Shortly after the debut of AKB48's first sister group SKE48, a tabloid reported that Akimoto Yasushi was looking at expanding with a new group in Fukuoka. However, no further details were presented and it appeared as though the project was scrapped.
In May 2011, however, it was announced that Akimoto would be having auditions for a new group in Hakata, called HKT48. At AKB48's concert in Seibu Dome, the first generation of HKT48 made their first appearance, and they began performing regularly in their theater in November.
In February 2012, 16 girls were chosen as Team H.
HKT48 released their debut single Suki! Suki! Skip! on March 20, 2013. On April 27, 2013 they held their first solo live concert at the Nippon Budokan becoming the group with the shortest time from CD debut to performing at the venue.
On January 11, 2014 at the first day of the ~HKT48 Kyushu 7 Prefectures Tour~ it was announced that HKT48 will be shuffled and Team KIV will be created.
Names with an asterisk (*) denote that the member has announced their graduation.
- Komori Yui (Withdrew August 18, 2012)
- Sugamoto Yuko (Withdrew August 18, 2012)
- Taniguchi Airi (Withdrew August 18, 2012)
- Kusaba Manami (Graduated April 30, 2015)
- Goto Izumi (Graduated October 31, 2015)
- Umemoto Izumi (Graduated December 27, 2015)
- Ito Raira (Graduated February 29, 2016)
- Okada Kanna (Graduated March 22, 2016)
- Kimoto Kanon (Revoked March 26, 2015)
- Eto Sayaka (Withdrew August 18, 2012)
- Nakanishi Ayaka (Withdrew August 18, 2012)
- Abe Kyoka (Graduated December 30, 2013)
- Sashihara Rino with AKB48 Team 8 (指原莉乃 with AKB48 Team 8)
- Senbatsu (選抜)
- Amakuchi Hime (あまくち姫)
- Umakuchi Hime (うまくち姫)
- Blueberry Pie (ブルーベリーパイ)
- Popcorn Children (ポップコーンチルドレン)
- Sweet you
AKB48 Senbatsu Events
Senbatsu Janken Taikai
- [2012.09.18] AKB48 29th Single Senbatsu Janken Taikai
- [2013.07.06] HKT48 TeamH 1st stage "Te wo Tsunaginagara" ~studio recording~ (HKT48 TeamH 1st stage 「手をつなぎながら」)
- [2013.03.20] Suki! Suki! Skip! (スキ! スキ! スキップ!; Like! Like! Skip!)
- [2013.09.04] Melon Juice (メロンジュース)
- [2014.03.12] Sakura, Minna de Tabeta (桜、みんなで食べた ; The Sakura Everyone Ate Together)
- [2014.09.24] Hikaeme I love you! (控えめI love you!; Humbly I Love You)
- [2015.04.22] 12 Byou (12秒; 12 Seconds)
- [2015.11.25] Shekarashika! (しぇからしか!; Annoying!) (feat. Kishidan)
- [2016.04.13] 74 Okubun no 1 no Kimi e (74億分の1の君へ; To the 1 in a 7.4 Billion You)
- [2013.07.06] HKT48 TeamH 1st stage "Te wo Tsunaginagara" (HKT48 TeamH 1st stage 「手をつなぎながら」)
- [2013.09.25] AKB48 Group Rinji Sokai ~Shirokuro Tsukeyojyanaika!~ (HKT48 Tandoku Koen)
- [2014.01.09] Team H 2nd Stage "Hakata Legend" (チームH 2nd Stage「博多レジェンド」)
- [2014.11.12] HKT48 Arena Tour ~Kawaii Ko ni wa Motto Tabi wo Saseyo~ Umi no Nakamichi Kaihin Koen (HKT48 アリーナツアー～可愛い子にはもっと旅をさせよ～ 海の中道海浜公園)
- [2015.04.14] HKT48 Zenkoku Tour ~Zenkoku Touitsu Owattoran ken ~Bangai-hen in Taipei & Hong Kong (HKT48 全国ツアー ～全国統一終わっとらんけん～ 番外編 in 台北＆香港)
- [2015.06.16] HKT48 Gekijou 3 Shuunenkinen Tokubetsu Kouen (HKT48 劇場3周年記念特別公演)
- [2015.10.14] HKT48 Zenkoku Tour ~Zenkoku Toitsu Owattoranken~ FINAL in Yokohama Arena (HKT48全国ツアー～全国統一終わっとらんけん～ FINAL in 横浜アリーナ)
- [2015.10.14] HKT48 Zenkoku Tour ~Zenkoku Toitsu Owattoranken~ FINAL in Yokohama Arena BEST SELECTION (HKT48全国ツアー～全国統一終わっとらんけん～ FINAL in 横浜アリーナ BEST SELECTION)
- [2016.02.06] HKT48 Sashihara Raino Zacho Koen at Meijiza / Hakataza (HKT48指原莉乃座長公演 at 明治座/博多座)
- [2012.02.04-2013.02.02] Team H 1st Stage "Te wo Tsunaginagara" (チームH 1st Stage 「手をつなぎながら」)
- [2013.03.01-2014.04.17] Team H Waiting Stage "Hakata Legend" (チームH Waiting Stage 「博多レジェンド」)
- [2014.04.23-2014.10.30] Team H 2nd Stage "Seishun Girls" (チームH 2nd Stage 「青春ガールズ」)
- [2014.11.09-] HKT48 Team H 3rd Stage "Saishuu Bell ga Naru" (チームH 3rd Stage 「最終ベルが鳴る」)
- [2014.05.08-] Team KIV 1st Stage "Theater no Megami" (チームKIV 1st Stage 「シアターの女神」)
- [2011.11.26-2012.03.02] HKT48 Kenkyuusei 1st Stage "Te wo Tsunaginagara"
- [2012.09.30-2013.11.05] HKT48 Kenkyuusei 2nd Stage "PARTY ga Hajimaru yo"
- [2013.11.17-2014.04.21] HKT48 Kenkyuusei 3rd Stage "Nounai Paradise"
- [2013.11.02-2015.12.14] HKT48 Himawarigumi 1st Stage "Pajama Drive"
- [2015.12.19-] HKT48 Himawarigumi 2nd Stage "Tadaima Renaichuu"
- [2013.02.02] Tsunagirl
- [2013.08.24] Himitsu
- [2015.11.28] Majisuka Gakuen 0 Kisarazu Rantouhen
- [2016.01.29] Ozaki Shihainin ga Naita Yoru DOCUMENTARY of HKT48
Musicals / Plays
- [2015.04.08 - 2015.04.23] HKT48 Sashihara Rino Zachou Kouen at Meijiza
- [2015.08.15 - 2015.08.30] HKT48 Sashihara Rino Zachou Kouen at Hakataza