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There are a few planets to try and spot this week, plus we return to the Mauna Kea summit for an exciting discovery of “Dogs in Space" 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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This week on Helping Hand, returning guests offer information on helping folks with mental illnesses, and the unique clubhouse day and evening programs. We’re privileged to be joined by the Psychosocial Rehabilitation/Case Management Service Coordinator at the Hawai'i Adult Mental Health Division of the Department of Health, Kathleen Miriam, and Peer Specialist Intern Martin Boegel.

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Wikimedia Commons

Talk of development in West Oahu often centers on housing. This week, Pacific Business News surveys the state of business development in the region to find out where the action is. PBN’s editor in chief, A. Kam Napier, has more.

And the action is…nearly everywhere you look. West Oahu, including Kapolei, already boasts nearly 670,000 square feet of office space and the demand is growing. Looking at retail, we see a low 2% vacancy rate. That means developers should have no problem filling the three major shopping centers now in the works.

Roger McGuinn has been in the islands and on HPR over the last couple of weeks. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer from the 60's/70's band The Byrds is touring the state, wrapping up with dates tonight in Hilo at the Palace Theatre, Saturday at the Honoka`a People's Theatre and Tuesday and Wednesday at the Iao Theatre on Maui. He also loaded into HPR's own theatre, the Atherton Performing Arts Studio, for a performance/interview session with All Things Considered HPR Host Dave Lawrence.

This week Helping Hand welcomes back the Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter – and a new guest from that organization -- Steve Tam, Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter Volunteer Advisory Board member.

In addition to finding out what to look for this week in our island skies, we hear about a discovery of a planet being described as similar to a “hot Jupiter" as HPR's Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer.       

Learn more here.  

This week on Helping Hand we have both a returning guest organization, and a new guest, all at the same time!

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Ken Lund / Flickr

Industrial space vacancies are at an all-time low and rents are climbing. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more on what that means for local businesses.

If you need space in a warehouse in Honolulu these days, you’re in for a challenge. Vacancy rates are at a record low of 2%, compared to 7% national. And rents are up, too, to $1.17 per square foot, per month. That’s a six-year high, though it’s not quite as high as it was before the great recession.


Hawaii’s legislature won’t be back in session until January, and the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are both in recess until after Labor Day. India’s parliament just wrapped up its latest proceedings this week—but the headlines are about what did NOT happen. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Legislative achievements are relative.

It’s true for lawmakers in any representative democracy--some sessions are just more productive than others.