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Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Governor David Ige announced plans to clear new homeless camps in Kaka‘ako. The 130 people living on state park land will have three weeks to move before sweeps begin in November. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the Governor’s plan relies on help from those who work with the homeless. 

Oiwi TV / Sam Kapoi
Oiwi TV / Sam Kapoi

Halfway around the world: that’s how far the voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a has traveled since it left the islands last year. The canoe is now making its way down the coast of South Africa toward Cape Town. We caught up with crew member Billy Richards as part of our ongoing series, Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Follow the two voyaging canoes on Google Maps:

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

All this week we’ve been returning to stories we’ve covered in the past, it’s part of our series “Following Up.” Yesterday we brought you the story of two women and what life has been like for them after prison. Their experiences behind bars sparked a passion to help ease the transition for other women. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with them recently and has this report.

TEDxHonolulu
TEDxHonolulu

All this week, Hawai‘i Public Radio is revisiting stories we’ve covered in the past to bring you up to date with the latest developments. It’s a series we call “Following Up.” Today we return to a story of two formerly incarcerated women who are struggling to adjust to life on the outside.

Michele Reynolds/USGS
Michele Reynolds/USGS

Rising sea level and climate change could leave some atolls in the Pacific and Indian Ocean uninhabitable. That’s according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, researchers worry that could happen sooner than you think.

The study was recently published in Nature’s Scientific Reports journal.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

It’s been nearly a year since tourism officials funded a plan to tackle Waikīkī’s homeless problem. Now they’re looking to expand the model to neighbor islands, starting first on Maui. HPR’s Molly Solomon has an update.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The U.S. Interior Department is moving forward with a proposed rule that could lead to federal recognition of Native Hawaiians. The announcement comes one year after Department officials led a series of listening sessions across the state and on the mainland. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the decision now lies with the Native Hawaiian community to decide what it wants.

Oiwi TV / Naalehu Anthony
Oiwi TV / Naalehu Anthony

Preparations are underway as voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a plans to embark on the next leg of its sail around the world. We checked in with crew member Billy Richards, who was on the original 1976 voyage to Tahiti and has been involved with Hōkūle‘a ever since. It’s part of our ongoing series: Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Follow the voyaging canoe online on Google Maps:

Flickr / Eric Rolph
Flickr / Eric Rolph

Sweltering summer temperatures have put the heat on the Department of Education to cool Hawai‘i classrooms. The DOE says they’re installing 250 portable AC units across the state. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, some experts are hoping the department will also consider long term solutions to beat the heat.

Whether it’s a classroom or an office, when you’re talking about hot buildings, a good place to start is the roof, says Stephen Allen, an HPU professor who teaches courses in sustainable building. “Most of the heat gain for the buildings comes in through the roof.”

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The state Department of Health is unveiling an updated plan for the Hawai‘i State Hospital, that would more than double the amount of available beds for patients. The new plan includes a 144-bed state of the art facility, designed to ease overcrowding and improve safety for patients and staff.

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