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All this week we’re taking a closer look at ‘ōpala across the islands, in a series we call “Trashing Paradise.” Today we shift our focus to the Big Island of Hawai‘i—where earlier this year, Mayor Billy Kenoi announced a change in plans for the island’s future. HPR’s Bill Dorman reports.

You can find our entire "Trashing Paradise" series here.

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NOAA Marine Debris Program / Flickr

HPR’s "Trashing Paradise" series continues with a look at the dangers of plastic runoff.

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Steven Guerrisi / Flickr

As we continue our series “Trashing Paradise,” we wanted to take a look at what happens to garbage near the ocean when it doesn’t go where it’s supposed to go.

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Smabs Sputzer / Flickr

In our continuing series "Trashing Paradise," we take a look at the continuing fight against littering and the illegal dumping of personal garbage.

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friendsofqueentheater.org Via historichawaii.org

A historic theater in Kaimuki may be getting an encore.

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Scientists with the University of Hawaii at Manoa are using Microbes to take a pulse on the ocean’s health. Photoautotrophes are light-loving bacteria that need solar energy to photosynthesize food.  Though these microbes are too small to see, they are the very basic element of the ocean’s food chain.  Scientists took samples from different areas, and discovered that the presence of morning light causes all the microbes to photosynthesize at the same.

Pi Day in Hawaii

Mar 13, 2015
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Tomorrow’s date is 3/14/15. 

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www.womenon20s.org

A group is working to put a female face onto the $20 bill.  

“Women on 20’s” launched a website that lets people vote for a number of women that fought for equal rights. The campaign has since gone viral on the internet and Facebook, collecting more than 25,000 votes since launching a week ago.

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Mayor Kirk Caldwell used his third state of the city address to talk about Honolulu’s rail project. He called rail “the big elephant in this very big, outdoor room” as he spoke to an early morning audience of invited guests yesterday at the Foster Botanical Garden.  The Mayor repeated his call to extend the  1/2% surcharge on the General Excise Tax indefinitely to pay for the rail project. He says it’s the best option available. 

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www.deathandtaxesmag.com

Valentine’s Day has come a long way from its roots.

The holiday traces its origins back to the Roman festival of Lupercalia. There, Women were whipped with the skins of sacrificed animals to gain fertility. On February 14th of two different years, Roman Emperor Claudius II executed two men both named Valentine.  Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church as the Celebration of St. Valentine’s Day. Eventually the church fused the day with Lupercalia in order to expel its pagan rituals.

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