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For Stargazer this week, we have some planets in our early evening skies to try and spot, plus we get some context on the recent discovery of several planets about 40 light years from Earth as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

Nāʻālehu Anthony / ʻŌiwi TV
Nāʻālehu Anthony / ʻŌiwi TV

It’s been 2 weeks since the Hōkūleʻa left the Galapagos Islands for Rapa Nui – or Easter Island. This is one of the toughest legs on the worldwide journey due to the size of the island. But we caught up with Nāʻālehu Anthony who says the conditions, crew and fishing are all good.

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This week Helping Hand has returning guest Helping Hands Hawaii discussing the range of ways they assist the vulnerable in the Aloha State, and sharing details about their 13th annual fundraising dinner, Thursday March 2nd at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Moana’s Local Ties Resonate on Oscar Night

Feb 24, 2017
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© Disney

  The Academy Awards are this Sunday and Disney’s animated movie Moana is up for two Oscars—including Best Original Song for “How Far I’ll Go.” Hawai‘i’s own Auli‘i Cravalho stars in Moana and will sing that song at the Oscars this Sunday night.

 

You may know about the movie and its other local ties—but if not, or if you need a refresher course—here’s a reminder from HPR Contributing Reporter Heidi Chang.

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The State Legislature created a task force last session to provide recommendations to improve Hawai’i’s Correctional System.  They briefed lawmakers on an interim report today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.  

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noe tanigawa

Amidst the flurry of Executive Orders issued recently by President Trump, a seventy five year old Order is being re-examined.  Executive Order 9066 by President Roosevelt in 1942, banned “any or all persons” from “military areas” as determined by the Secretary of War and military commanders.  Though this order and the Japanese internment it caused have been discredited in the courts, political figures have used it recently to support new rules around immigration.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on what is at stake.

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State lawmakers were briefed on the current status of a disease that is worrying East Hawai’i Island residents.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

Representatives from Hawai’i’s hospitality industry converged on the State Capitol today to brief lawmakers on their legislative priorities.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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No one person decided the rail system Honolulu is currently embarked on.  In 2008, 50.6% of voters decided to allow the construction of a steel on steel rail transit system.  There were expert panels, studies, reports, and key City Council decisions, which were shaped by input.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa talked with former Mayor Mufi Hannemann who was spearheading the rail project at the time.  It was pegged at 5.2 billion dollars.

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Ricardo Ramirez

A recent release of data and measurements of distant planets is marking a change for the astronomical community.

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The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, will likely be changed by the Republicans on Capitol Hill.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, Hawai’i’s Congresswoman from the 1st District conducted a roundtable discussion on that topic Saturday.  

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On Stargazer this week, we hear about a pair of planets visible in the evening sky and learn about a new project the public is invited to participate in to discover a potential planet on the edge of the solar system… HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

Donavon Frankenreiter wraps up a current island tour with dates through Sunday at the Blue Note in Waikiki. The musician has island ties: he lives on the Garden Island, and released his first album on Jack Johnson's label, Brushfire Records, who he'll open for on the mainland this summer, including at the Hollywood Bowl.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re privileged to welcome back the Hawai‘i Association of the Blind, state affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. Their 50th anniversary HAB 2017 Annual State Convention is Saturday March 4th at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu.

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A couple of shopping malls on O‘ahu are dealing with some of the challenges of middle age. Pearlridge Center is 45 years old, and Windward Mall has been around for 35 years. They’re both facing increased competition, and they’re both taking steps to boost their business.  PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Wayne Yoshioka

Nearly half of Hawai’i’s adult women are working mothers according to the Department of Human Services.   A panel discussion today asked the question, “Can You Have it All?”   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The State Legislature is considering passage of a death with dignity measure this session.   It’s been an emotionally charged issue and HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka provides viewpoints from both sides.

  

Hawaii Public Radio has unveiled a new and improved smartphone app which coincides with the HPR Program Realignment. The new platform offers live streaming of both HPR-1 and HPR-2, as well as on-demand content.  Listeners can also share local news stories or NPR content, find program schedules, even make donations to the station.

 

Search for it on the App Store (iOS devices) or Google Play (Android) under "Hawaii Public Radio." The app is free to download.

 

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  There were a few key junctures in the long, convoluted story of Honolulu’s rail project.  Getting the point five percent general excise tax increase was one, and the decision to go with an elevated system is another.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa is taking an average citizen’s look at the project and had a chance to talk with two key players involved in the project’s beginnings.

Wayne Yoshioka

There’s one bill before the legislature this session that is focusing on an alternative to criminalizing prostitution.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, proponents of the measure just want to be heard. 

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For this week’s Stargazer, there are two planets to look for in our early evening skies, plus we learn about a remarkable new NASA project for a rover mission, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

Nāʻālehu Anthony / Oiwi TV
Nāʻālehu Anthony / Oiwi TV

The Hōkūleʻa is on its way to the island of Rapa Nui, or Easter Island.

It’s one of the more difficult journeys of the entire voyage. The crew has been hard at work preparing for the upcoming trip that will take roughly two weeks. We caught up with Nāʻālehu Anthony before they left the Galapagos.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re excited to have the Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii returning to ATC. Among many services and resources, the nonprofit links the disabled with adaptive technology, offers programs geared to educate individuals with disabilities, friends and family members and professionals, and HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Barbara Fischlowitz-Leong, ATRC President and CEO.

Marc Cohn is in Honolulu thru Saturday performing at the Blue Note Hawaii. The artist, best known for his massive hit Walking in Memphis, recently released Careful What You Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities, a collection of demos and related material from prior to his first album.

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creative commons

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Tax season is getting closer. And there’s nothing like an approaching deadline to get people thinking about their accountants. As Pacific Business News found, there have been some big changes in the accounting industry.  Editor in chief, A. Kam Napier, has more.

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Timothy B. Schmit recently released a new solo effort, Leap of Faith, his sixth. It's the first new album from the longtime bassist of The Eagles, and previously Poco, since 2009's Expando.

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Hawai’i’s top economic drivers, tourism and the military, are at or near capacity.   But the state has a plan to expand the economy in the fastest growing sector.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Big Island State Senator Kai Kahele and State Representative Mark Nakashima have introduced companion bills to provide an economic boost for Hilo’s business community.  We have more about the proposals from HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken.

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Lyman Museum

Hawai'i Island lost a local giant last week. You could call him a businessman, but that’s just one small piece of the story of someone who made Hilo his home for more than nine decades and help shape the island’s economy. HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken has more from the Big Island.

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