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To start off the New Year on Stargazer, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips about one of the last claims from the Trump Administration in 2017… about a plan to return to the moon.    

Comedian, actor, TV host Bill Maher has his annual New Years shows in the Aloha State again, and he spoke with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about the events, the Trump Administration, Israel and his relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his support of animals, including the nonprofit Project Chimps.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes Hawaii International Child, also known as Adoption Hawaii, committed to helping orphaned children find permanent families, and offering services including helping prospective parents and supporting those who are pregnant and considering the option of adoption.

Comedian, TV host, producer, voice-over guy... he's got a lot of titles. Howie Mandel has returned to the Aloha State for a Sunday, December 30th show at the MACC, and spoke with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about his life of comedy, and the unexpected path his journey has taken.

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Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

Hawai‘i’s banks made the news late this year because of some pay adjustments. The top five banks in the state are giving their employees bonuses of a thousand dollars or more—and boosting their minimum wages to at least 15 dollars an hour. But for shareholders, it’s a different story. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on the year in Hawai‘i’s financial stocks.

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creative commons

Tomorrow, Saturday, at 5pm, the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra is bringing musical fireworks and confetti to Kaka‘ako.  The popular Salt complex will host the full symphony, mixing the trendy pub and grinds atmosphere with masterworks from Bizet and Tchaikovsky and popular tunes like the  Harry Potter theme.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Hawai‘i’s favorite maestro, JoAnn Falletta, will conduct the festive concert.

Climate Change's Impact on Hawaiian Fishpond Aquaculture

Dec 28, 2017
Rosie Alegado

We have seen a resurgence by the Native Hawaiian community to protect the remaining fish ponds in the islands. Now, new research is shedding light about what needs to be done as the cultural resource is under threat by climate change.

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Wikimedia Commons

An endangered seabird is nesting 7,000 feet above sea level on the slopes of Mauna Loa on the Big Island.

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JeepersMedia / Flickr

This week is a busy one for Hawai‘i’s visitor industry. And while another record year is expected for tourism, more people at the beach means plenty of sunscreen ends up in the ocean. There’s now a movement in Maui County to ban sunscreen containing chemicals that scientists say are harming the reefs. We get more from HPR contributing reporter Colleen Uechi of The Maui News

Rental Housing Report

Dec 27, 2017
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A recent study that tracks rental housing across the country throws some light on the plight of families in Honolulu and Hilo as they struggle to make rent spending more than a third of their salary for housing.

The Erosion of Sunset Beach

Dec 27, 2017
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Sunset Beach is taking a beating this winter season. The public is being asked to stay away from a section where a bike path has been taken out by the waves resulting in a 20 foot drop along the roadway. 

Marlena Dixon / State Department of Health
Marlena Dixon / State Department of Health

The State Department of Health has created a Rat Lungworm Task Force to look at this daunting disease. Also known as angiostrongyliasis, it is a concern for people throughout the state.  It causes severe pain, brain swelling, and often, ongoing neurological problems. Hawai'i Island contributing reporter Sherry Bracken talked to members of the Task Force to find out what they know about some of the most frequently asked questions about the disease.

Saxophonist Kenny G is back in the islands with concerts Wednesday through New Years Eve at the Blue Note Hawaii. He also is back on All Things Considered for his third time, in a new conversation with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

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Agricultural Product Travel Restrictions

Dec 26, 2017
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There is a growing list of what you can and cannot bring on the airplane-- particularly when it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables that may bring some unexpected hitchhikers.

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Wikimedia Commons

Rat lungworm disease can be devastating. The overwhelming majority of cases have been on Hawai'i Island. State legislators on that island have made several requests to fund ongoing research and outreach efforts at the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy and Hilo Medical Center. In the last legislative session, funds WERE allocated—but not to institutions on the Big Island. HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken follows the money.

Sinoto
Sinoto

Tahitians said artifacts from their past called out to Dr. Yosihiko Sinoto, that he caused them to reveal themselves.  The Bishop Museum’s eminent archaeologist, Dr. Sinoto, passed away in October this year, leaving behind a legacy of ground breaking scholarship, dedicated preservation, and friendships across the Pacific.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa checked in with Dr. Sinoto’s son and a colleague for insights into the man and his work.

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In addition to hearing what to look for in our dark island skies, this week we learn about finalists for upcoming NASA missions as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.   

Find more reports, stories and interview from Dave Lawrence.

Steve Vendt
Steve Vendt

The Hawaiian Railway Society in ʻEwa runs the only continuously operating historical railroad in the state. The non-profit has been working to preserve Hawaiʻi’s rich railroading history for nearly 50 years. HPR contributing reporter Jackie Young takes us on board the train once ridden by Hawaiian royalty. 

Jake Shimabukuro returned to All Things Considered for a conversation with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence in the Atherton Performing Arts Studio. Jake is at the Blue Note through Saturday.

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This week for Helping Hand, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes back Big Brothers, Big Sisters Hawaii President Dennis Brown, the original “Little Brother” in the Aloha State.

2nd Annual State of the Environment Report

Dec 22, 2017
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The Environmental Funders Group has released its 2017 State of the Environment Report for Hawaii. Their finding: change is not coming, its here.

Hawaii Marine Animal Response
Hawaii Marine Animal Response

One super fun addition to the Waikīkī scene this year was a little Hawaiian Monk Seal pup, who was named for her birthplace, Kaimana.  More than two million followed Kaimana on the live webcam and over a thousand people visited her daily.  Even though the photos many of us took looked like two slugs on a sand lot, the thrill of seeing them in person got us down there time after time.

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Ken Lund / Flickr

Interest rates are going up, and that means loans are getting more expensive. Nationwide, publicly traded companies have increased their debt by about $2 trillion since late 2015. Such debt has increased in Hawai‘i as well, but often just as another cost of doing business. We get a little context from Pacific Business News editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier.

Wayne Yoshioka

There are 10 days left before the end of the tax year.  The Chamber of Commerce of Hawai’i hosted a seminar with some tax advice for businesses. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The 9.5 billion dollar Honolulu Rail Transit Project is awaiting award of a contract to complete the line to Ala Moana Center. But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, City lawmakers are looking beyond Ala Moana.

Crime and Social Media Vigilantism

Dec 20, 2017
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An emotional appeal to find suspects in the recent murder case of a North Shore woman led to two arrests thanks to social media posts. But can online calls to action go too far?

Wayne Yoshioka

The first flight from Singapore through Osaka landed in Honolulu today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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noe tanigawa

Ian MacMillan is a revered figure in Hawai‘i writing circles.  He taught creative writing at UH Mānoa from the nineteen sixties to 2008, and influenced a legion of students and professional writers.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports one of them, Robert Barclay, has shepherded MacMillan’s long awaited last novel to publication.

Wayne Yoshioka

Governor David Ige submitted his 2019 Supplemental Budget to the Legislature today.  He is requesting additional funding for construction projects for education, housing and improvements to correctional facilities.

Wayne Yoshioka

Emergency medical care for Honolulu’s homeless cost taxpayers millions of dollars each year.  Now, there’s a possible solution. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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