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The Royal Hawaiian Band and the Hawai’i Council on the Humanities have joined forces for a tasty lunchtime program this Friday (4/26) at ‘Iolani Bandstand.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

This story includes a version of Kaulana Na Pua performed by the Royal Hawaiian Band with Misty Kela’i.  Hear more this Friday, April 26, at ‘Iolani Palace from noon to 1 PM (weather permitting).   Guests are welcome to bring a picnic to this free lunchtime concert.

Ever hit your head and wonder if it's normal to feel pain for days afterwards? Know the difference between a headache and concussion? Host Dr. Kathy Kozak welcomes her guests Dr. Ben Chun, Sports Medicine, and Dr. Monique Canonico, Neurology at Kaiser Permanente, who are going to help explain the difference between a simple pain in the head, and when that could be a sign of something life-threatening.

Co-hosts Burt Lum and Ryan Ozawa find out about a new course being developed at the University Lab School on Digital Citizenship. With our students being born into the age of the internet as digital natives, how are they being prepared for life online?

According to the State Legislative Reference Bureau … Hawai’i imports more than 65 percent of its vegetables and fruits … and is reliant on out-of-state sources for much of what it consumes.   But…as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports … some Agriculture Officials say local food production can be increased without growing more crops or using more agricultural lands …

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When Hawaii Island's newest highway was built, workers unearthed a number of historical artifacts. Now they'll be housed in a new Hawaiian preserve and cultural interpretive center. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

With news events elsewhere developing rapidly over the past week, North Korea has been pushed off the front pages of many of the world’s newspapers. But it may not stay that way. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The Conversation for April 24, 2013

Apr 24, 2013

It’s Wednesday, April 24 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Misconduct conducts bad cops to the door

Darryl Perry is the Chief of the Kauai Police Department. He previously commanded the Juvenile Division, the Narcotics/Vice Division, and the Criminal Investigations Division, all after retiring from the Honolulu Police Department.  He was born and raised on Kauai.

Sowing sustainable seeds of hope

The Governor signed the Compassionate Care Bill into law yesterday … which provides female sexual assault victims access to emergency contraception upon request.  The measure was the top priority for women lawmakers this session… but there are more bills they want passed in the final days before adjournment May 2nd.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …

The Conversation: Tuesday, April 23rd

Apr 23, 2013

Legally bound: a labor saver sticks new owners with old staff

Matt DiGeronimo is the Senior Managing Director of Smith Floyd Mergers & Acquisitions. He also hosts the firm's weekly  radio show on KGU AM. HB634, the bill to compel a new owner to keep existing employees in businesses with over 100 staffers, is in conference today.

Culture clashing women report conflict

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The Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association expects another year of growth for car sales in Hawaii—forecasting a rise of 6.5% from last year. Last month, attendance was up at the auto show in Honolulu. This week, a much bigger auto show is taking place in Shanghai. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

More than one billion people in 192 countries were expected to participate in Earth Day activities today… marking the 43rd year of focusing on environmental awareness.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka accompanied a group of hikers yesterday … who celebrate Earth Day more than once a year …

Hawai’i Opera Theatre is launching a new production of one of opera’s most thrilling treasures:  Puccini’s Tosca.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa goes behind the scenes for a look at why this production promises to be a blockbuster. 

"Inspired Food" Touches on Local Food History

Apr 22, 2013

It's no secret that Hawaii loves food. And an upcoming culinary event at the Japanese Cultural Center explores some of the history behind some island favorites. HPR's Molly Solomon spoke with a local food author who takes a look at the roots of Hawaii cuisine.

  We’ve got the full moon, Saturn, Jupiter and even Mercury among items to look for, plus we learn about a new discovery in the “habitable zone”… as Shawn Laatch at the Imiloa Astronomy Center speaks with HPR’s Dave Lawrence for this week’s Stargazer.

The Conversation: Monday, April 22nd

Apr 22, 2013

It’s Monday, April 22 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

An Earth Day look at the legislature

Leilei Shih is on the Executive Committees of Surfrider Foundation and Sierra Club O'ahu. She's also the Chair of Capitol Watch Hawaii, a portal into the Hawaii legislative process for  those interested in following environmental bills. Several environmental bills are still moving, including SB15 SDHD 2 is in conference this morning.

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The global success of the suburban Washington, DC reggae band SOJA is itself a remarkable story. Digging deeper in a hotel interview we recorded during their last visit to the islands, band leader Jacob Hemphill shared with HPR’s Dave Lawrence some of his own international experience, and explained how the group’s sound developed.

SOJA play the MACC in Kahului Friday, Saturday they’re at Kaka`ako Waterfront Park in Honolulu, and Sunday at Kilohana Plantation on Kaua`i. See video of the interview and hear the radio feature below.

Author and Poet, Roya Hakakian

Apr 18, 2013

A conversation with visiting essayist, author and poet, Roya Hakakian, keynote speaker at the 2013 Hawaii Federal District Court Conference. Her 2004 memoir of growing up in post-revolution Iran "Journey From The Land Of No" put her in the American consciousness.  Her most recent book, "Assassins Of The Turquoise Palace" makes the case why the American relationship with Iran isn't history"

Tourism has been growing on all islands across the state, but in some places, there's more room to grow.  That's certainly the case on the Big Island of Hawaii.  HPR"s Sherry Bracken has more from Kona.

The issue of same-sex marriage is still before the U.S. Supreme Court. In Hawaii, legislation to legalize gay marriage is not likely to pass this session. But in New Zealand, it’s a different story---one that HPR’s Bill Dorman has in today’s Asia Minute.

First. a look at the latest tech news and happenings in Hawaii and beyond. Then Co-hosts Burt Lum and Ryan Ozawa  hear from two news guests. First is Bill Chismar from the UH Manoa Outreach College and a program called Science in Action. Then Mike Andonian from the Math Department tells us about next week's Monte Carlo night. Finally, we'll hear about ruggedized sensors monitoring the Ala Wai, and what this technology can tell us about our waterways.

Solar Troubles in Asia

Apr 17, 2013
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  Hawaii gets a greater percentage of its electricity from solar power than any other state.That’s according to the annual report of the trade group the Solar Energy Industries Association. But some solar suppliers in Asia are facing a new round of trouble. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Surviving Cancer in Medical School

Apr 17, 2013

College seniors are beginning to prepare for next month’s graduation --- and for one UH medical student, the event holds a particularly special meaning. HPR’s Molly Solomon caught up with a senior at the John A. Burns School of Medicine whose long journey to becoming a doctor is finally within reach. 

Molokai's Sacred Rainforest

Apr 17, 2013
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  Next Monday is Earth Day. And while there will be various celebrations around the state, the event will also be marked in an ancient rainforest on the island of Molokai. Catherine Cluett has more from the Molokai Dispatch.

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After over a century of persecution, the Ainu people were recognized as the indigenous people of Japan in 2008.  By that time, assimilation policies had nearly extinguished the Ainu language.  Population counts range from 25 thousand to over 200 thousand, as many do not acknowledge their ancestry. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the first international exhibit by the Hokkaido University Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies, on view at the East West Center Gallery.

China's Iceland Play

Apr 16, 2013

China has signed a new trade deal. This one involves a European country, and an energy source that’s familiar to people here in Hawaii. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

  

The City Administration is in the process of developing what it hopes will be a comprehensive plan to ease homelessness on O’ahu. The plan is due May 1st.  Meanwhile, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, UH students at the John A. Burns School of Medicine conducted a workshop to address the problem ....

April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day and we will be talking about the local efforts in Hawaii from the Compassion and Choices Hawaii organization to support, educate,  and advocate for choice and care at the end of life.   

Pledge Drive Ends On Schedule, Breaking Records

Apr 15, 2013
Challenge 2013 ends on day with a record day of pledges
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HPR SPRING FUNDRAISER ENDS ON TIME, WITH RECORD-BREAKING SUCCESS;
Grand Total of $959,649 Breaks All Records

A string of drownings across all Hawaii islands have put a new focus on ocean safety, especially targeted at tourists. As many as 19 people have drowned so far this year --- 11 on the island of Kauai.  HPR's Molly Solomon takes a closer look at what the state is doing to promote awareness.

Beth-Ann Kozlovich hosts a panel of guests discussing the upcoming teacher contract negotiations between HSTA and the state of Hawaii.

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