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The Governor delivered his annual State of the State address to the Legislature today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and filed this report. 

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This week on Stargazer there are several planets we can look for, plus we’re learning about a new joint mission to a planet you often don’t hear about on the exploration front, and even the partnership between countries may surprise some, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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noe tanigawa

Worldwide, over two million people participated in Women’s Marches on Saturday, concerned about U.S. positions on climate change, immigration, healthcare, reproductive rights, the world community, and more.  Here in Hawai‘i, an estimated five thousand on Maui, an equal number on Hawai‘i Island, two thousand on Kaua‘i and over five thousand more in Honolulu took the opportunity to air a diversity of concerns.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this sampling from the colorful Women’s March in Honolulu.

In this hour-long special timed for Inauguration Week, Host Neal Conan delves into one of the most provocative questions being asked about our next President.  Is it fair to compare Trumpism to Fascism?

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the Hawai‘i Foodbank, who have a sobering mission: they work to provide about 125 local agencies with food, feeding a staggering one in five people of the Aloha State’s population. A quarter million people are in need of help. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Gerald Shintaku, Foodbank President, about the crisis of hunger in Hawai‘i and the many opportunities to lend a helping hand.

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Farming in Hawaii has gone from industrial scale to small farms. And the technology supporting the farmers has shrunk too. Today, it often fits right in a phone. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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noe tanigawa

Nearly a hundred twenty nine thousand people voted for Donald Trump in Hawai‘i, and this morning, Hawai‘i Republicans convened at Ward Big City Diner to watch and celebrate the inauguration together.   President Trump’s inauguration is prompting other gatherings, including a teach in at UH Manoa today, a community concert tonight, and the international Women’s March tomorrow, now with over 600 sister marches world- wide.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Trump for President Campaign

Last November, Donald Trump lost Hawai’i’s General Election by more than a 2-to-1 margin.   Now, on the eve of his inauguration as the 45th President of the U-S, HPR talked to local voters about their hopes for the country in the next 4 years. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i State Legislature officially opened its 60-working day session today.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was at the Capitol and files this report.

President Obama's Final Press Conference

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Wayne Yoshioka

Women legislators across the country are launching a bi-partisan effort to address the opioid abuse epidemic.    Local lawmakers conducted a news conference today on their proposed legislation and HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there. 

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noe tanigawa

  This year, for Hawai‘i’s celebration of Reverend Martin Luther King’s holiday there was a  Run for Peace on Maui, a commemorative walk happened on Kaua‘i, and Hawai‘i island celebrated in Kona on Sunday.  In Honolulu, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with some of the millennials in attendance at what is called the annual "People's Parade." 

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This week on Stargazer we’ve got three planets to try and spot in our dark island skies, plus we’re learning about the next phase of a space exploration training mission getting underway here in the Aloha State as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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OIWI TV / JUSTYN AH CHONG

The Hōkūle‘a is back in Pacific waters after crossing the Panama Canal.  The ship is taking on a new crew in Panama City before setting out on her next leg to the Galapagos Islands.  We caught up with Media Specialist Bryson Hoe as part of our ongoing series Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Kyle Eastwood is in town for performances with his band in Honolulu. Son of longtime jazz fan Clint Eastwood, the bassist has had a string of successful jazz albums and had his music in a number of his father's films.

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This week on Helping Hand, with stories relating to homelessness and the housing crisis in the Aloha State making news, we’re digging into the topic of the housing crisis and welcoming back EAH Housing, a nonprofit corporation that develops and manages low-income housing, playing a leadership role in housing advocacy efforts. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with EAH Housing Vice President Hawai‘i Kevin Carney.

The Friends of the Library are holding its 8th annual Music and Book Sale this weekend in the Washington Middle School Cafeteria.  This year’s sale will feature more than 20,000 vinyl records, 10,000 CDs, and 15,000 books.

The event started as Hawaii Public Radio’s annual music sale, but has expanded to include books as well.  Friends of the Library Executive Director Nainoa Mau says all proceeds from the sale go to support the state library system.

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With President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration a week away, Pacific Business News took the temperature of local industries on their expectations of the new administration. PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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Women's March

In November, a Facebook post from Maui ignited what is becoming the largest demonstration linked to President-elect Trump’s inauguration.  On January 21st, Mr. Trump’s first day in office, Women's March demonstrations are scheduled in every state and in thirty three countries around the world, with participation now nearing six hundred thousand people.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports sister marches are being organized on Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Maui, and Hawai‘i island. 

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James Watt

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has been named as co-trustee to the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.  The area is the largest fully protected conservation area in the US, encompassing 583,000 square miles of ocean, small islands, and atolls in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.  It's home to more than 7,000 marine species, a quarter of which are found only in the Hawaiian Archipelago.  It’s also a significant cultural site to Native Hawaiians, containing both historical and spiritual places.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Governor announced an increase in homeless shelter beds statewide over the next 12 months.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the increased capacity will also meet new state and federal standards.

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The Governor’s top budget priority for this upcoming legislative session is Public Education.   But will his increased spending really make a difference?   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Rennett Stowe / Flickr

The U.S. Department of Justice is reviewing a complaint filed last week by the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii regarding the current state of Hawaii’s prison system.

The document says the state’s prisons and jails don’t meet minimum standards and violate the constitutional rights of prisoners.

They say that 7 out of 9 state prisons are severely overcrowded and underfunded.

Adding that facilities lack proper health services, food safety, and sanitary conditions. 

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A local conservation group is pushing for legislation to study and control wild parakeets on Kauai.

The Rose-ringed parakeet is believed to have been introduced to the island during the 1960s.

In recent decades, its population has grown exponentially raising health, agriculture and conservation concerns.

It's believed the parakeets pose a threat to Kauai's agricultural future by eating crops. And it's believed they will also strip the seeds of endangered native plants.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

When legendary promoter, Tom Moffatt, passed last month, eyes turned to the team at Bamp Project as the most likely successors in the very important task of booking Hawai‘i’s entertainment offerings.  If that’s the case, the guys at Bamp say they have several decades ahead to prove themselves.  Meanwhile, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports there’s quality and diversity so far in the 2017 line up.

Wayne Yoshioka

The new State Moped Law is currently being implemented on all islands with a focus on illegal modifications for speed and noise.  The cost for moped registration and safety check statewide is 40-dollars plus a one-time payment of 5-dollars for a license plate.  Honolulu Department of Customer Services director, Sherry Kajiwara explains.  (Maui and the Big Island already have moped safety check rules.   For more information go to Hidot.Hawaii.Gov/mopeds).

Wayne Yoshioka

Honolulu City Council Members were briefed on the status of the City’s Police Chief today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Hawaii Public Radio will air President Obama’s farewell speech live, today at 4pm on HPR-2, and fact check it with NPR’s political team. http://bit.ly/2jfTAvJ

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GRT Architects

These are President Barack Obama’s final weeks in office. After eight years in the White House, many are preparing to bid farewell to the 44th President. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with one person who’s showing her appreciation in an unexpected way.

Wayne Yoshioka

State tax collections are below Council on Revenue projections this year and lawmakers are looking elsewhere to make up the difference. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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