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The State Emergency Management Agency provided a briefing on what residents and visitors should do in the event of a North Korean nuclear attack targeting Honolulu and Pearl Harbor. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Culture and commerce are often seen as forces in conflict. But here in Hawaiʻi, the culture is one of the driving forces of the state’s largest commercial sector – tourism. This week, HPR takes a closer look at tourism as part of our series - Travelling Money: Managing Hawai’i’s Tourism Future.  HPR reporter Ku’uwehi Hiraishi looks at the role of Hawaiian culture in the future of tourism.

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Hawai‘i’s last Queen, Lili‘uokalani, was born September 2, 1838, and died November 11, 1917.  The centennial commemoration of her death is beginning this weekend at ‘Iolani Palace with a free celebration of her music, and an exhibit of revealing artifacts is also underway at UH Hamilton Library.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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It was Day Two of the Global Tourism Summit in Honolulu and time to focus on Hawai’i’s number one international market.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Governor David Y. Ige / Flickr

This week, we’ve been looking at the tourism industry throughout the state, in our series “Traveling Money: Managing Hawai‘i’s Tourism Future.”  Today we get an update about Hawai'i Island, where tourism is the best it’s been in a decade. HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken has more from Kona. 

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Final oral arguments in the contested case hearing for the Thirty-Meter Telescope land use permit will be heard today in Hilo. Parties to the contested case will make their case before the state Board of Land and Natural Resources. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi tells us what we can expect.

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Hawai’i’s annual visitor-industry conference is being expanded to the first-ever Global Tourism Summit.  About 25-hundred attendees are registered for the 3-day event. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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From hiking trails to beaches, the feeling of being overrun by visitors can be inescapable on some weekends here in Hawai’i. This week, HPR takes a closer look at tourism as part of our series - Travelling Money: Managing Hawai’i’s Tourism Future. HPR Reporter Ku’uwehi Hiraishi asks how much is too much?

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Federal agency representatives are on a road tour, visiting Hawai’i to offer funding for smaller companies doing research and development.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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This week on Stargazer, just days after one historic NASA mission comes to an end, another one is reawakened, we hear, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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If you live on Hawaiʻi Island, your property insurance may be changing, and very soon.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, has taken a new look at the island’s flood zone maps and that could have an impact on your flood insurance.  We get an update from HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken in Kona.  

This Saturday night The Stylistics return to the Blaisdell. The band have been performing in the Aloha State since the early 1970's, and HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence explored some of that long history with original member Airrion Love.

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A Vulnerable Food Future for Hawai‘i?

Sep 15, 2017
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The recent hurricanes in Texas, the Caribbean and Florida are a reminder of just how vulnerable Hawaii is to disaster. That includes the islands’ food supply. Last year Governor David Ige called for a doubling of food production in the Islands by 2020. But is that a realistic goal? We get more from Pacific Business News Managing Editor Janis Magin.

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Astronomers atop Mauna Kea are celebrating the life of the Cassini spacecraft today.

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Honolulu Museum of Art-Raymond M. Sato

A new Abstract Expressionist exhibit at the Honolulu Museum of Art is highlighting connections between Hawai‘i artists of the 1950-s and ‘60’s and their brash counterparts in New York.  The storied “Chateau Metcalf” cadre of local artists experienced America’s mid-century avant garde, then went on to shape Hawai‘i’s art and esthetics.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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Damian Marley is headed back to the Aloha State for concerts September 29th and 30th at the Blaisdell and MACC, respectively, touring behind his new "Stony Hill" album.

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Residents of the Marco Polo condominium on Kapi’olani Boulevard are now eligible for low-interest loans following a devastating fire two months ago. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Events are being held across the state this week for National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide is still a taboo subject for many, and the next generation is taking action. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Flights to Hāna

Sep 14, 2017
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The road to Hāna can be a lovely drive, if you have time to make it out to the east side of Maui by car. Taking a flight has been a popular option for many tourists and locals, but there's only one airline that makes the trip. And now that company says it needs financial assistance to continue the route. We get more from HPR Contributing Reporter Colleen Uechi of The Maui News.

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The Honolulu City Council is advancing a bill to ban smoking in motor vehicles when a child is present.   The measure has strong City Council and community support.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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It’s been 33 years since Mauna Loa last erupted, but an alert level remains in place at the world’s largest active volcano. Scientists at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory raised the alert level two years ago. HPR Contributing Reporter Sherry Bracken says that although scientists say no eruption is imminent, they want Hawai'i Island residents to be aware of the likelihood of a future eruption.

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Hawai’i is the first state in the nation that plans to implement a cashless payment system for medical cannabis or marijuana. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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In the 1940’s and 50’s, America’s audacious painters veered away from depicting the world as it looks, opting instead for interior worlds, or simple records of their actions.  Abstract Expressionism was the first truly American modern art movement, and it was a huge psychological leap away from anything before it.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports a new show at the Honolulu Museum of Art shows Hawai‘i’s contribution to this world wide movement. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The City and County of Honolulu conducted a remembrance ceremony for those who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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This week on Stargazer, a historic NASA mission we’ve reported on many times over the years comes to a fiery ending… as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

      

Learn more about the end of the mission in this NASA video.

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Invasive seaweeds have taken a stronghold on Hawaiʻi reefs over the last half of the 20th century, contributing to a decline in the health and productivity of once-thriving marine ecosystems. HPR's Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi visits one community that is fighting back. 

Al Di Meola has returned to Honolulu for the first time in three decades to perform live. Regarded as among the most technically proficient and innovative guitarists, he's at the Blue Note through Saturday with shows at 6:30 and 9 p.m.

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This week Helping Hand proudly welcomes back the National Federation of the Blind of Hawaii, advocating on behalf of the blind and those with vision challenges. Their annual state convention is September 30 & October 1 at 1901 Bachlot Street in Honolulu.

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This week, the Trump Administration announced it will end the program allowing children brought to the United States illegally to stay here. The program is called “DACA”—and its cancellation could cost Hawai‘i more than half a billion dollars. This week, Pacific Business News takes a look what the end of DACA could mean in the islands. PBN Managing Editor Janis Magin has more.  

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