remodel of our primary studio, the graveling of the parking lot and addition of Lindsay as our Music and Outreach Coordinator to name just a few... Thanks to everyone for Supporting KKCR in our Fall 2016 Membership Drive.  We're excited to welcome 179 new members, a cool new Tee Shirt Desgin (Thx Lindsay) and Liko Martin to our Talk Story Series.

Great news! Our Mt Kahili Transmitter has been repaired, we are just waiting on a few days of gentle trades to get to the mountain and return KKCR to full power. In the coming months we'll be broadcasting from a new frequency (88.9 FM) on the island of O'ahu.

Well, the times they are a changing...
As we were warned several years ago, Our CPB Federal Funding is fading away,...  In the past CPB provided 1/3 of our operating budget... we have downsized to accommodate the shrinking support... now we will need to adjust for their absence.

2017 marks KKCR's 20th year of broadcasting.
20 years of Volunteer Powered Listener Supported Music and Talk
Kaua'i Community Radio  ~  Ke Kani O Kaua'i Nei  ~  The Sound of Kaua'i


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 receive our latest TALK STORY WITH LIKO MARTIN CD as a mahalo gift. Liko was interviewed by Ka`iulani Mahuka.  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

HO`OKELE by Kupaoa

Lihau and Kellen Paik's latest collection of several new compositions, plus standards reaching back as far as the 1800's feature their sweet harmonies, top-notch musicianship, thoughtful delivery and high production values.  There is much to savor and cherish in this album of Hawaiian music.

KEAUHOU by Keauhou

The dazzling debut CD by Keauhou showcases the talents of Zachary Lum, Nicholas Lum and Jonah Solatorio who are renewing Hawai`i’s rich musical traditions for a new generation.  With striking arrangements, intricate harmonies and a passion and joy in the performance, preservation, and perpetuation of traditional Hawaiian music -- this new trio will definitely delight and enchant!

E NIPO MAI by Komakakino

Komakakino is a traditional Hawaiian quartet based in Keaukaha, Hilo, Hawai‘i. Members of this group are Koma Wana, Namaka DeMello, Kinohi Neves, and Christian Wadlington.  These young men excel at a wide variety of vocal styles including harmony in the falsetto style unique to Hawai‘i.  This is their second CD and consists of several original compositions, plus traditional Hawaiian musical pieces.

MAUI SLACK KEY CHRISTMAS by George Kahumoku, Jr.
This collection of holiday songs includes four originals from George, plus some traditional hymns and Christmas classics.  All of them feature him singing, with his distinctive 12-string guitar style of Hawaiian slack key.

With tracks taken from prior releases, this is a compilation of popular island-style holiday songs performed by some of Hawai`i's best musicians.


Aloha KKCR Members

If you would like to get involved in your community radio station in any capacity, now is a great time. Whether you want to volunteer to help in the office, the music library or mow the yard, there is always something to do at KKCR.  Maybe you want to do your own radio program at some point. KKCR is actively seeking volunteers to bring quality music and talk show programs to the air, who are inspired by community radio, and have a desire to contribute to the station as a whole. If you share this vision and KKCR’s mission we welcome you to the KKCR `Ohana. 

The KKCR `Ohana is an eclectic mix of over 100 volunteers who do everything from taking out the rubbish, answering phones, cleaning the studio, archiving the music library, as well as producing music  and talk shows. Volunteering at KKCR is a cooperative effort where everyone plays a part, on and off the air. KKCR programs are continually moving and evolving month to month, these are some of the recent changes. Tune in and Check them out !

Mahalo Monday with Brada Lou Mondays 7-9am
Olelo No ‘Eau with Donovan every 4th Monday at Noon

Wonderland with Allisun returns to alternating Mondays 3-5pm
Inside Out with Cary Valentine 4th Monday 5-6pm
Ano’Ano with Manulele Tuesdays 9-11am
Renegade Radio with Inspector Dan Tuesdays 10pm –midnight
Noodles with Dr. Yogi Wednesday8-10pm
Mu Radio with Kyahnasun now alternating Thursdays 2-4pm
Funk Odyssey  with Thee Auracle now Saturday 8-10pm
Dagon Lives! Saturday night from 10pm-midnight

We also have some TBA program spots soon to be filled by great new programs. Becoming a  programmer at KKCR takes commitment and training. Those who have fulfilled all the requirements are eligible to submit a program proposal. Although there may not be program slots available, inevitably things shift and change and slots become available. Preference is often given to programming that is not yet represented on the KKCR airwaves.

There is something for everybody on the program schedule at KKCR. Check out the schedule at

These are exciting times at KKCR.  Lots of new volunteer energy with passion for Community Radio .

If you want to join in the fun, let me know. 
KKCR is actively seeking volunteers to enhance and diversify its programming. Anyone interested should contact KKCR to learn more about volunteer training and station policies, including codes of conduct and federal FCC guidelines. The first step is filling our our Volunteer Application. Completed applications may be delivered to the station, emailed to or mailed to:
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
P.O. Box 825
Hanalei, HI 96714

KKCR is committed to providing a welcoming, safe, supportive and respectful environment for all volunteers, staff and visitors. We look forward to hearing from you.
Peace through radio.

(808) 826-7774


KKCR is proud to offer a wide variety of programming for your enjoyment.  KKCR reflects the broad spectrum of Kaua'i's community. Programming includes Hawaiian, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Reggae, Classical and World artists. Public Affairs programming includes two weekly call-in talk shows, a Community Calendar, a Hawaiian Music Calendar, and special interest programs ranging from topics like health & wellness to in-studio live music jams.  KKCR PROGRAM SCHEDULE


Richard Fernandez
Sunset Jazz ~ 6-8pm Alternating Mondays  

Congratulations to KKCR founding member and volunteer programmer Richard Fernandez, the Parnelli Lifetime Achievenent Award Winner!

Richard shares his love of jazz music on his KKCR program "Sunset Jazz" every other Monday evening from 6-8pm.

"I never knew anyone who didn't admire him to the bottom of their soul," said Petty of Fernandez, noting how the East L.A. native was lucky to have "really good parents who raised a really good man."

"When musicians are out on 'the proud highway,' we need all the help we can get," says Graham Nash. "The secret is a good tour manager. For decades, Richard has been that lifesaver. I am pleased to have been taken care of by such a professional. Congratulations to him, because this award is well deserved."

"Richard was the unanimous choice of the Parnelli Board of Advisers," says advisory board chairman Marshall Bissett. "From Faces to Tom Petty, he has brought class, style and humor to the impossible task of keeping band, management and crew in harmony. We know of no one more loved by his clients or respected by his peers."



Kilipaki Vaughan

Congratulations to former KKCR Hawaiian Music Programmer Kilipaki Vaughan!  He is the new deputy fire chief on Kaua`i
Read More Here


Sandi Combs
Hooked on Kaua`i
Fish Eye Kauai
Bill Fernandez
Jungle Girl
Afeinberg Galleries
Kauai Canvas
Spirit Gardens
Ono Pops Hawaiian Frozen Pops
Charlie Brown
Holo Holo Charters
Anahola Granola
Hawaii Compassionate Care
Mokihana Pest Control
Solar Engineering & Contracting
Kalaheo Pharmacy (808) 332-6000
Westside Pharmacy (808) 335-5342
Princeville Ranch Adventures
Po'oku Event Center
North Shore Medical Clinic
Jill Landis
Kauai Clean Scape (808) 431-1264
All Kine Window Cleaning
GMO Free Kauai
Sudeeka Belly Dancers
Dolphin Touch Wellness Center
Island Soap and Candle Works
Havaiki Oceanic & Tribal Art Gallery

Edward Jones Investments
Garden Island Properties
Oasis On The Beach
The Greenery Café
Harvest Market
Dove Presents
Ken Jopling
Alii Kai Resort
The Ag Lab Kauai
Carey Valentine
Tom Petty
Kauai Beekeepers
Aloha `Aina Juice Café
The Kaua`i Store
Go Farm Hawai'i
Art & Soul Gallery (808) 652-7928
Mermaids Café (808) 821-2026
Kaua'I Marine & Mower (808) 823-0556
Friends of Gary Hooser
Poi Boy Records
Norma Doctor Sparks
Rent a Ray Inc Excavation (808) 635-3500
Kauai Artists For Hire
Kauai Christian Academy
Makua Aina Of Kauai
Rick Cooper
Kauai Landscape Detailers (808) 346-0203



Hanai Market
Papaya's Natural Foods and Café
Bar Acuda
Ya Quddus Bagels
North Shore General Store
Caella Coberly and Harvest Market
Imua Coffee Roasters (808) 821-1717
Kapaa Kilauea Bakery /Pau Hana Pizza (808) 828-2020
Andy and Phytolicious Foods
Maren Orion


Kekahu Foundation Board of Directors from left to right:  Jonathan Jay, Steve Thatcher, Tod Walker, Anni Caporuscio, Jeff Frisk, Carl Imparato and Donovan Cabebe

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.
Aloha KKCR Supporters!  We will soon be celebrating our 20th year of providing our precious Garden Island with unique, quality, homegrown Community Radio.  The efforts and dedication of many, many volunteers, underwriters, staff, and supporters have got us to where we are today, and I would like to take this opportunity to offer a Mahalo Nui Loa to all of those people, past and present.  An extra mahalo to all the new members, old members, and Waveriders who made our recent membership drive a success.

As most of you know, the Kekahu Foundation is the license-holder for KKCR.  The Board of Directors of the KF sets policy, develops strategic plans, hires and oversees the General Manager of KKCR, and assumes fiduciary controls, among other duties.  The many volunteer directors of the KF have guided the Foundation and KKCR with dedication, vision, and integrity for these 20 years. 
The Board is currently seeking new directors to expand its’ capabilities.  We are especially interested in welcoming those that may have expertise in fund raising. KKCR has subsisted and grown with support from members, underwriters, and various grants over the years.  However, after 20 years of mostly hand-to-mouth financial operations, it’s time to ensure that KKCR has a steady income to fund day-to-day operations and finance potential future capital improvements such as a permanent broadcasting facility. 

If you are reading this edition of Airwaves you are obviously a KKCR listener and fan.  If you have the desire and skill set to help KKCR attain an elevated level of prosperity and security, we’d love to talk to you about joining our team.  If you have expertise, but don’t feel you can make the commitment to join the Board, we’d still like to talk story and hear what you may have to offer.  All the details of joining the Kekahu Foundation Board of Directors can be found on the Kekahu Foundation tab at  Join us, and be a part of one of the most unique and special non-profits in Hawaii! 

Aloha, Imua,
Steve Thatcher,
President, Kekahu Foundation


Positions Now Available On KKCR Community Advisory Board 

The Community Advisory Board of the Kekahu Foundation/KKCR requests and receives feedback from the public  on how well programming and policies are meeting the mission of KKCR to educate, entertain and give voice to the underrepresented in our community.  Important funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that KKCR receives requires this necessary communication and access link between the listeners being served and the Kekahu Foundation Board Of Directors and management, that truly establishes KKCR as a public trust resource.   The CAB makes recommendations based on input received from the public at meetings as well as on the 5th Monday of the month CAB Show .  
Speaking of which, we received some interesting calls on the last CAB Show October 31. Consistent and increasing requests to develop a news department , with a news director and editing capabilities, and a couple potential qualified volunteers in the process of stepping forward.  The public in invited and most welcome to bring us your feedback as well as get a glimpse of the inner workings of KKCR  and and meet some of the people behind the scenes.  We can also answer any questions you may have about becoming a volunteer and joining our community of "deadicated " volunteers, cooperating for the greater good, to bring you the quality broadcasting you deserve.
Other ares of interest to discuss and update at the CAB meeting include ongoing implementation of programming standards and guidelines, developed from community feedback, intended to address requests  from programmers,  as well as listeners,  wanting  to "raise the bar " of programming on KKCR.  An import part of the process is the feedback we receive at meetings  so please come offer your suggestions.  
Another area to discuss is our membership at Pacifica from which we receive Democracy Now.  Also available from our Pacifica membership is access to Audioport with its many informative and educational programs that support our mission and have been requested by listeners .  Interested? Maybe you can help bring this about!
But mostly want to welcome our latest members Mose Orion and Jimmy Trujillo‼️ Two long time volunteers with great appreciation of KKCR's mission .  Welcome aboard gentlemen and we are still accepting applicants for the CAB, especially would like to have some women join us.  Current members also include Paul Moody, Larry Magnussen, Ed Coll and myself Mickey Sussman.
Please contact us with anything important to air and/or if you would like to participate!!
Mickey Sussman
CAB Chair
For more information about underwriting on KKCR
please call (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.
Accessible Kauai
AFeinberg Photo Galleries
All Kine Window Cleaning
Anahola Stringed Instruments
Beth McDonald Consulting
Bill Fernandez Hawaiian Author
Ching Young Village
Crater Lake Spirits
Country Brokers
edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine
Garden Island Hydro
The Greenery Cafe
Hanalei Gourmet (808) 826-2524
Harvest Market
Hawaii Compassionate Care
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers
Healthy Hut
Heaven On Earth Starts
Kalaheo Chiropractic
Kamoa Ukulele Company
Kauai Canvas Real Estate
Kauai Community College
Kauai Kids in Peace and War
Kauai Marine & Mower (808)823-0556
Kauai Mini Golf
The Kauai Store
Kava Kauai
Kilauea Bakery Pau Hana Pizza (808)828-1019
Little Fish Coffee

Malie Foundation
Menehune Water
Mokihana Pest Control
North Shore Medical Center (808)828-1418
Now and Zen Tidying
OG Smokeshop Kauai (808)821-1323

Pu`ukumu School
Rainbows Over Kapa`a
Tahiti Nui Luau
Tiki Iniki
Tiki Tacos (808)823-TACO
Ricoh Business Sol. (808)246-9531


KKCR is Kauai’s independent, non-commercial, listener-supported community radio station. KKCR seeks to:
  • Stimulate, educate and entertain its audience
  • Preserve, perpetuate and celebrate Hawaiian culture
  • Reflect the diversity of the local and world community
KKCR provides a forum for overlooked, suppressed, or under-represented voices and music. The Kekahu Foundation facilitates this broadcasting opportunity.


Consistent with the Kekahu Foundation / KKCR Mission, the Kekahu Foundation, through its Board of Directors, and KKCR, through its staff and Community Advisory Board, are guided by the following values:
  • We respect individual rights, differences, and diversities of opinion.
  • We practice inclusiveness and open-mindedness.
  • We are non-partisan.
  • We treat everyone with dignity and respect, free of discrimination and harassment.
  • We acknowledge the importance of knowledge to be found in the Hawaiian culture and Kauai’s other diverse cultures.
  • The core purpose of the Kekahu Foundation and KKCR is to benefit the community and the public good.
  • We promote an active, informed citizenry.
  • We provide a forum for people who are trying to make a difference.
  • We support organizations that are committed to community-based action.
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