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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.

 

Paul Sableman / Flickr
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).

UHMed / Flickr
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.

Steven Depolo / Flickr
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.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

According to the latest Point in Time Count, homelessness in Hawai‘i is up 4 percent from last year, the 5th consecutive year it’s increased. That’s nearly 8,000 individual stories. HPR’s Molly Solomon has one of them.

Wayne Yoshioka

The legislature convened a special session today to consider the Governor’s veto of a bill to help Maui hospital workers.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

  In our quick survey of summer theater this year, two musicals are opening in Honolulu.  Lysistrata Jones at Mānoa Valley Theatre updates an ancient battle between the sexes, and Mamma Mia orchestrates wedding complications to an Abba soundtrack.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

    

Wayne Yoshioka

The Governor hosted an Education Summit over the weekend with more than one-thousand teachers, parents, students and policy makers in attendance.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

courtesy of Shawn A. Laatsch

For today’s Stargazer, hear a follow-up to the remarkable NASA mission to Jupiter as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Today Governor David Ige, plans to sign a bill that will clarify many aspects of the state’s medical marijuana dispensary system. Before Hawai‘i cannabis can hit the market, it will have to be tested. HPR’s Molly Solomon visited one lab that’s hoping to be the state’s first.

NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA.

Astronomers with the University of Hawai‘i are examining possible ice pockets on the dwarf planet Ceres which orbits Pluto.

courtesy of Nik Lacchin

This week on Helping Hand join HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence as he speaks with Hospice Maui CEO Grey LaGoy, discussing the topic of end of life care, and how this non-profit offers services and support relating to it. The conversation also covers details on the struggle to provide care for those suffering comprehensive or severe disabilities.

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Youtube Via CC Search

The Blood Bank of Hawai‘i is asking the public to increase their donations.  Supplies of O-positive and O-negative blood in the islands have fallen to a critical level with less than a days’ worth on reserve due to a busy holiday weekend and adjustment to the blood bank’s new location.

Jose Rafael Gonzalez
Jose Rafael Gonzalez

The 4th annual Big Island pride festival takes place this weekend in Hilo.

A parade through old town begins Saturday at noon and is followed by a musical festival near the Mo’oheau bandstand.  The Big Island’s transgender community will be specifically honored at this year’s celebration, and will lead the parade.  

Organizers say it’s an important year for LGBTQ rights following President Obama’s declaration of New York’s Stonewall Inn as a historical site, and the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.  Greg Lupton is the Hawai‘i Island Pride Committee Chair.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

  Summer theater in Honolulu means the Hawai‘i Shakespeare Festival, at least it has for the past fifteen years.  This year the festival is presenting daring twists on the original material and a related play from the 1600’s.  Performances are free in honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s passing.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa prepares us as the series launches.

Hawai’i Public Radio is cancelling its scheduled Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Forum on Monday, July 11.

Charles Djou withdrew from the event, several days after his campaign agreed to take part.  Sam Aiona of the Djou campaign blames a scheduling conflict, although he had confirmed Djou’s participation on Friday.  Djou told HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka the cancellation was because of a “miscommunication.”

PREL
PREL

An initiative to collect and share stories from around the region is getting under way.  A group called Pacific Resources for Education and Learning has launched the Pacific Storytellers Cooperative.

It’s an internet platform for stories from around the Pacific to be uploaded and shared with a global audience.  The cooperative is accepting stories, videos, pictures, and poems from across the region and organizers say the goal is bridge the gap between oral history and the digital world.

The Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land

Restoration work has begun on the Kuamoʻo battlefield and burial grounds on Hawai‘i Island.  The 47 acres of land south of Kona was purchased earlier this year through a partnership between The Trust for Public Land and managing group- Kuamoʻo ʻĀina.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Primary Election is a little more than a month away.   There is one contested race in which the winner takes all.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Flickr / Daniel Ramirez
Flickr / Daniel Ramirez

A campaign is raising funds for a solution to the Ala Wai’s pollution problem.  HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on how an innovative approach could be coming to Hawai‘i.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council shelved a resolution today to reorganize its committee leadership positions.   But they did pass a few measures relating to the Rail Transit Project.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

More than 100,000 Hawai‘i students receive free or reduced price meals during the school year. But, as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, when summer hits, only a fraction continue to take advantage of the program. 

It’s lunchtime at Jarrett Middle School. Kids file in and line up to fill their trays. Today’s menu is chicken teriyaki, a scoop of rice, mixed vegetables, and peaches.

UH Pacific Biosciences Research Center
UH Pacific Biosciences Research Center

An international team of scientists led by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa may have discovered an effective way to control insect pests which threaten agriculture and humans.  They identified a gene in vinegar flies which is responsible for the insect’s waterproof coating.

lookcatalog / Flickr
lookcatalog / Flickr

Women’s rights advocates are applauding a measure signed into law by Governor David Ige. 

Senate bill 2319 makes Hawai‘i the first state to require all public and private insurance providers to issue 12 months of birth control at a time. Currently most women are provided with a year-long prescription, however they are only able to pick up a few months at a time.  The measure allows women to pick up their prescription only once a year.

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