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State lawmakers are on the verge of passing legislation for paid family leave in Hawai’i. If passed by the House and Senate, the governor is expected to sign the measure into law. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update on what it could mean for Hawai’i workers.

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First it was Maui County then Hawaiʻi County, and now the State is considering a ban on polystyrene food containers. Similar bans have been passed in cities and counties across the country, but this could make Hawaiʻi the first state to do so. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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This week on Stargazer, it’s more on research into dark matter involving some Mauna Kea observatories as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips for our report.

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This week on Helping Hand, it's the Polar Plunge from Special Olympics Hawaii, as Director of Development Tracey Bender joins HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence to discuss their April 14th fundraiser at Waterfront Plaza in Honolulu.

Wildfires: Hawaii's Overlooked Threat

Mar 30, 2018
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Hurricanes and tsunamis get a lot more attention, but wildfires are one of the state's most common threats. Hundreds of wildfires break out across Hawaii every year. The vast majority of them are human-caused.

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Matt Shallenberger

In the hands of a skilled practitioner, intriguing ideas are the seeds for resonant works of art.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, some interesting   ideas inform a ceramist and a photographer whose works  are on view now at the First Hawaiian Center downtown.

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It’s been four years since the state Department of Health launched its restaurant grading system. Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more on how that system has been working for restaurants and consumers.

Hawai’i’s hotel industry hosted an emergency preparedness workshop today as a follow-up to the state’s false missile alert earlier this year. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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There are now more payday loan stores in Hawaiʻi than there are 7-11s. The state’s growing demand for payday loans is no surprise given the high cost of living in the islands. But with interest rates as high as 459 percent, lawmakers are demanding greater regulation. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Shipping Company Prepares for the Next Disaster

Mar 29, 2018
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The vast majority of food and vital goods arrive in Hawaiʻi via cargo ship. The big ships dock in Honolulu Harbor where Young Brothers Shipping then distributes their cargo to ports around the state. A "just-in-time" delivery model means that most shipments go directly from a ship to store shelves, rather than a warehouse. Young Brothers knows how vulnerable island communities are to a disruption of its services and is constantly on alert for the next disaster.

Wayne Yoshioka

More than 150 employers were on hand today for this year’s Star-Advertiser Career Expo.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

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In Hawaiʻi, there is a lot that ties the state to the Asia-Pacific. Part of that is geography, but it's also culture and economics. Although Hawaiʻi doesn't export much in the way on physical goods, the trade policy set in motion by the Trump Administration could have ripple effects for the Aloha State. Dr. Adam Posen, President of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, shared his perspective on trade issues with The Conversation.

Hawaiʻi's Disaster Vulnerability: Healthcare Challenges

Mar 28, 2018
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Maui Memorial Medical Center

What happens to patients in dialysis centers when there isn't water or power, and they can't stay open? How do patients get their medicines if pharmacies are closed? What about our stockpile of medical supplies? Those scenarios and more were posed to Chris Crabtree, Director of Hawaiʻi Healthcare Emergency Management as part of The Conversation's ongoing look at Hawaiʻi's vulnerability and resiliency during a disaster.

Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi

Starting today, the popular Lanikai Pillbox Trail will be closed for the next two months for repairs to the two pillbox structures. This pause in foot traffic comes as the state develops a long-term management plan for the highly-used trail. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi hit the trail before it closed and has this story.

Wayne Yoshioka

The latest proposal to increase affordable housing on O’ahu advanced today at the Honolulu City Council. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The Honolulu City Council Budget Committee reviewed the Mayor’s nearly 3.5 billion dollar operating and construction budget for 2019 today.  One request from the Mayor was for $44-million in financing for the Honolulu Rail Transit project.  Budget Committee chair, Trevor Ozawa, asked HART chief financial officer, Robert Yu, if the funding was required.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

An underground icon in Honolulu has just gone the way of male northern white rhinos.  Ward’s Rafters, a weekend music venue in residential Kaimuki, has hosted its final concert.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, thousands who made the trek down the driveway and up the stairs will never forget Ward’s Rafters’ particular ambiance.

Hawaiʻi's Disaster Vulnerability: Honolulu Harbor

Mar 27, 2018
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Hawaiʻi needs to import 3,000 tons of food per day to keep grocery store shelves stocked around the state. All of those goods come into one place: the Port of Honolulu. If damaged, it could take weeks to reopen the harbor after a disaster event. That could leave Hawaiʻi residents in big trouble.

Hawaiʻi's Disaster Vulnerability: Electrical Grid

Mar 27, 2018
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Hawaiʻi's position as the most remote population center in the world leaves the islands uniquely vulnerable to a disaster. This week, The Conversation explores the vulnerability of Hawaiʻi's people and infrastructure. The first installment of the five-part series takes a look at the electrical grid - where 60% of power plants lie in an inundation zone.

Spearheading Cesspool Issues with County Task Forces

Mar 27, 2018
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There are almost 90,000 cesspools across Hawaiʻi releasing 53 million gallons of untreated sewage into the ground each day. The State of Hawaiʻi is trying to wean residents off them, and part of that effort could be the creation of County-level task forces to spearhead the transition.

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Some of Hawai’i’s major labor unions are gearing up for a tough year ahead. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Today Hawaiʻi celebrates Prince Kūhiō Day. For some island residents this may just be another day off. But for the hundreds who celebrated this weekend across the island chain, Prince Kūhiō is more than just a holiday. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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On Stargazer, we get an update on mysterious radio bursts that have stumped some astronomers as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips for our report.

A New Strategy for Combating the Opioid Epidemic

Mar 26, 2018
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President trump delivered strong words about how to approach the opioid epidemic across the nation. Some 2 million people are estimated to be addicted to the drug. It is a public health crisis, but the question is how to best deal with it. However, Hawaii's rate of opioid prescriptions is one of the lowest in the country. The U.S. Surgeon General and the CEO of a local rehab clinic shared a national and local perspective on the crisis.

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This week on Helping Hand it’s the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii President Jerri Chong and Public Relations Manager Gene Davis.

Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency's New Administrator

Mar 23, 2018
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January's false missile alert laid bare flaws in training, procedure, and leadership at the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency. Last week, a new Administrator was appointed to the agency after Major General Verne Miyagi resigned from the position in late-January. 

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Today, Jaelynn Rose Willey, 16, died.  She was standing in the hallway of her Maryland high school on Tuesday when she was shot with a semi-automatic handgun. On an average day in America, seven children and teens are killed with guns.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, since the Parkland, Florida shootings which took 17 young lives, a youth movement has taken root against gun violence. 

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High-profile failures of local government technology often make headlines in Hawai‘i. But there’s an everyday cost to those failures that are paid by businesses and citizens around the state. Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more on the community price of old technology.

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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustees met today in closed session to deliberate about the future of their only employee. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

For most people, a hot shower is simply part of the daily routine. But for more than 7,000 Hawaiʻi residents experiencing homelessness, that hot shower has been a luxury...until now. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

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