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Regarded as one of the finest guitar players performing today, Earl Klugh has a career stretching back decades. Just a teenager when first getting the chance to work with Yusef Lateef and George Benson, the jazz great has gone on to become a fixture of the genre himself, noted for his acoustic guitar playing, original compositions and interpretations of covers. Handpicked is his latest album.

Wayne Yoshioka

A joint Senate and House committee was briefed yesterday on a proposal to move the O’ahu Community Correctional Center from Kalihi to Halawa.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Marty B / Flickr

For many years, we've heard that climate change will make the low lying islands of many Pacific nations uninhabitable over the next few decades. Now a new study shows that despite the effects of sea level rise and more powerful storms, most reef islands have persisted and even grown. But as we hear from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute, prospects for many Pacific Island nations remain gloomy.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council extended state funding for the rail transit project today.  But the lawmakers imposed a few restrictions on spending.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Christopher Michel / Flickr

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary will remain in its current form.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had proposed broadening the sanctuary to include a larger area and the protection of other species.

But after a lengthy process including public hearings and discussions with the State Department of Land and Natural Resources, NOAA has decided to withdraw its proposal.

Allen Tom is the Regional Director of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

SOI / Michelle Schwengel-Regala
SOI / Michelle Schwengel-Regala

A research ship in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is not the kind of place where you would expect to find artists. But a new partnership is bringing together art and science through a residency program on board The Falkor, part of the Schmidt Ocean Institute. HPR’s Molly Solomon caught up with a local fiber artist who was able to hop aboard.

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Wikipedia Commons

History and current events are coming together this week in the Philippines. The emperor of Japan is in the country on an official visit to mark sixty years of diplomatic relations. But the visit is also a reminder of some history that lingers. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The last time Emperor Akihito was in Manila, it was 1962.  He was crown prince, then-Senator Ferdinand Marcos was three years from becoming president, and the two countries were just six years into their post-war diplomatic relations.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Governor covered his major priorities yesterday during his State of the State address to the Legislature.   But the largest departmental budget includes much more than what was revealed.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Phillip Capper / Flickr

Results are in from Vanuatu's snap election, which followed a scandal that saw 14 members of Parliament convicted on bribery charges.  Several prominent politicians lost their seats, but, as we hear from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute, no clear winner emerged.

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Bridget Coila / Flickr

Heavy snow and cold temperatures on the mainland have gotten a lot of coverage in recent days…especially in the northeast. But it’s also been a period of unusual cold in many parts of East Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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