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The number of dengue fever cases in Hawai‘i is approaching 250, while state health officials also monitor developments of the Zika virus.  Both conditions are carried by mosquitoes—and the Zika virus is getting close attention this week across the Asia Pacific.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The Zika virus has focused attention on mosquitoes: a familiar topic in Indonesia.  Dengue, malaria, yellow fever and other insect-borne afflictions have long been part of Indonesia’s public health challenges…and are more common than the Zika virus.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Say goodbye to the Year of the Goat. Starting Monday, we’ll officially enter the Year of the Monkey. Lions and dragons will take to the streets this weekend in Chinatown to ring in the Lunar New Year.

Festival officials say the event brings tens of thousands of tourists and local residents to the area, where everything from good luck charms to char siu jin dui is for sale. Leonard Kam is the past president of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i. He’s chairing this year’s Chinese New Year Festival.

Wayne Yoshioka

Some state lawmakers try to enact laws to improve the health of the people they serve.   But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, sometimes their good intentions backfire.  

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  We’ll explore the world of the online marketplace. We’ll talk to two local entrepreneurs creating and maintaining this online exchange, one matching people with people, the other matching people with experiences.

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Last week, Malaysia's attorney general cleared the country's prime minister of all charges in a long running corruption investigation of a state development fund. Then, just a couple of days later, authorities in Switzerland said they have evidence of bribery, money laundering and other crimes involving the same Malaysian fund. We have more, from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

Bill Dorman
Bill Dorman

Celebrations of the Lunar New Year will be taking place around the state in coming days. The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i has events Friday and Saturday, while the Year of the Monkey officially starts next Monday.  And in different parts of Asia, the lunar New Year brings more than just celebrations.  HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Robert Linsdell / Flickr

The popular Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on Kauai closed its gates to the public on January 17th.  It’s not expected to re-open until the end of April.  Scott Giarman on Kauai has more on the reasons for the closing and the Refuge’s plans for visitors during the closing period.

Wayne Yoshioka

It’s been 3 months since the Dengue Fever Outbreak was first reported on the Big Island.   There are also concerns of it spreading to the neighboring islands.  The Governor brought the County and State responders to the Capitol for an update.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Over the weekend, a US Navy Destroyer challenged Chinese claims to islands in the South China Sea...not the Spratleys, this time, but the Paracel Islands, occupied by China but also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. We have more from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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More than 8 and a half million passengers flew into Hawai‘i last year—a record number. Most of them were well-behaved, but every airline faces a challenge in dealing with those who are not. And in China, a new program is starting to deal with rowdy passengers. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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