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Flickr / Bellevue Fine Art Repro
Flickr / Bellevue Fine Art Repro

It seems humpback whales aren’t in any rush to get to the islands. Each winter, more than 10,000 migrate from Alaska to Hawaii’s warmer waters to mate, birth and care for their young. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the whales are behind schedule.

A couple weeks ago, Ed Lyman got a call about a separated whale calf off Lahaina, Maui. He’s a response coordinator for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. “We responded, motoring to an offshore of Lahaina,” recalled Lyman. “We saw not a single whale the whole run, and then nothing on the way back.”

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

For many Japanese, early days of a New Year are a time to visit temples. And both in Japan and Hawai‘i, there’s a tradition of having small shrines at home, all year-round. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, in Hawai‘i, that’s changing.

It’s a busy morning for 32-year -old Gina Maeda-Caluya. She lets me into her Pearl City home where she lives with her mom and dad. Flour is tossed on the dining room table, as she prepares to make fresh mochi, a Japanese tradition to ring in the New Year.

Flickr / Alexodus
Flickr / Alexodus

Next summer Hawaii will debut its first medical marijuana dispensary system. But lawmakers say there are still many issues that need clarification. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Governor David Ige announced an extension to allow more time to sign up for health care under the Affordable Care Act. The special enrollment period will apply to Hawai‘i residents from countries of the Compact of Free Association, including Micronesia. The state now has until February 15 to enroll the 6000 COFA citizens who still need insurance. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources

Hundreds of thousands of native ohia trees are dying off because of a new fungus. The disease is spreading across the Big Island and state officials are hoping to contain it before it reaches other islands. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Flickr / Sanofi Pasteur
Flickr / Sanofi Pasteur

The number of cases of dengue fever on Hawaii Island continues to climb. Yesterday the Hawaii Department of Health confirmed 170 cases locally acquired since September. Until 2001, when it surfaced on Maui, the tropical disease hadn't been seen in Hawaii in more than 60 years.  As HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, this could mean dengue fever is on the rise in the U.S. and around the world.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The idea of art therapy is not a new concept. One local program has been around for more than two decades, helping 300 new patients this year alone. It’s proving so effective, that even after they finish their treatment, former patients still come back for the art. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Flickr / LuxTonnerre
Flickr / LuxTonnerre

An election to determine a way forward on self-governance for Native Hawaiians has been canceled. Still leaders from the group Naʻi Aupuni say they will go forward with a four-week long constitutional convention next year. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.
 

To avoid what could be years of litigation, organizers have terminated a vote some say may have been a path to Hawaiian nationhood. "No further votes will be accepted," said Kuhio Asam, the President of the group organizing the election, Naʻi Aupuni. "And no votes already cast will be counted."

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The clock is ticking for Hawai‘i residents who want to enroll in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. The deadline is tomorrow and the state is scrambling to sign people up in time. That’s a special challenge for more than 7,500 Hawai‘i residents from countries of the Compact of Free Association, including the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports the transition hasn’t always been easy.

Liquid Robotics
Liquid Robotics

Scientists are turning to new technologies to determine the health of Maunalua Bay. A new ocean robot is collecting data on everything from turbidity levels to pollutants in the water. HPR’s Molly Solomon took a boat tour of the bay and has this report.

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