On January 1, 1996 KHNL swapped affiliations with KHON-TV (channel 2), becoming the NBC affiliate for Hawaii's market as part of a group affiliation deal with SF Broadcasting who purchased four stations (including KHON-TV) from Burnham Broadcasting and become Fox affiliates; KHNL then became known on-air as "NBC Hawaii News 8" (still on channel 13).
Variant used from 2008 to 2009, when the station began broadcasting its newscasts in high definition.
On October 26, 2009, KHNL changed its branding from "KHNL NBC 8" to "KHNL" (still NBC) to reflect its cable and satellite channel assignments (Hawaiian Telecom carried on channel 8, DirecTV and Dish Network carried on channel 13).
1 Raycom Media owns and operates these stations through American Spirit Media. 2 Raycom operates this station owned by MCG Capital Corporation under a shared services agreement. 3 Owned by Sander Media, LLC, operated through SSA by Raycom Media, joint sales agreement by TEGNA. 4 Raycom operates this station owned by Tucker Operating Co., LLC through a SSA. 5 Raycom operates this station owned by Tougaloo College through a SSA. 6 Raycom operates this station owned by The E.W. Scripps Company.