KIKU Temporary Off The Air

Sometime around 10pm last night (Thursday, 6/24), our over-the-air signal went down. We are working to resolve the problem and will update you on the status of our progress as it becomes available.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

The KIKUTube Channel on YouTube

I would like to thank everyone for all the warm messages, letters, e-mails, and phone calls. We are very sad to say good-bye….😭😭😭

Now, even after our website expires, Facebook page and YouTube channel will remain for a while. We will not update them, but all the archived videos are available.

Our YouTube channel is called “The KIKUTube.”
You can go to YouTube and search for “TheKIKUTube” (one word) or simply click the link below;

Unfortunately, we can’t provide any Japanese or Filipino programming, but all our original segments are shared to public, such as;

  • The Wisdom of Hawaii’s Elders
  • On The Table
  • Japanese Word of the Day
  • Naruhodo
  • Itadakimasu
  • Ammoyo Kadi?

The 6-minute Ba Duan Jin Exercise is also available on YouTube.

Please check out our channel and save/subscribe it.

Mahalo & Aloha!,

The Rumor is True

You may have heard a rumor that KIKU will stop airing Japanese and Filipino programming soon.

Unfortunately, the rumor is true.

Starting Monday, June 28, 2021, KIKU and other stations owned by RNN National, LLC will air ShopHQ 24/7. This includes stations in major markets such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Washington DC, Houston, and Boston.

Over the month of June, our program schedule will be a little confusing and we apologize in advance for this. But as much as possible, we wanted to be able to complete the final episodes of programs we are currently airing before  June 28. On some days, this means we will pre-empt programs such as Soko ga Japan or Jazz Alley TV in order to be able to finish airing the entire seasons of shows like Kita no Kuni Kara, Platinum Age, and Partners 14. (Unfortunately, we will not be able to complete all the episodes of Partners 15 before the change occurs.)

A June calendar showing these changes is available on the home page under the Schedule menu.

If you have questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact me at or (808) 687-8600.

Thank you for your support of KIKU over the years. It has been our privilege to share Japanese and Filipino programming with you over the last four decades.

On behalf of the staff of KIKU-TV, a sincere mahalo and aloha.

Phyllis Kihara

Taiga Drama

The final episode of the 2020 Taiga drama Kirin ga Kuru airs this week.

Unfortunately, KIKU will not be airing a Taiga drama in 2021 because NHK recently informed us they would not be licensing this show outside Japan at this time.

The last time this happened was two years ago when the Taiga drama contained Olympics footage we were prohibited from airing in the U.S. We aired Oshin in its place and many of you shared with us how much you enjoyed seeing Oshin again or for the first time.

Because of your positive response to Oshin, we searched for and found another nostalgic drama to share with you. This one is titled Kita no Kuni Kara (From the Northern Country) and is about a family that starts life over in the town of Furano in Hokkaido. It will begin on Tuesday, April 6. We hope you enjoy it!


The General’s Daughter

Today’s episode of The General’s Daughter (#90) is the final episode of the series. When we licensed the program, we were told there would be 92 episodes, but this was an error on the licensor’s part. We apologize for the last minute notification.

2021 New Year’s Programs

Please join us for a week of special programs to celebrate the New Year. Each night from January 1-7, KIKU will air specials ranging from mysteries to the mysterious, beloved favorites to soon-to-become new favorites, and dramas featuring well-known, as well as unlikely stars.

One program you will not see is the Red and White Song Contest (Kohaku Utagassen). The pandemic altered the format of the song contest, eliminating a live audience. With a lack of details about the new format and participants, we made the heartbreaking and tough decision to forego the program in 2021.

In the Chinese zodiac, 2021 is the year of the ox. The ox is known for facing difficulties fearlessly and for its traits of endurance and determination. No matter what year you were born, these are qualities we could all benefit from in 2021.

Happy New Year to all of you and please stay healthy and safe.

For more information about the special programs, please click here.

Can You Hear Us Now?

Last Friday night at 10pm, we had a power outage while some equipment maintenance was being performed. When power was restored a few hours later, we worked on getting all our signals back up, and by Saturday morning, we confirmed our over-the-air signal was fine, as were the feeds going to Charter and Hawaiian Tel cable systems. (DISH and DirecTV take our over-the-air signal.)

However, later in the day we  learned that DISH and DirecTV subscribers were not getting audio due to a system incompatibility between the audio we feed and the audio they process.

That problem has since been resolved. However, if you are still having audio problems, please send me an email ( to let me know. In your email, please let me know how you are receiving KIKU: over the air, by cable (Charter or Hawaiian Tel), or by satellite (DISH or DirecTV). Thank you.

Why we can re-air some programs and can’t re-air others

Many viewers write me with their suggestions to re-air programs we aired in the past. I receive suggestions all the time from people asking us to replay old taiga dramas or Oshin or old samurai dramas. Conversely, I also receive comments asking why we are re-airing programs we recently aired, like Lone Wolf with Cub or Seven Detectives.

I thought it would help to explain why we can re-air some programs and cannot re-air others.

You see, we don’t own the programs we air. We license them from rights holders and each program we license comes with strict terms that govern the dates and number of times we must run the program. This is why we can’t just pull old programs we’ve aired before off the shelf to air again anytime we choose. Once a license expires, we don’t have that option. We would need to re-license the programs and pay a fee all over again. The programs we are re-airing right now fall within our license agreement terms and have to be re-aired.

Still, I love hearing your suggestions about programs you’d like to see. It helps serve as a guide when we are researching new programs to license. Please keep your suggestions coming.

Ja ne, Phyllis

Confusion about Lone Wolf with Cub

KIKU began airing the Lone Wolf with Cub series in 2018. There are three seasons of this program and we just completed airing the third and final season. Once season one was completed, we re-aired it in its entirety before we aired season two. When season two ended, we re-aired it in its entirety before beginning season three. Now that season three has ended, we’ll be re-airing it, too. This has some people confused because the final episode of season three was obviously very final. But we will be re-airing it beginning this Friday night.

Many people were also confused by a comment Retsudo made in the final episode. He called Daigoro his grandson, leaving many people wondering if there was some blood connection between them. But from what we understand, Retsudo was referring to Daigoro as “grandson of my heart” versus a blood relative.

Hope you enjoyed this series and will watch it again. Please share with us who your favorite character was. Will anyone say Abe?

Ja, ne.

KIKU TV Office Closure

Stay at Home order started and KIKU TV decided to close our office until 9/27.
All our employees are working from home and still have access to emails and voicemail messages.

If you need to contact us, please email us at

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

And please stay SAFE!!

  • List of Channels

    Over-the-air: 20.1
    Charter Hawaii/Spectrum  9 Oahu and Channel 10 in Big Island, Maui and Kauai Counties and HD 1009 (All Islands)

    Hawaiian Telcom: 20 Digital and HD 1020
    DISH: 20 HD
    DirecTV: 20 HD
    Over-the-air: 20.2

    Over-the-air: 20.3

    Over-the-air: 20.4