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Wayne Yoshioka

The Democratic Party’s unity breakfast Sunday was more than a healing process following hard-fought Primary Election campaigns.  It was a time to come together to back party candidates for the general election, including their choice for Honolulu Mayor.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Oiwi TV / Naalehu Anthony
Oiwi TV / Naalehu Anthony

Voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a is continuing its East Coast tour. The canoe left Nova Scotia earlier this month, and will return to New York City. We caught up with crew member Nā‘ālehu Anthony as part of our ongoing series Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

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Maui Memorial Medical Center
Maui Memorial Medical Center

A standoff over control of three Maui hospitals appears to be over.

A settlement between the United Public Workers Union and the state was announced Friday.  The state run Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital, and Lanai Community Hospital will transfer to the supervision of Kaiser Permanente.  Employees represented by the union will work under Kaiser until their contracts expire next June.

courtesy of Nik Lacchin

This week Helping Hand welcomes back the Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter, learning about the disease afflicting 26,000 state residents, their upcoming four area walks and how we can support them. Honolulu ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Steve Tam, Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter Advisory Board member. 

Dave Kusumoto
Dave Kusumoto

  

  The music business is of one of those most affected by changes in digital culture and musicians are scrambling to keep up.  Less than a decade ago, music retailers like Sam Goody and Tower Records were places musicians could promote their new music.  With all of that online now, local musicians are getting a boost from a Hawai‘i based Youtube channel.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports the HiSessions channel attracts over a million views a month.

Kanu Hawaii / Flickr
Kanu Hawaii / Flickr

Today is primary Election Day across the state.

Some noteworthy races include the Mayor’s office for both Honolulu and Hawai‘i County.  Also at stake are nearly half of Honolulu’s city council and county council seats in Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i County.

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ratehospitals.com

You may not think of a shopping mall as a place to receive advanced medical care. But next year, that’s exactly what’s coming to Pearl Ridge.  Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

If you’ve been to Pearlridge’s Downtown phase, you may be familiar with the Ross Dress for Less location built into the ground floor of the adjacent parking garage. Expect something completely different by late 2017. The space is being redeveloped into a cancer treatment center as a joint project of Hawaii Pacific Health and the Cancer Center of Hawaii.

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Pixabay Commons

  

  

The application process for Section 8 low income housing in Hawai‘i has opened for the first time in more than a decade.  Section 8 housing provides vouchers which pay for a large portion of rent and utilities.

To accommodate all applicants, state officials are accepting application through an online portal.  The portal will be open for just three days… beginning next Thursday, August 16th, and closing on the 18th.  In that time… city officials expect to receive around 12,000 applicants.  And for those selected… the rent is usually around a $1000 a month.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

A Waikīkī youth outreach center recently got a much-needed makeover. Thanks to funding raised by a group of local builders and contractors, the nearly $50,000 project is complete. 

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Marlene Hapai Facebook

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been taking a closer look at some of the candidates and issues involved in Hawai‘i County’s mayoral race. As Saturday’s election nears, we bring you the story of Marlene Hapai. As HPR’s Sherry Bracken explains, this candidate’s background does not include time in local government or politics.

Kenneth Lu / Flickr
Kenneth Lu / Flickr

If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a better way to forecast vog….help may be on the way.

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a $750,000 grant to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop Vog sensors on Hawai‘i Island.  Volcanic Smog or “Vog” is a mixture of sulfur dioxide and fine particulate matter which has negative impacts on human health, as well as agriculture.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The locally produced TV series Family Ingredients has just the right mix of food, culture, and local history. The show has been airing on PBS to a national audience with the season finale airing tonight. Closer to home, Hawai‘i residents have been gathering to watch it in a unique viewing experience. 

Wayne Yoshioka

More than half of O’ahu voters are expected to mail in their absentee ballots or do early walk-in voting before this Saturday’s primary election.   That means the stakes are still high in the race for Honolulu Mayor.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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DLNR

Two tourists from Texas stumbled onto a collection of Hawaiian petroglyphs in Wai‘anae.  Sands shifted by the tide revealed at least 17 figures, stretching over roughly 60 of beach.  While the figures may have been seen in the past… it’s the first time the State Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Land and Natural Resources is documenting the site.

Harry Kim Facebook
Harry Kim Facebook

Hawai'i County has a contentious race for Mayor, with 13 candidates running for the office.  Between now and Saturday’s primary election day, we’re taking a closer look at some of the candidates and their priorities.  One of the candidates has held the job before.  From Kona, HPR’s Sherry Bracken reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

An update on the Hepatitis A outbreak on O’ahu was the focus of a briefing to state lawmakers today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Chester Harman / NASA
Chester Harman / NASA

A team of astronomers known as the Kepler Habitable Zone Working Group has identified a handful of planets that are most likely to be similar to our home.  

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For today’s Stargazer, we have a run-down of things to look for in our dark island skies plus details on an incredible celestial phenomenon happening this week as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Over the past several years, the sharing economy has taken hold in cities across the country. One that could get more attention in Hawai‘i is the expansion of car sharing. HPR’s Molly Solomon takes a look at what that might mean for one neighborhood in particular.

courtesy of Nik Lacchin

On Helping Hand today we’re learning about how James Williamson of Iggy Pop & The Stooges fame, alongside artist Lisa Kekaula of the Bellrays, have new music that is a 100% benefit for homeless children in Hawai‘i, with benefactor Project Hawaii.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

 

 

  Women are big in Hawai‘i’s vibrant food scene and an invitation only group of female chefs and culinary professionals is planning a sumptuous fundraiser:   French champagne with delectables from Julia Child’s arsenal of recipes.  Les Dames d’Escoffier trace their lineage to France’s king of chefs in the early 20th century and seek to support women in the food industry.    HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the tasty way they plan to do that.

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www.bizjournals.com

Last year, Catherine Ngo became president and CEO of Central Pacific Bank. Pacific Business News caught up with Ngo this week to learn more about her plans. Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has the story.

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Flickr / velkr0

For the past year, shoppers on O‘ahu have not received single-use plastic bags at the checkout line. But in many grocery stores, thicker plastic bags that are considered reusable are still allowed. That’s a problem for environmentalists who are calling on the city and county to propose a better ban. 

Friends of Wally Lau
Friends of Wally Lau

While national politics are centered on the presidential race, here in Hawai‘i the attention is focused on local contests—including mayoral races.  In Hawai‘i County, 13 candidates are running to succeed Mayor Billy Kenoi.  We continue our reports on some of the candidates and issues with a closer look at Wally Lau, who served as the county’s Managing Director for 7 years. Sherry Bracken has more from Kona. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council passed a bill to regulate taxicab and internet-based companies today following a year of discussion and debate.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Friends of Pete Hoffman
Friends of Pete Hoffman

Hawai'i County has a contentious race for Mayor, with 13 candidates vying for the job.  Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll take a closer look at some of the candidates and their priorities.  First up, former Hawai'i County Council Member Pete Hoffmann, who served Kohala in that job for 8 years.  From Kona, HPR’s Sherry Bracken reports.

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The issue of underground fuel storage tanks at Red Hill was discussed today at the National Institute for Storage Tank Management conference.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Pokemon Go Hawai‘i!

Aug 2, 2016
Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Pokemon Go has taken Hawai‘i and much of the rest of the world by storm, now with more users than the Twitter app.  Last night businesses reported their biggest nights ever at the KS sponsored Pokemon night in Our Kakaako.  Just minutes ago, a happy dad reported on the Pokemon Hawai'i Facebook page, "Me and my two son's finally got these guys. We had to grind it out to them lol. It was a blast making memories with them and traveling around the island looking for pokemon haha. And a big thank you!!! To the pokemon go hawaii group with all the tips and spots to catch pokemon. red,blue,yellow you guys are awesome. Thanks again."  A lotta people are enjoying this!

Two weeks after launch, tech site BGR claimed a tenth of American consumers were playing Pokemon go daily for over an hour.  Serious players wonder if recent updates are attempts to weed out dilettante players and open server space for players who will go deep and shell out for extras.  The joke is Pokemon Go did more for daily fitness than Michelle Obama could do in two years.  Learning the metric system is another bonus.

Wayne Yoshioka

Early walk-in voting started state-wide today.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the race for Honolulu Mayor tops the list for O’ahu voters.

NASA
NASA

Tickets go on sale today for the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks season. 

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