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Entertainer Marlon Wayans is in the islands for a pair of dates tonight and tomorrow at the Blue Note Hawaii at 10 p.m., before a Sunday 7:30 p.m. show at the MACC. He took time for some laughs and to explore his fascinating life with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

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Today on Helping Hand we wrap up three weeks of covering Hawaii’s homeless crisis, the most severe per capita in the US. You can hear our previous two segments archived online with IHS: the Institute for Human Services and Mental Health Kokua.

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Today was Chris Vandercook's last show as co-host of The Conversation.

In the words of our News Director Bill Dorman, "Chris has brought a lot to this program, including a perspective, a point of view, and a sense of context that is often sorely missing in coverage of news and public affairs. Toss in a sense of history, a sense of humor, and the fact that he reads books, and the result is that he will be missed—we say aloha and mahalo for all the work."

Singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff contributed to the Southern California Rock sound of the 1970s, along with Linda Ronstadt, The Eagles and Jackson Browne.  Although she's visited the islands many times, Bonoff will be performing here for the first time on July 22 and 23 (Sunday and Monday night) at Blue Note Hawai'i.

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This week several members of the 25 nation coalition participated in a naval gunnery exercise off the coast of Oahu as part of the 2018 Rim of the Pacific. The Conversation’s Ryan Finnerty joined the crew of the USS Lake Erie as they went through live fire training.

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If you build it, they will come. A tight-knit community of local Tokelauans are building a traditional canoe. They’re doing it as they would in their ancestral homeland – a small set of islands half way between Hawaiʻi and New Zealand. They’re hoping the project will encourage younger generations to learn more about their language and culture. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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Japanese investors are continuing to buy real estate in Hawai‘i. But they’re doing so in a new way, for new reasons. 

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The state and a private developer re-dedicated a 46-year old apartment building in Waipahu today.

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Bruce Cockburn is a major name is Canadian music, but not nearly as well known in the US, where the talented guitarist/vocalist/songwriter has a smaller, but strong following, where he's almost a cult-classic artist. He spoke to HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence ahead of a two-night run of 7 p.m. shows at the Blue Note Hawaii tonight and tomorrow.

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A six-month moratorium on sand mining on Maui expires today. Lance Collin is an attorney who represents the community group Malama Kakanilua, which seeks to stop sand mining and development on Hawaiian burial grounds.

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The 41st Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival is set for this Saturday and Sunday in a new venue.   This event, now at ‘Iolani Palace, is cherished as the largest non-competitive hula gathering in the islands.  Twenty distinguished hālau will perform, as the Moanalua Gardens Foundation pays tribute to chant and hula from Hawai‘i Island.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with Professor Kalena Silva, who will be honored with the Namakahelu Oli Award.

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Military service members and their families make up more than 10 percent of the Hawai’i’s population and the state wants to hire those leaving the military to fill critical shortage jobs.

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Diversion programs are an alternative to incarceration. The idea is to divert people away from prisons and into treatment programs. They’re being used in a growing number of communities across the country and they’re generating some excitement here in Hawaiʻi. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

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In response to April’s flash floods, Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho instituted emergency measures that included a ban on vacation rentals. Now the mayor is considering lifting the ban to address the housing crisis in the wake of the floods.

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Nonprofit WildAid have been joined in their effort to end shark fin consumption by a leading TV actor in Thailand. Pong Nawat Kulrattanarak has recorded a PSA describing the painful way sharks have their fins cut off and are often thrown back into the ocean to feed an industry based around shark fin soup and other shark consumption.

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Imagine: a devastating tsunami strikes the island of Oahu. Ports are blocked, bridges are damaged, and hospitals are overwhelmed. It’s a nightmare scenario that has been playing out on Ford Island this week. Service members from 10 nations are participating in a disaster response training exercise as part of the 2018 Rim of the Pacific war games.

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Many young adults in Hawai’i’s Millennial Generation, ages 22 to 37, are living at home with their parents or leaving for the mainland to buy a home.  But there are some Millennials who have figured it out.

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A lawsuit filed by tenants of a Lahaina affordable housing project has become a bellwether case for the future of affordable housing in Hawaii. Victor Geminiani, an attorney with Lawyers for Equal Justice, is representing some of the plaintiffs in the case.

 

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Affordable housing got a boost on Maui recently when Governor Ige signed a bill that will help keep rents stable for 142 apartments on Front Street and build more affordable rentals in Lahaina. In the first of a series about housing on Maui, HPR's Noe Tanigawa reports on Maui's struggle to match incomes to housing costs.

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State, County and Federal law enforcement agencies are stepping up their fight against opioid-related deaths in Hawai’i.

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This week on Stargazer, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips about a new telescope project with a cool name making news in a location we don’t offer hear about: South Africa.

Find more features and interviews from Dave Lawrence.

  

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July 31 is a national holiday in the Hawaiian Kingdom called Restoration Day. The first observance of this holiday was in 1843 at the Nuʻuanu summer palace of Hawaiʻi’s longest-reigning monarch.HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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Entertainment legend Engelbert Humperdinck is returning to the Aloha State August 25 and now August 26, just on-sale today, at the Hawaii Theatre. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence  spoke with him about a career that's intersected with some of the biggest stars, including Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Cary Grant and numerous other critical figures.

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This week on Helping Hand, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence offers week two in a three-week series of related guests, all nonprofits on the frontlines of the worst homeless crisis in the United States, which is right here in the Aloha State.

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Heather Lusk is the Executive Director of the Hawai‘i Health & Harm Reduction Center, created from a merger of the Life Foundation and the Community Health Outreach Work (CHOW) Project, that seeks to provide services and combat the stigma of HIV/AIDS in Hawai'i.

 

 

 

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Peter Merriman is one of the founding Hawaiʻi Regional Cuisine chefs. These days he’s busy with new projects — and new horizons.

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Do  you know someone who scored tickets to see Hawai‘i’s mega star, Bruno Mars?  That ticket buying experience brought Hawai‘i fans fist to fist against internet robots, or bots. Long a scourge of online ticketing, bots scooped up tickets and websites are now reselling them at over fifty times the original price. Fans who physically waited in line are asking if that made any sense. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on what we've learned.

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The Exchange Club of Downtown Honolulu has hosted more than its share of political candidate forums since January. And, possibly out of election-year fatigue, it focused on a different topic today. 

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In the Asia Pacific, two countries are driving an epic and increasing slaughter of rhinos around the world – China and Vietnam – where consumers buy rhino horn for a variety of reasons, causing an extinction and poaching crisis for all rhinos despite the horn having zero medicinal value.

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A new law in Hawaiʻi now gives survivors of child sexual abuse more time to file claims against their abuser. Reforms to the state’s statute of limitations have been key in exposing the extent of child sexual abuse at various institutions, most notably the Catholic Diocese of Honolulu.

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