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.
Names in bold denote team captains
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)
- [2013.04.19] HaKaTa Hyakkaten (HaKaTa百貨店)
- [2013.07.06] HKT48 TeamH 1st stage "Te wo Tsunaginagara" (HKT48 TeamH 1st stage 「手をつなぎながら」)
- [2013.08.28] HaKaTa Hyakkaten 2 Go Kan (HaKaTa百貨店2号館)
- [2013.09.25] AKB48 Group Rinji Sokai ~Shirokuro Tsukeyojyanaika!~ (HKT48 Tandoku Koen)
- [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」)
- [2012.03.01-] Team H 2nd Stage "Hakata Legend" (チームH 2nd Stage 「博多レジェンド」)
- [2012.09.30-2013.11.05] HKT48 Kenkyuusei 2nd Stage "PARTY ga Hajimaru yo"
- [2013.11.17-] HKT48 Kenkyuusei 3rd Stage "Nounai Paradise"
- [2013.11.02-] HKT48 Himawarigumi 1st Stage "Pajama Drive"