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Reports and interviews from HPR's Dave Lawrence

Last weekend, legendary musician and songwriter Leon Russell passed away. He was 74. After a heart attack in July, he was recovering from heart surgery and died in his sleep.

New York musician and songwriter Peter Cincotti is touring the Aloha State following the release of his Exit 105 EP, playing the Blue Note Hawai‘i in Waikīkī through Sunday at 6:30 and 9 p.m. each night.

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, wrapped up a historic visit to Vietnam where he tried to reach people from across the spectrum with a message to end trafficking and consumption of endangered wildlife. Vietnam is the epicenter of the problem, which has pushed elephants, rhinos, lions, tigers and pangolins to the edge of extinction. After meeting with politicians, school children, traditional medicine practitioners, conservationists and young business leaders, he addressed the third International Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in Hanoi. You can view it below. 

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This week on Stargazer, we hear about some planets to try and spot in our dark island skies and learn about a new piece of technology up at the Mauna Kea summit, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

        

Rachel Flowers, born weighing one pound five ounces, lost her sight not long after birth due to Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). But by two, Rachel displayed incredible musical skills; they led to her performing and writing music on multiple instruments, attracting stars from Arturo Sandoval to Dweezil Zappa, and the documentary Hearing is Believing.

This week we learn about a new space telescope.

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For decades the band America have had a strong connection to the islands. Aside from doing sold out shows across the Aloha State, including at the Blaisdell Arena, the group also recorded 1977's "Harbor" on Kauai with legendary Beatles producer George Martin at the helm.

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Prince William is headed into the Asia Pacific on a solo mission… to defend two animals facing extinction due almost entirely to consumers there. Kensington Palace has announced the Prince will visit Vietnam, the capital of rhino horn use and a major destination for elephant ivory, November 17 and 18, where he will attend the Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade.

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This week on Stargazer, we’ll hear about what to look for in our dark island skies as well about how a 1976 mission to Mars has resurfaced in the news as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

       

The Yardbirds are back in the state for a three-night run at the Blue Note in Waikiki starting Friday. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page were all guitarists for the band that were groundbreaking in their approach of mixing American blues with rocking improvisations, including climaxes that came to be known as "rave ups." Original member/drummer Jim McCarty spoke with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

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This week in addition to what to look for in our dark island skies, we hear about a discovery of clouds on Pluto as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips for Stargazer.

  

  

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This week on Stargazer, in addition to some evening planets to try and spot, we have news on a major landing coming up on a planet in our solar system as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.      

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is in the islands, playing a second set of shows at the Blue Note in Waikīkī tonight before hitting the the Kahilu Theatre Friday and Kress Theatre in Hilo Saturday. Band leader, baritone/soprano sax player Roger Lewis spoke with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence about their history.

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For today’s Stargazer, we hear about some planets to spot in the evening sky plus an update on a recent discovery of a potentially inhabitable world as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

      

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After nearly four decades, the Average White Band has returned to the Aloha State. The funk group that originally hailed from Scotland broke into the funk/R&B scene in the early 1970's, making a name for themselves with tight grooves and memorable dance floor anthems.

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As we air a new pre-recorded phone interview with John Oates today on All Things Considered, we also learned the Daryl Hall & John Oates shows in Hawaii on October 27th and 29th will not happen. A message from promoters said Daryl Hall has an issue with his tonsils that requires medical attention, and refunds will be issued for tickets as he cannot perform for the next several weeks. Prior to cancelling the shows, HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence spoke with John Oates in a new conversation.  

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Tonight on Hawai‘i Island, there is a presentation from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pāhoa Community Center discussing an epidemic of eye disease in pets in the Puna area. Some believe there is a potential connection to the Little Fire Ant, though that relationship remains speculative for now. From the non-profit Good Shepherd Foundation, Director Syd Singer spoke with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence about it.

    

   

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For today’s Stargazer, we hear about some planets to spot in the evening sky, plus a pair of discoveries in our solar system as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

        

Earth Wind & Fire are back in the islands. With a local history dating to 1975, original member and bassist Verdine White followed up his recent phone interview on Hawaii Public Radio with a conversation last night here in town, and among topics, spoke about his philanthropic side with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

Earth Wind and Fire perform at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu tonight. The concert is sold out.

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For today’s Stargazer, in addition to details on what to look for in our dark island skies, we hear about a new discovery of a signal detected by a radio telescope as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

Jake Shimabukuro's latest release might be his most ambitious yet. Nashville Sessions finds the ukulele virtuoso in a power trio format, taking the traditional instrument into a realm of guitar-like distortion, freewheeling jams and introspective, highly electric passages.

The band Hiroshima are planning a hiatus after their current tour, which has them returning to the Aloha State September 9th on Kauai before a pair of dates on Hawaii Island. After playing the Blue Note  in Waikiki earlier in the year, band leader Dan Kuramoto explained to HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence their reason for hitting Kauai and Hawaii Island on this return visit. 

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For today’s Stargazer, we hear about a Mauna Kea summit discovery relating to dark matter, and a galaxy thought to be almost entirely made up of it, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

      

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.

Earth Wind & Fire have a history going back decades with the Aloha State. While some bands never play Hawaii, the pioneering group have returned numerous times through the years, since making their debut in the islands at the Waikiki Shell in March of 1975.

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For today’s Stargazer, a newly discovered planet is among the topics as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

Foghat have offered a heavy blues rock sound after several members left historic English blues rockers Savoy Brown to form the band in the early seventies.

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For today’s Stargazer, a return to a mysteriously dimming star we covered last year as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back the Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter, learning about the disease afflicting 26,000 state residents, their upcoming four area walks and how we can support them. Honolulu ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Steve Tam, Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter Advisory Board member. 

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