Sherry Bracken

Hawaii Island Reporter

Hawaii may seem like an unusual location for a scholarly conference on the Emancipation Proclamation. But when that measure became law 150 years ago, it resonated across the islands. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

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Flickr / wormwould

A troublesome visitor has landed on the west side of the Big Island of Hawaii. The little fire ant has been on the Hilo side of Hawaii Island, on Maui, and Kaua'i, for years. And now, as of just a few months ago, it's appeared in Kona. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Since 2002, the Big Island Drug Court has provided a path for non violent criminals to become productive members of society. One of the requirements of the stringent process is for participants to help their community. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us about one such work project.

This is graduation time for everybody from kindergarten to college.  Hawaii Community College designs some of their end of year ceremonies for both East Hawaii and West Hawaii students to be uniquely Hawaiian.  HPR's Sherry Bracken was at the West Hawaii ceremony and tells us more.

Hawaii Island has three major acute care hospitals. Those are facilities that can take care of patients suffering a severe injury, illness, or trauma. Kona Community Hospital serves patients from the Ka'u District through North Kona, and has been improving its services. HPR's Sherry Bracken gives us an update.

  This Saturday, the Drug Enforcement Administration is conducting their prescription and over-the-counter drug take back day.  Law enforcement officials will collect expired or unneeded medications from residents.  And although this is a national program, Hawaii Island has a special concern about those drugs.  From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Keahuolū Interpretive Center

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.

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.

Tomorrow night begins the first night of competition for the week-long Merrie Monarch Hula Festival in Hilo.  From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken gives us an update on some of the festival's most challenging aspects.

Hawaii agriculture officials say that in the 1970’s, there were 120 milk operations around the state. Today, there are only two. And they’re both on the big island of Hawaii. HPR's Sherry Bracken has more.

According to a recent report by the state, the number of cattle raised in Hawaii decreased steadily for about thirty years, starting in 1970. There’s been a bit of an increase since about 2002, and today cattle are raised on each of the major islands. But on Hawaii Island, the industry is facing some challenges to its growth. HPR’s Sherry Bracken reports.