KIPA (1060 AM) is a radio station on the Big Island of Hawai'i whose call sign dates back to 1947, and broadcasts a Christian format as an owned an operated affiliate of CSN International. Licensed to Hilo, Hawaii, United States, the station serves the Hilo market and surrounding areas.

Hilo, Hawaii
Broadcast areaEast Side Big Island
Frequency1060 kHz
FormatChristian radio
AffiliationsCSN International
OwnerCSN International
First air date
1984-12-27 (as KAHU)
Former call signs
KAHU (1984-2003)
KHBC (2003-2009)
Call sign meaning
Technical information
Facility ID33324
Power1,000 watts day
Transmitter coordinates
19°41′48″N 155°3′5″W / 19.69667°N 155.05139°W / 19.69667; -155.05139
WebcastListen Live


The 1060 AM frequency went on the air as KAHU on 1984-12-27. On 19 March 2003, the station changed its call sign to Hilo's original call letters est. 1936, KHBC. In June 2009, the station changed its call sign to relaunch the heritage station, KIPA (call letters established 1947 at 620 AM), and reassigned "KHBC" to its FM sister station on 92.7 FM in Hilo (formerly KHWI). The calls "KHWI" were later moved to its new sister station in Kailua-Kona at 92.1 FM.[1] In 2020, KIPA was sold to Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls, along with the construction permit for translator 99.3 K257GV, for $80,000.[2]


  1. ^ "KHBC Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ "God's Beach: A Historic Hawaiian AM Resonates With Calvary Chapel", Radio & Television Business Report. January 31, 2020. Retrieved October 16, 2020.

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