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    Writer Kimo Armitage has been writing for two decades---he’s published over twenty children’s books, including many bestsellers, like Honu the Blue Turtle.  Last month he published his first novel, The Healers, and suddenly he finds himself the winner of a major national award.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Writer Kimo Armitage was raised by his grandparents in Hale‘iwa.

Town Square: What Do Political Issues Say About Hawaii?

May 19, 2016
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Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

What's it like trying to resolve serious political conflicts like Hawaiian sovereignty, or genetically modified crops? What do these conflicts say about leadership in this state? We'll talk about these questions. and a lot more, with two people who have worked in the trenches on many of them, Peter Adler and Linda Colburn.

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Flickr / albertogp123

Student test scores may no longer be linked to a teacher’s job performance.

The Hawaii State Board of Education unanimously approved recommendations that would get rid of standardized testing from the evaluation process. That’s a big deal for educators, who say the evaluations are unfairly tied to teacher pay and impact retention.

Amy Perruso is the Hawai‘i State Teachers Association secretary-treasurer and a social studies teacher at Mililani High.

The Conversation: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

May 18, 2016
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Human Behavior in Elections; 1 Minute Play Festival; Tsunami Threat to Hawai‘i; “Beyond The Woman”

    

Long View: Neal Milner

The Conversation: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

May 17, 2016
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Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet; Mānoa Valley Theater Production of Equus; Neal Conan; Hawai‘i Students Wins National Shakespeare Competition

Peace Corps’ 55th Year: Carrie Hessler-Radelet

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  There are group shows, there are theme shows, juried exhibitions and one person shows and today,  curators are using art exhibitions to explore ideas as much as present a finished statement.  This year’s MAMo exhibition, short for Maoli Arts Month, was designed as an experiment in cross fertilization.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

“The Lab: Experiments in Photography,” works by Kapulani Landgraf, Ualani Davis and Dru Hara runs through May 28th at the Arts at Marks.  

The Arts at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave.  778-6392

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This week on Stargazer we’ve got an observation in the news from folks atop the Mauna Kea summit at one of the powerful observatories, plus we hear what to look for in our dark island skies, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

      

The Conversation: Monday, May 16th, 2016

May 16, 2016
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Election Rules in the Supreme Court; Transgender Students in Hawai‘i; New Album from North Shore Guitarist Ian O’Sullivan; Hale Nani Management Responds to Strike; Classical Violinist Nancy Shoop-Wu

Supreme Court to Hear Office of Elections Challenge: Lance Collins

State Braces For Active Wildfire Season in Hawaii

May 16, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Little rainfall and an ongoing drought suggests that Hawai‘i is in for a hot, dry summer. It’s also stoking concerns that the islands will experience a busy fire season.

Back in March, Joseph Momoa was heading home to Nānākuli. As soon as he stepped out of his truck, he knew something was wrong: he could smell it.

“When I turned around and faced the mountain, there was a cloud of smoke coming over the top,” said Momoa.”I knew the wind was coming around this area and sweeping over to my side. I was thinking this fire’s going to be here in about five minutes.”

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Many of this year’s political races are coming into clearer focus. From mayoral contests across the state to the presidential election, there will be competition. But the titles of the office holders are not a point of contention. That’s not true everywhere. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Stop and Smell the Corpse Flower — If You Dare!

May 13, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

This corpse flower is no shrinking violet. And anyone who caught a whiff of it in bloom this week at Foster Botanical Garden certainly knows the pungent blossom lives up to its name.

Scot Mitamura, a horticulturist at the gardens, said the corpse flower, or Amorphophallus titanium, started to open Thursday afternoon. The plant, originally from Sumatra, Indonesia, takes 10 years to blossom from seed. It then unleashes its signature smell when it reopens every two to five years.

courtesy of Nik Lacchin

 

Guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan took time to visit HPR's All Things Considered for an interview/performance session in Atherton Performing Arts Studio during his week of shows at the Blue Note Hawai'i. He spoke with local ATC Host Dave Lawrence about a wide range of topics, including his unusual guitar style and interest in music therapy.

The Conversation: Friday, May 13th, 2016

May 13, 2016
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Bee Health in Hawaii; Amazing Hawai‘i Comic-Con; Tax Breaks for Organic Farmers; Ka’u Coffee Festival

Outlook for Bees in Hawaii: Michael Kliks

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Matthieu Sévère / Flickr

Immigration policy continues to be a focus around the world---from Europe’s refugee crisis to the US presidential election. In parts of Asia, another twist on the issue centers on the use of foreign workers. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Nearly 15% of Malaysia’s work force is made up of people from other countries.  That’s according to the government, which puts the number of foreign workers at a little more than 2 million.  Non-profit labor groups estimate as many as 2 million more work in the country without documentation.

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Oceanit is a pioneer when it comes to developing a locally based high-tech business. The company was established 30 years ago by Dr. Patrick Sullivan, who’s got some new ideas for the decades ahead.  Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more on what’s ahead for this company.

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O‘ahu’s tofu makers, all eight of them, existed in a sort of equilibrium for decades, each brand with its own specialties and aficionados.  People relished the “fresh” taste of Honda tofu from Wahiawā, or the firmer texture of Country tofu made in Hālawa.  Today, however, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found the landscape of locally produced tofu has changed dramatically.

Town Square: Health Insurance Capitated Payments

May 12, 2016
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Pictures of Money / Flickr

  Some doctors say it has merit; others call it a move against appropriate care for their patients. Regardless, the industry and the federal government are pressing for capitated payments. We'll talk about with our panel and you.

 

Maui artist Lily Meola's debut album, They Say, was recently released, and it's already earned her three major award nominations and a slot at a prestigious new festival, not to mention landing her as one of Rolling Stone magazine's "Artists You Need to Know" list.

The Conversation: Thursday, May 12th, 2016

May 12, 2016
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Family Tension Over Vaccines; Filipino Renaissance Man: Martin Nievera; Nani Hale Strike; Jazz Guitar Legend Stanley Jordan

Dilema of Child Vaccines: Dr. Reena Shah

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Vanuatu Daily Digest

The so-called Panama papers disclosed details of thousands of shell corporations set up in tax havens around the world, including many Pacific Island nations.  Those nations and the law firm involved, Mossack Fonseca, argue that these operations are perfectly legal and are not designed to cloak criminal activity...but, as we hear from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute...sometimes they do.

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How fast is your internet connection? Of all the charms and wonders of Hawai‘i, speedy broadband access doesn’t make the list.  In fact, according to one survey last year, we rank 46th in the country for average speed of connection.  And the latest tech news about Asia makes the comparison even more sobering.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Ranking technology use by location can be a tricky business.  Several times a year, various groups report on different measures of technological prowess and adoption.

The Conversation: Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

May 11, 2016
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The Future of Geothermal in Hawaii; Mililani Middle School Beekeeping Club; Grid Defection from HECO; Public Private Partnerships in Hawai‘i Schools

What's Next for Geothermal Oversight? Sen Russell Ruderman

Leading Coral Experts Prepare For Symposium in Hawaii

May 11, 2016
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Flickr / NOAA's National Ocean Service

Hundreds of the world’s top ocean scientists will gather in Honolulu next month for the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium. It’s the first time the conference will be held in Hawai‘i. 

Leading coral experts say it’s a critical time for our reefs. Warming sea temperatures and increased ocean acidification are continuing to stress these ecosystems. Human activity has also taken a toll: overfishing, runoff of sewage and sediments from the shore.

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James St. John / Flickr

The government of Thailand will be closing a controversial gold mine by the end of the year.  It’s a case that involves overseas investment, local jobs, and questions about health.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / Flickr

Yesterday, an American destroyer delivered another challenge to Chinese claims in the South China Sea.  USS William P Lawrence sailed within 12 miles of Fiery Cross Reef, where Chinese engineers have created a 700 acre artificial island over the last year and a half.  More, from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

The Conversation: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

May 10, 2016
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A New Project to Map Hawai‘i’s Groundwater; “Albatross And Other Ancestors”; Neal Conan; Kaui Hart Hemmings’ Latest Novel

`Ike Wai Project, Securing Hawaii’s Water Future: Gwen Jacobs

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noe tanigawa

 In the wider world, tofu is getting beyond its bland white cube image, turning up barbecued or even as a mousse.  In Hawai‘i, we’ve had a wealth of fresh tofu since the plantation days, and over the years, Hawai‘i has enjoyed a unique range of neighborhood tofu styles, often available direct from the factory.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports recent closures have left just a few local makers serving the fresh tofu market today.   

Tofu was definitely made on the plantations by Japanese and probably Chinese immigrants.  Tofu followed them off the plantations too.

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Yi Chen / Flickr

Wildfires in Canada are blowing smoky air into parts of the United States this week. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an air pollution health advisory over the weekend because of smoke coming from Ontario. In Asia, there’s a big debate in many countries about how much air pollution blows in from Mainland China. But in Taiwan, there’s a new movement to reduce homegrown air pollution. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Virgin Australia announced plans to resume flights to Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu later this month.  Major airlines suspended flights in and out of Bauerfield International four months ago because of concerns over the safety of the main runway.  More from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

So how does a country so heavily reliant on tourism allow it's international airport to deteriorate so badly?  At a news conference at Bauerfield earlier this week, deputy Prime Minister Joe Natuman answered, "Neglect by successive governments."

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