Joe Day

HPR Contributing Reporter
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The story of the 442nd regimental combat team is a familiar one to most in Hawai‘i.  During World War Two, the 442nd was made up of Japanese-American soldiers, and along with the 100th Infantry Battalion, the unit was very highly decorated.  An exhibit called “Go For Broke” has been touring the islands and its final stop was Kaua‘i.   That’s where HPR contributing reporter Joe Day sat down for a conversation with one of the veterans of the 442nd.

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  According to Hawaii Business Magazine, nearly 15-thousand boats are registered across the state, which is the fewest for any state.

But despite the relatively small numbers, many a sailing adventure begins or ends on the shores of one of our islands.

That’s the case with a recent arrival to Kauai’s Hanalei Bay.

The 55-foot sloop just completed a journey of nearly four-thousand miles from Fiji.

And HPR contributing reporter Joe Day was on hand to meet the crew.

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  Plans for a new dairy farm on Kauai are stirring up some controversy. The Ulupono Initiative backed by billionaire Pierre Omidiyar has big plans for the South Shore. But as HPR contributor Joe Day reports from Kauai, not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.

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   The National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kauai is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.  Thousands of plant species are spread over nearly 2,000 acres at the natural preserve.   It’s also home to the Breadfruit Institute, the world’s leading center for the study of the plant.  Dr. Diane Ragone heads the institute and spoke with HPR contributing reporter Joe Day.

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It’s been a little more than three years since a major earthquake and tsunami shattered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northern Japan.

For many in Hawaii, there are still questions about the lingering impact of that disaster…including the possibility of radiation reaching the islands.

That was the topic of a recent conference on Kauai…organized by Kauai Community College and the Surfrider Foundation.

HPR contributing reporter Joe Day spoke with several scientists at the conference—including marine biologist Doctor Carl Berg.

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  On the west side of Kauai, many acres of former sugar cane fields have been converted to a major testing area for genetically modified seeds.

The battle over their future has now moved from protestors to attorneys.

As part of our continuing series “Genetically Engineered: Beyond Emotion,” we get details from HPR news contributor Joe Day on Kauai.