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Around 1,000 people are expected to gather in a few weeks to put the finishing touches on a historic Hawaiian fishpond. 

The Pani Ka Puka campaign has worked to restore the wall of the Paepae o He’eia fishpond in Kāne‘ohe bay. The organization has been working to restore the pond for more than thirteen years, and this event will complete and enclose the pond.  The project allows the community to learn the traditional Hawaiian aquaculture practice of trapping and raising fish.

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

Steel guitars have played an essential role in Hawaiian music since they were pioneered by musicians like Joseph Kekuku and Sol Ho‘opi‘i.  In the early nineteen-hundreds - Herman Weisseborn developed a new type of instrument by creating a square hollow neck on the guitar that increased the volume of the steel strings.  But the introduction of electric amplification made that acoustic style obsolete.

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Bielman

 The three-month holding period for the 31st annual “In Memory of Eddie Aikau” big wave surfing competition begins on December 1st.  The one-day big wave surfing event held in Waimea bay follows strict wave height requirements that mimic conditions Eddie Aikau liked to ride with faces of 40-feet and hold for at least eight hours.

Kim Steutermann Rogers
Kim Steutermann Rogers

The Department of Land and Natural Resources is reminding Kaua‘i residents to be mindful of Albatross breeding season between now and July.  Laysan albatross nest primarily in Hawai‘i - returning to the same breeding areas each year and laying only a single egg.  Their ground level nests make the birds and their young vulnerable to attacks from domesticated dogs and cats.

But the albatross are also vulnerable to a long term threat from climate change as rising oceans cover their nesting areas further up the Hawaiian chain.

Daniel Ramirez / Flickr
Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

Today is Black Friday – a day where many retailers see their margins go from the red into the black.

But this year more and more people are turning to the digital marketplace to gather up gifts.  A Google search on holiday shopping reveals that last year- 40% of holiday shopping occurred online…with more than half of consumers using a smartphone or tablet.

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Pixabay Commons

State health officials say the outbreak of Dengue Fever could last for months and are urging the public to take precautions.

The number of confirmed cases on Hawai‘i island has now risen to 88 as the infection hotspot has moved from South Kona to Ka’u.

Beginning this weekend workers will begin spraying insecticide in Kona and Hilo around schools and areas where infections have been reported.  But officials say the real effort begins at home – where people are being advised to wear mosquito-protective clothing and use bug spray.

The Lure of Korean Drama

Nov 18, 2015
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Wikipedia Commons

From time to time Hawai‘i Public Radio airs commentaries representing different viewpoints on various issues from around the islands. Today, Debra Toy Bressem returns with a perspective on the fervor surrounding Korean Drama in Hawaii.  You can read her companion article to this commentary in the November 2015 issue of Honolulu Magazine.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

Governor David Ige’s office has been flooded with hundreds of calls following his statement welcoming Syrian refugees.  

In a statement released earlier this week - Ige said “slamming the door would betray our values of Aloha.”  He added that his first priority is the safety of the American people – and no one would be admitted without being properly screened.

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Kapolei Commons

Kapolei is the fastest growing area on O‘ahu – and its mall is expanding to meet the demand.

The Kapolei Commons shopping center announced the addition of an entertainment complex to the existing area.  The new space will add more than seventy-thousand square feet to the current location.  Restaurants from Roy Yamaguchi, Gyu-kaku and La Tour Cafe will add more food options for shoppers. 

Revolution Books
Revolution Books

Honolulu’s oldest bookstore is settling into a new home.

For almost 40 years- Revolution Books has carried literature for UH Students as well as in political science, women’s studies, and workers’ rights. The little store has served as a community center as well – hosting discussions, poetry readings, and small concerts.

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