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Video games with pay-to-win prize options may soon have some restrictions in the state.

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We get a little insight into last week’s historic SpaceX rocket launch as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips for this week’s Stargazer.


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Community meetings on Hawaiʻi County's General Excise Tax bill are set for this week.

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Hawai'i County’s Mayor has about three weeks to send a budget to the County Council. Since 2000, the budget has increased more than 250 percent. That’s a concern for county property owners, who are the primary source of funds. From Hawai'i Island, Sherry Bracken has more.

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This week on Helping Hand, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Barbara Fischlowitz-Leong, President and CEO of the Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii, or the ATRC. It’s week two of organizations that can offer critical resources to people with disabilities and often field difficult questions regarding trying to get specific services or assistance with mobility challenges.

Casey Harlow

The state employee who triggered last month’s false missile warning is speaking out. He claims that he is a scapegoat being used to cover up systematic failures and higher-level mistakes.

Mike Love
Mike Love

Musician Mike Love was born and raised on O’ahu, he’s been playing in bands since Kaiser High School.  Riding a wave of internet popularity, he’ll perform in Costa Rica this month, then in 28 cities nationally from Portland, to Key West. HPR ‘s Noe Tanigawa reports Love attracts a local following too, with rock/jazz reggae, dreads to his ankles, and a message of unity.

Bossing Yourself

Feb 9, 2018
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Many people dream of going into business for themselves, but in Hawaii, in 2018, what does it take to make that leap? We get some of the answers from PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier.

Chick Corea is back. Tonight through Sunday, the Chick Corea Trio is back at the Blue Note, with Carlitos del Puerto on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums. The last time Chick was here, in the fall of 2016, with Eddie Gomez and Brian Blade, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence recorded a conversation at the venue, and almost none of it has ever been aired before.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State Legislature is considering a number of bills in the aftermath of the False Missile Alert Jan 13th. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Professional soccer is once again trying to find a foothold in Hawai‘i. Organizers of this week’s Pacific Rim Cup hope to make Hawai’i the international east-meets-west sporting venue. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi reports. Chris Jensen

Classic rocker Dave Mason is back in a new conversation with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician plays Honoka'a tonight, Hawaiian Brian's tomorrow, the Kaua'i Beach Resort Friday and the MACC Saturday.

Wayne Yoshioka

A number of bills addressing homelessness are being considered by the Hawai’i legislature. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Remembering the Reality of Plantation Life

Feb 7, 2018
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The stories of everyday people aren’t often recorded. University of Hawaii-West Oahu’s Center for Labor Education and Research (CLEAR) is collating a priceless archive of Hawaii’s history: unedited first-person reminiscences of plantation life. 

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Kūpuna in an affordable housing complex in Kaka‘ako were given quite the scare last week. They received notices that their rent would soon increase – some would even double. HPR Reporter Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi has more.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Board of Water Supply is continuing its push for legislation to upgrade the Navy’s Red Hill Fuel Storage tanks. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Governor Ige Signs Net Neutrality Executive Order

Feb 6, 2018
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You may remember that back in December, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal so-called “net neutrality” rules. Governor Ige has signed an Executive Order that requires all Internet Service Providers that do business with the State of Hawaii to adhere to net neutrality principles.

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Hawaii Restaurant Project

The solid base for Honolulu’s restaurant scene was created in the 1930’s and 40’s by an amazing number of Okinawan immigrant entrepreneurs.  Two seniors from restaurant-owning families have spent over a decade documenting restaurants opened by Hawai‘i’s Okinawans, and HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports it’s an immigrant success story that leaves a tasty legacy.

Budget Unpredictability Harms U.S. Military Readiness

Feb 5, 2018
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Five months into the current fiscal year Congress has yet to pass an annual budget, opting instead for short-term spending bills called Continuing Resolutions to fund the government. That method of accounting hits every part of the U.S. government and the Secretary of the Air Force says she cannot run her branch of the military that way.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council is expected to fast-track a temporary ban on so-called “Monster Houses.” HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

City officials are hoping a new program will help the Honolulu Zoo recover from a series of setbacks in recent years. Over the last five years, Hawai’i’s largest zoo has suffered drops in attendance and revenue, and even lost accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Last month, the city launched a sponsorship program encouraging community involvement in zoo operations. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi reports.

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On Stargazer, a new planet hunting telescope is in the news as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips for this week’s report.

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Residents have an opportunity to comment on a proposed fee increase to access Hawaiʻi’s national parks.

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This week Helping Hand starts two weeks of related segments, spotlighting organizations that can play a critical role in finding specific resources related to disability. Aloha Independent Living Hawaii is dedicated to giving people with disabilities the choice of where to receive independent living services. They provide information and referrals, peer counseling, advocacy, independent living skills training and transition assistance.

‘Ōlelo Could Be Banished to ‘Digital Siberia’

Feb 2, 2018
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Spectrum Hawaiʻi, formerly Oceanic Time Warner, will shuffle the channel lineup as part of its plan to switch its signal from analog to digital. It says that switch result in increased broadband speeds and more HD channels. But local station ‘Ōlelo may be left out in the cold.

The Nunes Memo - Annotated

Feb 2, 2018
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A memo alleging that the FBI abused its surveillance authority became public on Friday after a push by House Republicans.

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How does immigration work when it works well?  Perhaps Okinawans in Hawai‘i provide a good example.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the Hawai‘i Okinawan Restaurants Project on view now at Honolulu City Hall.

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There’s a lot to juggle when the operation you run is an entertainment venue, a historic landmark, and a non-profit. PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more on what’s new at the Hawaii Theatre.

Should Hawaii Be Able to Send a Missile Alert?

Feb 1, 2018
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The former administrator of what used to be called State Civil Defense agrees the top brass had to step down. He supports closer coordination with the Pacific Command, but doesn’t think the Pentagon should take control of the alerts and bypass the state agency.

Wayne Yoshioka

State lawmakers are considering legislation to protect businesses and homeowners in the event of a missile alert. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.