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Spark! Hiromi

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Award winning pianist Hiromi Uehara has been playing since age six.  A chance meeting in Tokyo with jazz legend Chick Corea set her on a trajectory that took her to number one on the Billboard Jazz Album chart last year.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Hiromi will be at the Blue Note Waikiki this week, performing her unique combination of jazz, pop and classical music from that album, Spark.

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noe tanigawa

Honolulu is having an art moment.  The Honolulu Biennial is raising awareness, new construction is providing opportunities, and established businesses are realizing art’s marketing potential.  Without the benefit of traditional galleries, an alternative infrastructure has been preparing artists for this moment.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa traces how choice pieces, many representing Hawai‘i’s  stories and culture, are appearing around town.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back the Ronald McDonald House Hawaii, open 24 hours a day year-round as a temporary “home” for families that must come to Honolulu for specialized medical treatment for children. They celebrate their 30th anniversary in the islands this month, and HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with President Jerri Chong and Public Relations Manager Gene Davis of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawai‘i.

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Art Biennials are big business, as you can tell by the proliferation of bi and triennials around the globe over the last twenty years.  Cities launch these high profile art extravaganzas to attract tourists, sales, and cultural cache.  The Honolulu Biennial has just opened in nine venues around town, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on how to make the most of it.

For tonight's session of Bridging the Gap I'm trying something a little different and NOT going with any specific theme...instead we're simply going to just roll along and see what happens, and hopefully, it's good.

Tickets to my HPR shows on The Big Island in late March!
Kona, March 24th, at Daylight Mind Coffee: http://bit.ly/HPR35Kona
Hilo March 25th, at the Hilo Town Tavern: http://bit.ly/HPRHilo

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Flaming Goddess Cosplay

SPACE MUSIC tonight on Bridging the Gap! Or a collection of songs that are joined together by atmospheric sounds, or a space theme.  Listening to songs from Sun Ra, Geotic, Bruno Pernadas and More.

Tickets to my HPR shows on The Big Island in late March!
Kona, March 24th, at Daylight Mind Coffee: http://bit.ly/HPR35Kona
Hilo March 25th, at the Hilo Town Tavern: http://bit.ly/HPRHilo

Future Tango, Gypsy Swing, and chilled electronic soul on tonights session of Bridging the Gap.

Tickets to my HPR shows on The Big Island in late March!
Kona, March 24th, at Daylight Mind Coffee: http://bit.ly/HPR35Kona
Hilo March 25th, at the Hilo Town Tavern: http://bit.ly/HPRHilo

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Hugh Romney, named Wavy Gravy by B.B. King, was one of the stage announcers at the three major Woodstock music festivals (1969, 1994 and 1999), as well as other related events over the years.

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For Stargazer this week, we have some planets in our early evening skies to try and spot, plus we get some context on the recent discovery of several planets about 40 light years from Earth as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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This week Helping Hand has returning guest Helping Hands Hawaii discussing the range of ways they assist the vulnerable in the Aloha State, and sharing details about their 13th annual fundraising dinner, Thursday March 2nd at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

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noe tanigawa

Amidst the flurry of Executive Orders issued recently by President Trump, a seventy five year old Order is being re-examined.  Executive Order 9066 by President Roosevelt in 1942, banned “any or all persons” from “military areas” as determined by the Secretary of War and military commanders.  Though this order and the Japanese internment it caused have been discredited in the courts, political figures have used it recently to support new rules around immigration.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on what is at stake.

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creative commons

No one person decided the rail system Honolulu is currently embarked on.  In 2008, 50.6% of voters decided to allow the construction of a steel on steel rail transit system.  There were expert panels, studies, reports, and key City Council decisions, which were shaped by input.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa talked with former Mayor Mufi Hannemann who was spearheading the rail project at the time.  It was pegged at 5.2 billion dollars.

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On Stargazer this week, we hear about a pair of planets visible in the evening sky and learn about a new project the public is invited to participate in to discover a potential planet on the edge of the solar system… HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

Donavon Frankenreiter wraps up a current island tour with dates through Sunday at the Blue Note in Waikiki. The musician has island ties: he lives on the Garden Island, and released his first album on Jack Johnson's label, Brushfire Records, who he'll open for on the mainland this summer, including at the Hollywood Bowl.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re privileged to welcome back the Hawai‘i Association of the Blind, state affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. Their 50th anniversary HAB 2017 Annual State Convention is Saturday March 4th at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu.

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For this week’s Stargazer, there are two planets to look for in our early evening skies, plus we learn about a remarkable new NASA project for a rover mission, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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This week on Helping Hand we’re excited to have the Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii returning to ATC. Among many services and resources, the nonprofit links the disabled with adaptive technology, offers programs geared to educate individuals with disabilities, friends and family members and professionals, and HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Barbara Fischlowitz-Leong, ATRC President and CEO.

Marc Cohn is in Honolulu thru Saturday performing at the Blue Note Hawaii. The artist, best known for his massive hit Walking in Memphis, recently released Careful What You Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities, a collection of demos and related material from prior to his first album.

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Timothy B. Schmit recently released a new solo effort, Leap of Faith, his sixth. It's the first new album from the longtime bassist of The Eagles, and previously Poco, since 2009's Expando.

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On Stargazer, we’ll hear about some objects to look for in our evening skies this week, plus hear about a new piece of equipment at the Mauna Kea summit as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.            

Learn more at the Subaru Telescope website.  

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This week on Stargazer in addition to hearing about some planets to look for in our dark island skies, we learn about a team effort discovery at the Mauna Kea summit as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

Learn more about the discoveries in this press release from the Subaru Telescope.        

courtesy of Nik Lacchin

This week on Helping Hand we are welcoming back Shriners Hospitals for Children Honolulu to discuss their current invitation to children from across the state to submit artwork to its “Under the Sea” Art Contest for the design of the new EOS imaging system there. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Angela Keen, Public Relations at Shriners Hospitals for Children Honolulu.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the Hawai‘i Foodbank, who have a sobering mission: they work to provide about 125 local agencies with food, feeding a staggering one in five people of the Aloha State’s population. A quarter million people are in need of help. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Gerald Shintaku, Foodbank President, about the crisis of hunger in Hawai‘i and the many opportunities to lend a helping hand.