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creative commons

  February is African American History Month, and the folks at the Honolulu Museum of Art will be celebrating with a specially themed ARTafterDARK this Friday.  Get ready for a night of Afrofuturist films, music, and activities including what’s billed as Hawai‘i’s first large-scale public silent disco.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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In this week’s Stargazer, we have several planets in our morning skies and we learn more about an international telescope project abroad where authorities have taken a very different approach to its construction than the way local officials have handled the Thirty Meter Telescope as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.     

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Pixabay Commons

Community meetings about dengue fever are being held this week on Hawai‘i Island. Officials will answer questions and provide updates Tuesday at 12:30 in Captain Cook at Yano Hall and Thursday at 11:30am in Hilo, at the State Office Building. While the education campaign continues on the Big Island, dengue is also raising concerns in Southeast Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Hawaii Theatre

Intentional Philanthropy; Dana Land; HB2636; Noodle Doodle Box

Intentional Philanthropy: Tracy Gary 

Flickr / Robin Wendler
Flickr / Robin Wendler

Researchers say the endangered Hawaiian monk seal population is on the rise. But so is the threat of a fatal virus that could wipe out the native species if it reaches Hawai‘i. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on new efforts to prevent a future outbreak.

In case you’ve ever wondered how to vaccinate a wild Hawaiian monk seal, the first thing you’ll need is one of these. “This is a pole-syringe,” said Michelle Barbieri, holding up a 4-foot long spring loaded pole. She’s a veterinarian for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Hawaiian monk seal program.

Tonight on Bridging the Gap-We're loosely exploring the roots of soul.  We're breaking the show up in two.  In the 1st hour, we'll explore the roots of Portuguese colonization with a little latin and African in the mix, then in the second hour, we'll explore American soul from old to new. 

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This week Helping Hand has returning guest After-School All-Stars Hawaii with President & CEO Dawn Dunbar and Program Director David Asato speaking about their afterschool programs that offer a safe environment for children to learn, as well as opportunities to integrate general education kids with those from special education and who are facing disabilities of all kinds.

Paul Sableman / Flickr
Paul Sableman / Flickr

Three major office buildings have been put on the market by their Hawaii-based owner. It the sales go through, it could shake up the city’s office market. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Whenever a real estate deal becomes newsworthy it’s for one of two reasons: the owner is significant, or the properties are.  In this case, both are at play.


HB1739; “Fire Is Ours” by Makana; NOAA Livestream of Papahānumokuākea Marine National Monument; Maui Pops Orchestra’s Winter Fantasy Pops

HB1739: Bill Hoshijo

As you think about your weekend plans on this Aloha Friday, they may include a movie. And while your local options include a number of new releases that have rolled out over the past couple of weeks, they don’t include the latest box office draw from China—which is already setting records in several parts of Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Here’s a story.  A billionaire property developer buys up an offshore wildlife reserve and starts killing all the sea life with sonar technology.  Turns out that includes mermaids—and mermen.