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Wayne Yoshioka

Fact Check: Mayoral Candidates and Rail Transit

The completion of the Rail Transit System is the central issue in the race for Honolulu Mayor. But a Fact Check by HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reveals, the future of rail is not in the hands of the City’s chief executive.
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National and World News

In Fight Over N.D. Pipeline, Tribe Leader Calls For Peace And Prayers

Protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline have been raging for months, but tensions have been escalating. Recently, tribal leaders — led by Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II — called on the Department of Justice to look into what they describe as unnecessary use of force by state and local law enforcement.The tribe is going up against Energy Transfer Partners, an oil giant intending to build the $3.8 billion pipeline to carry more than a half-million barrels of oil a...
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Pacific Harp Project
Pacific Harp Project

A local group is attempting a new way to bridge the gap between the classical and the modern.  Pacific Harp Project combines the traditional repertoire of the harp with the improvisational nature of jazz.

Wayne Yoshioka

The completion of the Rail Transit System is the central issue in the race for Honolulu Mayor.   But a Fact Check by HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reveals, the future of rail is not in the hands of the City’s chief executive.

The Yardbirds are back in the state for a three-night run at the Blue Note in Waikiki starting Friday. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page were all guitarists for the band that were groundbreaking in their approach of mixing American blues with rocking improvisations, including climaxes that came to be known as "rave ups." Original member/drummer Jim McCarty spoke with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

Maui is getting a taste of Portuguese folk music this weekend with a performance by Fado singer Ramana Vieria.

Fado, which roughly translates to “Fate”, is a style best known for very delicate, melancholy, ballads about love and loss.  It’s often described as the Portuguese equivalent of “The Blues”… and went on to influence Bossa Nova and some Hawaiian music. with roots traced back  to the 1920’s.


Hawai‘i Island Mayor Billy Kenoi testified in his own defense Wednesday. The criminal trial against the Big Island mayor for the alleged misuse of his government issued purchasing card entered its fifth day. Kenoi took the stand, appearing emotional, as he recounted his family and upbringing in Kalapana.


Fall Fund Drive

Fall Fund Drive

(updated 10/21 18:50 Final Tally)
Goal: $936,000
Raised: $872,162
To Go: $63,838
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HPR-Produced Talk Shows

Kirk Cadwell
Kirk Caldwell

Town Square: Mayor Kirk Caldwell

Some think he has the race all sewn up. And while Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell hopes that's true, whoever is declared Mayor on Nov 8 will still have to face the issues voters want fixed. This afternoon on Town Square an open line to Kirk Caldwell.
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Kulani Cone Updates

The Kulani Cone transmitter has been turned on and the new frequency for HPR-1, which is co-located on this tower, is now operating at low power. While we continue to test the HPR-1 signal, Hawaiʻi island residents can now also find their HPR-1 programming on 89.1 FM. Even at low power, the signal is much stronger than the original one (at 91.1) broadcasting from Mountain View.

Once the FCC completes its approvals for the new KANO (HPR-1) signal, we will be able to turn on the new KAHU (HPR-2) channel on 91.3 FM.

Hawaiian Word of the Day

Kiʻi means “picture, a photo, a doll, statue, any image.” It also means “to fetch something” and both are common usage. Such as E kiʻi ʻoe ke kiʻi – fetch the picture.

HPR-Produced Music Shows

B-Sides and Beyond

Fridays at 10 PM on HPR-2. We're really not sure what Jon is doing in the basement on Friday nights. He has assured us not to worry. (We're worried) Take a journey down the yellow brick road of music from Abba to Zappa and most everything in between. A genre' busting music show that stretches the boundaries where ever possible and a chance to dust off the old nuggets and other songs that deserve our attention.
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