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This week Helping Hand welcomes Goodwill Hawaii, an autonomous, dues-paying member of Goodwill Industries International. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Kelley Cho, Director of Public Relations and Communications, and Chief Operating Officer Katy Chen, of Goodwill Hawaii.

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geralt / Pixabay

Since 1986, a federal tax break has helped to finance affordable housing in Hawaii and throughout the country. Now it’s on the chopping block. Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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noe tanigawa

Some people are noting changes in the traditional Christmas season.  The advent of online shopping especially has lessened people’s exposure to the trappings of Christmas, including decorations and loops of holiday music.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa returned to Anapau Street, site of the famous Waikele Lights neighborhood light display, to see how people are keeping their Christmas spirit alive.

Herb Alpert has returned to the Aloha State, with shows through Sunday at the Blue Note. Following up several previous appearances, Herb also returns to All Things Considered, with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence, discussing his new The Christmas Wish album and much more.    

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Congress has yet to renew funding for the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides healthcare to kids in low-income families.

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Hawai’i has one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the nation. But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, one elected official wants to change that.

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The world title showdown continues for top surfers on the North Shore. Competition kicked off Monday for the Billabong Pipe Masters. Surfers and surf fans alike are anxiously waiting to see who comes out on top. But as HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports, this may be one of the last opportunities to see a world champion crowned at Pipeline.

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CQC Press Office / Flickr

Working caregivers who pay to support their kupuna can now apply for support to cover the cost of certain services.

Caldwell Mulls Plans for the Waikiki Natatorium

Dec 13, 2017
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Today the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium exists as a crumbling relic, a civic embarrassment that has endured in its dilapidated, state for a half century. Honolulu's Mayor has declared his intention to change that state of affairs.

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The state and counties are trying to resolve illegal vacation rentals in residential areas but it’s a complicated issue throughout the state. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Honolulu Habitat for Humanity

A home for the holidays is a gift that can seem next to impossible here in the islands, especially for those of us with limited budgets.  Affordable housing remains one of the biggest issues facing Hawaiʻi residents. But one organization is dedicating a home this holiday season, and vows to build more homes than ever in the coming years. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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There are more than 120-thousand small businesses in Hawai’i and the state is ready to help owners grow their business. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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SOEST

In a continuing discussion about climate change, there are  opportunities and challenges in the year ahead.  Today, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa speaks with Chip Fletcher, Associate Dean at UH Mānoa, and a professor of geology and geophysics.  His research shows water creeping inland and seeping up into neighborhoods sooner than you might think.

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A new online store allows gardeners and small farmers to purchase local varieties of plants from seed.

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The Hawai’i Public Health Institute is focusing on childhood obesity prevention in the upcoming legislative session. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Polynesian Voyaging Society

The voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa is making its final stop for the year in Waiʻanae. The Worldwide Voyage continues as the canoe visits community ports around Hawaiʻi to celebrate its homecoming. HPR's Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

40% of U.S. Food Ends Up in the Trash

Dec 11, 2017
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USDAgov / Flickr

Up to 40% of Americas food ends up in a landfill. That is according to a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council that studied food waste at the city level.

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On this week’s Stargazer, we learn more about a historic black hole discovery that involved observatories around the world, including in Hawaii, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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For five years now, UH Hilo have celebrated the music of Frank Zappa with annual concerts by their UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii. According to their website, they specialize in therapeutic riding instruction for special needs individuals, while providing instruction to individuals of any ability, and also offering a program with miniature horses that visit individuals who cannot come to their location due to physical or financial reasons.

Tax Plan Raises Concerns Among Grad Students

Dec 8, 2017
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Canadian Light / Flickr

Under the House version of the GOP tax plan, tuition waivers would be counted as taxable income. This has outraged graduate students across the country, many of whom say the cost of a PhD will become unaffordable.

World Surf League

A showdown on the North Shore will crown the next champion of the surfing world. The final event of the 2017 surf season features the top male surfers from around the globe vying for a win at Pipeline. The Billabong Pipe Masters could see action as soon as today. HPR’s Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi reports.

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A hundred million dollars can buy a lot. When it comes to a contribution to a university, it can be a complicated gift that needs to be carefully structured. We get more on that from Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Economic Associated hosted a discussion of new research to better understand Hawai’i’s economy. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

The Average White Band are back in Honolulu for shows through Sunday at the Blue Note Hawaii at 6:30 and 9 p.m. The Scottish funk band's original members Alan Gorrie and Onnie McIntyre joined HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence in the Atherton Performing Arts Studio for a fun conversation.

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Wikimedia Commons

Residents are being advised not to eat any fish or shellfish caught in the Marine Corps Base Fuel Pier and Marina Area in Kaneohe.

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noe tanigawa

This day, December 7th, began with Japanese bombs and flames at Pearl Harbor in 1941, it was a pivotal event that prompted America’s entry into WWII.  Today, seventy six years later, people commemorate the fateful day in various ways.  As part of er series on local craft brewing, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa takes us to a small pub, the Brewseum, in Kaka‘ako where people sip home brews and marvel at unique WWII memorabilia.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Governor moved swiftly today to get the state’s tax system modernization project back on track.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Sustainable Coastlines Hawai'i

Most tourists come to Hawaiʻi on vacation for rest and relaxation, but there’s a popular trend in visitors coming to Hawaiʻi to volunteer their time and labor. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi steps into the world of volunteer tourism or “voluntourism.”

USS Bowfin Marks 75 Years

Dec 6, 2017
USS Bowfin Museum and Park
USS Bowfin Museum and Park

The nation will mark the Pearl Harbor anniversary tomorrow as the day in 1941 it entered the Second World War, but there’s another day to commemorate: the day the USS Bowfin, the “Pearl Harbor Avenger” was christened.

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