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Originally from Torino, Italy, Roberta Gambarini is a rising star in contemporary jazz. The vocalist, these days based in New York, is touring behind the collaborative effort "Connecting Spirits" she released with Jimmy and Tootie Heath.

This week on Helping Hand we’re welcoming back the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawai‘i. Honolulu’s two Ronald McDonald Houses are in continual operation for families that must come to the Honolulu area seeking specialized medical treatments for their children’s catastrophic illnesses. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawai`i Public Relations Manager Gene Davis speaks with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  

  In 1985, Japan’s Prince Hitachi planted the cherry trees fronting Leilehua High School to celebrate the centennial  of Japanese immigration to Hawai‘i.  He was contributing to the hundreds of sakura that now bloom every spring in Wahiawā ---depending on the weather.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found many of the trees trace back to one ancestor from Okinawa via Waipi‘o.

Like many city and states across the country, Hawaii hopes to position itself as a paradise for tech start-ups.  As Pacific Business News has found, there may be another way forward.  Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

There’s been a concerted effort of the part of both the public and private sectors in Hawai‘i to create a sustainable tech startup environment.  There are a lot of good reasons to do so.  It would diversify the economy, create more high-paying tech jobs, and who knows, perhaps Hawai‘i could be home to the next Facebook.

The state agency responsible for improving the well-being of Native Hawaiians is asking the legislature to lift a decade-old funding restriction.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Originally from Torino, Italy, Roberta Gambarini is a rising star in contemporary jazz. The vocalist, these days based in New York, is touring behind the collaborative effort "Connecting Spirits" she released with Jimmy and Tootie Heath.

This week on Helping Hand we’re welcoming back the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawai‘i. Honolulu’s two Ronald McDonald Houses are in continual operation for families that must come to the Honolulu area seeking specialized medical treatments for their children’s catastrophic illnesses. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawai`i Public Relations Manager Gene Davis speaks with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  

  In 1985, Japan’s Prince Hitachi planted the cherry trees fronting Leilehua High School to celebrate the centennial  of Japanese immigration to Hawai‘i.  He was contributing to the hundreds of sakura that now bloom every spring in Wahiawā ---depending on the weather.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found many of the trees trace back to one ancestor from Okinawa via Waipi‘o.

Like many city and states across the country, Hawaii hopes to position itself as a paradise for tech start-ups.  As Pacific Business News has found, there may be another way forward.  Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

There’s been a concerted effort of the part of both the public and private sectors in Hawai‘i to create a sustainable tech startup environment.  There are a lot of good reasons to do so.  It would diversify the economy, create more high-paying tech jobs, and who knows, perhaps Hawai‘i could be home to the next Facebook.

The state agency responsible for improving the well-being of Native Hawaiians is asking the legislature to lift a decade-old funding restriction.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Global Reactions / Flickr
Global Reactions / Flickr

Toyota will discontinue its line of Scion cars later this year.

Scion was formed in 2003 to attract a younger American market with experimental designs and easily customizable body kits. You may remember the infamous “toaster shaped” XB model. Although more a million cars were sold nationally, several years of slumping sales and a lack of connection to the intended market are being blamed for the decision.

But here in Hawai‘i, local dealerships sold more than 12,000 Scion cars, with half of those sales going to people under the age of 35.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Say goodbye to the Year of the Goat. Starting Monday, we’ll officially enter the Year of the Monkey. Lions and dragons will take to the streets this weekend in Chinatown to ring in the Lunar New Year.

Festival officials say the event brings tens of thousands of tourists and local residents to the area, where everything from good luck charms to char siu jin dui is for sale. Leonard Kam is the past president of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i. He’s chairing this year’s Chinese New Year Festival.

Wayne Yoshioka

Some state lawmakers try to enact laws to improve the health of the people they serve.   But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, sometimes their good intentions backfire.  

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  

  William S. Merwin was United States Poet Laureate in 2010. He’s received numerous awards, including two Pulitzers, for his work as a poet, translator and environmental activist.  Over the last 30 years, Merwin and his wife, Paula, have been developing an internationally recognized palm garden on Maui.  Just recently, the Merwins established a conservancy to ensure the garden’s perpetuation, and they are developing programs to make it a beacon for both environmentalists and artists.

Robert Linsdell / Flickr
Robert Linsdell / Flickr

The popular Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on Kauai closed its gates to the public on January 17th.  It’s not expected to re-open until the end of April.  Scott Giarman on Kauai has more on the reasons for the closing and the Refuge’s plans for visitors during the closing period.

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