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American composers born in the early 1900s, who came of age in the Roaring Twenties or during the Great Depression, were exposed to the music of Gershwin, Copland and Roy Harris while still young.

American classical music already existed for them. It was big, and wore its heart on its sleeve. Sometimes it could swing. It was tonal but unafraid of dissonance or modulation. This was their received music base.

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This week Helping Hand starts two weeks of featuring nonprofits in the Asia Pacific supporting two of the most vulnerable animals on Earth. First up, Save Elephant Foundation and Elephant Nature Park in Thailand.

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Tomorrow is World Pangolin Day. Every third Saturday in February is devoted to this most critically endangered animal. The pangolin is a scaly anteater, a mammal, about the size of a cat, covered in small scales, with no teeth and a very long tongue. They primarily eat ants and other insects, and are notoriously difficult to keep in captivity. There are eight species in Africa and Asia. But not for long.

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Texas-based developer Hunt Companies is set to expand its local influence. The company is accelerating the redevelopment of Kalaeloa—while working on high-profile projects on three islands. Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more on what’s ahead for company in the next decade.

Today HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence is joined by Rick Springfield. Back with a new album, The Snake King, he’s in town Saturday through Monday at the Blue Note.

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A number of proposed bills dealing with cesspools are advancing in the House of Representatives this session. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update.

Epigenetics Study in Waiʻanae

Feb 15, 2018
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Rates of diabetes, obesity and alcoholism run high among Native Hawaiians. A researcher is using his family ties and inspiration to change a community's health habits for the better.

Honolulu City Council Explores Monster Home Regulation

Feb 14, 2018
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Critics say extra-large structures known as “Monster Homes” are apartment buildings masquerading as single or two family dwellings in residential neighborhoods. Issues of parking, impact on property taxes, and sewer capacity prompted calls for relief, but the City Council is struggling with how best to address the situation.

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A Bill calling for more immediate steps to prevent fuel spills at the Navy’s Red Hill Storage Facility stalled in the House today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The Honolulu Rail Transit Project is hosting a 2-day forum to attract private development partners. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Hawaii State Board on Geographic Names Mulls Changes

Feb 13, 2018
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Iao Stream or Wailuku River? Mauna Kea or Maunakea? These are just a couple of the challenges before the Hawaii Board of Geographic Names.

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Pow!Wow! the annual mural painting invasion in Kaka‘ako opened big this past weekend.  They’re on a roll after ten successful festivals worldwide last year, and growing.  The idea of galvanizing international artists who paint hard at a huge scale, has proven to be an exciting Hawai‘i export.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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A settlement has been reached between the Environmental Protection Agency and Syngenta Seeds.

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A joint Senate Committee conducted a public hearing on a measure to overhaul the management of Mauna Kea. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Video games with pay-to-win prize options may soon have some restrictions in the state.

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We get a little insight into last week’s historic SpaceX rocket launch as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips for this week’s Stargazer.

    

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Community meetings on Hawaiʻi County's General Excise Tax bill are set for this week.

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Hawai'i County’s Mayor has about three weeks to send a budget to the County Council. Since 2000, the budget has increased more than 250 percent. That’s a concern for county property owners, who are the primary source of funds. From Hawai'i Island, Sherry Bracken has more.

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This week on Helping Hand, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Barbara Fischlowitz-Leong, President and CEO of the Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii, or the ATRC. It’s week two of organizations that can offer critical resources to people with disabilities and often field difficult questions regarding trying to get specific services or assistance with mobility challenges.

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The state employee who triggered last month’s false missile warning is speaking out. He claims that he is a scapegoat being used to cover up systematic failures and higher-level mistakes.

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Mike Love

Musician Mike Love was born and raised on O’ahu, he’s been playing in bands since Kaiser High School.  Riding a wave of internet popularity, he’ll perform in Costa Rica this month, then in 28 cities nationally from Portland, to Key West. HPR ‘s Noe Tanigawa reports Love attracts a local following too, with rock/jazz reggae, dreads to his ankles, and a message of unity.

Bossing Yourself

Feb 9, 2018
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Many people dream of going into business for themselves, but in Hawaii, in 2018, what does it take to make that leap? We get some of the answers from PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier.

Chick Corea is back. Tonight through Sunday, the Chick Corea Trio is back at the Blue Note, with Carlitos del Puerto on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums. The last time Chick was here, in the fall of 2016, with Eddie Gomez and Brian Blade, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence recorded a conversation at the venue, and almost none of it has ever been aired before.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State Legislature is considering a number of bills in the aftermath of the False Missile Alert Jan 13th. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Professional soccer is once again trying to find a foothold in Hawai‘i. Organizers of this week’s Pacific Rim Cup hope to make Hawai’i the international east-meets-west sporting venue. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi reports.

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Classic rocker Dave Mason is back in a new conversation with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician plays Honoka'a tonight, Hawaiian Brian's tomorrow, the Kaua'i Beach Resort Friday and the MACC Saturday.

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A number of bills addressing homelessness are being considered by the Hawai’i legislature. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Remembering the Reality of Plantation Life

Feb 7, 2018
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The stories of everyday people aren’t often recorded. University of Hawaii-West Oahu’s Center for Labor Education and Research (CLEAR) is collating a priceless archive of Hawaii’s history: unedited first-person reminiscences of plantation life. 

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Kūpuna in an affordable housing complex in Kaka‘ako were given quite the scare last week. They received notices that their rent would soon increase – some would even double. HPR Reporter Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi has more.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Board of Water Supply is continuing its push for legislation to upgrade the Navy’s Red Hill Fuel Storage tanks. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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