We propose to observe 80 Hipparcos K giants to study solar-like oscillations. Of these stars, 65 have good parallaxes (5-20%). Kepler is going to observe many red giants but will not be able to measure parallaxes for any of them (unsaturated K giants will have parallaxes well below 1 mas). It therefore makes sense to include the sample of K giants that have good Hipparcos parallaxes. The remaining 15 stars in our target list have been the subject of ground-based studies to determine their parameters. According to KIC10, most of them are metal-poor. Including these 80 stars in the list of K giants to be observed by Kepler should allow us to increase scientific returns from the asteroseismology program.