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This week on Helping Hand it’s returning guest Women’s Fund of Hawai‘i. This non-profit tries to address several key issues affecting women in the Aloha State, and they have a benefit fundraising Tea & Champagne Event May 16th in Honolulu. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence spoke with Executive Director, Leela Bilmes Goldstein.

Brett Neilson / Flickr
Brett Neilson / Flickr

The President and CEO of Bishop Museum has resigned from his position.  Blair Collis announced his resignation today, ending a five year run in the museum’s top seat.

A news release did not say why he is resigning, but it quoted Collis as saying he is pursuing new opportunities.  The museum’s board of directors has appointed Honolulu attorney Linda Lee Kuuleilani “Cissy” Farm as interim president and CEO, and the board will launch a national search for a permanent replacement.

NOAA's National Ocean Service / Flickr
NOAA's National Ocean Service / Flickr

Understanding the DNA of life in Hawai‘i’s coral reefs may hold the key to protecting diversity through changing conditions.

The Conversation: Friday, April 29th, 2016

Apr 29, 2016
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Changes to Doctor Compensation; Artist Training Program; Prison Reform in Hawaii

HMSA Changing to Capitation Payments: Scott Miscovich

Stirling Noyes / Flickr
Stirling Noyes / Flickr

Coffee can be a challenging crop—whether it’s grown here in Hawai‘i or anywhere else in the world. And while local farmers are battling the borer beetle…in parts of Asia, the enemy is the weather. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Thomas Angermann / Flickr

The number of small businesses in Hawai‘i has declined in recent years, but the number of people employed by small businesses has increased. Here’s Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier to explain.

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Ginny / Flickr

The 11th annual Honolulu Book and Music Festival takes place this weekend on the grounds of Honolulu Hale. The two day event mixes books, storytelling and music to promote literacy and culture.

More than fifty authors, poets, and storytellers will discuss their recent work on a variety of panels.  On the main stage… Hawaiian musicians and hula hālaus will entertain festival goers. New this year is a wellness discussion with leaders from the Buddhist community.  Dave Deluca is the board chair of the Honolulu Book and Music Festival.

The Conversation: Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Apr 28, 2016
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Low Income Rental Tax Credit; Everything is Not As It Seems; Behavioral Analysis in the Classroom; Original Dance Extravaganza from Kaua'i 

Updating Low Income Renters Housing Credit, HB 2166: Victor Geminiani

Pedal Power: How Kalihi Got A New Bike Lane

Apr 28, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

So far this year, there have been eight pedestrians killed on O‘ahu’s roads. Advocates say one solution includes revamping streets to make them safer for all users, whether on bike, car or foot.

Jared Christenot meets me on a busy Kalihi street, outside Kaewai Elementary. He works at Kōkua Kalihi Valley, a nonprofit community health center. That busy street we’re on, Kamehameha IV Road, connects Likelike highway with North School Street. Big semis and trucks whizz by the largely residential neighborhood. Next door is a middle school and a district park.

Town Square: Water Rights

Apr 27, 2016
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Wikipedia Commons

  Where’s the water and who gets it? Our panel takes a big picture look at Hawai‘i’s available water for urban, agricultural and cultural use…and competing interests that aren’t going away. Guests: Bill Tam, former DLNR Deputy Director, retired from the Water Commission; Tom Giambelluca Professor of Geography, UH Manoa; and Kapua Sproat, Assistant Professor with Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law and the Environmental Law Program.  

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Wikipedia Commons

French Prime Minster Manuel Valls is on a three-day visit to New Caledonia.  The French South Pacific Territory is scheduled to hold a referendum on independence in 2018, but what's on the ballot and exactly who's eligible to vote remain to be decided...details from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

A South Korean official says North Korea test-fired two missiles today….and both of them failed.  It’s the latest development in what has been an active time in the region. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Tensions are even higher than usual these days on the Korean peninsula.  Thursday’s failed missile launches are the latest in a series of test firings.  This past weekend, North Korean military officials said they launched a ballistic missile from a submarine…while western observers say an attempted launch a couple of weeks ago failed.

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Wikipedia Commons

Governor David Ige says the biggest outbreak of dengue fever ever recorded in Hawai‘i appears to be over.

Ige says state officials still need to be vigilant about controlling mosquitoes….but he thanked lawmakers for restoring funding for positions to battle the outbreak.

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority CEO George Szigeti said the today’s announcement is a vote of confidence for visitors to the state and to Hawai‘i Island.

The outbreak of dengue fever started in September….and sickened a total of 264 people. The last case was reported on March 17th.

Impact Hub
Impact Hub

  An update on the Impact Hub and the work they are doing to spread entrepreneurship. We’ll find out how a new program is being implemented in all the community colleges to encourage the business minded to nurture their startups. 

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Pixabay Commons

In Hawai‘i, five-percent of children under the age of 18 has a parent who’s behind bars…that’s around 16,000 kids.

These findings come from a new report from the Anne E. Casey Foundation, which addresses the impact of children whose parents are incarcerated. 

According to the study, more than five-million-children in the US are separated from a parent who is behind bars.  As a result… children are financially and socially impacted… making them prone to repeat bad habits.

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Pixabay Commons

If a major catastrophe would ever hit Hawai‘i and we exhausted our supply of medication there is a fall back plan.  The US strategic national stockpile of medicine and supplies could be tapped and delivered within 12 hours.

The Department of Health would distribute that medication to the public through “points of distribution” or “pods” spread out across the state.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

  Many former youth symphony members remember the neighbor island tours they did with the Hawai‘i Youth Symphony, HYS.  An annual highlight, this year, the members of HYS’ top orchestra went to Kaua‘i  for a series of concerts.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa accompanied them to the Garden Island for this report.

     

We left O‘ahu in the dark!  Blinking and a little bleary, ninety-seven teens and 26 adults boarded that early 

The Conversation: Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Apr 27, 2016
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The Future of Dole Ag Land; Rock and Roll Pioneer June Millington; Taxing Air BnB; Novelist Cecily Wong

State Should Buy Dole Ag Lands On Oahu: Senator Gil Riviere

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Keith Bacongco / Flickr

Election news in the United States remains focused on primary elections and the nomination process for presidential candidates.  In the Philippines, the presidential election is less than two weeks away—and recent polls have taken a new turn.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

  Australia's controversial migrant policy faces major new questions today after a protester set himself on fire as UN officials toured the detention camp on Nauru.  Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea ordered Australia's other off-shore run camp to be closed.  More, from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

The Conversation: Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Apr 26, 2016
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Hawai‘i as a Sinkhole State; Maui’s Sugar Ditch Kids; Neal Conan; Common Ground Dance Festival

Hawaii Taxpayers Not Getting Truthful Financial Information: Sheila Weinberg

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Wikipedia Commons

Earlier today, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the winner of the biggest defense contract in Australia's history.  While Japan was long believed to have the inside track, France received the order for 12 new submarines in a deal estimated at 39 billion dollars.  We have more from Neal Conan, in the Pacific News Minute.

Rikki's Refuge / Flickr
Rikki's Refuge / Flickr

A number of Japanese sports and games are popular in Hawai‘i. There was a time when Hawaiian-born sumo wrestlers dominated the top ranks of the sport.  And other games from Hanafuda to Sudoku have caught on in the islands. But one particular sport that’s been developed in Japan hasn’t yet made it to Hawai‘i---although it’s spreading across Asia.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

This week on Stargazer we are returning to Ceres, where NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is making an incredibly close pass to the dwarf planet; we learn more as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.   

Learn more about the mission here.

    

Honolulu City and County
Honolulu City and County

Honolulu City and Council officials are looking for the public’s feedback on a renovation plan to Ala Moana Beach Park.

A nine point plan announced last year has already made improvements to the park.  But last week the city released a draft plan that would redesign the 948 existing parking, switching to angled stalls near the McCoy Pavillion.

The Conversation: Monday, April 25th, 2016

Apr 25, 2016
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Penalties for Dumping; Shakespeare’s First Folio; The Legislative Process; Music of Shakespeare

Illegal Curbside Dumping, C&C Bill 24: Councilmember Kymberly Pine

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midnightcomm / Flickr

One of the biggest abalone farms in the world is located in Hawai‘i. It’s on Hawai‘i Island—run by the Big Island Abalone Corporation. Across the Pacific, a different method of raising abalone is sparking new interest. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

In the waters off Western Australia, artificial reefs are home to a growing crop of abalone.  Those behind the project call it the world’s first sea ranch for abalone.  That’s a delicacy in many Asian countries—and demand is rising fast—especially in China.

Oiwi TV / Jason Patterson
Oiwi TV / Jason Patterson

Hōkūle‘a sailed into Newport News, Virginia this weekend. The voyaging canoe continues to travel up the Intracoastal Waterway on the East Coast of the mainland. We caught up with Hōkūle‘a crew member Starr Johnson as part of our ongoing series Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Follow the two voyaging canoes on Google Maps:

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This week we’re learning about Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands. In addition to hearing about services they offer, we’ll also hear about their fundraiser April 27th at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Hawai‘i Legislative Director and Public Affairs Manager Laurie Field.

The Conversation: Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Apr 22, 2016
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Zero Waste Initiative at HPR; Storyteller Margaret Read McDonald; Global Climate Outlook; Haleakalā National Park Centennial

Zero Waste Initiative Follow Up: Ku’ulei Williams

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