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March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month and the state Department of Health is holding events throughout the month to raise awareness.


Honolulu rock act Kings of Spade have been on a mission, and guitarist Jessie Savio told HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about it. The band have taken their sound to the mainland for numerous tours, and even onto Europe, including an unusual number of outings with heavy prog rock legends King's X.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Tourism Authority hosted its Spring Marketing Update today.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the tourism industry does not appear to be slowing down.   

State Auditor Discusses Reviews of OHA, HTA

Mar 7, 2018
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The State Auditor’s most recent report flags a failing documents system and short-staffing at the Public Utilities Commission. Another flagged a communications breakdown in the Department of Health as well as problems with the state energy office. But it’s the findings of two agencies - the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Hawaii Tourism Authority that Les Kondo is particularly concerned about.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

A new car share program is gearing up for launch this summer in Honolulu. The Hui Car Share Program boasts all the benefits of owning a car without the cost or hassle. The program is still undergoing pilot testing, but as HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports, this could be a game changer for transportation in urban Honolulu.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State Legislature is nearing the halfway point when bills must clear the first hurdle in that process. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.  

Regulating Emotional Support Animals

Mar 6, 2018
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Dogs in service vests are an increasingly common sight in public spaces. But it may surprise you to learn that there is little legal regulation over the training and certification of service dogs and emotional support animals. Lawmakers here in Hawaiʻi are considering a bill that would begin to change that.

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This week on Stargazer, we have an update on an exciting new exoplanet discovery by the Hubble Space Telescope as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips for our report.


Hawaiʻi a National Leader in Captive Insurance Plans

Mar 5, 2018
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Even for those fortunate to hae it, health insurance can still be a significant monthly expense for many families. The same goes for the employers who provide coverage. But what if you no longer had to deal with co-pays and premiums? That is the reality for workers whose employers use a type of coverage called captive insurance.

Wayne Yoshioka

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the medical aid in dying measure tomorrow.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, some legal issues were raised during last week’s testimony.

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A local organization is on a mission to connect people with the story of their seafood. The organization called Local I‘a uses a subscription service to provide consumers and chefs with fresh, local boat-to-plate fish. HPR reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.


Dee Dee Bridgewater is back this weekend at the Blue Note Hawaii and the legendary entertainer spoke with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about it.


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This week HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes Best Buddies Hawaii back to Helping Hand. March 10th is their annual Friendship Walk at Magic Island, Ala Moana Beach Park, 9 a.m.

Changing Workplace Etiquette

Mar 2, 2018
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Many of the sexual harassment scandals that have surfaced through the #MeToo movement have occurred in the workplace. The movement shows no signs of going away, and that means workers of both genders need to refine a kind of workplace etiquette that can't be misunderstood.

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Community solar is poised to launch in Hawaii as early as this year, and putting the pieces together to make it happen is turning out to be quite a puzzle. Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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Writer, comedian Hari Kondabolu has been hailed for working new social territory with his standup, video, and podcast projects.  The New York Times calls him "one of the most necessary political comedians working today", HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Kondabolu’s willingness to tackle even tough contemporary topics with humor and humanity set him apart. 

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Grassroots efforts to save a Kailua bowling alley hit a snag yesterday. Advocates for preserving Pali Lanes attempted to deliver a petition to landowner Alexander and Baldwin but were turned away. HPR’s Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

Renew-Rebuild Hawai’i hosted a panel discussion today on energy resilience and development. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Hawaiʻi's First Sanctuary Church

Mar 1, 2018

Harris United Methodist Church began exploring the idea of being a sanctuary church more than a year ago. Its congregation voted on it last spring, but it was only until this past fall that it openly talked about its new ministry. It includes lending supporting to immigration cases like the one of Maui resident Tania Venegas who was facing deportation.

Wayne Yoshioka

State lawmakers are tallying spending bills to balance the budget. But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, there are some bumps in the road.


The Aloha State is getting a rare visit from two associated classic rock legends. Rick Derringer and Edgar Winter play with their own bands before joining forces tonight at Hawaiian Brian's, Thursday at the MACC, Friday at the Kauai Beach Resort and Saturday at the Honoka'a People's Theatre.

Using Dogs to Track Invasive Chameleons

Feb 28, 2018

Scientists charged with protecting our endangered species are turning to man’s best friend to ferret out rats, slugs, and Jackson's Chameleons. Those invasive species threaten endangered snails but are often very difficult to locate.

Hawai‘i is often referred to as one of the most racially-diverse states in the union, a melting pot of humanity. But some combinations in the pot are rarer than others – like African-American Native Hawaiians, whose ancestors on both sides have struggled with identity through history. HPR’s Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi has this story.


Seven popular species of bottom fish are thriving in waters around the main Hawaiian Islands.

Wayne Yoshioka

The House Health and Human Services and Judiciary Committees heard public testimony today on medical aid in dying legislation. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.


The Rick Derringer Band and the Edgar Winter Group will both play before the two rock legends perform together at a series of dates in the islands. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence spoke with Rick ahead of the tour, and learned a lot about where and how the gifted "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Coo" songwriter developed his craft.

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Noe Tanigawa

With its $16 million dollar operating budget, the Honolulu Museum of Art, HoMA, is arguably Hawaii’s single largest cultural institution.  A year ago, the Museum hired its first Hawaii-born Director.  A UH Lab School grad with art history degrees from Harvard and Cambridge, Sean O’Harrow established his career in England, then moved to the Midwest.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports his quest is finding a sustainable model for the museum.

Wayne Yoshioka

They represent one percent of Hawai’i’s public school population and their parents want them to be the best that they can be. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has their story.

Honolulu, Kauai Counties Ban Lying Down at Bus Stop

Feb 26, 2018
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Bus riders have long complained about homeless turning those shelters into their bedrooms or worse bathrooms. Last week, Honolulu Mayor Kick Caldwell signed a ban on sleeping at bus stops into law. Kauai County enacted a similar ban that took effect last week. 

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Join HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips for a discussion of new wearable space technology plus what we can look for in our dark island skies on this week's Stargazer.