In 1972 the radio program Ka Leo Hawaiʻi (The Hawaiian Voice), was broadcast on KCCN-AM. It was originally conceived as a 30-minute, bi-weekly program on Sundays, but due to popular demand it was soon extended to a weekly hour-long format. Ka Leo Hawaiʻi was a general interest talk show consisting of interviews with native speakers. Larry Kimura, one of the program’s founders, describes the show as an effort to “help and support Hawaiian language students to get their ears used to hearing the Hawaiian language.” Ka Leo Hawaiʻi aired for 16 years, ending in 1988. ----- Making Waves: Hawaiian Language On The Air (http://www.culturalsurvival.org/publications/cultural-survival-quarterly/making-waves-hawaiian-language-air) accessed June 29, 2015.
In 1991, the show was revived, again as a weekly one-hour program, this time hosted by interviewers Puakea Nogelmeier, Tuti Kanahele, and Hauʻoli Akaka. Per Puakea Nogelmeier, radio time was purchased by private donations from ʻAhahui ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (the Hawaiian Language Association) and Grace Pacific Corporation; the interviewers were volunteers.