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  2016 has already been an extremely volatile year for global stock markets. That’s raised some questions about economic strength in the Asia Pacific—and particularly in three countries that are crucial for Hawai‘i’s tourism market. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Legendary jazz vocalist and songwriter Dee Dee Bridgewater has earned impressive awards for her work in music and theater. She's touring the Aloha State now behind her Dee Dee's Feathers album through Sunday at the Blue Note Hawai'i.

This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about Shriners Hospitals for Children Honolulu with Mahealani Richardson, Director of Public Relations, speaking with HPR All Things Considered local host Dave Lawrence.

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Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

To last for more than a century, an organization has to reinvent itself. That’s what Bishop Museum president & CEO, Blair Collis, has been doing. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

In 2011, Blair Collis became the youngest chief executive in Bishop Museum’s long history and the first to be promoted to the top spot from within.  Collis rose up through the business side of the museum.  His first director-level job there was as head of Bishop Museum press in 2003, then on to such roles as VP of sales and marketing, chief operating officer, and more.

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Chris Marchant / Flickr

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been continuing all week, after North Korea’s latest satellite launch over the weekend. One area of cooperation has been shut down and now North Korea is threatening to cut its communications hotline with the South. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Three communication tie lines link North and South Korea—one used by the military, one used by United Nations forces in the Demilitarized Zone, and one run by the Red Cross.  Pyongyang last cut communications in 2013…but soon restored them.

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There are a handful of bills dealing with industrial hemp before the state legislature this session.   Some lawmakers are looking at ways to help 675 Maui sugar workers who are scheduled to lose their jobs at the end of the year.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative says wind power is one of the “most viable” options for the state when it comes to renewable energy. It’s also a growing source of electricity in China. And new figures out this week shows the pace of adoption is picking up there. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

About a third of the world’s wind power is online in China….which has now blown past the European Union as the leading region for this energy source.  17% of the globe’s wind power capacity is installed in the United States…about 10% is in Germany.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The saying goes, “The Bay Calls The Day.” But it turns out Wednesday was not that day. Shortly after 6 am, event organizers cancelled the Eddie Aikau big wave contest, after an expected swell failed to arrive at Waimea Bay. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

As the sun rose over Waimea Bay, it was clear to thousands of spectators who packed the beach early Wednesday morning: The Eddie would not go. “Everybody’s down here,” said event director Glen Moncata. “It’s like a party but the guest of honor didn’t decide to show up this time.”

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 After surprisingly good numbers at the box office in New Zealand, a comedy shot on a shoestring in Samoa is now set for release in Australia. "Three Wise Cousins" came in at number seven, earning about two hundred thousand dollars in two weeks on just eight screens. More from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

 

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The State dedicated a refurbished rental building overlooking historic Pearl Harbor today.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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