Governor Ige Signs Net Neutrality Executive Order

Feb 6, 2018
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You may remember that back in December, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal so-called “net neutrality” rules. Governor Ige has signed an Executive Order that requires all Internet Service Providers that do business with the State of Hawaii to adhere to net neutrality principles.

Hawaii Restaurant Project
Hawaii Restaurant Project

The solid base for Honolulu’s restaurant scene was created in the 1930’s and 40’s by an amazing number of Okinawan immigrant entrepreneurs.  Two seniors from restaurant-owning families have spent over a decade documenting restaurants opened by Hawai‘i’s Okinawans, and HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports it’s an immigrant success story that leaves a tasty legacy.

Budget Unpredictability Harms U.S. Military Readiness

Feb 5, 2018
U.S Department of Defense

Five months into the current fiscal year Congress has yet to pass an annual budget, opting instead for short-term spending bills called Continuing Resolutions to fund the government. That method of accounting hits every part of the U.S. government and the Secretary of the Air Force says she cannot run her branch of the military that way.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council is expected to fast-track a temporary ban on so-called “Monster Houses.” HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

City officials are hoping a new program will help the Honolulu Zoo recover from a series of setbacks in recent years. Over the last five years, Hawai’i’s largest zoo has suffered drops in attendance and revenue, and even lost accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Last month, the city launched a sponsorship program encouraging community involvement in zoo operations. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi reports.

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On Stargazer, a new planet hunting telescope is in the news as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips for this week’s report.

Find other features and interviews from Dave Lawrence.


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Residents have an opportunity to comment on a proposed fee increase to access Hawaiʻi’s national parks.

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This week Helping Hand starts two weeks of related segments, spotlighting organizations that can play a critical role in finding specific resources related to disability. Aloha Independent Living Hawaii is dedicated to giving people with disabilities the choice of where to receive independent living services. They provide information and referrals, peer counseling, advocacy, independent living skills training and transition assistance.

‘Ōlelo Could Be Banished to ‘Digital Siberia’

Feb 2, 2018
Max Pixel

Spectrum Hawaiʻi, formerly Oceanic Time Warner, will shuffle the channel lineup as part of its plan to switch its signal from analog to digital. It says that switch result in increased broadband speeds and more HD channels. But local station ‘Ōlelo may be left out in the cold.

The Nunes Memo - Annotated

Feb 2, 2018
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A memo alleging that the FBI abused its surveillance authority became public on Friday after a push by House Republicans.

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How does immigration work when it works well?  Perhaps Okinawans in Hawai‘i provide a good example.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the Hawai‘i Okinawan Restaurants Project on view now at Honolulu City Hall.

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There’s a lot to juggle when the operation you run is an entertainment venue, a historic landmark, and a non-profit. PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more on what’s new at the Hawaii Theatre.

Should Hawaii Be Able to Send a Missile Alert?

Feb 1, 2018
U.S. Pacific Command

The former administrator of what used to be called State Civil Defense agrees the top brass had to step down. He supports closer coordination with the Pacific Command, but doesn’t think the Pentagon should take control of the alerts and bypass the state agency.

Wayne Yoshioka

State lawmakers are considering legislation to protect businesses and homeowners in the event of a missile alert. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson-Sproat

February is Hawaiian language month in the state of Hawai‘i. Nearly 40 years ago, the Hawaiian language was recognized as one of two official languages in the state. While the Hawaiian language speaking community has grown, recent events in a Maui courtroom have led to questions about what it really means to have Hawaiian as an official language. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council advanced a measure calling for a moratorium on “Monster Homes.”  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Ala Wai Dredging Plan

Jan 31, 2018
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Honolulu’s Ala Wai is ranked as one of the most polluted waterways in the country. The State of Hawaii has a plan to clean it up that just received a green light.


Statewide, almost half of the detainees in our jails are accused but not convicted, many because they cannot afford bail. That’s according to a new study released today by the Hawaiʻi American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU report paints a picture of a justice system where the wealthy go free, while the working poor sit in jail. Not everyone sees it that way. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

Hawaiʻi Prepares for Flu Season

Jan 30, 2018
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This year’s flu season has been especially severe on the Mainland United States, with multiple deaths reported. Cases there are peaking, which means peak flu in Hawaii is still a few weeks away.

Wayne Yoshioka

The internal investigation into the January 13th False Ballistic Missile Alert was released today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Skiing Hawaiʻi’s Pineapple Powder

Jan 30, 2018

Hawaii probably isn’t first in mind when picking a destination for a ski trip. But with some careful preparation and a little bit of luck you can ride the pineapple powder. The Conversation's Producer Ryan Finnerty takes us there.

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President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. You can also watch the speeches live.

Live Stream Will Begin at 9pm ET.

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noe tanigawa

Today is Civil Liberties and the Constitution Day in Hawai‘i, honoring the birthday of Fred Korematsu, the man who challenged Executive Order 9066 in 1942.  That order allowed over 120,000 ethnic Japanese to be incarcerated during WWII.  Seventy percent of those prisoners were American citizens.  This detention is recognized as a clear violation of civil rights, but Americans at the time did not protest, and scholars today ask whether something like that could happen again.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.   

Japan and Hawaiʻi's Special Relationship

Jan 29, 2018
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In recent years, Japan’s government has sponsored an outreach program called “Walk in U.S., Talk in Japan.” Retired Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki led this year’s delegation and spoke with HPR's Bill Dorman.

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On Stargazer, the topic is a “super blood moon” as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips for this week’s report.


Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i public school officials briefed members of the Legislature Friday. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Today, a majority of Hawaiian fishponds have been lost to coastal development and urbanization. But a growing, community-based movement is working to restore these fishponds as a foundation for sustainable fish production.  Researchers at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa are now looking to Hawaiian language newspapers for help. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

Ryan Finnerty

US Defense Secretary James Mattis says diplomacy must take the lead in the effort to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back the Aloha United Way. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Chief Operating Officer Norm Baker about their support of a number of other critical nonprofits aiding the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and other vulnerable segments of society.

Borneo Rhino Alliance

In the Asia Pacific, there is positive news on a pair of fronts relating to a story we’ve followed on HPR's All Things Considered about one of the rarest and most vulnerable living creatures on Earth. In Malaysian Borneo, Iman the Sumatran rhino continues to improve from a health crisis, while separately, an ongoing effort to save the species through artificial insemination appears to be gaining steam.