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A Hawaii congressman has a new idea to help a couple of major roadways on Oahu. The financial impact of light rail construction has slowed repairs to Kamehameha and Farrington Highways.  The two corridors serve as vital links between Aiea and Waipahu for residents, and require improvements brought on by the rail.

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The Environmental Protection Agency is taking the next step in addressing questions about the Navy’s Red Hill fuel storage facility.  More than 140 comments were received during the public comment period over the Navy’s Administrative Order on Consent to repair and maintain the facility.  Early last year an estimated 27-thousand gallons of jet fuel leaked from the tanks, igniting concerns about threats to drinking water.

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Kyle Nishioka / Flickr

The first partial sweep of the Kaka‘ako homeless encampment will take place the day after Labor Day.  Mayor Kirk Caldwell says notices will be given to people living there next Monday—telling them to leave.  The area is a small portion of the Kaka‘ako Waterfront where about 20 to 25 people are living.  Earlier this week, city officials announced 28 people had been moved from the Kaka‘ako homeless encampment into shelters. 

Waikiki Beach Reopens

Aug 25, 2015
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The State Department of Health issued an all clear notification for Ala Moana Beach Park and Waikiki beach.  Keith Kawaoka, Deputy Director for the Hawaii Department of Health made the announcement. 

More than 500,000 gallons of water overflowed from manholes near Ala Moana Center and spilled into nearby parks and waterways.  A faulty water pump and miscommunication over repairs are being blamed for the flood.

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The life of Hawaii’s ambassador of aloha is being celebrated in a new exhibit at the Bishop Museum.

A retrospective of the life and accomplishments of Duke Kahanamoku is the museum’s first exhibition about a single person.  Kahanamoku is remembered as an Olympic champion who popularized the sport of surfing.  He was also a sheriff, a businessman, and an ambassador for Hawaiian culture.  Michael Wilson is an exhibit designer for the Bishop Museum. 

Raphael Ritson-Williams
Raphael Ritson-Williams

Researchers with the University of Hawaii at Manoa are being honored for their work to understand and reverse coral bleaching. The team headed by Ruth Gates and Madeleine van Oppen from the Australian Institute of Marine Science attempts to grow coral that’s resistant to the effects of global warming and rising levels of acid in the water.

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www.theoceancleanup.com

The first leg of the largest ocean clean-up in history kicked off this weekend from Honolulu.

“The Ocean Clean-up” began as an idea by 17-year-old Boyan Slat.  His idea was simple… use the ocean’s current to clean out plastic debris.  He came up with a catch system designed to be moored to the sea-bed.  The floating design traps debris circulating in the great pacific gyre and collects it in a V-Shaped barrier for recycling.  The stationary design uses minimal energy… and allows marine life to swim free of the debris.

  

Hawaii’s live jazz scene will be getting a well-known venue next year with the addition of a Blue Note Jazz Club. The 300 seat venue will occupy the former Society of Seven showroom inside the Outrigger Waikiki.  Barbara Campbell is the Vice President of Retail Leasing and Property Management for Outrigger Hotels.

A Different View of ‘Aloha’

Jun 4, 2015
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Neal Preston/Columbia Pictures

The movie “Aloha” had a disappointing first weekend at the box office, coming in number six in terms of ticket sales. The reviews have not been good either, and the film has sparked controversy in part because a cast that’s almost entirely white. We sought out a local perspective from Noelle Kahanu, who works in American Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and is currently a commissioner of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.  

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Tim&Elisa / Flickr

The Hawaii Farm Bureau is opening a new farmers market beginning this Sunday in Hale'iwa. The market will run weekly from 8am till noon and feature more than twenty-five vendors will be selling an array of locally grown products, produce and plants. The market will be located on the “Backyard Hale'iwa” lot behind the North Shore Marketplace.

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The Environmental Protection Agency and the US Navy have reached a tentative deal about the Red Hill fuel storage facility. Early last year an estimated 27,000 gallons of jet fuel leaked from the tanks, igniting concerns about threats to drinking water.

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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / Flickr

Meteorologists with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center are predicting a busy storm season. In their pre season press conference officials predicted 5 to 8 tropical cyclones could form in the central pacific basin this year.  The busiest months for hurricanes are July thorough October, and models point to a 70% chance for an above normal season because of El Nino conditions. Tom Evans is the acting director of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.  He says it only takes one storm to produce devastating results.  

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Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission Facebook

The Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission is asking the public for donations to continue restoration efforts on Kaho'olawe. They’ve started a GoFundMe account to make up some of the money lost in the last legislative session. The organization needs $100,000 by June 15th to maintain regular access to the island.

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badassoftheweek.com / CC

  

Today is Cinco De Mayo, a celebration that’s come a long way from its historic roots in Mexico.  In the US, May 5th is often mistakenly associated with Mexico’s Independence Day….which actually falls on September 16th.  But historically, the 5th of May marks the Mexican Army’s brief victory over French forces during the battle of Puebla in 1862.  The French occupation of Mexico continued for the next three years until support was cut by Napoleon III, leaving French occupiers to fight on until their slaughter.

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Highways England / Flickr

The University of Hawaii has launched a new mobile app aimed at keeping students safer on campus.  The app is being called "The Manoa Guardian" and allows students to set a timer that notifies a designated contact person or campus security if the user doesn’t check in, or cancel the timer.  Students can also report incidents on campus, alerting security to the time and location of the witness by allowing campus security to respond using the senders GPS location.  Sarah Rice is the Community Programs Manager for the Department of Public Safety for the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

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Andy Arthur / Flickr

In our series this week “Trashing Paradise” we’ve been looking at a number of issues involving waste in Hawaii, and many of them differ from island to island.

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All this week we’re taking a closer look at ‘ōpala across the islands, in a series we call “Trashing Paradise.” Today we shift our focus to the Big Island of Hawai‘i—where earlier this year, Mayor Billy Kenoi announced a change in plans for the island’s future. HPR’s Bill Dorman reports.

You can find our entire "Trashing Paradise" series here.

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NOAA Marine Debris Program / Flickr

HPR’s "Trashing Paradise" series continues with a look at the dangers of plastic runoff.

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Steven Guerrisi / Flickr

As we continue our series “Trashing Paradise,” we wanted to take a look at what happens to garbage near the ocean when it doesn’t go where it’s supposed to go.

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Smabs Sputzer / Flickr

In our continuing series "Trashing Paradise," we take a look at the continuing fight against littering and the illegal dumping of personal garbage.

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friendsofqueentheater.org Via historichawaii.org

A historic theater in Kaimuki may be getting an encore.

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Scientists with the University of Hawaii at Manoa are using Microbes to take a pulse on the ocean’s health. Photoautotrophes are light-loving bacteria that need solar energy to photosynthesize food.  Though these microbes are too small to see, they are the very basic element of the ocean’s food chain.  Scientists took samples from different areas, and discovered that the presence of morning light causes all the microbes to photosynthesize at the same.

Pi Day in Hawaii

Mar 13, 2015
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Tomorrow’s date is 3/14/15. 

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www.womenon20s.org

A group is working to put a female face onto the $20 bill.  

“Women on 20’s” launched a website that lets people vote for a number of women that fought for equal rights. The campaign has since gone viral on the internet and Facebook, collecting more than 25,000 votes since launching a week ago.

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Mayor Kirk Caldwell used his third state of the city address to talk about Honolulu’s rail project. He called rail “the big elephant in this very big, outdoor room” as he spoke to an early morning audience of invited guests yesterday at the Foster Botanical Garden.  The Mayor repeated his call to extend the  1/2% surcharge on the General Excise Tax indefinitely to pay for the rail project. He says it’s the best option available. 

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www.deathandtaxesmag.com

Valentine’s Day has come a long way from its roots.

The holiday traces its origins back to the Roman festival of Lupercalia. There, Women were whipped with the skins of sacrificed animals to gain fertility. On February 14th of two different years, Roman Emperor Claudius II executed two men both named Valentine.  Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church as the Celebration of St. Valentine’s Day. Eventually the church fused the day with Lupercalia in order to expel its pagan rituals.

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Bars and restaurants in Oahu’s Chinatown district are drawing attention to a piece of legislation that would limit the volume levels of their establishments.

Honolulu Museum of Art
Honolulu Museum of Art

  

  Hawaiian history buffs will have one last chance to view a beautiful artifact with a tragic history.

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A new book is shedding light on how sailors exploring Polynesia were able to communicate with the locals.

Governor David Ige
Governor David Ige

Hawaii Gov. David Ige delivered his first State of the State address, raising issues that ranged from government spending, education, economic growth and energy. The following is a transcript from this morning’s speech:

Mister Speaker, Madame President, former governors, distinguished justices of the courts, representatives of our congressional delegation, members of the Hawaii State Legislature, other elected officials, honored guests, family and friends,

Aloha.

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