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As the Aloha State continues to be the epicenter of homelessness in the United States, with the single worst homeless epidemic per capita anywhere in the country, Helping Hand welcomes back Family Promise of Hawaii, a program to help families with minor children escape homelessness. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Executive Director Mary Saunders.

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Preventing Food Waste at UH Manoa; Similarities Between Ancient Fabrics and Modern Athletic Wear; Business of Organic Farming; Okinawan Heritage Festival

Food Waste at UH: Heather Fucini, UH Food Recovery Network President

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Jeff Gunn / Flickr

Last week, we told you about an island in Thailand that has been so overrun with tourists that it’s now temporarily closed to visitors. It’s a movement that appears to be growing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Steve Snodgrass / Flickr

New federal rules about overtime pay go in effect this December. And that could mean big changes for many island businesses. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

On December 1st, the U.S. Department of Labor will raise the threshold for overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476.  Most people associate overtime pay with hourly workers, not salaried employees, who earn a flat annual amount regardless of how many hours worked.  But this rule is aimed right at those salaried employees.  

Andy McKee has made a name for himself due to his impressive finger-style guitar playing, Youtube videos that have been viewed by millions and ongoing tributes to the late Michael Hedges, a guitarist whose name and innovative techniques McKee keeps alive.

4 to 7 Cyclones Predicted for 2016 Hurricane Season

May 26, 2016
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Weather officials say Hawai‘i will see normal to above normal activity this hurricane season, predicting between four and seven tropical cyclones. 

The 2016 outlook comes on the heels of last season’s record-setting El Niño year. That’s when 15 named storms entered the Central Pacific, the highest in recorded history. 

Town Square: GPS Technology

May 26, 2016
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  You probably have it on your phone maybe in your car, but how much do you think about the technology of GPS? And do you rely on it too much? You might according to Greg Milner, author of "Pinpoint: How GPS Is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds."  

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US Congress Debates School Lunches; Pianist Thomas Rosenkranz; Business of Organic Farming; Okinawan Heritage Festival

Debate in US Congress over cutting funding for school lunch programs; Dexter Kishida

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The price of coffee can be a moving target. For local producers, considerations include everything from weather conditions to the state of the coffee borer beetle. But in some parts of Asia, the key factor this year is rain—or the lack of it. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Hawaii’s Ice Epidemic: How Did We Get Here?

May 26, 2016
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Flickr / Klaus Stiefel

Crystal meth first came to Hawai‘i in the 1980s. Over the next several weeks, Hawaii Public Radio and Honolulu Civil Beat are doing a series of podcasts and radio reports called Hawai‘i’s New Ice Age: Crystal Meth in the Islands. Today, HPR’s Molly Solomon looks at how the drug first arrived in the islands.

Listen to the full episode by subscribing to our podcast on iTunes.

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Proposed Moratorium on Fishing in North Kona; Na Hōkū Nominee Joni Llamedo; Shark Behavior in Maui; Competitive High School Equestrian

Proposed Ka’upulehu Marine Reserve: Aunty Hannah Springer

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Over the last year, the issue of West Papuan independence has emerged as a major regional issue, and could soon become prominent internationally. As we hear from Neal Conan in today's Pacific News Minute, the key could be the upcoming summit, of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

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  We’ll get a recap on how the tech and startup ecosystem fared in this year’s Legislative session. We’ll talk to the Executive Director of HTDC and the Director of DBEDT to find out about the entrepreneur’s sandbox, accelerators, SBIR and broadband.

Episode 1: "45 Patients A Day"

May 25, 2016
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Dr. Daniel Chang estimates 45 patients a day come to the emergency room at Queens Medical Center for some type of methamphetamine-related complaint. The use of crystal methamphetamine is a medical, legal and social crisis that has now entered its third generation in Hawaii.

A dozen years ago, Congress held hearings on the topic, calling them "The Poisoning of Paradise." But despite a dip in publicity, meth hasn't left the islands.

Crystal Meth in Hawaii: Still On Ice

May 25, 2016
Noah Matteucci
Noah Matteucci

A week ago today, two men pleaded not guilty in the largest bust ever involving crystal methamphetamine on Kaua‘i. Police say they found seven pounds of meth—worth $1.6 million.

It’s the latest reminder that crystal methamphetamine remains a devastating problem around the state. 

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Noah Matteucci

45 times a day.

That's how many patients Hawaii’s largest emergency room admits with an issue related to crystal methamphetamine—one of four patients it treats.

Several decades ago, Hawai‘i was the first place in the United States that crystal meth landed — and today it’s a problem that stretches across three generations. Users are not just toothless addicts, but also high-functioning individuals whose chronic health problems turn up years later as heart and kidney issues. Many wind up in prisons and jails.

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Startup Culture in Hawaii; Il Trovatore at HOT; DOE Strategic Plan; Composting with Worms

State of the Startup Investment Industry in Hawaii: Meli James

President Obama's visit to Vietnam this week has focused on economic and strategic issues and on Human rights. Vietnam rigorously suppresses dissent and, late this week,  four Vietnamese go on trial for an act regarded as a right in much of the world...trying to leave the country. We have details from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

5 Killed in Skydiving Plane Crash on Kauai

May 23, 2016
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Kauai Fire Department

Officials are investigating the cause of a fiery plane crash on the south shore of Kauai that killed all five people on board. 

The crash happened at Port Allen Airport shortly after takeoff in Hanapēpē. Sarah Blane, a spokesperson for the County of Kaua‘i, says the plane, a single engine Cessna, is owned by the company Skydive Kaua‘i.

Four of them were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. One adult male was transferred to Wilcox Memorial Hospital, where he was then pronounced dead.

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Dr. Christine Kaczmar / Vimeo

  Today on The Body Show, a look at what goes on in your stomach. Irritable bowel disease is something that will affect an individual regardless of diet and sometimes treatment. We'll take a look at the latest in diagnosis and treatments.

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Economic Outlook for Hawaii; #iambadatthis; 11th East-West Philosophers' Conference; Honolulu Jazz Quartet

UHERO County Economic Forecast: Dr. Carl Bonham

Washington D.C. Welcomes Hokulea

May 23, 2016
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Oiwi TV / Bryson Hoe

Voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a was greeted by hula dancers and a canoe club, as she sailed up the Potomac River into Washington DC. 

It’s been two years since Hōkūle‘a left the islands and has traveled more about 30,000 miles. We checked in with crew member Nā‘ālehu Anthony… as part of our ongoing coverage…Hōkūle‘a: Voyage  of Aloha.

The canoe will depart the nation’s capital later this week…with plans to reach New York City in June for World Oceans Day on June 8.

Follow the two voyaging canoes on Google Maps:

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The latest dispute between the United States and China could be a topic of discussion in Hawai‘i this week. The meeting is a regularly-scheduled event focusing on maritime safety, but it follows a potentially dangerous encounter last week in the South China Sea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The U.S. Defense Department says two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane on “routine patrol” last Tuesday.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re returning to the topic of domestic violence and abuse in the Aloha State. We’re learning about one of the non-profits on the front lines of the issue: the Domestic Violence Action Center. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with CEO Nanci Kreidman.

The Conversation: Friday, May 20th, 2016

May 20, 2016
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The History of Political Correctness; "Finding the 9th" Art Exhibit; Mindfulness and Joy in Troubled Times; West African Dance in Hawaii

The Downside to Political Correctness? Father Walter Brownridge

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Alexa / Flickr

Two Mainland energy companies have invested more than half a billion dollars in Hawaii recently...on fossil fuels. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier explains why.

The two companies are Houston-based Par Pacific Holdings and New York-based One Rock Capital Partners. Par purchased the state’s largest refinery, gas stations and more from Tesoro in 2013 for $539 million. It has since also acquired Mid-Pac Petroleum and the exclusive license to the 76 brand in the state for $107 million.

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Macaroni / Youtube

For sports fans in the United States, it’s playoff time for professional basketball and hockey. In Europe, fans of soccer—or football as they would call it—saw the Premier League wrap up its season at the start of this week. And there’s a definite Asian angle to that story. HPR’s Bill Dorman has it in today’s Asia Minute.

Leicester City famously beat the odds this season to win its first ever Premier League Championship—the pinnacle of English soccer.

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Scientists are getting a better idea of how sharks behave and why so many attacks have occurred off Maui. The study, commissioned by the state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources monitored more than 40 tagged sharks in waters off Maui and Oahu. HPR’s Molly Solomon shares their findings.

Carl Meyer is used to getting up close and personal with one of Hawai‘i’s apex predators. He’s spent the past two years tagging tiger sharks in Hawai‘i to study their behavior. He cues up a video from a camera he attached to a shark off Maui in January, peak mating season for tiger sharks.

New England blues act Sugar Ray and the Bluetones are performing a pair of concerts in the Aloha State, tonight at the Hawaii Theatre and Friday at the Naniloa Hotel in Hilo. Band leader Sugar Ray Norcia spoke with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

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The Conversation: Thursday, May 19th, 2016

May 19, 2016
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Defective Airbag Lawsuit; 3D Printing Solving Maintenance Challenges; Hawai‘i Energy Campaign; Sustainable Building Design

State of HI Lawsuit Against Takata & Honda: Stephen Levins

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