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You can now support Hawaiʻi’s national parks with new specialty license plates for your car.

Wayne Yoshioka

The state unveiled its 2-year plan to combat rat lung worn disease on a statewide basis.  But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, not all lawmakers support the plan.

Pacific Ink & Art Expo

Hawaiʻi will be making quite a debut this weekend at the Pacific Ink and Art Expo. Among more than 100 tattoo artists from around the world will be Hawaiian tattoo artist Keliʻi Makua. Makua has consistently represented Hawaiʻi at the expo since its inception six years ago, but this year is different. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more of his story.

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Wikimedia Commons

Plans for further development on South Maui have been rejected at least for the moment. The latest proposal would have included housing, office and retail space on 75 acres in North Kīhei. We get more on what comes next from Colleen Uechi of the Maui News.

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A meeting is being held today on Molokai to discuss plans for a former bombing range.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Chamber of Commerce annual luncheon attracted nearly 800 attendees and marked a major milestone for the business advocacy organization.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The challenges of homelessness differ on each island---for those who experience it, those who try to help them, and those who enforce the law. On Hawai‘i Island, Mayor Harry Kim has made it a priority to clean up a West Hawai‘i Park where many have been living illegally. Right now around 60 people live there, and authorities are making some changes. HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken has the story.

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Political candidates contemplating running for elected office in 2018 will be allowed to file nomination papers in 6 months.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the Republican Party of Hawai’i hopes to is resolve ongoing internal issues by then.

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This week on Stargazer, we return to the Mauna Kea summit for a discovery relating to lightning as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

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Black people have a long history in Hawai’i dating back to the 19th century. The state’s more than 21,000 blacks make up a little over 3 percent of the population. That compares to a national average of 13 percent and ranks Hawai’i 39th among all state in the percentage of its population that is black. These numbers are just one reason for such a unique experience for black cultures here in Hawai’i. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re welcoming back the Hawai‘i Parkinson Association. There are a lot of ways to offer them support, including a benefit event this Sunday at Hawai‘i Polo on the North Shore in the Honolulu area, or by participating in the Hawaii Parkinson Walk November 4th at Magic Island in Ala Moana Beach Park.

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Hotel executive Kelly Hoen has managed six Hawaii hotels in a career that now sees her as area general manager for Outrigger. PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more on her rise in the industry.

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Free-Photos / Pixabay

The Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative held its annual meeting last night in Līhu‘e. It’s the only electric utility in the state that is not part of the Hawai‘i Electric Family. It’s also a national leader when it comes to approaching a goal of 100-percent renewable energy. HPR contributing correspondent Scott Giarman looks at the island’s energy past, present and future from Kaua‘i.

Asia Pacific Dance Festival
Asia Pacific Dance Festival

Dance in Tonga is still a village thing, and people devote hours daily after work to practice for important occasions.  Separate groups of men and women perform, sometimes in spectacular groups of several hundred at a time, with intricate hand gestures, bobbing feather head pieces in unison.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports some of Tonga’s finest will be here next week for the Asia Pacific Dance Festival.

The Rippingtons are in town through Friday at the Blue Note Hawaii in Waikiki. During their Honolulu run of dates, the Grammy-nominated band took time for a very special afternoon with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence. They provided music throughout the show today, plus told compelling stories of their background.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Business Leadership Conference attracted more than 600 attendees at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, there were many lessons for today’s and tomorrow’s leaders.   

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More than 20 years have passed since the first charter school was authorized here in Hawai’i. Since then, public charter schools have fueled educational innovation to offer students and parents school choice. Next month, two more charter schools will open their doors. As HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi reports, getting these schools up and running is quite a task.

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Seoul is known as the "leading digital city" on earth, and Korea is the world’s number one producer of mobile phones, displays, semiconductors, and other technological hardware.  Digital giants like Samsung and LG continually test new products on South Korean consumers, and the UH Center for Korean Studies is sponsoring a conference that could give us a glimpse into our technological future.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with a human-computer interface expert about what’s ahead.

Next week area music fans have an unusual chance at a brush with greatness: Regina Belle is looking for a singing partner to join her onstage August 3 - 5 at Blue Note Hawaii shows.

Wayne Yoshioka

A joint legislative committee conducted a hearing on the status of federal funding for impoverished residents throughout the state. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.  

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Hawaiian sunsets are heaven for any photographer…if you can capture it. Learning how to photograph Hawaiʻiʻs natural beauty doesn’t have to take place in a classroom either.

Social photography events are a popular way for amateur photographers to polish their skills and socialize at the same time. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi met up with local photographers for a Sunset Photo Walk.

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Steve A Johnson / Flickr

The west side of the Big Island has had water trouble all year. Customers in North Kona remain under mandatory restrictions—cutting their use by 25 percent. But relief should be on the way in a couple of months.  HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken has more from Kona.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Department of Transportation is leading an effort to remove homeless encampments near major traffic corridors. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Holo Holo Charters / Flickr

A meeting on the Lehua rat eradication project is being held on Kauai tonight.

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park / Flickr

Two native plant species are thriving today in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island.

Asia Pacific Dance Festival
Asia Pacific Dance Festival

Dance is amazingly different across cultures,  and social scientists say a culture’s beliefs and values are expressed in dance.   The 2017 Asia Pacific Dance Festival at UH Mānoa is an opportunity to enjoy the people and dances of Hawai‘i, Korea, and Tonga, and, for the first time, Hawai‘i chefs will add to the cross cultural appreciation.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State Legislature is scheduled to convene in Special Session next month to discuss continued funding for Honolulu’s Rail Transit System.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, legislative leaders remain hopeful they will be able to reach an agreement on a funding source. 

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‘Ulupalakua Ranch on Maui is best known for its winery and cowboy culture, but not its Hawaiian dry forest. A 20-year forest restoration project on Ranch lands is changing that. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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For Stargazer, we hear about a Mauna Kea discovery relating to rogue black holes at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

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Dover Air Force Base

Maui’s electronic recycling program should reopen August 5th after being closed for several weeks.

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