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Oiwi TV / Kaipo Kiaha
Oiwi TV / Kaipo Kiaha

Crew members on board Hōkūle‘a are bundling up this week, as temperatures drop on the East Coast. The voyaging canoe recently departed from Hampton, Virginia and is heading south along the Intracoastal Waterway. We caught up with crew member Shantell De Silva as part of our ongoing series, Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

On the East Coast's chilly weather:

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During the week Prince William is in Vietnam on behalf of endangered animals threatened by consumers there, we continue our Helping Hand series about the rhino extinction crisis of poaching, rooted by rhino horn consumption primarily in Vietnam and China. Traffic is an NGO partnership between the World Wildlife Fund and the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Last weekend, legendary musician and songwriter Leon Russell passed away. He was 74. After a heart attack in July, he was recovering from heart surgery and died in his sleep.

New York musician and songwriter Peter Cincotti is touring the Aloha State following the release of his Exit 105 EP, playing the Blue Note Hawai‘i in Waikīkī through Sunday at 6:30 and 9 p.m. each night.

Oahu Community Correction Center
Oahu Community Correction Center

One of the last and most notable executions to take place in Hawai‘i occurred 87 years ago tomorrow.   The case attracted national attention and divided ethnic communities.

In September of 1928… Myles Fukunaga confessed to abducting and killing 10-year-old George Gill Jamieson, the son of a prominent white businessman.  He told police he wanted to use the ransom money to send his parents back to Japan….and save them from a life of poverty in Hawaii.

Tina Yuen / PBN
Tina Yuen / PBN

First Hawaiian Bank is on its way to becoming the largest publicly traded company in the state. The bank’s initial public offering takes place in August---but what will it mean for the company? We get some answers from Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The crop that once defined Hawai‘i is facing its final harvest. Next month, Hawai‘i Commercial & Sugar Company will close its operations. For many, the industry was more than just a place to work—it represented an entire way of life. HPR’s Molly Solomon recently visited Maui and has this report.

HPR’s 35-Year Mini-Drive Comes to an End

Nov 17, 2016

Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s 2-day mini drive finished at 6:54 p.m. with $67,891 raised in 48 hours.

We would like to thank all our members for the years of support that has allowed us to survive for 35-years, as well as grow to provide two streams of programming to the entire state of Hawaiʻi.

We’d also like to thank listeners for their patience during these last two days. 

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, wrapped up a historic visit to Vietnam where he tried to reach people from across the spectrum with a message to end trafficking and consumption of endangered wildlife. Vietnam is the epicenter of the problem, which has pushed elephants, rhinos, lions, tigers and pangolins to the edge of extinction. After meeting with politicians, school children, traditional medicine practitioners, conservationists and young business leaders, he addressed the third International Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in Hanoi. You can view it below. 

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Wikipedia Commons

Plastic bags have been a point of political contention around the islands for years. In May of 2015, O'ahu became the last island to ban the use of most plastic bags at store check-out counters. This week, the Maui County Council considered toughening its ban on plastic bags—and extending it to other items that wind up in landfills. We get more on the story from Colleen Uechi of The Maui News.

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WWW.SOEST.HAWAII.EDU

The last time the United States put an astronaut on the moon, Richard Nixon was president and Elvis Presley played a concert in Honolulu. That was 1972—and while moon shots are part of history, a mission to Mars is still in the future. NASA is working on it—and Hawai‘i Island is playing a role. HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken has more on the story from Kona. 

Five time space shuttle astronaut Jeff Hoffman once helped repair the Hubble Telescope in space. Now he’s spending some time at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park….representing NASA.

Concerns about pollution often center on the kind you can see—from garbage dumps to litter on beaches. But on Moloka‘i, a different kind of pollution is leading to testing and eventually cleanup. It’s a property once used by the local electric company—and we get more on the story from Catherine Cluett Pactol of the Moloka‘i Dispatch. 

HPR's 35 Year Celebration Mini-Drive

Nov 15, 2016

It’s a big week for Hawaii Public Radio. We’re celebrating the completion of having both HPR streams available across the Hawaiian Islands, and we turned 35!

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu Police Department announced today that its Crime Mapping Website is fully operational, including data on violent crimes.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Wikipedia Commons

There’s new movement on plans to restore the Old Maui High School.

A company called TEACH Development has been tapped by Maui County officials to rebuild remaining structure. Teach stands for technology, education, agriculture, community and health.  In a meeting last week they pledged to work closely with the community to achieve plans to create an environmental education center within the historic architecture.  The limited liability corporation was formed for the project, and was chosen by Mayor Alan Arakawa’s administration through a request for proposal process.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”  When Margaret Mead said that, she could have been talking about a lot of community groups, including the small, hard working team that has kept the ARTS at Marks Garage alive for fifteen years now.   HPR's Noe Tanigawa reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

There were two separate activities over the weekend that focused on the Trump Presidential victory.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited both events and filed this report. 

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This week on Stargazer, we hear about some planets to try and spot in our dark island skies and learn about a new piece of technology up at the Mauna Kea summit, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

        

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

More than a hundred people showed up last week at Kaka‘ako Agora, a gathering place in the developing Honolulu neighborhood. They were there to show solidarity with activists in North Dakota who are fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Kathy Swendiman / Flickr

Health care access just got more convenient for veterans living on the Leeward coast of O‘ahu.  The Wai‘anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center has started a care partnership with the Veterans Choice Program.

Rachel Flowers, born weighing one pound five ounces, lost her sight not long after birth due to Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). But by two, Rachel displayed incredible musical skills; they led to her performing and writing music on multiple instruments, attracting stars from Arturo Sandoval to Dweezil Zappa, and the documentary Hearing is Believing.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the Homeward Bound 5k 2016, a Thanksgiving morning 5k experience in Honolulu to benefit IHS, the Institute for Human Services, a local homeless services provider. The Aloha State has the worst homeless crisis in the nation.

Bliss Lau/Jasmine Takanikos
Bliss Lau/Jasmine Takanikos

Today, everyone who uses social media is, in effect, creating an image and a brand; activities that used to be the domain of advertising agencies.  As new media platforms evolve, the old advertising models are falling away, reflecting personal and societal changes both in habits and attitudes. 

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

November is Hawai‘i Fashion Month, and Honolulu Fashion Week festivities are getting underway at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.  This year’s Fashion Marketplace features nearly fifty designers of jewelry, clothing, and accessories from across the state.  Free runway shows featuring local and international designers run through today and tomorrow.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Green Light for Jaws

Nov 10, 2016
WSL / Kelly Cestari
WSL / Kelly Cestari

The large surf hitting the Hawaiian Islands is a welcome sign for big wave surfers competing in the Peahi Challenge at “Jaws” in north Maui.

The competition was put on “Green Alert” by organizers, and first heats are expected to begin as early as 7 this morning if favorable conditions hold.   Forecasts call for light winds and surf around 30 feet, which is considered “medium” for the competition.

The competition is also hosting a women’s division for the first time in event history.  Peter Mel is the Commissioner the World Surf League’s Big Wave Division.

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OUTRIGGER ENTERPRISES GROUP

The presidential election has dominated the news all week. But there was also a dramatic development this week in Hawai‘i’s visitor industry. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more on the latest from Outrigger Hotels & Resorts.

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Tim Pierce / Flickr

Protests across the country are springing up following the election of Donald Trump. Thousands filled the streets in at least 25 US cities on Wednesday and Thursday.  Major demonstrations were focused outside Trump properties.

Activist group World Can’t Wait Hawai‘i is hosting a rally this afternoon (Friday) on O‘ahu.  Organizer Liz Rees says it was enlightening to see protests happening across the country. 

The World Can’t Wait rally against Trump’s takes place this afternoon from 4-6pm at the Entrance to Ala Moana Beach Park.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State Senate announced its leadership lineup today with only a few changes.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

After a contentious campaign season ending with an unexpected win by Donald Trump, many teachers are faced with a difficult task: how to talk about the results of this election. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports that while the vote may be over, conversations in the classroom are just beginning.

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

The Republican Party’s General Election sweep on the mainland was in stark contrast to political races in Hawai’i where GOP candidates were defeated.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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