– Hawaiian Radio by Kanaka for Kanaka – Hawaiʻi’s first and only, coming to you from Hana, Maui.
To provide a voice for Native Hawaiians.
To nurture, perpetuate, and celebrate Hawaiian values through the medium of radio using Hawaiian music, Hawaiian language, and Hawaiian cultural programming.
Guiding Hawaiian Values:
Pono – Choosing to live in harmony for the highest good.
Aloha – Unselfish love and respect given freely from the heart.
ʻOhana – Family, community, and connectedness.
Mālama – Caring for ʻĀina, Kai, and Kanaka Maoli (Mālama kou kino)
KOKO FM is the first and only community based non-commercial radio station specifically for Hawaiians. Via internet streaming people everywhere, many of whom have blood ties or emotional bonds to East Maui, can listen on their computers or phones 24 hours a day 7 days a week. They can tune in and connect to old-fashioned Hawaiian values, traditional Hawaiian music and hear the heartfelt sentiments of the people.
“People of color make up over 36 percent of the US population, but own just over seven percent of radio licenses and three percent of TV licenses. In an environment in which corporations and the government increasingly control the airwaves, where can social justice movements and marginalized communities go to have their voices heard? Enter low power FM radio (LPFM). Two years ago, President Obama signed the Local Community Radio Act after a 15-year organizing campaign led by grassroots groups supporting community radio. The law marks the largest expansion of community radio in US history. It was a tremendous victory for social change and media justice movements. Local communities now have the power to transform the corporate-driven media landscape.” – Quote from Prometheus Radio Project