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If you aren't feeling festive quite yet, we have just the thing. Our lineup of holiday specials kicks off tonight and runs through New Year's Day on both HPR-1 and HPR-2. Stream online  |  Station locator & other ways to listen

Wednesday, December 18
Paul Winter's 38th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration - 8-10 p.m. on HPR-1 
On the darkest night of the year, we head back to New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear an encore performance of The Paul Winter Consort. 

Sunday, December 22 
Hawaii Youth Symphony 2019 Concert - 3-5 p.m. on HPR-2
A broadcast of HYS’s winter concert, emceed by HPR Classical Music Director Gene Schiller. This performance features young talent from across the state. 

The Real Deal: The Yule Deal Jazz Christmas Special - 8-10 p.m. on HPR-1 
Host Seth Markow travels through time from Bessie Smith to Don Tiki, plus Louis Armstrong's last recording, his immortal reading of "The Night Before Christmas."

Tuesday, December 24  
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols - 8-10 a.m. on HPR-2 
Held annually at King’s College in Cambridge, the Festival was introduced in 1918 to bring a more imaginative approach to worship. 

St. Olaf Christmas Festival - 10 a.m.–12 p.m. on HPR-2
The 2019 Christmas Festival features the St. Olaf Orchestra, St. Olaf Choir, St. Olaf Cantorei, St. Olaf Chapel Choir, Manitou Singers, Viking Chorus, and more.

Wednesday, December 25 
Christmastime in New York: The Cathedral Choir of St. John - 8-9 a.m. on HPR-2
Recorded live at the Medieval Sculpture Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in December 2012, this program spans hundreds of years and tells the story of the nativity.

A Handel & Haydn Society Christmas from Capitol Public Radio - 9-10 a.m. on HPR-2
Featuring Christmas choral music from Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society, America’s oldest continuously performing ensemble. Hosted by Cale Wiggins.

Messiah with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on HPR-2
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, an all-star cast of soloists, and The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh join together for one of the most festive musical events of the year.

Jonathan Winters' "A Christmas Carol" - 11 a.m.–12 p.m. on HPR-1
Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of this holiday classic, using a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations.  

365 Holidays with The Canadian Brass - 3-4 p.m. on HPR-2                
The Canadian Brass performs new arrangements of Christmas music along with the classic versions of holiday songs they’ve made popular over their 30 year history.

Welcome Christmas from America Public Media - 4-5 p.m. on HPR-2     
It's an hour of joyful holiday music featuring the Minneapolis-based chorus, VocalEssence, and hosted for the fourteenth year by APM's John Birge.

Hygge Holiday: Cozy Classics - 5-6 p.m. on HPR-2
Host Elena See plays a mix of wintry and nostalgic classical pieces designed to accompany listeners as they enjoy cozy wintertime activities.

The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice - 6-8 p.m. on HPR-2
A joyful theatrical celebration of the winter solstice that travels the world each year. It showcases a variety of cultural traditions including music, dance, folktales, and rituals. 

Bytemarks Cafe: 2019 Retrospective - 6:30 p.m. on HPR-1 
A look back on interviews of the past year, including Micah Kane of Hawaii Community Foundation and Rich Wacker from American Savings Bank. 


Tuesday, January 31
Bridging the Gap featuring Jon Alan - Starting at 10 p.m. on HPR-1
HPR music host Jon Alan closes out the decade with a special New Year’s Eve lineup on
Bridging the Gap

Wednesday, January 1
The Score: New Beginnings - 9-10 a.m. on HPR-2
This week on The Score we celebrate New Beginnings with music from "Bridget Jones's Diary," "Pretty Woman," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," and more.

New Year's Day From Vienna 2020 - 10 a.m.–12 p.m. on HPR-2
The 2020 Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert takes place under the baton of Andris Nelsons in the Musikverein in Vienna. 

Capitol Steps “Politics Takes A Holiday” - 11 a.m.–12 noon on HPR-1 
A satirical look on the news of the day with the Capitol Steps' New Year's edition of "Politics Takes a Holiday." Featuring songs from their latest album, "The Lyin' Kings."

Bytemarks Cafe: Looking forward to 2020 - 6:30–7 p.m. on HPR-1    
A look ahead to the trends and stories coming in 2020.

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Mahalo and welcome!

We would like to extend a sincere thanks to all who have contributed to our End of Year Fund Drive. During our on-air campaign last week, we made the tough decision to suspend almost half of our HPR-1 pledge hours in order to air special coverage of the House Judiciary hearings. Despite an abbreviated pitch schedule, we heard from more than 475 contributors, about 150 of whom joined as new members. We are so grateful for your support and look forward to bringing you more unbiased news coverage, thoughtful conversation, and expertly curated music in 2020.

If you haven't yet made an end-of-year contribution, time is running out!
Become a new member, renew, or make an additional gift at
|| Upcoming Events  at the station & in the community

Ira Glass: Seven Things I've Learned
Saturday, December 21

Creator and host of This American Life presents his one-man show at Hawaii Theatre Center. 

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Yin & Yang
Saturday, January 4

This multidisciplinary performance explores the idea of diametric opposites – in ideas and in music. It will feature classical voice and instrumentation, and a few surprises too. In collaboration with HI Arts Lab.

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Station members enjoy discounted pricing.

|| In Case You Missed It  popular local stories & shows
Honolulu Zoo Audit Reveals Serious Issues; City Officials Say Changes Have Been Made
A city audit of the Honolulu Zoo found a more than $650,000 discrepancy in its finances, and other problems. But city officials say the audit's findings are "dated" and changes have already been made.

The Conversation: Ira Glass on Storytelling and Vacations
HPR's Catherine Cruz interviews Ira Glass of This American Life in anticipation of his one-man show at Hawaii Theatre Center on December 21.

Asia Minute: Traffic Dummies in Bangalore
A city in India has come up with a different kind of policy response to fight congestion on crowded roads.
A Programming Note
We are airing live coverage today on HPR-1 as the House of Representatives debates and votes on articles of impeachment against President Trump. Coverage began at 4 a.m. Hawaii time, and the conclusion time of coverage is not yet known. 

|| Arts Happenings  from our arts partners
Hawai‘i Island
KAHILU GOLD Concert - Angela & Michael Ingersoll | 1/10
Virgina Luque - Hawaii International Guitar Series | 1/12
Camerata RCO | 1/14

Ode to Joy - Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra + O‘ahu Choral Society | starts 1/4
Mostly Mozart - Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra | starts 1/11 
Mozart's Most Memorable Melodies - Chamber Music Hawaii | starts 1/13
Way of a God - Kumu Kahua Theatre | starts 1/16

About Hawaii Public Radio
HPR is a private, non-profit organization which broadcasts classical, jazz, and international music; and in-depth news and informational programming from National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and other local, national, and international program sources, as well as programs produced by Hawaii Public Radio. In 2013, Charity Navigator, the premier charity evaluator, awarded HPR its second consecutive highest, four-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

HPR's mission is to serve the entire population of the state of Hawai‘i with two excellent program streams. HPR-1, the news magazine and fine arts stream, can currently be heard on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i (KHPR 88.1 FM and 88.5 FM); Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, and West Hawai‘i (KKUA 90.7 FM); and East Hawai‘i (KANO 91.1 FM (Hilo) and 94.7 FM (Waimea)). HPR-2, the news, local talk, and music stream, is found on Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i (KIPM 89.7 FM and KIPH 88.3 FM (Hana)); West Hawai‘i (KIPM 89.7 FM and KHPH 88.7 FM); O‘ahu and Kaua‘i (KIPO 89.3 FM; KIPL 89.9 FM).

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