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 2005 may have been the height of Hawai‘i’s ice “epidemic.”  That year, Hawai‘i police arrested  719 people on meth charges.  Though we haven’t heard a whole lot about it since, crystal methamphetamine hasn’t gone away, and some fear it has just become part of our social fabric.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a new production at Kumu Kahua that makes you wonder how prevalent this drug still is.

Rachel Elaine. / Flickr
Rachel Elaine. / Flickr

State lawmakers were briefed today on the major challenges developers face in building affordable housing for low income residents.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

courtesy of Shawn A. Laatsch

In the current Stargazer, the morning time planet line-up continues plus we learn about a new NASA effort to protect the planet as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.   

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cwlee80 / Flickr

If you’re a football fan, you’re now less than a week away from the Superbowl.  If you prefer basketball, the NBA all-star game is in a couple of weeks and we’re a month away from March Madness.  But in the Philippines, part of the basketball season is down to the wire. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Oiwi TV / Jason Patterson
Oiwi TV / Jason Patterson

It’s been more than a month since voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a left Cape Town, South Africa. Crew members on board say they’re just days away from reaching the coast of Brazil. We got an update from navigator Kaleo Wong as part of our ongoing series, Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

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University of Hawaii
University of Hawaii

Scientists say a disease killing hundreds of thousands of ‘ōhi‘a trees on Hawaii's Big Island is spreading. Recent aerial surveys show the acreage of infected trees has more than doubled in the past two years. State, county and federal agencies collaborated to conduct the surveys by helicopter last month. The fungal disease, called Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death, was found in 34,000 acres of ‘ōhi‘a forest. Rob Hauff is the Forest Health Coordinator with the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Blues artist Marica Ball is touring the state right now.

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This week on Helping Hand, we’re learning about NAMI  Hawai‘i: the National Alliance on Mental Illness. That’s the National Alliance on Mental Illness Hawai‘i. Executive Director Kumi McDonald speaks with local HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

Colin Cook
Colin Cook

Surfers and big-wave enthusiasts are flocking to the North Shore this week for one of the biggest swells of the season. One person who won’t be in the water is Colin Cook. The 26-year-old surfer is still recovering from a shark attack last October, and lost his leg in the battle. HPR’s Molly Solomon recently caught up with him and has this report.

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Harsha K R / Flickr

A major American automaker has been fine-tuning its operations in Asia this week. Ford started the week by announcing it would close all of its operations in Japan and Indonesia. By the end of the week, the company announced some new plans for India. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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