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. Its studios are located in the Kalihi neighborhood of Honolulu, while its transmitter is located downtown.


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 FM stations whose format is geared toward native Hawaiians. The stations KQMQ, KCCN, and KINE also target local Hawaiians.


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.


External links

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


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