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This week for Helping Hand, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes back Big Brothers, Big Sisters Hawaii President Dennis Brown, the original “Little Brother” in the Aloha State.

2nd Annual State of the Environment Report

Dec 22, 2017
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The Environmental Funders Group has released its 2017 State of the Environment Report for Hawaii. Their finding: change is not coming, its here.

Hawaii Marine Animal Response
Hawaii Marine Animal Response

One super fun addition to the Waikīkī scene this year was a little Hawaiian Monk Seal pup, who was named for her birthplace, Kaimana.  More than two million followed Kaimana on the live webcam and over a thousand people visited her daily.  Even though the photos many of us took looked like two slugs on a sand lot, the thrill of seeing them in person got us down there time after time.

Ken Lund / Flickr
Ken Lund / Flickr

Interest rates are going up, and that means loans are getting more expensive. Nationwide, publicly traded companies have increased their debt by about $2 trillion since late 2015. Such debt has increased in Hawai‘i as well, but often just as another cost of doing business. We get a little context from Pacific Business News editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier.

Wayne Yoshioka

There are 10 days left before the end of the tax year.  The Chamber of Commerce of Hawai’i hosted a seminar with some tax advice for businesses. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The 9.5 billion dollar Honolulu Rail Transit Project is awaiting award of a contract to complete the line to Ala Moana Center. But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, City lawmakers are looking beyond Ala Moana.

Crime and Social Media Vigilantism

Dec 20, 2017
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An emotional appeal to find suspects in the recent murder case of a North Shore woman led to two arrests thanks to social media posts. But can online calls to action go too far?

Wayne Yoshioka

The first flight from Singapore through Osaka landed in Honolulu today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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noe tanigawa

Ian MacMillan is a revered figure in Hawai‘i writing circles.  He taught creative writing at UH Mānoa from the nineteen sixties to 2008, and influenced a legion of students and professional writers.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports one of them, Robert Barclay, has shepherded MacMillan’s long awaited last novel to publication.

Wayne Yoshioka

Governor David Ige submitted his 2019 Supplemental Budget to the Legislature today.  He is requesting additional funding for construction projects for education, housing and improvements to correctional facilities.

Wayne Yoshioka

Emergency medical care for Honolulu’s homeless cost taxpayers millions of dollars each year.  Now, there’s a possible solution. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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This week we hear about a discovery of some planets using artificial intelligence as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

High Tech Buses Saving Money, Time

Dec 18, 2017
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Wikimedia Commons

The Hawaii Department of Education has spent four years testing and rolling out high tech solutions to meet the challenges of getting students to school.

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As Hōkūleʻa continues its Mahalo Hawaiʻi sail across the island chain, school kids are getting a taste of this floating classroom. The voyaging canoe will spend another week on the leeward coast before continuing its statewide journey. Fortunate enough for aspiring voyagers in Waiʻanae, that community is working on its own voyaging canoe. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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Oregon State University / Flickr

The Maui Ocean Center is trying to limit its effect on wild aquarium fish.

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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.

Wayne Yoshioka

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.

Wayne Yoshioka

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.

SOEST
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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Wikimedia Commons

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

Wayne Yoshioka

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

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