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Louie Anderson is in town. He spoke with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence in our Atherton Performing Arts Studio ahead of shows at the Blue Note through Saturday.

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This week we’re learning about Crisis Text Line, a free, nationwide 24/7 support for those in crisis. Users in Hawaii can text “Aloha” or “Start” to 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained crisis counselor. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence learned about the service and goal to find more volunteers with Katie Copeskey, Volunteer Crisis Counselor and Recruiter with Crisis Text Line.

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noe tanigawa

Last year, the craft beer market continued its thirteen year upward trend, topping out at $23.5 billion dollars according to the national Brewers’ Association.  In the U.S. as a whole, craft brew production doubled in the last 5 years to reach nearly 18 million barrels last year.  As part of HPR’s ongoing series on craft brewing, Noe Tanigawa reports O‘ahu is tracking that pattern of growth.

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Simon_sees / Flickr

Compared to several years ago, the number of people using public transportation is dropping. That’s according to a study that finds the pattern to be true on the mainland—and also here in Hawai‘i. We get more from Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier.

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Freda Payne has had a lot of experiences beyond her massive hit Band of Gold.

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The 10-member board overseeing the Honolulu Rail Project met today to consider actions it needs to take following a public information hearing Monday on additional funding for the 8.2 billion dollar project.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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It has been less than two months since Biki – Honolulu’s bike sharing business launched. And now, a car sharing business is set to launch in Kaka‘ako by the end of the year. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Kona Wells Update

Aug 17, 2017
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R/DV/RS / Flickr

Hawai'i County water users in North Kona have been under tight restrictions since January. Nearly 40 percent of the wells serving that area are currently out of service.  HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken talked to county officials about plans for a short-term fix as well as a long-term solution.

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A Joint Legislative Committee conducted another informational hearing on Affordable Housing today.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, this time, lawmakers heard from developers.

The Mahalo, Hawaiʻi sail kicks off this afternoon, and the Polynesian Voyaging Society has a lot to mahalo. For most of its 40 plus years in existence, PVS has been a small budget operation until now. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

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Since 1997, the American Logistics Association has sponsored an annual Food Show in Hawai’i, featuring local products that could be sold at Military Stores, better known as Commissaries and Exchanges.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Maui Memorial Medical Center

It's been just over a month since Kaiser Permanente took over operations at three Maui County hospitals. But the new chief executive officer of the hospitals is already moving on. We get more from Colleen Uechi of The Maui News.

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State Lawmakers conducted a joint legislative hearing today on Honolulu’s cash-strapped Rail Transit Project.   The hearing comes two weeks before the legislature meets in special session to provide a method of funding for the project.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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This week on Stargazer, a Mauna Kea discovery relating to four planets orbiting a nearby star as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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One of Hawaiʻi’s oldest stories is making a new appearance on a local stage. It’s a legend that has been passed down through hula for generations, and it is now being performed in Hawaiian. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi talks with Hawaiian playwright and director Kauʻi Kaina.

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Many of Hawaii’s public schools are starting their second week back in session this week, but students aren’t the only ones facing new challenges.

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lawdawg1 / Flickr

A memorial service will take place tomorrow on Hawai'i Island for a person who changed the way people look at local sport fishing. Jim Rizzuto passed away last month, but left a legacy that lives on well beyond the waters of Hawai'i. We get more from HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back Hawaii Fido Service Dogs, a nonprofit internationally accredited in 2008 by ADI, Assistance Dogs International. October 20th their Dining with Dogs fundraising event is at the Honolulu Country Club, where their very special animals will be in attendance, and there are many other ways to support this invaluable organization.

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Craft brewing is changing the social scene here in Honolulu.  The national Brewers Association lists fourteen breweries in the Islands, with four breweries in Kaka‘ako alone.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers  this first installment in a swing through that scene. 

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ʻŌiwi TV

Crews for the Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia are preparing for another voyage – this time around the state.

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Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

Condominium sales have had a boost lately in Honolulu. It turns out that home buyers are turning to apartments instead of single-family homes. Pacific Business news editor in chief A. Kam Napier, has more.

On Tuesday, August 8th 2017, legendary entertainment figure Glen Campbell passed on at 81, after a long and very public battle with Alzheimer's disease. Back on Saturday, September 1st, 2012, Glen Campbell returned to Hawaii on what would be his final concert tour.

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The 2018 Primary Election is a year away and Democrats are either sending feelers out or lining up to be counted.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka takes this first look at the top two state-wide races.

The fate of Hāʻiku Stairs could soon be returning to another agency of the City and County of Honolulu. Supporters of reopening the stairs say the move is more symbolic than it is significant. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

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The U.S. Army is seeking public comment on a proposed plan to expand a program to save an endangered native bird species.

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tpsdave / Pixabay

A new long-distance canoe race is coming to Hawai'i Island this Saturday. It will not only provide paddling experience but will also benefit a significant historical site on the island.  HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken explains.

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Hawaiʻi’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened for business on Maui yesterday. The dispensary is one of two licensed to serve patients in Maui County. But what about patients living on Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi? HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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The City began clearing homeless encampments along the Pearl Harbor Bike Trail today fronting Neal Blaisdell Park.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, it’s the latest action to restore public spaces for residents on O’ahu.    

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Last week, Hawai'i County started clearing homeless people from Old Airport Park. It was the first step of a process that continues this week—with a more extensive cleanup.  The County and private agencies have made significant progress in helping resolve the issue of where people can live.  HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken explains.

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The first high-rise condominium in Ward Village was completed almost a year ago and is transforming the once light-industrial Kaka’ako District.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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