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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the local non-profit Alea Bridge and the all-volunteer organization’s efforts to assist the homeless in the Aloha State, ranked as the single worst homeless crisis anywhere in the United States, per capita. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Alea Bridge spokesperson Phil Acosta about their mission and upcoming July 30th fundraiser.

Faye Archambeau

Joan Osborne has performed a few private shows in the Aloha State, but right now she's in the midst of her first real tour of Hawaii. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence caught up with her during the first portion of the tour, a run of dates at the Blue Note Hawaii through Sunday.

Kuana Torres kahele
Kuana Torres Kahele

  Kuana Torres Kahele was born in Hilo, and raised by his grandmother;  close to nature, with music, hula, and Hawaiian language in his everyday life.  As part of Na Palapalai, and now in his solo career, Kahele invigorates Hawai‘i’s music scene with energy, tight harmonies, and new compositions.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa takes a look at his latest project, original songs and chants for each Hawaiian island.

Now that the Public Utilities Commission has rejected the NextEra acquisition of HECO, what’s next for our electric utilities? Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Last Friday, the PUC gave its long-awaited answer to whether or not Florida-based NextEra Energy could buy the three utilities currently owned by Hawaiian Electric Industries.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State and City of Honolulu are implementing separate plans to address homelessness and affordable rental housing.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Hawaii Polo Club
Hawaii Polo Club

Update: Due to Tropical Storm Darby, polo and the Jeff Peterson concert have been canceled for this weekend.  The schedule will resume next week. 

For 53 years the Hawai‘i Polo Club has hosted matches on its field on Oahu’s North Shore.

The organization hosts 3 polo matches each Sunday during its 4 month season which is currently running until September with teams and players from around the world fly in to compete against local teams from each Hawaiian island.

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Wikipedia Commons

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is requesting $9 million to fund local projects around the country to benefit fish habitat restoration projects.

The Community-based Restoration Program distributes funding to seventeen different costal and marine habitat restoration efforts.

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NOAA

Updated: Sunday Afternoon

Oahu is under flood advisory as Tropical Storm Darby continues to move across the Hawaiian Islands moving north-northwest at around 11 mph.  Forecasters say rates of 3 inches were reported for East Oahu. 

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Flickr / jdnx

When it comes to Honolulu condominium sales, Ala Moana and Kaka‘ako remain king. That’s according to a new report that compares housing trends in neighborhoods across Oahu. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

The report, issued by the Honolulu Board of Realtors, found that condo sales in Ala Moana and Kaka‘ako were particularly strong last month. Compared to June of last year, sales for units rose by 42 percent. And the median sales price jumped nearly $300,000 —a 71 percent increase.

Wayne Yoshioka

U.S. Representative from Hawai’i, K. Mark Takai, passed away today in Honolulu following a 9-month battle with pancreatic cancer.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Legislature overturned the Governor’s veto of a benefits package for Maui hospital workers.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Congressman Mark Takai Dies at 49

Jul 20, 2016
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Wikipedia Commons

U.S. Congressman Mark Takai died this morning after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Flickr / Gildenjen

For the second year in a row, Hawai‘i longline fishermen are on course to hit their annual limit for bigeye tuna. And again, it’s much earlier than expected. The island’s longline fleet will close in Western and Central pacific waters this Friday, and larger vessels in the Eastern region will also be halted a few days later. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

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Wikipedia Commons

Honolulu has ranked 2nd in the country for being the best city for music fans… that’s according to valuepenguin.com.  Nashville took the top spot, and Seattle was number three and Madison, Wisconsin was fourth.

The study is based primarily on data collected from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the US Census Bureau.  Factors like the number of musicians, venues, radio stations, record labels, music stores, and even the weather were compared on a per capita basis for every 1000 people in each city.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

  

Successful artists today must Tweet incessantly, they do Instagram and Pinterest, they collaborate and interact with their audiences all day long.  Other artists, like those of the past, work alone for long periods, on art which often is not seen beyond their studio walls.  

Wayne Yoshioka

State lawmakers failed to take any action yesterday to craft a bill to help Maui hospital workers transitioning to Kaiser Permanente.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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For today’s Stargazer, in addition to what we can look for in our dark island skies, we learn about a new discovery with a local connection of a high number of alien worlds as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

Oiwi TV / Justyn Ah Chong
Oiwi TV / Justyn Ah Chong

Voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a continues its travels through New England, making a brief stop in Salem, Massachusetts. We checked in with crew member Ka‘iulani Murphy, as part of our ongoing series Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Wayne Yoshioka

Update: NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric have announced termination of plans to merge. In a statement form NextEra, Chairman Jim Robo said “As a result of the PUC’s order, we have terminated our merger agreement”.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, NextEra Energy will pay Hawaiian Electric Industries a $90 million break-up fee and up to $5 million for reimbursement of expenses associated with the transaction.  

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about returning guest Helping Hands Hawaii and the program called Ready to Learn, aimed at assisting the extraordinary number of less-fortunate children across the Aloha State get school supplies. Through July 22nd, a donation of $10 will fill a backpack with basic school supplies. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Helping Hands Hawaii CEO and President our guest Jan Harada.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Summer is upon us and that means one thing for fruit lovers: mango season. HPR’s Molly Solomon paid a visit to an O‘ahu farm to learn more about this local treat.

On a one acre-plot of land, Mark Suiso has made the most of his backyard in Mākaha. That’s where he tends dozens of mango trees, some planted by his father more than 60 years ago. His business, Makaha Mangoes boasts more than 70 trees and 12 different varieties.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

No Deal for NextEra

Late Friday afternoon, Hawai‘i’s Public Utilities Commission rejected the proposed merger between NextEra and the Hawaiian Electric Companies.

Tanya Maile Naehu
Tanya Maile Naehu

   A new show at the ARTS at Marks’ Garage showcases the joy and community spirit of the Friendly Isle.  Recently, five professional off-island artists banded together with three artists and sixteen teens from Moloka‘i for a visual exploration of legends and values cherished there.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports what happened was an unforgettable deepening of commitment to the island.

 

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Paul Sableman / Flick

Economic development in Honolulu’s Chinatown is brisk but faces lingering challenges with homelessness, crime and sanitation. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more on the competing plans to turn Chinatown around.

Chinatown is a complex neighborhood. There are a lot of different landowners, business owners and community groups. Then there’s government, and that’s complex too. Multiple layers of city zoning rules have preserved the historic character of the neighborhood but can make it slow going for businesses that want to establish themselves there.

Secretary of State met in Honolulu with his counterparts from Japan and South Korea.  Antony Blinken called the relationship among the three countries an “indispensable and foundational pillar” of the US “rebalance” to Asia.

He also mentioned how Hawai‘i is in the middle of that security and political relationship.  Blinken said the three diplomats discussed ways to pressure North Korea on the issues of nuclear weapons and human rights….but he gave no details about specific actions under consideration.

Steve Evans

The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime has detailed the disturbing role of Asian diplomats and crime syndicates in rhino poaching. The new report said corruption in South Africa and Mozambique contributed to Asian diplomats paying off officials to avoid prosecution. Among many sordid details, it noted syndicates like the Xaysavang Network exploited legal trophy hunts to obtain rhino horn using young women from Thailand, workers from strip clubs and massage parlors, who posed as hunters.

Outer Solar System Origins Survey (OSSOS)
Outer Solar System Origins Survey (OSSOS)

  An international team of astronomers has discovered a new dwarf planet orbiting in a disk of small icy worlds beyond Neptune.  The new object is a little more than 400 miles wide and has one of the largest orbits recorded for a dwarf planet.  The small icy planet was spotted with the large camera at the Canada-France-Hawai‘i Telescope on Mauna Kea  as part of the ongoing Outer Solar System Origins Survey (OSSOS).

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UHMed / Flickr

A gene associated with Alzheimer’s disease has been found in the brains of developing children.

Researchers from the John A. Burns School of Medicine participated in a test of nearly 1,200 subjects between the ages of 3 and 20.  Scientists say studying these genes in young children may ultimately give us early indications of who may be at risk for dementia in the future.

Linda Chang is the author of the study.  She says the research could develop ways to prevent the disease from occurring or to delay the start of Alzheimer’s. 

Wayne Yoshioka

A public-private venture to provide permanent housing for homeless families was unveiled today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Steven Depolo / Flickr

The State Department of Health is urging the public to seek vaccinations for hepatitis A following an increase in cases.  The number of cases on O‘ahu has grown to 52…with 16 of those people requiring hospitalization.

DOH officials are also investigating a confirmed case from an employee at a Baskins-Robbins in Waikele.  People who consumed food from the shop between June 1th, and July 3rd are being advised to contact healthcare providers to receive a vaccine or immune globulin.

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