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Logos for KDNN's primary and secondary channels
Broadcast area Honolulu
Branding Island 98.5
Slogan "Hawaiian Style & Reggae"
Frequency 98.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)
98.5 HD-2 for Traditional Hawaiian Music as "Hawai’i No Ka’Oi"
First air date 1988
Format Hawaiian Contemporary hits
ERP 51,000 watts
HAAT 18 meters
Class C1
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
Webcast Listen Live (via iHeartRadio)
KDNN HD2 Live Feed (via iHeartRadio)

KDNN (98.5 FM, "Island 98.5") is a Hawaiian Contemporary hits formatted radio station based in Honolulu, Hawaii. The iHeartMedia, Inc. (formerly Clear Channel Communications until September 2014) outlet broadcasts with an ERP of 51 kW. It also transmits on Oceanic Time Warner Cable digital channel 851 for the entire state of Hawaii.[1]


98.5 signed on the air in 1988 as KHHH, "The Wave," boasting a new age (or "smooth jazz") format. Soon after, the station picked up the satellite format "Z-Rock," and for a time boasted that adrenaline-pumping, testosterone fueled format. When that didn't work, KHHH began simulcasting its all-news AM sibling KHVH. Soon after, the station flipped again, as KKLV with a Classic Hits format (which was launched in 1994), but by 1999 they would flip to its current format, which targets young adults with a mix of Contemporary Hawaiian hits, Reggae and local fare.

KDNN is one of Honolulu's four FM stations whose format is geared toward native Hawaiians, KQMQ, KCCN-FM, and KINE-FM are the other three.


KDNN previously offered Country Music on its HD-2 side channel. As of 2012, it offers Traditional Hawaiian Music branded as "Hawai’i No Ka’Oi" (translated as "Indeed the Best"). Previously, "Hawai’i No Ka’Oi" simulcasted on a translator with callsign K256AS on 99.1.


  1. ^ Digital Cable Program Guide / Lineups - Oceanic Time Warner Cable (accessed March 20, 2011)

External links

  • KDNN official website
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for KDNN
  • Radio-Locator information on KDNN
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KDNN

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