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Oiwi TV / Justyn Ah Chong
Oiwi TV / Justyn Ah Chong

The voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a is back in the water, this time en route to the U.S. Virgin Islands. The canoe departed Brazil over the weekend and will sail the 2400 miles to the island of St. John in the Caribbean Sea. We caught up with apprentice navigator Brad Wong as part of our ongoing series, Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

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Global Panorama / Flickr
Global Panorama / Flickr

In Australia, protests continue over the government's plan to return 268 asylum seekers to an off-shore detention camp in the Pacific island nation of Nauru.  Doctors at a hospital in Brisbane refuse to discharge a one year old baby known as Asha until what they call a suitable home environment is identified.  But while most attention has focused on the plight of migrants in Nauru, Australia operates another, even bigger detention camp on a remote island in Papua New Guinea.  More from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

Phillip Capper / Flickr
Phillip Capper / Flickr

There is growing concern about the safety of a number of smaller airports around the South Pacific. It’s a problem that’s been highlighted by both the World Bank and the International Civil Aviation Organization. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

In addition to several planets to try and spot this week, we learn more about last week’s discovery of gravitational waves as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

Don Tiki
Don Tiki

“Exotica” is a style of music pioneered in the late 50’s by artists like Martin Denny and Les Baxter giving birth to a style called “Tiki”.  For people outside the islands – the style painted a picture of what a tropical paradise could be.  Cocktails decorated with tiny umbrellas inside ceramic tiki mugs were paired with breezy jazz marked with an occasional bird call.

www.bluewaikiki.com / Flickr
www.bluewaikiki.com / Flickr

  2016 has already been an extremely volatile year for global stock markets. That’s raised some questions about economic strength in the Asia Pacific—and particularly in three countries that are crucial for Hawai‘i’s tourism market. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

*_Abhi_* / Flickr
*_Abhi_* / Flickr

Tonight on Bridging the Gap- The closest we'll get to a Valentine's Day Show.  We'll hear songs of love, heartbreak, and pure passion.  

Legendary jazz vocalist and songwriter Dee Dee Bridgewater has earned impressive awards for her work in music and theater. She's touring the Aloha State now behind her Dee Dee's Feathers album through Sunday at the Blue Note Hawai'i.

This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about Shriners Hospitals for Children Honolulu with Mahealani Richardson, Director of Public Relations, speaking with HPR All Things Considered local host Dave Lawrence.

Daniel Ramirez / Flickr
Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

To last for more than a century, an organization has to reinvent itself. That’s what Bishop Museum president & CEO, Blair Collis, has been doing. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

In 2011, Blair Collis became the youngest chief executive in Bishop Museum’s long history and the first to be promoted to the top spot from within.  Collis rose up through the business side of the museum.  His first director-level job there was as head of Bishop Museum press in 2003, then on to such roles as VP of sales and marketing, chief operating officer, and more.

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