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Wayne Yoshioka

Waikiki hotels and timeshares are near or at capacity this year as visitor arrivals climb past the 8-million mark for the entire state.  That opens the door for visitors to seek alternative vacation rentals.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region

Maui County is contributing money and resources for the eradication of coqui frogs.  $1.2 million has been allotted to the Maui Invasive Species Committee to increase efforts to stop the spread of coqui during over a five-year plan.

Officials say if nothing is done, the tiny frogs will multiply to population levels that were previously seen on the Big Island.  Maui Invasive Species Committee Manager Adam Radford says the 80 to 90 decibel screech is a threat to communities as well as tourism.

Japanese art and crafts have a reputation for quality and centuries of what seem like unbroken tradition behind them.  A new exhibition coming to Honolulu will feature experts in traditional metalwork, ceramics, painting, and fabric dye who use impeccable technique to tell contemporary stories.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on Imayo: Japan’s New Traditionists.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

For the first time, the Hawai‘i Tourism Conference featured a session on LGBT travel. The islands have long been a destination for gay visitors, but state tourism officials have been slow to advertise it. As HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, many believe it’s an opportunity Hawai‘i can’t afford to pass up.

HTA Poster/Slide

The 5-day Tourism Conference was launched today at the Hawai’i Convention Center.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, this year’s gathering focuses on shaping the future of the state’s visitor industry.

Ward Villages
Ward Villages

There’s a lot of new development coming to The Ward Village in Kaka‘ako.

Earth Wind & Fire are back in the islands. With a local history dating to 1975, original member and bassist Verdine White followed up his recent phone interview on Hawaii Public Radio with a conversation last night here in town, and among topics, spoke about his philanthropic side with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

Earth Wind and Fire perform at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu tonight. The concert is sold out.

Eileen Chao
Eileen Chao

A ferry service on Moloka‘i is struggling to stay afloat and may have to shut down. The company that has been operating the service for nearly 30 years says low ridership and competing air fares are to blame. 

Oiwi TV / Sam Koipu
Oiwi TV / Sam Koipu

Voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a is sailing back down the East Coast and is currently docked in a small town in upstate New York. Students from the Westport school system paid a visit to learn about voyaging traditions and Hawaiian culture. We checked in with Hōkūle‘a crew member Haunani Kāne as part of our ongoing series Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Follow the two voyaging canoes on Google Maps:

Wayne Yoshioka

The first event leading up to the 75th anniversary of the December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor was conducted Sunday.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and filed this report.

Flickr / LuxTonnerre
Flickr / LuxTonnerre

The U.S. Department of the Interior has finalized a rule that creates a pathway to federal recognition for Native Hawaiians. The process began two years ago, and included thousands of pieces of testimony from listening sessions across the state and on the mainland.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

According to the World Wildlife Fund, more than 90% of the plants and animals inhabiting Hawaii are native to this place, and a greater variety of fish exist in Hawaiian waters than anywhere else.  Protecting these plants and creatures can seem overwhelming, but individuals do find ways to make a difference.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on one such case.


Herb Neufeld / Flickr
Herb Neufeld / Flickr

Shipping is Hawaii’s lifeline and our major shippers have been investing millions this year to keep their fleets up to speed. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief, A. Kam Napier, has more.

International Pacific Research Center
International Pacific Research Center

Our ancient ancestors may have migrated from Africa a lot earlier than previously thought.

Scientist with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa are using computer simulations to show how climate change influenced migration for Homo sapiens over the past 125,000 years. The model simulates ice-ages, abrupt climate change and captures the arrival times of Homo sapiens in the Eastern Mediterranean, Arabian Peninsula, Southern China, and Australia in close agreement with paleoclimate reconstructions and fossil and archaeological evidence.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i has some of the toughest gun laws and the lowest number of firearm-related violence in the nation, according to the American Journal of Medicine.   So what should lawmakers do to make it safer for the public?   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka explores that question in his final report on the AR-15:  America’s Semi-Automatic Rifle.

AP
AP

Disney announced it will no longer sell a costume many complained was offensive and compared to blackface. The Halloween outfit depicted Maui, a Polynesian demigod who’s also a character in the upcoming film, “Moana.”

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu Police Department is responsible for issuing gun permits and registering all firearms on O’ahu.   In our continuing series on the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, we take a look at what it takes to legally own one.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i has some of the toughtest gun control laws in the nation, according to the Law Center to Prevent Violence.   In our continuing series on the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, state lawmakers, police and community advocates talk about their efforts to tighten our state’s gun control laws.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Margo Vitarelli
Margo Vitarelli

What we know and learn depends a lot on how we receive the information.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports a yearlong collaboration between local artists and scientists has yielded a cunning series of prints that intrigue, delight, and enlighten. 

Mālama Olowalu
Mālama Olowalu

The State Department of Transportation has scrapped a plan to construct a seawall in West Maui following a week long protest.  The plan was to build a wall of boulders near mile marker 16 along the shoreline of Honoapi‘ilani highway to protect the road from erosion.  But environmentalists say the wall would threaten coral reefs and surf breaks by altering the natural flow of sand.  They added that it would ruin beach access, and not truly alleviate the road’s safety issues.  

Wayne Yoshioka

The AR-15 semi-automatic rifle is at the center of the clash between gun owners and gun control advocates.  It’s been used in a number of mass killings but remains one of the best selling rifles in America. 

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

 

  Some adventurous Honolulu ceramists have set the tables at Mark’s Garage with dinnerware you may not have seen the likes of before.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found well-made new ways to serve your next meal.

“Dinner Party” continues at Mark’s Garage through October 1st.  

  Artist Mariko Merritt is one of the ten ceramists showing in the Dinner Party exhibition at Marks’ Garage.  She watched the show’s instigator, Daven Hee, as he made some imaginative mini pourers—perfect for shoyu.

Flickr / US Mission Geneva
Flickr / US Mission Geneva

The largest conservation conference, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, recently wrapped up earlier this month. One thing that was stressed was its commitment to zero waste. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the conference wasn’t as green as advertised. 

KING
KING

A dreamy sounding Los Angeles R&B group is making its Hawai‘i debut at the Blue Note.  KING produces music that pays tribute to classic R&B, yet ventures into an electronic direction.

The trio composed of Anita Bias and twin sisters Amber and Paris Strother has been called one of the best underground acts to come out of the LA music scene.  They, like many band discoveries these days were found on the internet with their songs being picked up and hyped by artists like Prince, Erykah Badu and DJ/drummer Questlove?

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

A new study is trying to find the missing puzzle piece in the effort to curb homelessness in Hawai‘i.

The Aloha United Way and the Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice are using part of a $5 million state grant to study entry points to homelessness.  Research will focus on understanding how people slip through incarceration, hospital emergency rooms and the foster care system using different research methods, data collection, and focus groups.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

In the run up through November, Fashion Month, Ala Moana Center is celebrating different facets of Hawai‘i’s fashion industry in a new pop up called the Fashion Annex.  The current exhibition features a view of fashion that is both ancient and possibly futuristic.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa explores the idea of clothing that integrates understanding of culture, materials, and place. 

PBN
PBN

A concert may be two hours of fun for music-lovers, but for “A Tom Moffatt Production,” it involves many months of work.  Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Wayne Yoshioka

The state’s center to assist homeless families in urban Honolulu was completed today.   News media were given a pre-dedication tour.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and filed this report. 

Wayne Yoshioka

A Local Board will be recommending the spelling of the State’s Name be officially changed and be identical to its spoken form.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Maui County / Lois Whitney
Maui County / Lois Whitney

Major flooding and heavy rain prompted an emergency proclamation Wednesday in Maui County. The wet weather knocked out a water line, flooded parks and homes, and caused several mudslides. HPR’s Molly Solomon says it’s just the latest in what’s been a wetter than normal couple of months.

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