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It’s another tough week for air quality in parts of Southeast Asia. Haze is continuing to blow across the region from illegal forest fires set in Indonesia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has an update in today’s Asia Minute.

Authorities in Indonesia seem to be trying just about everything they can to fight illegal fires.

After first resisting international help, now they’re using firefighting resources from as far away as Australia.

We’ve got planets to look for in our dark skies plus a major discovery on the outer reaches of the Solar System that was assisted by facilities at the Mauna Kea summit astronomy community as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer.   

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All Things Considered follows up last week's John McLaughlin album preview and interview with Jake Shimabukuro and his new album, Travels. After a week of sampling the new release by the ukulele virtuoso, All Things Considered offers a finale: Jake live in the Atherton Performing Arts Studio! It's his third such appearance with local ATC Host Dave Lawrence, and the two explored music from the album, and the influences that went into it. 

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This week Helping Hand is following up with a guest we had previously, as we learn about a special event coming up to support Hawai‘i Fido Service Dogs. Hawai’i Fi-Do Service Dogs is a non-profit corporation that trains dogs to assist the disabled. We’ll learn more about their fundraising event Friday, October 23rd at the Honolulu Country Club, Dining with Dogs. We welcome back Jim Kennedy, Executive Director at Hawai‘i Fido Service Dogs.

In addition to looking for planets, we hear about a Mauna Kea summit discovery of cosmic birth taking place thirteen-hundred light years from Earth as HPR All Things Considered host Dave Lawrence with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer.          

Learn more about this recent discovery at the Mauna Kea summit.            

John McLaughlin has a new album, Black Light, which we featured all week on All Things Considered. The gifted guitarist, who first made a name for himself in the sixties collaborating with Miles Davis and others, is equally well-known for his groundbreaking fusion bands Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti, as well as numerous projects through the years, including his latest, the Fourth Dimension Band.

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This week we’re learning about Best Buddies Hawai'i. Their website states that their mission is to create opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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We’ve got the ISS and a few plants to look for, as well as learning about a discovery on the Mauna Kea summit relating to dead galaxies, plus we celebrate the Red Planet bearing aqua, as HPR All Things Considered Honolulu Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer.             

courtesy of Nik Lacchin


This week Helping Hand has a return appearance from an invaluable organization for the disabled, Aloha Independent Living Hawai’i. Their website states that they were founded to give persons with disabilities in Hawai’i the choice of where to receive independent living services, and they provide many related services. We welcome back Roxanne Bolden, Executive Director, and Brian Hauser, Director of Programs, of Aloha Independent Living Hawai'i.


Healthcare in Hawai‘i is a complex and changing business. It’s also very personal—and interviews with a cross-section of healthcare executives produced a variety of information. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Executives we spoke to represented major hospitals, such as Straub and Queens, community clinics and the health insurance industry. Here are just a few of the takeaways from a wide-ranging conversation.