• K5 (general)
  • Telemundo Hawaii (DT2)
First air date
1988; 36 years ago (1988)[1]
Former call signs
  • KVHF (1988–1992)
  • KLEI (1992–2012)
  • KLEI-TV (2012–2018)
  • KSIX-TV (2018–2020)
Former channel number(s)
Analog: 6/87.7 FM (VHF, 1988–2009)
Call sign meaning
Prior station using this call sign broadcast on channel 5; .1 subchannel is branded K5
Technical information[2]
Licensing authority
Facility ID664
ERP5.5 kW
HAAT825 m (2,707 ft)
Transmitter coordinates19°43′4″N 155°55′6″W / 19.71778°N 155.91833°W / 19.71778; -155.91833 (KFVE)
Public license information
Satellite station
  • 21.1 Independent
  • 21.2: Telemundo
OwnerMango Broadcasting Company, LLC
OperatorGray Television via LMA
First air date
June 15, 1993 (31 years ago) (1993-06-15)
Former call signs
KWHM (1991–2018)
Former channel number(s)
Analog: 21 (UHF, 1993–2009)
  • Independent (1993–1995)
  • The WB (1995–1998)
  • LeSEA (1998–2018)
  • Religious Independent (2018)
  • Telemundo (2018–2023; now on DT2)
Technical information[3]
Facility ID37105
ERP23.5 kW
HAAT755 m (2,477 ft)
Transmitter coordinates20°39′25.5″N 156°21′35.8″W / 20.657083°N 156.359944°W / 20.657083; -156.359944 (KLEI)
Public license information

KFVE (channel 6) is a television station licensed to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States, which relays the second and sixth digital subchannels of Honolulu-based NBC affiliate KHNL (channel 13). It is owned by Gray Television alongside KHNL and CBS affiliate KGMB (channel 5). The stations share studios on Waiakamilo Road in Honolulu's Kapālama neighborhood; KFVE's transmitter is located near Kalaoa, Hawaii.

KFVE serves a 7,954-square-mile (20,601 km2) area, and covers an estimated population of 71,400.[4][5] The station's programming is also seen on satellite station KLEI, channel 21 in Wailuku which is owned by Mango Broadcasting and operated by Gray under a local marketing agreement (LMA).


The station went on the air in 1988[1] as KVHF, a satellite of Mauna Kea Broadcasting's KMGT channel 26, and changed its call letters to KLEI on March 9, 1992.[6] The station was affiliated with Pax TV/i/Ion (as a satellite of KPXO-TV),[1] and later with The Family Channel in 2011.[7]

On October 19, 2012, KLEI was granted statewide must-carry status on the Oceanic Time Warner Cable (now Spectrum) and Hawaiian Telcom cable services, provided it delivers a good quality signal to the cable television headends.[8]

In late 2017, KLEI dropped its Family Channel affiliation and became Hawaii's first over-the-air affiliate of Spanish-language network Telemundo, filling a void in the market for a Spanish language station that opened up when KHLU-CD (a Univision affiliate) ceased operations in 2016. Shortly after assuming the Telemundo affiliation, KLEI became available on all cable systems in Hawaii for the first time.

On December 3, 2018, the station's call sign changed to KSIX-TV.

On July 8, 2020, Gray Television, owner of Honolulu-based stations KGMB and KHNL and their satellites, agreed to purchase KSIX-TV for $1 million, pending approval of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Maui-based satellite KLEI was not included in the sale.[9] The transaction was finalized on September 9.[10] The call letters of KSIX-TV and Hilo's KFVE were switched on November 13.


The stations' signals are multiplexed:

Subchannels of KFVE[11] and KLEI[12]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
6.1 21.1 720p 16:9 KFVE-DT KHNL-DT2 (K5)
6.2 21.2 480i Telemundo Telemundo (KHNL-DT6)


  1. ^ a b c Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2005 (PDF). 2005. p. B-45. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  2. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KFVE". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  3. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KLEI". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  4. ^ "Digital TV Market Listing for KFVE". RabbitEars.Info. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  5. ^ "Coverage Maps KLEI-TV (25-1) BLCDT-20120424AAT". RabbitEars.Info. April 24, 2012. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  6. ^ "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  7. ^ "The Family Channel - Where to Watch". The Family Channel, LLC. Archived from the original on June 14, 2016. Retrieved October 17, 2017.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  8. ^ "Order Denying Market Mod. Petition And Granting Must Carry Petitions". Federal Communications Commission. October 19, 2012. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  9. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. July 8, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  10. ^ "Consummation Notice", CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, September 11, 2020, Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  11. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KFVE
  12. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KLEI