For more than 55 years, KZOO Radio has served the islands of Hawaii with the best in news, talk and music in the Japanese language. At our launch in 1963, listeners were mainly “Nisei”(second-generation, Hawaii-born Japanese) but our programming and promotions have evolved through the decades to include listeners of multiple ethnic backgrounds.
As Hawaii’s only Japanese language radio station, KZOO Radio provides a vital service for residents, businesses, visitors and students. Aside from our position on the radio dial at AM 1210, KZOO Radio can be heard by cable recipients on channel 888, and breaking local news broadcasts are available on Japanese language TV channels in most Waikiki hotels. Our popular Shirokiya Studio, located at Ala Moana Center in Shirokiya’s Japan Walk, hosts a number of live-broadcast interviews with entertainers, government agencies, non-profit groups, business owners and others. It’s common to see shoppers stop to watch the broadcast as it happens through our studio window.
KZOO Radio produces a syndicated weekly one-hour broadcast featuring Hawaii highlights and music that’s heard on some one hundred FM radio stations in Japan each Saturday. Our latest show features Hawaii entertainer and DJ Kimo Kaho’ano every Friday morning, and we host our annual KZOO Radio Karaoke Contest each fall with the very best local karaoke enthusiasts and visiting performers.