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After decades of tracking socio-economic and educational statistics and trends, a UH Mānoa professor charges that people in Hawai‘i appear to be quite tolerant of ethnic inequality.  Professor Jonathan Okamura says ethnic inequality here plays out in the same way racism does in other places.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Joy Enomoto

Black people have a long history in Hawai’i dating back to the 19th century. The state’s more than 21,000 blacks make up a little over 3 percent of the population. That compares to a national average of 13 percent and ranks Hawai’i 39th among all state in the percentage of its population that is black. These numbers are just one reason for such a unique experience for black cultures here in Hawai’i. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi has this story.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

Amidst the flurry of Executive Orders issued recently by President Trump, a seventy five year old Order is being re-examined.  Executive Order 9066 by President Roosevelt in 1942, banned “any or all persons” from “military areas” as determined by the Secretary of War and military commanders.  Though this order and the Japanese internment it caused have been discredited in the courts, political figures have used it recently to support new rules around immigration.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on what is at stake.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

  This year, for Hawai‘i’s celebration of Reverend Martin Luther King’s holiday there was a  Run for Peace on Maui, a commemorative walk happened on Kaua‘i, and Hawai‘i island celebrated in Kona on Sunday.  In Honolulu, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with some of the millennials in attendance at what is called the annual "People's Parade." 

Rikki's Refuge / Flickr
Rikki's Refuge / Flickr

A number of Japanese sports and games are popular in Hawai‘i. There was a time when Hawaiian-born sumo wrestlers dominated the top ranks of the sport.  And other games from Hanafuda to Sudoku have caught on in the islands. But one particular sport that’s been developed in Japan hasn’t yet made it to Hawai‘i---although it’s spreading across Asia.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Town Square: Race and justice in America

Dec 18, 2014

  Tonight another run at a difficult conversation: race and justice in America - and in Hawaii. Our panel looks at a new study now underway to measure conscious bias. It's a project of UH law professor Justin Levinson. He and other guests consider what few of us want to imagine: that we all may hold some deep seated prejudice.

Turning Ferguson into a Teachable Moment in Hawaii

Nov 25, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Events in Ferguson, Missouri have sparked a national conversation. Teachers in Hawai‘i are grappling with how to bring that into the classroom. HPR's Molly Solomon has more.

Lessons from Marshallese Poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner

Sep 3, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Not everyone growing up in the islands feels the spirit of aloha. The Micronesian experience in Hawai‘i is often defined by feelings of exclusion and discrimination. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with Marshallese poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, whose writing sheds light on a voice not often heard.

Jetnil-Kijiner was recently selected to speak at the 2014 Climate Summit at the United Nations in New York this month. 

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Flickr / michaelwilding

Next year will mark a century since they stopped horse racing in Kapiolani Park. But the sport that was a favorite of King David Kalakaua remains popular in Asia…along with the betting that goes with it. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.