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Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Republican Party hosted its annual Lincoln Dinner Fundraiser last night in Windward O’ahu.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and filed this report.

Te Papa Tongarewa
Te Papa Tongarewa

    

A set of artifacts present at the contact between Native Hawaiians and Captain Cook are on their way back to the islands.

Merrie Monarch Festival
Merrie Monarch Festival

With Merrie Monarch approaching late next month, hula hālau across the state are beginning to prepare for the upcoming festival on Hawai‘i Island. For some that means gathering plants and flowers that represent the mele, or song. It’s a tradition that’s brought countless hālau into native ‘ōhi‘a forests, where the lehua blossom grows. But a rapidly spreading disease is prompting some to call for an all-out ban this year. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

Homelessness was cited by legislative leaders as the most pressing issue this session.  There are more than 130 bills relating to homelessness and affordable housing.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update on some of the bills that are advancing as we near the one-third mark on the legislative calendar.

Oiwi TV / Justyn Ah Chong
Oiwi TV / Justyn Ah Chong

The voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a is back in the water, this time en route to the U.S. Virgin Islands. The canoe departed Brazil over the weekend and will sail the 2400 miles to the island of St. John in the Caribbean Sea. We caught up with apprentice navigator Brad Wong as part of our ongoing series, Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

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In addition to several planets to try and spot this week, we learn more about last week’s discovery of gravitational waves as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

Don Tiki
Don Tiki

“Exotica” is a style of music pioneered in the late 50’s by artists like Martin Denny and Les Baxter giving birth to a style called “Tiki”.  For people outside the islands – the style painted a picture of what a tropical paradise could be.  Cocktails decorated with tiny umbrellas inside ceramic tiki mugs were paired with breezy jazz marked with an occasional bird call.

Legendary jazz vocalist and songwriter Dee Dee Bridgewater has earned impressive awards for her work in music and theater. She's touring the Aloha State now behind her Dee Dee's Feathers album through Sunday at the Blue Note Hawai'i.

This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about Shriners Hospitals for Children Honolulu with Mahealani Richardson, Director of Public Relations, speaking with HPR All Things Considered local host Dave Lawrence.

Daniel Ramirez / Flickr
Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

To last for more than a century, an organization has to reinvent itself. That’s what Bishop Museum president & CEO, Blair Collis, has been doing. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

In 2011, Blair Collis became the youngest chief executive in Bishop Museum’s long history and the first to be promoted to the top spot from within.  Collis rose up through the business side of the museum.  His first director-level job there was as head of Bishop Museum press in 2003, then on to such roles as VP of sales and marketing, chief operating officer, and more.

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