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Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Chozen-ji, the Zen temple in Kalihi valley, was known as a center for Honolulu powerbrokers in the 1980’s and 90’s.  Political and business deals were reportedly hashed out around a low table, in front of calligraphy by Miyamoto Musashi.  (Since the founding abbot, Tenshin Tanouye Roshi passed in 2003, the temple has completed the dojo, an archery range, a ceramics lab, and other facilities.)  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visited the temple as they prepare for an open house and art exhibition.

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Researchers at the University of Hawaii are looking for volunteers to collect data on breadfruit, or ʻulu, trees throughout state.

Wayne Yoshioka

A first-ever Medical Conference at the Hawai’i Convention Center this week is focusing on the natural healing properties of the human body. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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We head up to the Mauna Kea summit for a discovery as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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One of Hawaiʻi’s famous native plants is under threat. The hala or pandanus tree can grow up to 30 feet tall and is characterized by its long, sharp and spiny leaves. Those trees are now being attacked by an invasive predator. And the cultural practitioners whose traditions depend on hala are feeling the impact. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

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Hawai'i County Water Supply has had numerous well failures in North Kona for the past year. In early October, the situation seemed to be getting better. But as HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken explains, wells continue to fail.

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This week, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii back to Helping Hand. November is Epilepsy Awareness Month, and their annual conference is tomorrow at Queen’s Conference Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

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  The business of sports could mean big money for Hawaii but not everyone agrees on who should be in charge of landing the hot-ticket games. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more on what it means for local businesses.

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The U.S. Navy will be holding a series of statewide community meetings next week.

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An indigenous people with a history of dispossession and a struggle for self-determination. A familiar narrative to Hawai’i and to Palestinian-American author Steven Salaita. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi sat down with Salaita for his first ever visit to the islands.

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Honolulu’s first female Police Chief was sworn into office today at HPD Headquarters. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and filed this report.  

What was first seen as a harrowing tale of survival for two Hawai’i women is now coming into question. After being lost at sea for five months, Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava are safe and healthy. But the U.S. Coast Guard continues to uncover a growing list of inconsistencies in their stories. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

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A popular program helping renters and landlords is now available on Kauai.

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Representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google are meeting with the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on Wednesday to discuss Russia's use of their platforms to spread disinformation. The panels are investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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Representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google are meeting with the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on Wednesday to discuss Russia's use of their platforms to spread disinformation. The panels are investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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More than 33,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses last year.  Local medical cannabis proponents say many of these deaths can be prevented. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

One American dies every 20 minutes after overdosing on opioids, nearly half of them from prescription painkillers like Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin and Fentanyl.  Brian Goldstein is the founder and CEO of Noa Botannicals, a medical cannabis dispensary in Honolulu.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a debilitating condition for many combat veterans in Hawai’i.  Now, these vets have options for treatment – including medical cannabis -- that could ease their PTSD symptoms.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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We learn about a local discovery relating to a mysterious object that has emerged from outside the solar system HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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2017 is being dubbed the Year of Sustainable Travel by the World Tourism Organization. “Sustainability” may seem like a buzzword for an industry historically known for making a profit at the expense of the local environment, culture, or community. So what makes tourism sustainable? HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi looks at a local organization setting that standard for Hawai’i’s visitor industry.  

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Lunch trucks are a treat for diners in a hurry, but for owners, they can be a chore. Pacific Business News editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more on why they do it.

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Waste disposal is a challenge for residents of any island. On Hawai‘i Island, county officials have been talking about the potential closure of the Hilo Landfill for more than three decades. Now, county officials say the closure will happen—and this time there’s a definite timeline. HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken has an update.

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The number of patients registered under Hawai’i’s medical cannabis program has grown by 54 percent since 2015. That’s according to the state Department of Health. As patient demand continues to grow, so too will the demand placed on doctors and nurses tasked with serving these patients. With no courses dedicated to medical cannabis at Hawaiʻi’s medical school, a local nurse is on a mission to educate health care professionals about this emerging industry. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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The 10th Annual Wahine Forum welcomed nearly 850 attendees at the Hilton Hawaiian Village today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and filed this report. 

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Honolulu’s former police chief and his city deputy prosecutor wife pleaded not guilty to federal charges Friday. But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, one prominent attorney says the case appears to be solid.

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The concept of private property was introduced to Hawaiʻi with the Great Māhele of 1848. That action is often blamed for a lack of land ownership among native Hawaiians…a situation that lasts to this day. Some also say it plays a role in explaining why Native Hawaiians are statistically at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to quality of life. HPRʻs Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports on research that sheds new light on this complex history of land in Hawaiʻi.

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Honolulu City Councilmembers are expected to request the state legislature pass measures to toughen liquor laws next session. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The State Department of Transportation is leading a multi-agency effort to clear homeless encampments under the Nimitz Highway Viaduct. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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This week Stargazer shares some news about a mission that has revealed new images of weather on a planet in the solar system, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

      

Wayne Yoshioka

Stolen money, falsified police reports, planted evidence – what sounds like a plot for a police drama is playing out in real life in Hawai’i. Former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha, his wife, and a handful of HPD officers were released on bond after being indicted by a federal grand jury in a public corruption case. Allegations of corruption at the HPD following a case of a stolen mailbox led to a two-year federal investigation that uncovered much more. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi reports.

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This week Helping Hand previews the 2017 Footsteps to Transition Fair, tomorrow, Saturday October 21 at Windward Community College, 8:30 a.m. to noon for middle and high school students with special needs and their loved ones from across Oahu to assist in critical details of making transitions to adult life.

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