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The World Conservation Congress will convene for the first time in the U.S. in Honolulu next week.    Hawai’i researchers will co-host a workshop on mosquito-borne diseases that is gaining international interest.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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kris krüg / Flickr

Sea level rise is threatening to flood or erode islands in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument located north of the Hawaiian Islands.

Pulelehua Project
Pulelehua Project

The Department of Land and Natural Resources is overseeing projects to save two of Hawai‘i’s smallest creatures.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

    

  

  In Hawai‘i we just don’t do things the way everybody else does.  We actually give a wave, thanks! when we change lanes.  We let people cut in to improve the whole flow.  We hold the door for those behind us and yes, we do still smile at strangers on the street.  In the world of textile art, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found that,  we’re doing it again, forging an impressively inclusive fiber art show of our own. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The average cost for private nursing home care for one senior in Hawai’i is more than 400 dollars a day, according to the State’s Department of Human Services.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, hundreds of local families are facing the prospect of losing their homes for end-of-life care.

Hawaii Opera Theater
Hawaii Opera Theater

    

The Hawai‘i Opera Theater’s 2016-2017 season is taking a different look at a classic art form.

courtesy of Shawn A. Laatsch

For today’s Stargazer, a newly discovered planet is among the topics as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

Wayne Yoshioka

It’s less than 80 days until the General Election, November 8th.   The two major political parties are trying to get their members to cast ballots following a dismal Primary Election turnout.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Imagine re-thinking a neighborhood through the lens of food. That’s what a group of residents, business owners, and policy makers in Kaka‘ako have been doing. HPR’s Molly Solomon visited one of their workshops and has this report.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about ALS -- amyotrophic lateral sclerosis also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease -- and ALS Research. Ahead of the upcoming Hawai‘i Walk to Defeat ALS September 17, and during this month they’re seeking support, HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence welcomes back Fred Fisher, President and CEO, the ALS Association Golden West Chapter.

Shakespeare 2.0

Aug 19, 2016
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noe tanigawa

 

  By a couple of years ago, the Hawai‘i Shakespeare Festival had finished performing all The Bard’s plays--the great, the obscure, and the questionable.   At this point, real experimentation is getting unleashed.  Inspired by David Peterson, who developed languages for the Game of Thrones series, one of the founders of the festival has devised invented languages for "A Midsummer Night’s Dream."  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

"A Midsummer Night’s Dream" continues at The ARTS at Marks' Garage through August 21, 2016.

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Wikipedia Commons

What does it take to run the biggest resort in the state? Pacific Business New interviews Debi Bishop to find out. Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has the story.

In April, Debi Bishop was named managing director of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Not only is it the largest resort in the state, it is also the largest Hilton in the world, by number of guest rooms.  2,860 rooms to be exact, spread among seven towers across 22 acres.  About 3,000 people work at the Hilton Hawaiian village. Bishop is responsible for every facet of the operation.

Foghat have offered a heavy blues rock sound after several members left historic English blues rockers Savoy Brown to form the band in the early seventies.

Wayne Yoshioka

The head of Honolulu’s Rail Transit Project resigned today.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State of Hawai’i said goodbye today to Congressman K. Mark Takai who passed away at age 49 last month from Pancreatic Cancer.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Lava from Kīlauea has been erupting from the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent since 1983. Recently the flow reached the ocean, for the first time in three years. Thousands of visitors and residents have been flocking to Kalapana to see it for themselves.

Wayne Yoshioka

Tropical Storm Darby swept through O’ahu last month with heavy rains that caused flooding in parts of urban Honolulu.    As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the City Council focused on some of the problem areas today.

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Wikipedia Commons

The fate of a historic tall ship moored in Honolulu Harbor could be left up to the state.

The 138-year-old Falls of Clyde has been moored in Honolulu Harbor for more than 50 years at pier 7.  Built in 1878 the ship is the last surviving iron-hulled ships with a four mast full rigging.  In her prime, she served the Matson Company as a passenger ship, making runs between the Hawaiian Islands and San Francisco before being modified into an oil tanker.   Se survived two scuttling attempts in 1963 and then again in 2008.

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Mike Mozart / Flickr

Goodwill Hawaii has gotten the green light to open up a charter school in West Oahu.  The State Public Charter School Commission approved application this week to open in the first Goodwill charter school inside their building on Lauwiliwili Street in Kapolei, making Hawai‘i the fourteenth state to feature a Goodwill charter school.

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noe tanigawa

 

  

   Changes in life produce changes in the work we do, that seems a given, and it’s especially apparent in the work of visual artists.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with painter Sanit Khewhock about the cheery works in his current show.

A show of works by Sanit Khewhock and Janetta Knapp continues at Cedar Street Galleries through September 4.  

Wayne Yoshioka

The state Department of Health has ordered the closure of Genki Sushi Restaurants on Oahu and Kauai as the potential source of the Hepatitis A outbreak.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Wikipedia Commons

The number of permits for rooftop residential photo voltaic systems has been cut nearly in half for Hawaii Island and almost a quarter for Oahu compared to this time last year.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

  Sculptor Randy Takaki was well known, in a way.  His carved figures are mysterious, but oddly inviting, and he made thousands of them.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa discovered the many people who own and dealt with the works are connected by a singular thread.

An "Homage to Randy Takaki" continues at the East Hawai‘i Cultural Center in Hilo through September 2, 2016. 

On O‘ahu,  Randy Takaki’s memorial tribute will take place on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 from 2 pm to 4 pm at the courtyard of KCC's Koa Art Gallery.  Donations to the family are welcome. 

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Flickr / _e.t

Update: State health officials order an embargo on raw frozen scallops distributed by Koha Oriental Foods and True World Foods as their Hepatitis A investigation continues.

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For today’s Stargazer, a return to a mysteriously dimming star we covered last year as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

Wayne Yoshioka

The Democratic Party’s unity breakfast Sunday was more than a healing process following hard-fought Primary Election campaigns.  It was a time to come together to back party candidates for the general election, including their choice for Honolulu Mayor.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Oiwi TV / Naalehu Anthony
Oiwi TV / Naalehu Anthony

Voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a is continuing its East Coast tour. The canoe left Nova Scotia earlier this month, and will return to New York City. We caught up with crew member Nā‘ālehu Anthony as part of our ongoing series Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

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Maui Memorial Medical Center
Maui Memorial Medical Center

A standoff over control of three Maui hospitals appears to be over.

A settlement between the United Public Workers Union and the state was announced Friday.  The state run Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital, and Lanai Community Hospital will transfer to the supervision of Kaiser Permanente.  Employees represented by the union will work under Kaiser until their contracts expire next June.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back the Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter, learning about the disease afflicting 26,000 state residents, their upcoming four area walks and how we can support them. Honolulu ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Steve Tam, Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter Advisory Board member. 

Dave Kusumoto
Dave Kusumoto

  

  The music business is of one of those most affected by changes in digital culture and musicians are scrambling to keep up.  Less than a decade ago, music retailers like Sam Goody and Tower Records were places musicians could promote their new music.  With all of that online now, local musicians are getting a boost from a Hawai‘i based Youtube channel.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports the HiSessions channel attracts over a million views a month.

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