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Flickr / Governor David Y. Ige

Hawaii is the first state in the nation to implement parts of the Paris Climate Agreement.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific on Hawaii Public Radio HPR 2. I’m your host, John Kalani Zak.

It’s Tuesday, June, 6th, 2017. Not only is it “D” Day..it’s my ??th birthday. Yep, I made it around the sun one more time, hanging on (as we all were) for dear life! It’s been quite a year, mostly because everyone at HPR has really committed to the Program Realignment and to our recent fund drive. With all the tension that’s flying around our blue planet these days, I am grateful to be living in Hawaii nei. One long look at the Ko’olaus and whatever is troubling me is put to rights.

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Wikimedia Commons

It's been 17 years since Hawai'i legalized medical marijuana. In 2015, the legislature passed a measure setting up a dispensary program. Eight dispensaries have been approved around the state-and now one of Maui's two licensed dispensaries has begun testing its cannabis crop for sale to patients. We get more on the story from Colleen Uechi of the Maui News.

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This week on Stargazer, in addition to things we can try and spot in our dark island skies, we get details on plans for the world’s largest telescope as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

ʻŌiwi TV / Nāʻālehu Anthony
ʻŌiwi TV / Nāʻālehu Anthony

A big celebration is being planned for Hōkūleʻa’s homecoming at Magic Island a week from Saturday – marking the end of the Mālama Honua voyage. Meanwhile, the crews of the Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia are still making their way through the Central Pacific towards home. We checked in with navigator Kaʻiulani Murphy for a final update.

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Courtesy Jeff Widener

28 years ago, the city of Beijing was in chaos. Two nights earlier, Chinese authorities had cleared Tiananmen Square. On June 5, 1989, news outlets around the world showed an Associated Press photo showing someone who has come to be known as “Tank Man.”  The photographer who took that photo was on Hawai'i Island recently working on his new book about the parts of Hawaii tourists often do not seeand talked with HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken about what it took to get the shot.

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This week on Helping Hand it’s the Hawaii State Chapter of Children's Justice Centers. The five Children's Justice Centers (CJCs) across the state assist with child abuse investigations. The CJCs are child-friendly facilities where law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy professionals all come together to support a child victim and hold offenders accountable.

Squirrel Nut Zippers
Squirrel Nut Zippers

A little more than 20 years ago, a band named after a popular peanut candy began stringing together a mixture of New Orleans Jazz, Calypso, and Swing … adding in their own whacky sense of humor.  The result was a breakthrough album called “HOT”.  The band was The Squirrel Nut Zippers from Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The album produced a string of singles that were pioneered by college radio and MTV, most notably “Hell”, a Calypso that gleefully describes the Biblical inferno, and “Put A Lid On It”, a swingy Big Band crooner about heroin addiction.  

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A recent national poetry competition was set against the backdrop of political debates. President Trump’s proposed budget calls for cuts to agencies that fund the arts. Hawai’i high school student Nicholas Amador represented the state and reflects on poetry and politics in the nation’s capital. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this report.

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Flickr / Pictures of Money

It’s not your imagination — most white-collar jobs in Honolulu really do pay less than on the Mainland. Pacific Business News editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

A school name change on Oʻahu is raising awareness in that community about the origin of place names in Hawaiʻi. The Governing Board for Lanikai Elementary Public Charter School has decided to revive the traditional place name for the land beneath the school. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

Sustainable Reefs and Aquarium Fish

Jun 1, 2017
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Flickr / NOAA Photo Library

A bill awaiting Governor Ige's signature would end the commercial collecting of Hawaii reef wildlife for the aquarium trade. The legislature passed SB 1240, requiring the Department of Land and Natural Resources to develop a plan that factors in sustainability when it comes to Hawai'i reef fish and the aquarium trade. It's a bill strongly backed by Robert Wintner—president of Snorkel Bob's Hawai'i, who contributed this commentary to Hawai'i Public Radio.

Jill Steinberg
Jill Steinberg

Kevork Mourad does spontaneous painting, live with musicians.  He has performed at major world venues including the Metropolitan Museum, the Liverpool Biennial, and the Paris Art Fair, mixing painting, animation, video and music.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with him in advance of performances here in Honolulu while he is Artist in Residence at Shangri La.

Living Colour burst into the public consciousness in the late 1980's with their massive radio hit, Cult of Personality. Through this evening at the Blue Note in Waikiki, they're in Honolulu for their debut performances in the Aloha State.

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Wikimedia Commons

Several years ago, Hawai'i County Prosecutor Mitch Roth started a program on the east side of the Big Island aimed at working with young offenders. It links actions and consequences – and it’s been so successful he wants to start a similar program on the west side.   HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken tells us more from Kona.

Asghar Farhadi
Asghar Farhadi

Getting behind the headlines can be a humanizing experience.  That’s what organizers of the Seventh Art Stand screening and discussion series hope will happen when you view their films about Muslim lives around the world.  Named for the seven Muslim countries originally targeted for U.S. immigration and travel restrictions, the Seventh Art Stand experience is being presented in over fifty cities, including Honolulu.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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This week on Stargazer, we learn details about a new mission to a location in our Solar System as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

See more recent images from the mission.       

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Wikimedia Commons

Today is Memorial Day, remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. On the Big Island, there are commemorations in Hilo, Kona and Volcano.  But the week of remembrance started earlier with a special installation at the island’s newest Veterans Cemetery. HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken was there and has this report.

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

 

It's been a little more than five months since the last haul of a commercial sugar crop on Maui. The precise plans are still evolving for alternative crops on the land that was once used to plant sugar cane. But that's not the only question relating to big sugar-there's also a matter of hardware. We get more on the story from Colleen Uechi of the Maui News.

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This week on Helping Hand it’s the Dental Lifeline Network, a nonprofit that provides access to dental care and education for people who cannot afford it and have a permanent disability, or, are age 65 or older, or, who are medically fragile. They could use more local dentists and dental lab support, too, and we learn more as HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Dr.

Flickr / Daniel Ramirez
Flickr / Daniel Ramirez

Affordable housing and homelessness are two of the toughest problems Hawaii faces. A new non-profit is aiming the resources of homebuilders at these challenges. PBN editor in chief, A. Kam Napier, has more.

Autumn Ness
Autumn Ness

A pilot program on Maui looks to use goats to manage weeds on the shoulders of some State Highways.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

Ward Warehouse is set to close in August to make way for a luxury high rise project. Many popular shops like Eden in Love and MORI by Art + Flea, will relocate to other Ward properties. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Na Mea Hawai‘i/Native Books is having a blast until the closing moment.

Jim Mina
Jim Mina

For the last 16 years The New Mastersounds have developed unique blend of Jazz, Soul and Boogaloo. Formed in Leeds in the late 90’s by drummer Simon Allen and guitarist Eddie Roberts, the duo eventually added bassist Pete Shand and keyboardist Joe Tatton. 

Wayne Yoshioka

Honolulu City and County lawmakers are struggling to enact development rules around future rail transit stations. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Maui County Parks are going organic. A pilot project to create pesticide-free county parks is underway on the Valley Isle. Over the next year, the county will learn what it takes to implement an organic land management program. And they will do so at no cost to Maui taxpayers. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

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Pa’i Foundation Gallery at Kālia is an enclave for Native Hawaiian art at the center of the mall level at Ala Moana Center.   They’ve made it easy to catch the MAMo Juried Exhibit of ceramics, glass, paintings, photographs, wearable art, and more.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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Maria Muldaur is back in the Aloha State for a string of shows running through Sunday. She plays the Blue Note in Waikiki tonight, before the MACC tomorrow, the Garden Island Friday and concerts Saturday and Sunday on the Big Island.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Hurricane Season Forecast for the state was announced today.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and files this report.   

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