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John Henry Felix / Twitter
John Henry Felix / Twitter

As you’ve been hearing, this week marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

All week we’re going to be hearing some remembrances of neighbors who were on O‘ahu that day. As well as others who have ties to the islands.

We begin today with the memories of John Henry Felix…whose family lived in the Punchbowl area of Honolulu.

Later this week we’ll hear from people with memories not only of December 7th, 1941, but also the days and weeks and months that followed that changed Hawai‘i.

Oiwi TV / Kaipo Kiaha
Oiwi TV / Kaipo Kiaha

Hōkūle‘a is back in warmer waters. The voyaging canoe arrived in Miami over the weekend. We caught up with crew member Shantell De Silva as part of our ongoing series, Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

On Florida's warmer weather:

Wayne Yoshioka

The December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago resulted in 54 civilian casualties on O’ahu mostly caused by friendly fire.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

courtesy Herb Alpert, photo by Dewey Hicks

Legendary musician, artist and co-founder of A & M Records, Herb Alpert, returns with his wife and musical partner Lani Hall for a weekend of dates at the Blue Note in Waikiki December 15 - 18.  "Human Nature" is his latest album in a successful career that has spanned decades for the part-time resident of the Aloha State.

courtesy of Nik Lacchin

    

U.S. National Archives
U.S. National Archives

The bombing of Pearl Harbor was a turning point for Hawai‘i, but it was also the culmination of decades of militarization on O‘ahu.  At the same time, ethnic Japanese constituted forty percent of Hawai‘i’s population, a fact not lost on Washington, as Japanese armies spread across China and the Pacific.

Forest Starr and Kim Starr / Flickr
Forest Starr and Kim Starr / Flickr

Maui Electric Company is making adjustments to make up for power that will be lost with the closure of sugar cane production.

Hawai‘i Commercial and Sugar Company will no longer provide additional electricity that was generated at its Pu‘unēnē mill.  The partnership provided 4 megawatts of scheduled power and an additional 16 megawatts of immediate emergency power.  MECO spokeswoman Shayna Decker says the utility has been working with HC&S since the closure was announced in January.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

Next Wednesday marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Memorial events are taking place all week, involving a number of organizations. We get more on that part of the story from Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State announced the re-establishment of the Kona International Airport yesterday with the arrival of the first foreign flight from Japan scheduled in less than 3 weeks.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Red Bull Media House
Red Bull Media House

A new documentary is looking behind the scenes of big wave surfing with a professional.

“Distance between Dreams” follows surfer Ian Walsh through the last year’s season… with a special focus on surfing Jaws on Maui.  It provides a unique first person perspective into the training, technology and preparation that goes into surfing giant waves.  Walsh says he wanted to take a different approach to the traditional surfing movie.

Flickr / Frank Hamm
Flickr / Frank Hamm

Scientists, lawmakers, and representatives from federal agencies gathered at Hawai‘i’s state capital Wednesday for the first-ever Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death Summit. The fungal disease affecting one of Hawai‘i’s most important trees has killed more than 50,000 acres of native ‘ōhi‘a.

World AIDS Day 2016

Dec 1, 2016
Reedz Malik / Flickr
Reedz Malik / Flickr

HIV and AIDS are diseases that still affect many in the U.S. and in our community.

Today is World AIDS Day.

A day meant to remember those who died, and to raise awareness. And support for those who have HIV or AIDS.

World AIDS Day was first held in 1988, making it the first day for global awareness of a medical condition.

More than 30 million people around the world are believed to currently have the virus…including more than 700 individuals in the state.

Flickr / Presidio of Monterey: DLIFLC & USAG
Flickr / Presidio of Monterey: DLIFLC & USAG

A bill to award Filipino World War II veterans with the nation’s highest civilian honor is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Rep. Richard Creagan Facebook
Rep. Richard Creagan Facebook

When Hawai‘i’s legislature convenes its next session in January, the state House of Representatives will have a new chair of the Agriculture Committee. Former chair Clift Tsuji of Hilo died earlier this month, and the new chair is also from Hawai‘i Island. He recently spoke to HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken about some of his policy priorities.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

Rain, in old Hawai‘i, was celebrated in its myriad forms, passing mists to drenching downpours, different in each village and valley.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with a scholar and kumu hula whose book on Hawaiian rain names opens new vistas in the natural world.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i Republicans lost key races for Honolulu Mayor and the last GOP seat in the State Senate.   GOP leaders are now focusing on local races in 2018 and developing a strategy to win.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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No, not that kind of water ice. In addition to what we can try and spot in our dark island skies, we hear about a NASA discovery of frozen water just beneath the surface of the Red Planet, as HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

     

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

As sugar production winds down in Maui, many Hawai‘i businesses are scrambling for a local alternative. Some are even stockpiling the last bags of Maui sugar while they’re still around.

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The Godfather of the British Blues, John Mayall, has returned to Hawaii for a three-island tour that began Wednesday on Maui. It continues this evening at the Palace in Hilo, then Saturday at the Honoka`a People's Theatre, before wrapping up Sunday at the Blue Note Hawaii in Waikiki.

courtesy of Nik Lacchin

This week on Helping Hand we have returning guests the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui, a nonprofit concerned with the social welfare of children and families on the Valley Isle who have suffered abuse and severe neglect. It’s a privilege to welcome back Director Paul Tonnesen for a conversation with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

Barrio Vintage
Barrio Vintage

Many people will be headed to malls today for Black Friday sales.  But there are an assortment of alternative shopping choices popping up this year. 

On O‘ahu, Chinatown merchants and restaurants are hosting the 2nd annual Downtown Shop Around. Downtown boutiques are hosting trunk sales and discounts… while restaurants offer shoppers discounts for their support of merchants.  Bradley Rhea is co-owner of Barrio Vintage clothing store.

Collectors Weekly
Collectors Weekly

More than sixty years ago, a San Francisco nightclub helped a number of entertainers from Hawai‘i make their mark in show business. 

iStock via PBN
iStock via PBN

Fund-raising is a continuing challenge for all non-profit organizations. And a recent gathering in Honolulu highlighted several trends that have developed in the pursuit of donations.  

Flickr / Stacy Spensley
Flickr / Stacy Spensley

This Thanksgiving, some families will be getting a side of politics alongside their turkey and mashed potatoes. That’s because this year’s holiday comes on the heels of a particularly divisive election. HPR’s Molly Solomon got some tips from a professional on how to best manage divided feelings at the dinner table.

Disney
Disney

Disney’s movie “Moana” has opened in theaters following a wave of both praise and controversy.

The story follows an adventurous teenager who sails across the pacific on a mission to save her people. Along the way she meets the demigod Maui and discovers her identity.

Hawaii County
Hawaii County

A week from Monday, Hawai‘i County will swear in a new Mayor. But until noon that day, Billy Kenoi remains the chief executive of Hawai‘i County.  He spoke with HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken about his 8 years in office.

Since 2009, the current administration has completed more than 160 major projects on Hawai'i Island.  That’s more than 630 million dollars on roads, parks, sewers, housing—even rodeo arenas. Mayor Kenoi says he’s proud of the transformative nature of that spending.

The Winter Solstice, the longest night and shortest day of the year, falls on December 21. Hawaiʻi’s premier Irish band, Celtic Waves, celebrates this time of renewal of faith in the face of cold and darkness with a spirited evening of traditional Irish tunes and a few original compositions on Saturday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m.

Jackie Young
Jackie Young

Oʻahu’s largest food pantry is being forced out of its current location. Feeding Hawaiʻi Together serves as a lifeline for about 2-thousand needy people each week—providing food and household goods.  But right now, the nonprofit is in trouble.  HPR contributing reporter Jackie Young has more on the challenges facing Feeding Hawaiʻi Together.

Flickr / Daniel Ramirez
Flickr / Daniel Ramirez

2016 hasn’t been a great year for the Honolulu Zoo. The city-run facility lost its accreditation back in March and is now looking for its sixth zoo director since 2009. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

In 2013, scholars and linguists worldwide were stunned by the discovery of a new indigenous language in Hawai‘i.  Hawai‘i Sign Language was the first new language discovered in the U.S. since the 1930’s.  There are about seven thousand spoken languages in the world, half of which are expected to be lost in the next fifty years.  An even more dire fate could await existing sign languages.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on efforts to preserve Hawai‘i Sign and its unique view of the world.

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