Radiothon for Kids – A Decade of Making a Difference for Hawaii's Keiki


group of kids sitting at a table answering phones for a radiothon

For the 10th straight year, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and KSSK 92.3FM/AM 590 are partnering together to support Hawaii’s keiki with the Kapiolani Radiothon for Kids. This year, the Kapiolani Radiothon hits the airwaves August 11-12.

This year’s event is already off to a great start with Wilson Homecare stepping forward as the title sponsor. Other top sponsors also adding to this year’s early success are Aloha Care, HMSA and Honolulu Ford. The goal for the 2016 Kapiolani Radiothon for Kids is $200,000.

Each year this event brings the Hawaii community together connecting patients, families, volunteers and donors for the health and well-being of all of Hawaii’s keiki.

Kapiolani Radiothon for Kids will feature dozens of patients, caregivers and local Children’s Miracle Network Champions who will share their Kapiolani miracle story live on air, demonstrating what makes the lifesaving care provided by Hawaii’s only Children’s Miracle Network hospital so special. This year there will also be live performances by Henry Kapono and Jake Shimabukuro.

This annual event turns the hospital’s dining room into KSSK’s studio for 30 broadcast hours over two days. In its 10th year as a dedicated partner, KSSK has raised more than $1 million for Hawaii’s keiki treated at Kapiolani, with 100 percent of every donation staying in the islands.

Martha Smith, CEO of Kapiolani, looks forward to the excitement that this event brings to the hospital. “Ten years of the Kapiolani Radiothon for Kids is a testament to KSSK and their loyal listeners. The support Kapiolani receives is amazing and we are humbled by the response that comes in statewide. Every call to make a donation helps us provide all of Hawaii’s children with the exceptional medical care they deserve, right here at home.”

Event organizer iHeart Radio stresses the importance of the Kapiolani Radiothon and keeping all of these donations here in Hawaii, where keiki can receive dedicated medical care without the need of traveling to the mainland.

KSSK Radio Personality Michael W. Perry, along with the entire KSSK ohana, are moved by the event. “For us, these are the two most inspirational days of the year,” says Perry. “To meet the patients and to be a part of a successful fundraiser is awesome. We are proud to continue the tradition again this year.”

Listeners can tune in from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday to be inspired by patient stories and the work Kapiolani is doing in the community. All are encouraged to call 808-951-KIDS (5437) to make a gift of support. Phone lines will be manned by community and hospital volunteers, and corporate teams who raise funds for Kapiolani year-round. Online giving and more information about Kapiolani and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is available at and

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