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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii and the services they offer, as well as the upcoming Sharon’s Ride, Run, Walk January 29, their art therapy camp for kids and adults and their ‘Ohana Outings.

IngeNude
IngeNude

There are over two hundred Fringe Festivals all over the globe, and now O‘ahu and Maui’s festivals are joining the tribe.  “Fringe” festivals are known for the performing arts, they’re uncensored, original, easy to participate in and easy to attend because they use neighborhood venues.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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Wikipedia Commons

  

The Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture says the coffee berry borer has been spotted on Maui at a farm in Kīpahulu.  The larvae of the small beetle feeds on unpicked coffee beans, reducing yield and quality of the product.  It’s the second sighting on Maui in two months… the first in Hāna last November.

The borer was first detected in 2010 in Ka‘ū, and has been managed with organic pesticides and field sanitation.

Political Blind Spot
Political Blind Spot

Native American activists are making a final push to urge President Obama to grant executive clemency to activist Leonard Peltier.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The future of Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha could be determined this Friday. That’s when the Honolulu Police Commission will reconvene to make a decision on the Chief’s employment status. It was the first time the Commission had met since Kealoha went on paid leave last month after receiving a target letter from the FBI. 

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Visitors looking to see active lava flowing into the ocean on Hawai‘i’s Big Island will have a new vantage point. Just a few days after a 26-acre lava delta crashed into the sea, the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has opened a new viewing area for the public.

National Tropical Botanical Garden
National Tropical Botanical Garden

An organization on Kauai is keeping a critically endangered plant from going extinct.

There are only 40 ‘ohe ‘ohe trees left in the wild, but the National Tropical Botanical Garden has multiplied the population in a matter of days.

This is part of the organization’s latest project to save the native plant.

Tessa McSwain is the group’s Marketing Director.

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Wikimedia Commons

One of Hawai‘i’s learning centers is near the northeast coast of Hawai‘i Island. The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo offers courses for credit and for lifelong learning at its adjunct location in Honoka‘a. But it’s also home to some remarkable cultural and historical artifacts of North Hawai‘i. HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken has more from Hawai‘i Island. 

Kealoha Wong
Kealoha Wong

Hawai‘i Slam, a monthly spoken word poetry competition, has been happening since 2003.  It’s considered the largest poetry slam in the world, attracting 500 plus people at its peak  This year, Hawai‘i's team placed second in the National Poetry Slam competition.  You'll find enthusiastic crowds regularly at the First Thursday slams at Hawaiian Brian’s, and Noe Tanigawa reports you may be surprised by what you hear.

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This week on Stargazer we hear about an important local discovery made relating to the safety of the earth from traveling celestial objects, plus we find out what to look for in our dark island skies, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

Oiwi TV / Justyn Ah Chong
Oiwi TV / Justyn Ah Chong

The crew on board the Hōkūle‘a rang in the New Year on the high seas. The voyaging canoe is expected to reach Panama any day now, before continuing on its sail back home to Hawai‘i. We caught up with Captain Bruce Blankenfeld as part of our ongoing series Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Today we’re wrapping up a special Heavy Metal Holiday week of guests, as we’ve been celebrating some new releases by a trio of gifted singers associated with hard rock / heavy metal bands.

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This week on Helping Hand we have a return visit from Honolulu Habitat for Humanity, who welcomes people to build simple, decent, affordable houses for those who lack adequate shelter.  We learn more as HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Honolulu Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Jim Murphy.   

Kenny G is back in Honolulu for another run of dates ending New Years Eve at the Blue Note. He took time with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence to discuss some of the interesting ways his career has intersected with a number of wide-ranging musical luminaries, as well as future collaborative aspirations. 

See the complete interview below: 

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Wikipedia Commons

People worry about a brain drain in Hawaii and census numbers suggest it may be real. PBN found eight business leaders bucking that trend by returning to the Islands. PBN editor-in-chief A, Kam Napier has more.

All through 2016 we met them — Hawaii born-and-raised people who had been on the Mainland, or overseas, building very successful careers before moving back to the Islands. We knew something about their decision was noteworthy but as we went to press with our eight profiles, we found out just how notable it can be when Hawaii people move home.

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imagicity

 Most people assume that robots, artificial intelligence and technology will play major roles in our future, but have you really thought about their implications for society?  Futurist James Dator contends we are already half way into changes that may make working for a living obsolete.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.  

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Graham Bonnet may not have a household name, but he gave voice to Rainbow's hits "Since You've Been Gone" and "All Night Long", as well as a body of work with Michael Schenker, Alcatrazz and many ot

G. Love
G. Love

Blues musician Garrett Dutton, better known as G. Love started his career as a teenage street musician in central Philadelphia. There he developed a unique style of mixing traditional Blues guitar and harmonica music with the “old school” Hip-Hop that was popular at the time. 

He and his band entitled “G. Love and Special Sauce” saw major commercial success in the mid- 90’s with their song “Baby’s Got Sauce”. He describes his sound as a party with Robert Johnson, The Rolling Stones, Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys…with Bob Dylan showing up at the end.

Christina Lizzi
Christina Lizzi

This past July, Governor David Ige signed a new law that creates a 10-year marine reserve across a three and a half mile stretch of coastline in North Kona. That came as a huge relief to the community leaders and residents in the area who have been fighting to protect the shoreline and its resources for decades.

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Singer/songwriter/musician Geoff Tate has released the second effort in a trilogy of albums from his new Operation Mindcrime project.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Like so many coastal areas in Hawai‘i, the once plentiful waters off North Kona have seen a decline in marine life over several decades.  As the state wrestles with how to manage these natural resources, some communities are stepping forward with a plan of their own.

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Dennis Oda / Honolulu Star-Advertiser

The leaders of the United States and Japan visited the USS Arizona Memorial together for the first time since the December 7th surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Photographs of downtown Honolulu on December 7th, 1941, show Christmas lights festooned overhead all up and down Fort Street.  Stores like Liberty House and the Ritz prided themselves on creating window displays like those celebrated holiday highlights in New York City.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports some Chinatown businesses are re-igniting the tradition through New Year’s Eve.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Between the high rise buildings and industrial warehouses, a farm is the last thing you’d expect to find in urban Kaka‘ako. But one business is creating a space for growing food in an unexpected way.

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For Stargazer, we learn more about a recently discovery of ice and water in the solar system, plus what we can look for in the dark skies of the Aloha State, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.            

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Hawai‘i, a returning guest organization with a very high quality returning guest. Since 1963, Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawai’i has partnered with guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community to pair children with carefully screened and trained volunteer mentors.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

A Waipahu homeless shelter is preparing to close its doors for good. Shelter officials at Lighthouse Outreach Center say new regulations adopted by the state are to blame. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

The Outlaws are among the classic Southern Rock bands, but also bring a lot more to the table than some may realize. With five-part harmony vocals and their own take on the twang, Legacy Live is their latest effort, capturing the band live at a pair of shows in upstate New York and Florida.

Wayne Yoshioka

Former Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi is now a private citizen, having completed his 2nd term December 5th.   A month earlier, he was found not guilty of any wrongdoing in connection to use of his County credit card.  But, what about Kenoi’s political future?    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

This time of year, you can feel Honolulu’s major roadways clogging up from late afternoon.  As the pau  hana traffic mounts today, a few dozen people will head to an oasis of calm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Queen Emma street downtown.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on Jazz Vespers that happen every Thursday at St. Peter’s, starting at 6 in the evening.

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