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Hawaii’s marijuana dispensaries received another set-back this week when a key insurer pulled out of their market. Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier, has more.

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One of the most anticipated films of the summer is premiering today, and one of its stars is from Hawaii.

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Starting today through Sunday, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center is staging a pop up in the old Foodland location at Ala Moana Center.  Audiences are invited to hear and see over fifty artists and thinkers from across the country and Hawai‘i filling the space with their work.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa stopped by for a preview.

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The City and County of Honolulu is reviving a plan to build a pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Ala Wai Canal.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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For the first time in more than a century, land titles held by Hawaiʻi’s former sugar companies are being opened to challenge. At their peak in the 1930s, sugar plantations cultivated approximately 250,000 acres across the island chain. As plantations have sold off much of those holdings, attempts by new landowners to clear title are proving more challenging than imagined. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

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A plan to build affordable housing near major transportation hubs on all islands is being developed by the state.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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President Trump says the new federal crackdown on undocumented immigrants will make our country safer.  But in Hawaiʻi, there have not been many reports linking illegal immigration and violent crime.  In the last of a series of reports, HPR contributing reporter Jackie Young investigates how safe we are now, and what may come next with the issue of illegal immigration.

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Anthony Quintano

The Doris Duke Theatre’s annual Surf Film Festival is underway with choice selections like Nervous Laughter, about an El Nino year at Pe’ahi, Maui’s notorious winter break, and Alternative Surf Craft, about new and unique ways of riding waves.  HRP’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a film about one longboard ‘s travels through waves and lives around the world.   Surf film director, Jason Baffa discusses current directions.

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As federal officials crack down on illegal immigration, many in Hawaiʻi’s faith community are mobilizing.  But actions come with risks. In her continuing series on undocumented immigrants in Hawaiʻi, HPR contributing reporter Jackie Young has the story.

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The 2018 Primary Election is a little more than a year away.  Hawai’i Republicans are trying to organize for that election and win.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka attended a GOP meeting Saturday and filed this report.

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For Stargazer, we learn about new developments at a massive radio telescope in South America as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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Fourth of July festivities are set for tomorrow across the island chain to celebrate America’s 242nd birthday. On the grounds of the ‘Iolani Palace in Honolulu, one group is commemorating another July Fourth with a dramatic re-enactment of an event in Hawaiian history that took place a little more than a century ago. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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Many Hawai‘i residents are well-travelled and can knowledgeably compare the world’s great cities.  With Honolulu in the midst of a development boom, some wonder what is guiding this city’s transformation.  A group of local designers, architects and landscape designers is working to make sure communities are involved in changes that are coming with the rail transit project.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Legendary vocal group The Manhattan Transfer are wrapping up a two-weekend run of dates at the Blue Note Hawaii in Waikiki, celebrating 45 years in the music business. The multiple Grammy Award winners have a PBS special with Take 6, and a new record called The Junction, due this fall.

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Helping Hand continues three weeks of segments relating to the homeless crisis in the Aloha State, with returning guest Mental Health Kōkua, the largest mental health nonprofit in Hawai'i. They’ve provided services for more than 40 years, helping the homeless and mentally ill.

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Immigration policy has been a point of disagreement throughout our country’s history.  Laws have changed at different times to address specific societal issues of the day.  In her continuing series, HPR contributing reporter Jackie Young examines some of those laws, and how they affect one immigrant in Hawaiʻi.

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A small, but growing, portion of the visitor industry caters to groups with business purpose. The Hawaii Tourism Authority would like to see more of that.  PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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The Honolulu City Council is advancing bills with affordable housing mandates for developers.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka attended the hearing and filed this report.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell would like to require developers to build more affordable housing units and keep them affordable for 30 years.  He told members of the Honolulu City Council Zoning and Housing Committee that he wants affordable housing for lower wage earners.

“Where we’re focusing here is 120 percent Area Median Income (AMI) if it’s for sale; rental it’s 80 percent .  But you think, 80 percent AMI level for an

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The Migration Policy Institute estimates there are about 21,000 undocumented immigrants living in Hawai‘i. The PEW Research Center says this number could be as high as 45,000.  HPR contributing reporter Jackie Young begins a series of reports, looking at who the undocumented immigrants are in our state, and how new federal immigration policies are affecting them.

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Ward Warehouse was expected to last fifteen years when it opened in 1975.  Now, over 40 years later, it will close in August to make way for a highrise.  Right now, along with sales galore, a few interesting new shops have taken old spaces.  The Paradise Cove art collective has a storefront, and so does J20+, an offshoot of the January 20th Inauguration Day protests.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on their exhibition, Welcome to Free Speech.

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AARP Hawai’i is conducting Caregiver Workshops throughout the state this summer.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited one of the sessions and filed this report.

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More than two dozen National Monuments are being reviewed by the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Commerce, including the largest U.S monument encompassing the Northern Hawaiian Islands.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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After rolling layoffs for the last few years during hotel renovations, Lāna‘i  residents are enjoying 3.4% unemployment, three points lower than this time last year.  This weekend will be a particularly exciting on Lāna‘i, priming for the July fourth holiday with the Pineapple Festival  on Saturday.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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Paradise Cove is a Hawaii-based collective presenting site-specific installations and art-related events. They create temporary experiences that encourage people to think critically about Hawaii, and they like to exhibit in places where people do not usually think too critically.  For the rest of the month, Paradise Cove has exhibits up at Ars Cafe on Monsarrat Avenue and at Ward Warehouse, in a typical retail storefront.  HPR's Noe Tanigawa spoke with one of the members.

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Some of the best – and often restricted – hiking trails in Hawaiʻi can only be accessed by members of Hawaiʻi's oldest hiking club. The Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club has been around since 1910 and has developed quite a system for preserving access to island trails. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi hit the trail with the club.

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On Stargazer this week we hear about a new plan to study gravitational waves as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

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This week on Helping Hand we begin three weeks of related features covering the homeless epidemic in the Aloha State. We’re learning about IHS, the Institute For Human Services. IHS is one of the leading organizations in the effort to help the homeless in Hawai‘i, where the United States’ most severe homeless crisis per capita exists.

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The Manhattan Transfer are celebrating 45 years of making music. Over the decades they've racked up an impressive pile of Grammy Awards, while bringing their unique hybrid of styles to audiences around the world.

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This Saturday, bicycles are ruling the roads in Kalihi Valley. The First Annual Kalihi Ahupuaʻa Bike Ride will give riders a chance to experience the valley like never before. HPR reporter Ku’uwehi Hiraishi went for a spin.

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The Governor is busy reviewing 230 bills passed by the Legislature this past session.   So far, he’s signed 48 into law including one that will help inmates.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

In 2015, an estimated 300 inmates completed their sentences and were released into the community.   Many did not have the basic documentation required for re-entry into society.  Governor David Ige signed House Bill 845 into law to correct that.

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