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This week on Helping Hand, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands.

Kuuwehi Hiraishi

As developments continue in the Kīlauea eruptions, many businesses are contributing to recovery efforts. And for some businesses, there is opportunity—but the situation is delicate. We get more on that from Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Erick Swenson’s sculptures look so real, they make people gasp.  You simply do not expect to see a life size seven point buck, flayed, its flesh peeling back from bones, lying, surprised, on a gallery floor.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, Swenson mixes animals and humans too, so you begin to think maybe some odd looking creatures really exist.

Wayne Yoshioka

The 2018 Point in Time Count released Monday indicated a nearly 10 percent drop in homelessness on O’ahu. But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, those who continue to live on the streets are in a very difficult place. 

Lawsuit Filed in Case of Faulty Ala Moana Railing

May 10, 2018
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Honolulu City Councilman Trevor Ozawa introduced Bill 17 after a rusted railing ended the life of one man and critically injured a second at Ala Moana Shopping Center. However, the bill has come up against stiff opposition and has not advanced. The issue is back in the spotlight as a lawsuit has now been filed against General Growth Properties on behalf of the families of the two men involved in the fall at the popular mall.

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Conservationists and researchers now have an estimation of how much fish is being caught from Hawaii’s near-shore reefs.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council is considering a measure to regulate ridesharing companies. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Homeowners Face Insurance Dilemma in Lava Prone Areas

May 9, 2018
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There are obvious perils of living in an area prone to volcanic activity. Since the 1970's, the U.S. Geological Survey has produced a map of Hawaii Island identifying each geographic area's lava risk. Leilani Estates is rated at the highest possible risk level. That makes homeowners insurance expensive and difficult to obtain for landowners, leading some to eschew protection. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The City and County of Honolulu showcased its latest affordable housing purchase today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.


As personal stories and emergency updates continue around the current Kilauea eruption, Hawai’i’s resident teams of expert volcanologists continue their research and observations.  How is this eruption different from others?  How could a tsunami be generated?  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State’s Homeless Point-in-Time Count indicated an overall decrease for a second consecutive year. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.  

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This week on Stargazer, HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence and astronomer Christopher Phillips take a look at some of the many volcanic features found throughout our Solar System.

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As residents continue to deal with the latest developments involving Kīlauea, we’d like to hear about your experience. If you’d like to share your story, please call our talk back line toll free from the Big Island at 808-792-8217, weekdays during business hours.

Please try to keep your call relatively brief, and we’ll share some of your stories on our air and on our website. And please stay safe.

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On Helping Hand this week HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes back the Women’s Fund of Hawaii and Executive Director Leela Bilmes-Goldstein. The nonprofit address issues affecting women in the Aloha State, from poverty and food insecurity to domestic violence, including sexual abuse of women with developmental disabilities, to many other realms of concern, through making grants to sometimes grassroots and under the radar programs.

Hawaiian Airlines

For airlines, the single biggest purchase they'll make are the planes themselves. PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more on how Hawaiian and Alaska Airlines approached their choices.

Rob Weltman
Rob Weltman

Last week, a coalition of Maui community groups presented a plan at the Alexander and Baldwin shareholders’ meeting in Honolulu.   The coalition, Hukilike no Maui, is proposing to acquire five thousand acres, or 15% of A&B’s Maui land holdings, for affordable housing, agriculture, and conservation.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa was on Maui with Hukilike members to find out more about this community planning initiative.

Office of Hawaiian Affairs

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is set to release a report tomorrow on the health of Native Hawaiian women. The launch of the report coincides with Women’s Health Month, which is May. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

Department of Education

A new payment system for public school lunches is being unveiled next week.

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Oxybenzone may soon become a thing of the past. Yesterday, Hawaiʻi lawmakers approved a state-wide ban on the sale of sunscreen containing the chemical. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Noe Tanigawa

Juvana Soliven’s beeswax sculptures could make you feel a little weak in the knees.  She plays with things that are solid and stiff and other things that are droopy and soft. C.B. Forsythe’s intricate threadwork combines familiar detritus from the past with contemporary intention. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this look inside their work, which is on view now at First Hawaiian Bank Center downtown.

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Surfing isn’t the only sport with a history in Hawai’i. Polo has been in the islands since Hawaiʻi was a kingdom. This Sunday, professional players from around the world honor that history at the Hawaiʻi Spring Invitational of Polo. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

Legislature Funds 'Safe Zones' for Homeless

Apr 30, 2018

On Friday, legislators announced an agreement to set aside $30 million to address the homeless crisis. Conferees want to creat special zones for homeless. Some call them "safe zones," or ʻohana zones or kōkua zones. It's not an approach state and county homeless coordinators fully embrace.

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This week on Stargazer, we learn more on the massive new map of the Milky Way that’s been created… as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

Find more features, interviews and stories from Dave Lawrence.  

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Hawaiʻi County is the only county in the state without some form of restriction on temporary vacation rentals. Last week, County Councilmembers introduced Bill 108 – a measure that would regulate how and where properties can be rented short term.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back Honolulu Habitat for Humanity. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Executive Director Jim Murphy about their programs to build structures, fix existing dwellings, do critical ADA home modifications for people with disabilities and sell a variety of building and housing supplies at their ReStore.

The 2018 Legislative Session is winding down. HPR's Political Reporter Wayne Yoshioka gives The Conversation's Catherine Cruz an update on what passed, what died, and which bills are still in committee.

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The last few years have been dramatic ones in the local real estate market. And in some ways, it’s a great time to be in residential real estate when nearly every sale is big sale. But still challenges remain. PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Erin Paris
Erin Paris

Mid-century Modern happens to be a design phase Hawai’i did rather well.  Now a new generation has a chance to snap up some of the finest local artworks of the period.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a rare opportunity to acquire art by Hawai’i masters and benefit the Hawaii State Art Museum.

Wayne Yoshioka

The state legislature has only one day left to settle House and Senate differences on all money-related bills for final passage next week. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka is following one measure that has broad-based community support.

Steven Businger

A major hurricane that hit Hawaiʻi in the nineteenth century is changing our understanding of hurricane risk in the islands. While minimal reference exists in English language sources, the event was well-documented in Hawaiian newspapers of the time. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.