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Researchers with the University of Hawai‘i are measuring the impact of millions of tons of munitions dumped at sea over several decades.  In 1970, an international treaty better known as “The London Convention” stopped the Department of Defense from disposing of chemical weapons in the ocean.

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Wikipedia Commons

Its official… the Pro Bowl is not returning to Hawai‘i next year.

The National Football League exercised its “opt out’ clause in the contract with the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and is relocating the event to Florida.  NFL officials said the decision was not related to funding, Aloha Stadium, or Hawai‘i’s ability to host the event.

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NOAA Marine Debris Program / Flickr

A statewide survey of ocean debris has created a snapshot in time to document where trash regularly washes ashore.

The survey was funded by the Japanese government to measure debris from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, but found less than 1% actually came from the disaster.

Most of the debris was from discarded fishing nets and trash, accumulating mostly in hotspots on the north and east shores of each island.  O‘ahu had less than 5% of the total debris identified in the study, while Ni‘ihau had the most.

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The Department of Land and Natural Resources is no longer planning to pursue a mooring project in Kona’s Keauhou Bay.

DLNR officials were considering replacing nine existing moorings with sixteen pillars.  But there was community opposition, for reasons ranging from safety and congestion to cultural practices.  DLNR Chair Suzanne Case says that made them change their plans.

The Division of Boating and Recreation plans to file the “no-action” option outlined in the draft this week.

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Nicki Dugan Pogue / Flickr

This Sunday is Mother’s Day… A holiday where we show our appreciation through cards and brunches.  But the day has a slightly sad origin.

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NOAA's National Ocean Service / Flickr

  

A group called Expand Papahānaumokuākea wants President Obama to do one more good deed for Hawai‘i before leaving office.  Last month they sent a request urging the president to support the expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.  The request would extend the sanctuary to the full 200 nautical-mile limit of the Hawaiian Islands’ exclusive economic zone.

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Marine scientists are using some biology basics to protect Hawai‘i’s coral. 

Corals release their offspring as swimming larvae that eventually attach themselves to reefs and begin to transform into the skeleton of a coral head.  Researchers with the Hawai‘i Institute for Marine Biology have identified the molecular toolkit used by coral to build their skeletons.

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Brett Neilson / Flickr

The President and CEO of Bishop Museum has resigned from his position.  Blair Collis announced his resignation today, ending a five year run in the museum’s top seat.

A news release did not say why he is resigning, but it quoted Collis as saying he is pursuing new opportunities.  The museum’s board of directors has appointed Honolulu attorney Linda Lee Kuuleilani “Cissy” Farm as interim president and CEO, and the board will launch a national search for a permanent replacement.

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NOAA's National Ocean Service / Flickr

Understanding the DNA of life in Hawai‘i’s coral reefs may hold the key to protecting diversity through changing conditions.

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Ginny / Flickr

The 11th annual Honolulu Book and Music Festival takes place this weekend on the grounds of Honolulu Hale. The two day event mixes books, storytelling and music to promote literacy and culture.

More than fifty authors, poets, and storytellers will discuss their recent work on a variety of panels.  On the main stage… Hawaiian musicians and hula hālaus will entertain festival goers. New this year is a wellness discussion with leaders from the Buddhist community.  Dave Deluca is the board chair of the Honolulu Book and Music Festival.

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Governor David Ige says the biggest outbreak of dengue fever ever recorded in Hawai‘i appears to be over.

Ige says state officials still need to be vigilant about controlling mosquitoes….but he thanked lawmakers for restoring funding for positions to battle the outbreak.

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority CEO George Szigeti said the today’s announcement is a vote of confidence for visitors to the state and to Hawai‘i Island.

The outbreak of dengue fever started in September….and sickened a total of 264 people. The last case was reported on March 17th.

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In Hawai‘i, five-percent of children under the age of 18 has a parent who’s behind bars…that’s around 16,000 kids.

These findings come from a new report from the Anne E. Casey Foundation, which addresses the impact of children whose parents are incarcerated. 

According to the study, more than five-million-children in the US are separated from a parent who is behind bars.  As a result… children are financially and socially impacted… making them prone to repeat bad habits.

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If a major catastrophe would ever hit Hawai‘i and we exhausted our supply of medication there is a fall back plan.  The US strategic national stockpile of medicine and supplies could be tapped and delivered within 12 hours.

The Department of Health would distribute that medication to the public through “points of distribution” or “pods” spread out across the state.

Honolulu City and County
Honolulu City and County

Honolulu City and Council officials are looking for the public’s feedback on a renovation plan to Ala Moana Beach Park.

A nine point plan announced last year has already made improvements to the park.  But last week the city released a draft plan that would redesign the 948 existing parking, switching to angled stalls near the McCoy Pavillion.

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Arne Hendriks / Flickr

A UH Manoa Engineering team says microorganisms in wastewater grease traps may be contributing to a clogged sewer system.  Restaurant grease traps are designed to trap fat, oil, and grease (FOG) from getting into the sewer.

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Colbert Matsumoto

Mayor Kirk Caldwell has picked Colbert Matsumoto to serve on the board of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit.

Matsumoto is the executive chairman of Island Insurance Company, and also helped to steer the Bishop Estate in the late 90’s.  He’ll serve out the remaining term of former chair Don Horner who resigned last week following growing criticism over the rising cost of the project.

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Hawai‘i’s capital city has debuted as one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the country.  That’s according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals—which ranked Honolulu as number seven of the top ten.

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Hubert Figuière / Flickr

Each year jellyfish stings kill more people than shark attacks.  Although most jellyfish stings are not lethal, their stings can lead to a painful lasting burn. 

There are also conflicting opinions on how to properly treat them.  But researchers from the University of Hawai‘i’s Pacific Biosciences Research Center say soothing a sting with ice may not be the solution.

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Wikipedia Commons

A change at the top of the Honolulu train project.

Don Horner has resigned as chairman of the board of the Honolulu Area Rapid Transit Authority.  He submitted his resignation to Mayor Kirk Caldwell today….after a meeting of about 20 minutes at Honolulu Hale.

According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, his letter read in part, “Too often in politics the focus becomes shooting the messenger of unpleasant news rather than collaboratively working on solutions.”  City Council Chair Ernie Martin had called on Horner to resign in the face of rising costs of the rail project. 

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Tom Quach

If you see a large groups of people dressed as comic book heroes near Ala Moana this weekend… here’s why.

It’s time for the Kawaii Kon- Hawai‘i’s longest running animation convention.  The three day event celebrates Japanese anime and manga and video games and the social culture that surrounds them.

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Sean Davey

468 acres of North Shore land across the street from the Turtle Bay resort will be forever preserved from development.

State officials and landowners of the resort announced an “agricultural conversion easement” to permanently reserve the land for agricultural uses.  The deal prohibits future subdivision, changes in zoning, and residential or resort development.  Twelve farmers are currently working the land by growing fruits, vegetables, and taro.

Mayor Kenoi Arrested

Mar 29, 2016
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Hawaii County Police

Hawai‘i Island Mayor Billy Kenoi turned himself in to authorities this morning at the Puna police Station.  A bench warrant for his arrest had been issued for Kenoi’s arrest following a Hilo Grand Jury’s indictment following eight criminal charges.

The mayor is charged with two counts of felony theft, and two additional counts of misdemeanor theft stemming from the misuse of his county issued purchasing card.  He’s also charged with three misdemeanors for tampering with government records and one petty misdemeanor for false swearing.

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Ari Wibowo-WWF Indonesia

Big news from a part of Borneo today - Kalimantan - in the Indonesian part of Borneo – where a Sumatran rhinoceros has been found in the wild there for the first time in 40 years.

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A Hawai‘i County grand jury has indicted Mayor Billy Kenoi on seven different counts stemming from the misuse of his county issued purchasing card.

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Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

The Honolulu Zoo has lost its accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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Iolani Palace

The public will get a glimpse into the lives and fashions of Hawai‘i’s monarchs.

The Friends of Iolani Palace are unveiling the first dress in their Ali‘i Gown Reproduction project.  Big Island historic dress designer Iris Viacrusis was commissioned to reproduce the clothing based on photographs and artifacts.  There are currently three gowns being reproduced including the lei hulu and peacock gowns worn by Queen Kapi‘olani, and ostrich feather gown worn by Queen Lili‘uokalani.

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Two significant pieces of Hawai‘i’s cultural history are returning to the islands this week. They are a very special ‘ahu‘ula and mahiole—or feathered cloak and helmet. In 1779, they were presented to Captain James Cook by Kalaniōpu‘u—the paramount chief of Hawai‘i Island.  HPR guest commentator Noelle Kahanu says the return is important not only because of history, but also because of timing.

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HURL/ University of Hawaii.

Scientists with UH’s School of Ocean, Earth Science and Technology have recovered the bell from a Japanese WW2 submarine sunk off of O‘ahu.

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Hawai‘i’s largest brewery is getting bigger.

Kona Brewing Company has broken ground on a new $20-million dollar facility that will occupy a space near its current factory.

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A new species of octopus has been discovered in deep waters further up the Hawaiian chain.

Researchers aboard the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration ship Okeanos discovered the creature at a depth of 4,000 meters.  Scientists were studying a connection between Necker Island and its ridge when they came upon the animal sitting on a flat rock.

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