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A groundbreaking ceremony was conducted today for the largest expansion of Honolulu Harbor in the state’s history. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Many were surprised by results of the 2016 election, meaning, they were surprised by the number of people who support Trump and his views.  Over 100 thousand people voted for President Trump in Hawai‘i and a national group with a new chapter here is activating to advance right wing views.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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Mauna Loa is the largest active volcano on earth and makes up more than half of Hawai'i Island's land mass. Its last eruption was nearly 34 years ago, but over a longer time frame time. It’s erupted every 5 to 6 years with the potential to reach far flung parts of the island. As part of “Volcano Awareness Month,” scientists at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory are hosting workshops to inform the community. From Hawai'i Island, contributing reporter Sherry Bracken has more.

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Governor David Ige addressed the state on network television last night. He said he will not take it out on Hawai’i Emergency Management Agency personnel for the false missile attack alert and asked those who call in death threats to EMA staff to stop.

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For this week’s Stargazer, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips about another discovery on the Red Planet, this time, having to do with water.

Find other reports and interviews by Dave Lawrence.

    

Hawai‘i residents were stunned Saturday morning by what turned out to be a false alarm of an incoming ballistic missile. While state emergency officials have apologized for the error, the emergency alert sent residents into a panic. Many scrambling to figure out what to do next. HPR Reporter Ku’uwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission called Saturday’s false alarm concerning a ballistic missile attack “absolutely unacceptable.”

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Opening Day for the 2018 State Legislature is Wednesday. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this preview.

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Governor David Ige confirmed Saturday during a news conference that the emergency alert system warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack on Hawai’i was due to human error.  He said the system operator clicked “actual” instead of “test” and triggered a statewide warning.   The Governor also confirmed it took 38 minutes to issue a cancellation notice because it had to be done manually.

Marco Polo, 6 Months Later

Jan 13, 2018
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Hawai'i residents were stunned this morning by what turned out to be a false alarm of an incoming missile launch. Hawai'i Public Radio confirms there was never a threat. While details about how this happened continue to unfold, there is no danger to Hawai'i and there never was.

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This week on Helping Hand it’s Leilani Farm Sanctuary. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes Founder and President Laurelee Blanchard.

Firefighter Stories from Marco Polo

Jan 12, 2018
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Catherine Cruz

The Honolulu Fire Department recently released internal audio communication tapes that document how firefighters approached the deadly seven-alarm fire last summer. An HFD Captain, who was on the scene, helps us interpret the tapes and explains the challenges crews faced.

Hate in Hawai‘i?

Jan 12, 2018
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Statistics compiled by the Justice Department show hate crimes in this country are on the rise.  Here in Hawai‘i, some faculty members at UH Mānoa are experiencing bias, threats, and a deterioration of classroom civility.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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In March there will be a change at the top of Hawaiian Airlines. The company’s chief commercial officer is stepping up to become CEO. PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Report Skims Surface on Hawaiʻi Cesspool Mess

Jan 11, 2018

Kahalu‘u and Upcountry Maui top the state’s list of priority areas for cesspool replacement. The state Department of Health shared its latest assessment of Hawai‘i’s nearly 88,000 cesspools with legislators yesterday. The report found half of those cesspools pose a potential risk of contaminating drinking water or coastal ecosystems and should be replaced as soon as possible. But exactly how to replace them and who’s going to pay for it remains in question. HPR’s Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi reports.

Improving Hawaiʻi's Dental Health

Jan 11, 2018
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Brian Hutchinson Birch / Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute

The last three national surveys of oral health have given Hawaiʻi a failing grade. Dr. Gavin Uchida is the new director for the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health. He is charged with creating a strategic plan to improve oral health across Hawaiʻi and is conducting a series of talk-story sessions to gather public input.

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January is National Slavery and Human Tracking Prevention Month. As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the homeless in Hawai’i are especially vulnerable.  

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She's back... Judy Collins has returned to the Aloha State for dates Thursday at the Kauai Beach Resort, Friday at the MACC, Saturday at the Honoka'a Peoples Theatre, and Sunday at the Mamiya Theatre. The legendary folk artist also returned to HPR's All Things Considered to speak with Honolulu Host Dave Lawrence.

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Hawai’i is leading the way in digital health and other ways to cut costs. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Closing the Door Could Save Your Life

Jan 10, 2018
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One of the most effective fire safety techniques is also one of the most simple: closing your bedroom door.

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In the Asia Pacific, the news continues to be grim on the island of Borneo, where experts from one country’s wildlife department are desperately trying to save the life of an extraordinarily rare, critically endangered animal – one of only nine in captivity anywhere in the world; we’ve followed her story for weeks and have an update.

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Year after year, Hawai‘i’s physician shortage continues to grow. A 2017 report on the state’s physician workforce shows a shortage of more than 400 doctors, and the largest shortfall on all islands is in primary care. The good news is there is a health care model rising in popularity across the country, and it may be just what Hawai‘i needs to help meet its primary care needs. HPR’s Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi reports.

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The race for Hawai’i Governor is heating up as the Democratic candidates develop their campaign strategies. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The University of Hawaiʻi has released the results of a student survey on sexual harassment and gender-based violence.

Upstairs Downstairs

Jan 9, 2018
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There’s a formidable art piece going in at UH Mānoa that could take you by surprise.  It’s a three story painting in the stairwell on the Diamond Head side of the UH Mānoa Art Building.  The stairwell has long been a forum for self-expression, which is generally encouraged by the art faculty, but HPR’s Noe Tanigawa discovered recent vandalism crossed over into hate speech.

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Hawai’i’s Senior Congressional Representative officially announced her candidacy for Governor today.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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For this week’s Stargazer, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips about a recent discovery in our solar system that has some scientists thinking it could be fossils of some kind.

Find more stories, reports, interviews and features from Dave Lawrence.  

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to roll back protection of cannabis businesses last week left a cloud of uncertainty over Hawai’i’s medical cannabis dispensary program. The state’s two-year-old program is still trying to find its foothold in the islands – with only four of the eight dispensaries open for business. Despite the slow roll out, patients and providers are wasting no time to ensure the medicine gets to where it needs to go. HPR reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Keck's New Instrument

Jan 8, 2018
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W.M. Keck Observatory

A new instrument atop Mauna Kea will allow astronomers to more quickly observe the farthest reaches of the universe.

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