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This week on Stargazer, we dig into NASA’s announcement from last week relating to Mars as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

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During the week her album Elemental was released, Taimane dropped by the Atherton Performing Arts Studio for a conversation and performance with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence. See the complete video below. Listen for her featured in an extended performance Sunday at 4 p.m. on HPR's Applause in a Small Room.  

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This week on Helping Hand, join HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence for a conversation about the annual Ready to Learn program with Helping Hands Hawaii CEO and President Jan Harada. Jan explains that with half of all public school students in the Aloha State coming from households eligible for government-sponsored free lunches at school, the need is great.

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Today is World Oceans Day. And for the first time, a study has analyzed the condition of Hawaiʻi's ocean environment. 

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The man who unified the Hawaiian islands under one Chief began his conquests on the island of Hawai’i.  Heading into Kamehameha Day weekend, let’s take a look at how Kilauea’s explosive eruption in 1790 may have advanced Kamehameha’s cause.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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The city and county of Honolulu is moving forward with its redevelopment of the Neal S. Blaisdell Center as a public-private partnership.

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Medicare recipients in Hawai’i will be receiving their new cards in the mail this month and regulators are warning them to be on the lookout for fraud and scams.

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The 2019 construction budget for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project almost got derailed today at the Honolulu City Council.

Lava Flow Takes Toll on Big Island Agriculture

Jun 6, 2018
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More than 2,500 acres on Hawaii Island are in papaya production. The majority is in the Kapoho area, which is now being affected by lava from Kilauea volcano. The Conversation's Catherine Cruz spoke with Scott Enright, the Director of the State Department of Agriculture, about the potential losses of an industry that is tied to hundreds of jobs.

Kilauea Volcano has been erupting for more than a month now. Thousands of Big Island residents have been displaced and hundreds of homes have been destroyed. But natural disasters leave behind more than just physical damage. HPR Reporter Ku’uwehi Hiraishi has more.

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It's now been more than a month since the most recent intense volcanic activity started on Hawaiʻi Island. The strain is showing up on many fronts: from emotional distress to trouble for local businesses. Hawaiʻi County is collecting data on the financial strain — but with a very tight deadline. 

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Honolulu First Responders transport more than 56-thousand patients to hospital emergency rooms each year. But, rarely do their patients have the opportunity to thank them face-to-face. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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With lava from Fissure 8 pouring into Kapoho Bay, the current eruptive phase at Kilauea is pressing into its fifth week, and its effects are taking a toll.  Hawai’i County is looking at $3-6 million dollars in volcano related expenses so far and the Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau estimates a $5 million dollar loss through visitor cancellations.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports residents are holding firm.

Volcano Byproducts Impact Solar Panels

Jun 4, 2018
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On Hawaiʻi Island, officials have been meeting with residents of neighborhoods affected by the vog and noxious gases to address concerns about air quality. But if you live in an area that's being affected by the volcano, should you also be concerned about the corrosive effects of volcanic ash, Pele's hair, and acid rain on things like your solar panels?

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Three landmark bills to combat climate change were signed into law today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

State Cracks Down on Monster Home Builders

Jun 4, 2018
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Scrutiny over monster home construction triggered a complaint about a contractor who lost his license, yet continued to build. The Hawaii Construction Alliance flagged the problem to the City Department of Planning and Permitting and the State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

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This week on Helping Hand we have a returning guest: PACT - Parents and Children Together. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Dr. Marie Vorsino, Vice President of Intervention Programs, and Ryan Kusumoto, President & CEO.

Mandatory Evacuations Strain Residents and Responders

Jun 1, 2018
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Yesterday, Mayor Kim ordered the mandatory evacuations of neighborhoods in lower Puna as fast advancing lava flows puts more families at risk. Residents had until noon today to get out of harm's way or take the chance that they may not be able to be rescued - or face incurring the costs of a rescue. 

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A new economic report from the University of Hawai‘i’s Economic Research Organization takes a county-by-county look at what is shaping up to be a strong 2018.. Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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Hawaiian Airlines launched a new service to the West Coast on the mainland. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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A 25-year battle for water on Molokaʻi continues today before the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

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The lava eruption in the Leilani Estates area of the Big Island’s Puna District is affecting the lives of many.  But the financial impact of this event will also affect County finances and all who pay county taxes. HPR Contributing Reporter Sherry Bracken has more on the story.

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The next phase of the long-awaited airport modernization project was launched on O’ahu today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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A dedicated Army veteran is taking on a new mission to help the families of those he served with 74 years ago. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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It’s been nearly a month since Kilauea Volcano uprooted the lives of thousands of Hawaiʻi Island residents. Lava has destroyed 82 homes and covered 15,000 acres of land. County officials say evacuees are now seeking more permanent plans to wait out the ongoing eruption. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

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The recent volcanic activity on the Big Island of Hawai‘i has captured the attention of the world. But elsewhere in the islands there’s another dramatic story that has not been a focus for many. It’s been nearly six weeks since Kaua‘i was hit by record flooding. And the recovery continues to be a slow process. We get more from HPR Contributing Reporter Scott Giarman on Kaua‘i.

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The Maoli Arts Movement, or MAMO, Wearable Art Show established a base for native Hawaiian fashion when it began 12 years ago.  Last year, Manaola was the first Hawaiian to step from the MAMO stage into the New York Fashion Week spotlight.  This year, organizer Vicky Holt Takamine says the MAMO runway show features a Maui designer who is ready to take off.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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This week on Stargazer, we hear about a discovery relating to a large celestial body on the edge of the solar system as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

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Hawaiʻi County’s Fire Department is one of the key first responder organizations working overtime in lower Puna. No firefighters have been injured, but dangers linger as crews work to deal with the impact of continuing lava flows in the lower East Rift Zone. HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken talked with the Fire Chief about the risks.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about a crisis in our Asia Pacific neighborhood revolving around the Pacific Walrus. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with the Center for Biological Diversity and one of their staff attorneys, Emily Jeffers, about it.

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