You have a blast listening to music, while working, working out, and driving in your car. Sometimes though, you have troubles finding a music station that fits you. Sometimes your favorite station changes and what used to be a couple of minutes of commercials once an hour has become a couple of minutes of music once an hour! Or maybe you are new to Hawaii, just visiting the area, or possibly just need a change. You have come to the right place.
Here we have all of the top Hawaii music stations in one place, you are sure to find one that meets your tastes. Try out all of the Hawaii stations and then give us your opinion on the best, worst, and any we don’t have on the list that should be. Whether you are in Hawaii for a visit or have lived here for years, we want to hear your opinion.
We have catered our list of Hawaii stations to the local opinions we have received so don’t stop sending them in. Music is an important part of our lives, in Hawaii, and anywhere else. Music stations are also a personal thing. What is music to you? Is it what gets you through your daily commute in Hawaii? Is it what you jam to in the shower? Is it what calms and centers you at work?
KRTR-FM (96.3 FM, “KRATER 96”) is an Adult Contemporary music formatted radio station serving Honolulu, Hawaii. The Cox Radio outlet broadcasts with an ERP of 74 kW and is licensed to Kailua, Hawaii. KRTR signed on the air on October 31, 1978, as a locally-owned soft adult contemporary outlet with the call letters KSHO, but by 2003 they would evolve to an Adult Top 40 direction after Cox acquired the station. By 2010 it returned to a Mainstream AC direction.
KHCM is a Country music radio station serving Honolulu, Hawaii. The Salem Communications outlet broadcasts at 97.5 MHz with an ERP of 80 kW. KHCM-FM’s heritage traces back to the 1970s when it signed on as KHSS, but would change its calls to KDUK in 1979. By 1983 they would flip formats to Active Rock and call letters to KPOI, in honor of its former Top 40 AM sister station.
KLHT (1040 AM) is a radio station in the United States of America serving Honolulu, Hawaii and broadcasting at 10,000 watts. The station is owned and operated by Calvary Chapel Honolulu, its on-air branding is “K-Light 1040 AM” and its slogan is “The Pure Light of Hawaii.” KLHT programming consists of Christian praise and worship music, talk shows and teaching programs.
KKBG (97.9 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a Hot Adult Contemporary format. Licensed to Hilo, Hawaii, USA, the station serves the Hilo area. The station is currently owned by Pacific Radio Group, Inc.
KDDB (102.7 FM), also known as 102.7 Da Bomb, is a Top 40/CHR station licensed to Waipahu, Hawaii and serves the Honolulu radio market. The Ohana Broadcast Company, LLC station is known as “102.7 Da Bomb”. It is currently one of five Rhythmic Top 40 outlets in Hawaii, and one of three Rhythmic Top 40 outlets in the Honolulu market, the competition being KUBT and KPHW. It also transmits on Oceanic Time Warner Cable digital channel 854 for the entire state of Hawaii.
KTUH is a non-commercial, student-run, listener-supported station in Honolulu, Hawaii. The station originate from the studios located on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The station runs 24 hours a day all year round and there is always a live DJ producing their program. The station never switches to automated programming; typically, the programming is divided into consecutive 3 hour blocks with a distinct musical theme per block, usually hosted by a University of Hawaii student or, occasionally, a faculty member.
KAPA (100.3 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a Hawaiian AC format. Licensed to Hilo, Hawaii, USA, the station serves the Hilo area. The station is currently owned by Pacific Radio Group, Inc. The station went on the air as KIPA-FM on 1987-11-06. On 1992-07-31, the station changed its call sign to KHWI. On 1999-10-21 to the current KAPA.
KAIM-FM, “95.5 The Fish”, is a Contemporary Christian radio station based in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Salem Communications outlet broadcasts at 95.5 MHz with an ERP of 100 kW. Even though they have been a Contemporary Christian outlet since 1992, it wasn’t until after Salem bought the station in 2000 that it adopted “The Fish” moniker and slogan.
KNWB (97.1 FM) is a radio station in Hilo broadcasting a Classic Hits format in conjunction with sister station KMWB. The station is currently owned by New West Broadcasting Corporation.
KQMQ-FM (93.1 FM) is a radio station based in Honolulu. The Ohana Broadcast Company, LLC outlet broadcasts at 93.1 MHz with an ERP of 100 kW. The station also transmits on Oceanic Time Warner Cable digital channel 868 for the entire state of Hawaii. It offers a proprietary blend of Hawaiian/Island Reggae and traditional Reggae music format branded as “93.1 Da Pā’ina” (Hawaiian for large fun gathering and party). The programming is led by local radio vet Rick Thomas.