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Maui’s Water Wars

Oct 19, 2017
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Will Scullin / Flickr

Water can be a contentious subject, especially in East Maui, where streams have long been diverted for sugar. Now, a battle to restore these streams is coming to an end. We get more from contributing HPR reporter Colleen Uechi of The Maui News.

Hawaii Superferry

It’s been nearly a decade since the Superferry made its inaugural voyage to Kahului, Maui.   And, the feasibility of another interisland ferry came up during the Hawai’i Economic Association annual conference last week. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The wet season is nearly upon us in the islands – which may or may not bring relief to drier parts of the state this year.

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A statewide coalition of health professionals, educators, business and community representatives are teaming up to record oral health data in Hawai’i. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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noe tanigawa

The Hawai‘i State Archives is joining the centennial commemoration of Queen Lili‘uokalani’s death with a unique viewing of Kingdom era flags, and, next week, an open house.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports a more complete picture is emerging of Hawai‘i’s last queen. 

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Fire investigators have not been able to determine the source of the deadly Marco Polo fire.

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The Hawai’i Economic Association Annual Conference last week focused on transportation of goods into the state. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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On Stargazer, we get a heads-up on a major celestial announcement as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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This week on Helping Hand, it’s distinguished returning guest Special Olympics Hawaii, offering participation in individual and team sports for intellectually disabled community members, and for people without intellectual disabilities in inspiring unified sports teams.

The Amazon Effect

Oct 13, 2017
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Amazon has embarked on a massive expansion. What does that mean for retail in America and for Hawaii? Pacific Business News editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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With over fifty years in the entertainment industry, Burt Bacharach, at 89, has truly earned the title of living legend. You may have heard him supporting Hawaii Public Radio during our recent pledge drive.

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The state is hosting a Telehealth Summit this week with the goal of developing statewide coverage. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Fiji gained independence from British colonial rule nearly 50 years ago, this month. For Fijians in the South Pacific and around the world, this is a day for celebration. Here in Hawai’i, celebration means partaking in the Fijian drink of choice. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Department of Land and Natural Resources

The State’s Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission conducted its first meeting today and received a briefing on a draft sea level rise report.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Soil: "Not Just Dirt"

Oct 11, 2017
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Soil may be one of the keys to offsetting carbon emissions.

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The V-A estimates 20 to 22 U-S military veterans commit suicide each day.  One of the programs attempting to lower that rate is at Schofield Barracks this week.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.  

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creative commons

After decades of tracking socio-economic and educational statistics and trends, a UH Mānoa professor charges that people in Hawai‘i appear to be quite tolerant of ethnic inequality.  Professor Jonathan Okamura says ethnic inequality here plays out in the same way racism does in other places.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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For Stargazer we hear about some prime viewing opportunities in our dark island skies, and get an update on a mysteriously dimming celestial object we’ve followed for some time, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

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Two pottery pieces labeled “Atomic Ware” were delivered to Japan last week. As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the unique artifacts were found during a garage sale in Hawai’i Kai. 

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Studies have shown that learning a second language has multiple benefits for intelligence, memory, and concentration. But who wants to learn Spanish or Chinese? Everyone speaks that. You want a real challenge? Try a constructed language like Klingon or Dothraki. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi delves into the world of made-up languages with a local linguist attempting to construct his own.

Hawaiʻi Public Radio met its Fall Fund Drive goal of $875,000 an hour ahead of schedule, at 4:57 p.m. on Friday, October 6. Nearly $773,000 were raised during the ten days of on-air fundraising on both of HPR's stations (HPR-1 News and HPR-2 Classical). Early donations of $104,000 were received prior to the start of the drive on September 27.
 

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From October 12th to October 15th, the Aloha State gets a visit from an extraordinary legend in the world of show business: Burt Bacharach.

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Guitar monster Tommy Emmanuel is playing Honolulu Thursday through Sunday at the Blue Note, and then on the Valley Isle Monday at the MACC, touring to support his latest release, Live at the Ryman.

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For Stargazer this week, in addition to hearing what to look for in our dark island skies, we’ll hear about an exciting new discovery relating to telescopes on Haleakalā as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

Hawai'i Island has the most ohia trees in the state – more than 800,000 out of 1 million trees estimated to exist in the state.  But it also is the home to a fungus that is killing the trees off.  A local artist is documenting the trees in the best way he can. HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken provides this update.

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  Hawaii’s economic growth is predicted to slow down, with an exception in one key sector. PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

HPR's Fall 2017 Pledge Drive

Sep 28, 2017
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Hawai‘i Public Radio’s Fall 2017 fundraiser is on.  We have just 10 days to raise $875K and we can only do that with your help. 

To donate call:
HPR-1: 944-8800
HPR-2: 941-3689

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The state Land Board voted 5 to 2 in favor of approving the construction permit for the controversial telescope.

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Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling is wrapping up two days at the Blue Note this evening with shows at 6 and 9 p.m., his debut live performances in the Aloha State. The Grammy Award winner spoke to HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about his visit to Honolulu, roots in music going back to his childhood, and some of the unusual musical connections this Chicago artist has had over the course of his career.

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Stop the Ant Month

Sep 27, 2017
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Forest & Kim / Flickr

October will be declared “Stop the Ant” month on the Big Island.

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