Honolulu Museum of Art
Honolulu Museum of Art

Over the holidays, did you post happy pictures about your personal life on social media?  Did you do any online shopping, or use GPS?  Did you think at all about what these activities do to your digital profile?  If you did, Edward Snowden’s revelations about government spying probably influenced you.  Snowden will be a panel member in an upcoming immersive at the Doris Duke Theatre that looks at our lives under surveillance.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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Edmund Garman / Flickr

As 2018 gets underway, you may have resolutions or goals or simply plans. Pacific Business News spoke to 20 business leaders in Hawai‘i to hear what they’re anticipating, or dreading, in the year ahead. Editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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The state’s plan to tackle overcrowding at Hawaiʻi’s largest correctional facility is receiving pushback. A proposal to replace the aging O‘ahu Community Correctional Center by building a new jail has been on the table since last fall. With the deadline for public comments on the proposal just days away, one group is petitioning the state to seek alternatives to new construction. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

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Hawaii’s New Minimum Wage

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Today on All Things Considered we have an update to an Asia Pacific story we’ve followed for several weeks about one of the rarest animals on earth: the Sumatran rhino, a species that dates back millions of years, with just nine in captivity, and a few dozen hoped to exist in the wild. Since mid-December, one of only two Sumatran rhinos left in Malaysia has made news as she faces a health crisis, and while there had been some signs of hope in the run-up to Christmas, the news became eerily quiet, until today.

Art in Surveillance Culture

Jan 3, 2018
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An upcoming series of films and workshops at the Honolulu Museum of Art called Classified looks at the ways we have surrendered our privacy and asks what we can do about it.

Preschool Open Door Program Open for Enrollment

Jan 3, 2018
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Low and moderate-income families in Hawaii can tap a state subsidized program to give their keiki a head start in early learning.

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For the past two years, the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant Program has been recruiting citizen scientists from across the Pacific. They were trained to document high water levels or King Tides in an effort to understand and adapt to sea level rise. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi sat down with project coordinators who saw an uptick in citizen participation in 2017.  

Department of Health Audited Over Disease Response

Jan 2, 2018
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Hawaii wrestled with three big public health scares linked to mosquitos, bad scallops, and bad seaweed. A legislative audit uncovered weaknesses in record keeping and the state’s response to the outbreaks.

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2017 was a strong year for the U.S. stock market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained about 25 percent, while the broader S&P 500 was up about 20 percent. Here in Hawai‘i, it was a bit more of a mixed story for locally-based public companies. HPR’s Bill Dorman takes a look at how some of those local companies are set for the new year.

Sailing into 2018,  we all wish each other an easy, pleasant year, free of hardship and struggle.  There are some, however, who relish adversity.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports printmaker Charles Cohan does things the hard way, and the evidence of struggle is invigorating to behold.

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To start off the New Year on Stargazer, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips about one of the last claims from the Trump Administration in 2017… about a plan to return to the moon.    

Comedian, actor, TV host Bill Maher has his annual New Years shows in the Aloha State again, and he spoke with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about the events, the Trump Administration, Israel and his relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his support of animals, including the nonprofit Project Chimps.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes Hawaii International Child, also known as Adoption Hawaii, committed to helping orphaned children find permanent families, and offering services including helping prospective parents and supporting those who are pregnant and considering the option of adoption.

Comedian, TV host, producer, voice-over guy... he's got a lot of titles. Howie Mandel has returned to the Aloha State for a Sunday, December 30th show at the MACC, and spoke with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about his life of comedy, and the unexpected path his journey has taken.

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Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

Hawai‘i’s banks made the news late this year because of some pay adjustments. The top five banks in the state are giving their employees bonuses of a thousand dollars or more—and boosting their minimum wages to at least 15 dollars an hour. But for shareholders, it’s a different story. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on the year in Hawai‘i’s financial stocks.

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Tomorrow, Saturday, at 5pm, the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra is bringing musical fireworks and confetti to Kaka‘ako.  The popular Salt complex will host the full symphony, mixing the trendy pub and grinds atmosphere with masterworks from Bizet and Tchaikovsky and popular tunes like the  Harry Potter theme.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Hawai‘i’s favorite maestro, JoAnn Falletta, will conduct the festive concert.

Climate Change's Impact on Hawaiian Fishpond Aquaculture

Dec 28, 2017
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We have seen a resurgence by the Native Hawaiian community to protect the remaining fish ponds in the islands. Now, new research is shedding light about what needs to be done as the cultural resource is under threat by climate change.

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An endangered seabird is nesting 7,000 feet above sea level on the slopes of Mauna Loa on the Big Island.

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JeepersMedia / Flickr

This week is a busy one for Hawai‘i’s visitor industry. And while another record year is expected for tourism, more people at the beach means plenty of sunscreen ends up in the ocean. There’s now a movement in Maui County to ban sunscreen containing chemicals that scientists say are harming the reefs. We get more from HPR contributing reporter Colleen Uechi of The Maui News

Rental Housing Report

Dec 27, 2017
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A recent study that tracks rental housing across the country throws some light on the plight of families in Honolulu and Hilo as they struggle to make rent spending more than a third of their salary for housing.

The Erosion of Sunset Beach

Dec 27, 2017
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Sunset Beach is taking a beating this winter season. The public is being asked to stay away from a section where a bike path has been taken out by the waves resulting in a 20 foot drop along the roadway. 

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Marlena Dixon / State Department of Health

The State Department of Health has created a Rat Lungworm Task Force to look at this daunting disease. Also known as angiostrongyliasis, it is a concern for people throughout the state.  It causes severe pain, brain swelling, and often, ongoing neurological problems. Hawai'i Island contributing reporter Sherry Bracken talked to members of the Task Force to find out what they know about some of the most frequently asked questions about the disease.

Saxophonist Kenny G is back in the islands with concerts Wednesday through New Years Eve at the Blue Note Hawaii. He also is back on All Things Considered for his third time, in a new conversation with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

MORE KENNY:

Hear the complete new interview.

See Kenny's December 2016 interview:  

Agricultural Product Travel Restrictions

Dec 26, 2017
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There is a growing list of what you can and cannot bring on the airplane-- particularly when it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables that may bring some unexpected hitchhikers.

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Rat lungworm disease can be devastating. The overwhelming majority of cases have been on Hawai'i Island. State legislators on that island have made several requests to fund ongoing research and outreach efforts at the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy and Hilo Medical Center. In the last legislative session, funds WERE allocated—but not to institutions on the Big Island. HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken follows the money.

Sinoto
Sinoto

Tahitians said artifacts from their past called out to Dr. Yosihiko Sinoto, that he caused them to reveal themselves.  The Bishop Museum’s eminent archaeologist, Dr. Sinoto, passed away in October this year, leaving behind a legacy of ground breaking scholarship, dedicated preservation, and friendships across the Pacific.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa checked in with Dr. Sinoto’s son and a colleague for insights into the man and his work.

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In addition to hearing what to look for in our dark island skies, this week we learn about finalists for upcoming NASA missions as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.   

Find more reports, stories and interview from Dave Lawrence.

Steve Vendt
Steve Vendt

The Hawaiian Railway Society in ʻEwa runs the only continuously operating historical railroad in the state. The non-profit has been working to preserve Hawaiʻi’s rich railroading history for nearly 50 years. HPR contributing reporter Jackie Young takes us on board the train once ridden by Hawaiian royalty. 

Jake Shimabukuro returned to All Things Considered for a conversation with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence in the Atherton Performing Arts Studio. Jake is at the Blue Note through Saturday.

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