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Solar Plane Lands Safely in Hawaii

A plane attempting to fly around the world, powered only by the sun, has landed safely in Hawai‘i. The 4,000 mile flight over the Pacific Ocean was the plane’s longest and most challenging leg. The Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg emerged from the cockpit, as the sun began to rise over Kalaeloa Airport outside Honolulu. Borschberg had spent the last 118 hours alone in the air, nearly five full days flying from Japan. The trip to Hawai‘i set new records, making it the longest non-stop solo flight...
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Checking DNA Against Elephants Hints At How Mammoths Got Woolly

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Solar Impulse
Solar Impulse

A plane attempting to fly around the world, powered only by the sun, has landed safely in Hawai‘i. The 4,000 mile flight over the Pacific Ocean was the plane’s longest and most challenging leg. 

The Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg emerged from the cockpit, as the sun began to rise over Kalaeloa Airport outside Honolulu. Borschberg had spent the last 118 hours alone in the air, nearly five full days flying from Japan.

courtesy chrissquire.com

This past weekend, a musical giant passed on. Bassist Chris Squire – founding member of English rock band Yes – passed away Sunday, a month after announcing that he was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. He was 67, and the British bass legend passed at his home in Phoenix, Arizona. Chris had performed on every Yes studio album, and was not just a fixture in the band, but legendary throughout the world of music for his talent.

This week Helping Hand connects with Habitat for Humanity, West Hawai'i County. Each week Helping Hand provides visibility to an organization, topic or event in the community that offers assistance to the disabled and other folks in need. It airs Fridays at 5:30pm on HPR1 stations statewide and appears in our online directory of resources here.

Daniel Ramirez / Flickr
Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

Continuing developments in Kaka‘ako remain a focus for many groups in Honolulu. One of them is the Hawai‘i Community Development Authority—which has a new slate of board members on the job for about three months. And they’re already showing they may take a different approach to certain aspects of the development.  Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Hawaii State Archives
Hawaii State Archives

This morning Hawai‘i welcomed the Solar Impulse 2, a sun-powered plane attempting to fly around the world without using a drop of fuel.  The plane landed at sunrise at Honolulu’s Kalaeloa Airport. The record-breaking journey is just the latest memorable flight in a state with a rich aviation history. HPR’s Molly Solomon takes a look back at the story of air travel in the islands.

Wayne Yoshioka

Communities across the state are establishing plans in the event of natural disasters.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited one of the neighborhoods on O’ahu preparing for the 2015 hurricane season.

noe tanigawa

  

  How is Hawai‘i Opera Theatre one of the most successful arts organizations in the state?  One key is, they reach about 25 thousand people a year with their education programs.  They have interisland tours, an adult studio, and a new young voices studio for high schoolers.  Yesterday, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visited the Opera Residency program at Niu Valley Middle School as they prepare for their big opening Monday.

See a free student performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute, Monday, July 6, 6pm at Niu Valley Middle School.

Wayne Yoshioka

Most of Hawai’i’s Congressional Delegation is back in Hawaii for the Independence Day weekend.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka caught up with two of them and filed this report.

International Hydropower Association / Flickr
International Hydropower Association / Flickr

Hawai‘i  has committed to an ambitious goal of using 100-percent renewable energy within thirty years. Part of that picture includes hydroelectric power. And a bill put forth by a representative from Kaua‘i would help increase the adoption of water power. From Kaua‘i, Scott Giarman has more.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i’s new Environmental Court system will be activated statewide July 1st.   It’s only the second specialized court of its kind in the nation, but has broad jurisdiction on almost everything dealing with the environment.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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