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Bars and restaurants in Oahu’s Chinatown district are drawing attention to a piece of legislation that would limit the volume levels of their establishments.

Honolulu Museum of Art
Honolulu Museum of Art

  

  Hawaiian history buffs will have one last chance to view a beautiful artifact with a tragic history.

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Wikipedia Commons

  

A new book is shedding light on how sailors exploring Polynesia were able to communicate with the locals.

Governor David Ige
Governor David Ige

Hawaii Gov. David Ige delivered his first State of the State address, raising issues that ranged from government spending, education, economic growth and energy. The following is a transcript from this morning’s speech:

Mister Speaker, Madame President, former governors, distinguished justices of the courts, representatives of our congressional delegation, members of the Hawaii State Legislature, other elected officials, honored guests, family and friends,

Aloha.

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Wikipedia Commons

Coffee farmers in Kona are challenging the labeling laws for their products. The Kona Coffee Farmers Association has sent out a petition to support Hawaii County resolution 501-14.  Advocates want the minimum percentage of Kona coffee changed to 51%.  Currently, blended coffee must have a minimum of 10% of beans sourced locally to carry the “Kona” name.

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The flu season is hitting Hawaii residents a little harder than usual this year.  Hospitals and urgent care facilities are reporting an influx of people with flu symptoms.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the current vaccine is only 23% effective, but experts say that it shouldn’t stop people from getting them. Dr. Sarah Park is the Chief Epidemiologist for the Disease outbreak control division of Hawaii.  She says that the rising levels here match those on the mainland, but despite the numbers so far, this flu season is still developing. 

The Human Body Through Art

Jan 12, 2015
Kris Goto and Eric West
Kris Goto and Eric West

A downtown gallery is interpreting the human body through the style and design of two different artists. 

‘Ukulele History: One Instrument at a Time

Dec 26, 2014
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The ‘ukulele is unique part of the history and culture of Hawai‘i. Older instruments can tell their own stories—a fact that one collector wants to share with a broader audience both in the state and around the world. Jackie Young has his story.

Uber
Uber

A popular car service is expanding its operation to Maui.

Uber announced and expansion of its Uber X and high end Uber Black service to Maui. The company offers personal car service that’s summoned through a mobile app.  You bring out your phone, summon a car, and ride to your destination. Billing is handled directly through a credit card attached to the app so there is no cash transaction.

Thomas Linley Rattial
Thomas Linley Rattial

Scientists exploring the Marianas Trench returned to Hawaii with a few surprising discoveries.  An international team onboard the Falkor research vessel used deep sea vehicles to dive more than 34,000 feet. They studied how life adapts to ocean depths and the history of volcanic activity.

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