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Flickr/Jim Mullhaupt

More protections are on the way for the Hawaiian monk seal. Federal officials issued a final rule on the marine mammal’s critical habitat, expanding it by nearly 7,000 square miles. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the new rule could go a long way in helping the endangered species survive.

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Flickr/Guillaume Paumier

Dozens of tourism officials are meeting today in Waikīkī to discuss LGBT travel in Hawai‘i. Hotels, tour groups, and local businesses are hoping to better promote the islands as a destination for the gay market. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, many question whether the state tourism agency is doing enough.

Jack Law is no stranger to the LGBT traveler. His popular gay bar, Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, has been a mainstay at the edge of Waikīkī since 1974. He says back then, Hawai‘i was one of the top destinations for gay travelers.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hawai‘i longline fishermen have hit their annual limit for bigeye tuna in Pacific waters, in the Western and Central Pacific region on August 5 and more recently in the Eastern Pacific for larger vessels. That doesn’t mean there won’t be tuna at local stores and restaurants. But it does mean some changes. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Michael Keany
Michael Keany

Kaka‘ako is a neighborhood in transition, but not for the first time. A different kind of walking tour highlights the sights and sounds of an older Kaka‘ako. HPR’s Molly Solomon hit the pavement and has this report.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Two hospitals serving some of Oahu's most vulnerable patients are in financial crisis. Leahi and Maluhia hospitals have frozen admissions and are cutting staff. They're also reducing the number of available beds by 25-percent, a decision that will have a broader impact for medical care around the island. 

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Flickr/Thomas Shahan 3

New research suggests small-scale fisheries could have big benefits for local communities. That’s according to a new study that highlights the economic impact of community supported reef fisheries. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

It has attracted thousands of astronomers from around the world. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the International Astronomical Union hosted this year by Hawai‘i, is attracting some protesters as well.

Hawaii Department of Health
Hawaii Department of Health

The state and Matson Navigation Co. have agreed on a $15.4 million settlement. The Hawai‘i-based shipping company was responsible for a leak in 2013 that released more than 230,000 gallons of molasses, devastating coral and marine life in Honolulu Harbor.  And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, it’s one of the largest settlements of its kind.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hundreds of sailors and Marines were killed on board the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor. They were remembered at a ceremony Monday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, for hundreds of families, it’s a first step towards closure.

The only sounds at the service were the marching steps of an honor detail. The soldiers raised their arms in salute after draping an American flag over one of five coffins at the national cemetery, where they have laid for decades.

Rich Wlosinski
Rich Wlosinski

With an active hurricane season expected this year, communities in East Hawai‘i are once again focusing their efforts on the invasive albizia tree. Last year’s Tropical Storm Iselle toppled many of the trees, downing power lines, blocking roads and damaging homes. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, many are worried the next big storm could bring similar results.

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