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Lee Gillenwater/The Pew Charitable Trusts
Lee Gillenwater/The Pew Charitable Trusts

Obama To Create Largest Protected Marine Area on the Planet

President Barack Obama has announced plans to expand the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, more than quadrupling its current size. That will make it the largest marine protected area in the world. The expansion permanently protects thousands of marine species and coral reef systems in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
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Top French Court Suspends Riviera Town's Burkini Ban

France's highest administrative court struck a blow against controversial 'burkini bans' Friday, upending one town's decision to prohibit the full-body swimsuit on its beaches.The Council of State suspended the ban in Villeneuve-Loubet, just west of Nice, saying it "seriously, and clearly illegally, breached the fundamental freedoms to come and go, the freedom of beliefs and individual freedom."The Riviera town was one of roughly 30 municipalities to forbid beachgoers from donning the...
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courtesy of Nik Lacchin

This week Helping Hand welcomes back the National Federation of the Blind of Hawaii ahead of their state convention October 1-2 at the Elks Lodge in Honolulu. The state convention, recent national convention, their efforts to assist those in need, and ways to support their organization are among the topics as National Federation of the Blind of Hawaii’s Virgil Stinnett, Katie Stinnett and Melissa Scroggins join HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

An artist with long ties to the Aloha State returns tomorrow for the Great Waikiki Beer Festival at the Hilton. Kenny Loggins talked about the event, his new "Footloose" children's book project and connection to Winnie the Pooh when he returned to HPR's All Things Considered ahead of the Saturday concert for a chat with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

Tina Yuen / PBN
Tina Yuen / PBN

One of Honolulu’s leading developers is Christine Camp, president & CEO of the Avalon Development Company.  Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more on what has driven her to carve her own path in this male-dominated industry.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Sugar operations at HC&S on Maui are winding down. Back in January, the state’s last sugar plantation announced plans to close down by the end of the year. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there for what will be the final harvest and has this report.

Lee Gillenwater/The Pew Charitable Trusts
Lee Gillenwater/The Pew Charitable Trusts

President Barack Obama has announced plans to expand the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, more than quadrupling its current size. That will make it the largest marine protected area in the world. The expansion permanently protects thousands of marine species and coral reef systems in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

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HPR-Produced Music Shows

Blues From the Basement

Saturdays at 10 PM on HPR-2. Blues from the Basement is a traditional blues show. whether it's Mississippi, Chicago, delta, or Piedmont blues, we cover it and try to remain true for the purists. And for those folks who may either have misconceptions about the blues or have never really delved into the blues... We do our best at trying to give our listeners a musical education on the great American art form simply known as the blues.
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Hawaiian Word of the Day

Especially during pageants and parades, we see flowers that have been designated as the island flower for each major island. The kaunaʻoa of Lanaʻi is such a flower. It is the native daughter, a parasitic vine belonging to the Morning Glory family.

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Jere / Flickr
Jere / Flickr

Town Square: To Assign (Or Not Assign) Homework

Maybe this is the scene at your house: it's 11:15 PM and your middle or high school student is still working on the day's assignments. By the time she's finished, she'll get six or so hours of sleep...and start the next day tired. With sleep-deprived kids at school, little family time and afternoons dominated by sports and other activities, many teachers and parents question the place homework has in children's lives. To assign or not to assign homework today on Town Square.
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Podcast: Hawaii's New Ice Age: Crystal Meth in the Islands

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