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Daniel Ramirez / Flickr
Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

You’re probably familiar with the luxury high-rises going up in Honolulu’s Kaka‘ako neighborhood - but you may not know about the latest addition: an ice skating rink.

The Ward Entertainment complex plans to add an outdoor ice rink into the courtyard of the historic IBM building.  Admission to the 4,200 square-foot outdoor rink will be around fifteen dollars for 1.5 hours – and includes skate rental.

Todd Apo is the Vice President of Community Development from The Howard Hughes Corporation. 

U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr
U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr

Last spring, HPR News reported on the state of landfills around Hawai‘i.

One issue of concern on every island is green waste—including food.  In fact, the US Agriculture Department says food waste is the single biggest contributor to municipal landfills across the country.  It’s joining with the Environmental Protection Agency and private sector partners to reduce food waste—with a specific goal.  Just last month, the federal government announced a national target:  to cut food waste in half by the year 2030.

Michael Coghlan / Flickr
Michael Coghlan / Flickr

On this Aloha Friday, you may be looking forward to a variety of weekend activities. But for prisoners, the highlight of a weekend is often visitations from family members.  A year ago, those visits were consistently cancelled - now they take place on a routine basis.

Following Up: Fighting to Dance on Maui

Oct 6, 2015
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All this week, HPR News is taking another look at stories large and small that we’ve covered over the past year or so, in a series we’re calling “Following Up.”

J.D.Griggs, USGS
J.D.Griggs, USGS

For the first time in more than thirty years, scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have raised the alert level for Mauna Loa.

The elevation from normal to advisory indicates the volcano is showing signs of activity that are greater than normal levels.  Seismic stations have recorded heightened levels of shallow, small magnitude earthquakes beneath the summit of the upper south-west rift zone.  Janet Babb is a Geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. 

University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu Center for Labor Education and Research
University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu Center for Labor Education and Research

A new documentary is capturing the music of Hawai‘i’s plantation history.

Japanese workers cutting sugar cane passed the time and dealt with difficult conditions by improvising songs called “Holehole Bushi”.

The name roughly translates to “dried cane leaf song”, and they became musical windows into the hardships of early plantation life

But the songs were almost forgotten as workers left the fields for the city.  Their memory was preserved in recordings from a music teacher named Harry Urata who recorded hundreds of examples in the early 80’s.

National Tsunami Warning Center
National Tsunami Warning Center

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has dropped the tsunami advisory for Oʻahu and Maui County as officials saw conditions were no threat to the state.  

Based on all available data, a major tsunami is not expected to strike the state.  However - sea level changes and strong currents may occur along all coasts and could be a hazard to swimmers and boaters as well as to people near the shore.  The threat may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival. 

Gregory "Slobirdr" Smith / Flickr
Gregory "Slobirdr" Smith / Flickr

The US Navy has agreed to limit its use of sonar and explosive training off the coast of Hawai‘i and Southern California that may harm marine life.

A lawsuit filed in 2013 by environmental group Earthjustice challenged the National Marine Fisheries’ five-year permit for testing. 

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

The proposed merger between Hawaiian Electric and NextEra is generating dialogue about what Hawai‘i’s sustainable energy future should look like.

Pixabay Commons
Pixabay Commons

The muggy weather and soaring temperatures are setting records across the state.  And inside ‘Ewa Beach schools – classroom temperatures hover around 93-degrees and can go upwards of 108-degrees.

Parents of students at James Campbell High School are organizing a drive this Saturday called “Be Cool 4 Campbell” to gather new (or gently used) fans for classrooms.  Fans can be dropped off at the school from 9am till 1pm or the Kapolei K-Mart from 9am till 5pm.

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