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SOI / Michelle Schwengel-Regala
SOI / Michelle Schwengel-Regala

A research ship in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is not the kind of place where you would expect to find artists. But a new partnership is bringing together art and science through a residency program on board The Falkor, part of the Schmidt Ocean Institute. HPR’s Molly Solomon caught up with a local fiber artist who was able to hop aboard.

Governor David Ige
Governor David Ige

Hawaii Gov. David Ige delivered his State of the State address to the 2016 legislature, raising issues that ranged from government spending, affordable housing, homelessness, prisons, and our public hospitals. The following is a transcript from this morning’s speech:

Speaker Souki, President Kouchi, former governors, distinguished justices of the courts, representatives of our congressional delegation, members of the Hawaii State Legislature, county mayors and other elected officials, honored guests, family and friends,

Good morning and aloha.

Thirty Meter Telescope Corp.
Thirty Meter Telescope Corp.

The future of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Hawai‘i Island’s Mauna Kea remains uncertain. Construction has been halted on the project since protests began last April. And in December, Hawaii's Supreme Court ruled the permit invalid, sending the matter back for a new contested case hearing.

U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Coast Guard

After a 5-day rescue mission, U.S. Coast Guard captain Jim Jenkins announced that the search for 12 missing Marines off O‘ahu’s north shore has been suspended. “We’ve looked at all search efforts by all agencies. We’ve looked at the data and metrics, developments and particular circumstances of this case,” said Jenkins late Tuesday afternoon. “Based on this careful analysis, I’m announcing that the Coast Guard intends to suspend active search efforts tonight at sunset.”

U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Coast Guard

The search continues for 12 missing marines after two military helicopters crashed late Thursday off O‘ahu’s north shore. Coast Guard Captain Jim Jenkins said there are no plans to call off the mission and still believes there’s hope for survivors. “We’ve been searching 24 hours a day since we were notified and got on scene,” said Jenkins. “We are dedicated to trying to locate and bring back these service members.”

U.S. Marine Corps
U.S. Marine Corps

A search and rescue mission is underway on O‘ahu’s North Shore after 2 Marine Corps helicopters crashed Thursday evening during a routine training exercise off Hale‘iwa.

The Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received notification of two downed CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters Thursday evening at 11:38 p.m. each with six personnel aboard.  Officials confirmed all 12 people are still missing.

Flickr / Tchami
Flickr / Tchami

Most people in Hawai‘i are familiar with the Hawaiian green sea turtle, frequently spotted on island beaches. Far less common is its cousin, the hawksbill turtle. With only 100 breeding adults left in Hawaii, much is still unknown about the endangered species. But recent research suggests the answers may lie in its shell.  HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Rep. Cynthia Thielen
Rep. Cynthia Thielen

It’s been a big week for agriculture in the state: the island’s last sugar plantation announced plans to close this year. But one state lawmaker sees an opportunity for a different kind of crop. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

One element of homelessness that doesn’t always get a lot of attention: the impact on young children, and in particular their education. There’s a group on Oahu that focuses on providing free preschool for homeless children and families. HPR’s Molly Solomon paid a visit and has this report.

About a dozen families stand in a circle, holding hands as they sing their morning pule, or prayer. They’re by a parking lot for a pair of homeless shelters in Kapolei. That’s where many of these families are living.

Flickr / Averain
Flickr / Averain

Hawai‘i’s last sugar plantation is closing. Alexander and Baldwin announced Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company on Maui will stop producing sugar by the end of the year. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports...

Once upon a time in Hawai‘i, sugar was king. The industry powered politics, wealth, and helped form the identity of the Aloha State’s population. The closing of the sugar operations of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company signifies the end of an era.

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