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noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

Setting the record straight matters to some people, like Honolulu newscaster Joe Moore.  Moore, a well-known Mozart aficionado, has been tracking the true story of Antonio Salieri, depicted as Mozart’s nemesis in a popular film about Mozart’s life.  In the process, Moore uncovered a treasure trove of music, now brought back to life in two special concerts featuring the Spring Wind Octet.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

A number of bills to tax investors and tourists to improve public education are advancing through the legislature.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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On Stargazer, we’ll hear about some objects to look for in our evening skies this week, plus hear about a new piece of equipment at the Mauna Kea summit as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.            

Learn more at the Subaru Telescope website.  

Rep. Beth Fukumoto / Facebook
Rep. Beth Fukumoto / Facebook

Representative Beth Fukumoto is weighing whether to stay in Hawai‘i’s Republican Party. It’s a decision that has brought her the attention of national media. She sat down with The Conversation’s Beth-Ann Kozlovich to talk about her evolving relationship with her party and whether there should now be a parting of the ways.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back Aloha Independent Living Hawaii, dedicated to helping those with disabilities in the Aloha State get the independent living services they need. The majority of board members and staff are persons with disabilities. They offer critical assistance and have many volunteer opportunities. They are eager to hear from any disabled people with concerns about living independently.

Wonderheads
Wonderheads

The University of Hawaii Outreach College is presenting a unique single person theater experience.

“Loon” is a one person play presented by the theatrical group Wonderheads.  The unlikely love story follows a lonely janitor who dreams of traveling to the moon.  It’s performed in a large papier-mâché mask, using only body expressions to tell the story. 

Edmund Garman / Flickr
Edmund Garman / Flickr

Hawaii’s construction market is operating at a blistering pace. That has some contractors cutting corners — and the fines are piling up. We get more on that story from Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier.

creative commons
creative commons

TheBus, Honolulu’s bus transit system, is the only mass transit system to be honored twice by the American Public Transportation Association, the Oscars of mass transit.  TheBus is also credited with the lowest cost per mile of any U.S. system.  No wonder so many people today wonder why Bus Rapid Transit, BRT, cannot be expanded to address O‘ahu’s traffic mess.  Honolulu’s current bus network was developed during the Harris administration under Transportation Services Director, Cheryl Soon.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State is looking for additional revenues following a projected 300-million dollar shortfall in tax collections this year.   Lawmakers are targeting online vacation rental companies again this year as a potential source of millions in revenue.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

State Lawmakers were briefed today on the latest plan to replace the 40-year-old O’ahu Community Correctional Center in Kalihi.  The Department of Public Safety has picked 4 main sites with construction costs ranging from 400-to-600 million dollars.  House Public Safety Committee Chair, Greg Takayama, says there is no justifiable reason to build a facility that’s larger than the current OCCC.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State Legislature is considering spending billions of dollars in a statewide effort to ease homelessness and provide permanent housing.   Some key leaders also want to provide 7 million dollars more over the next 2 years to continue the Coordinated Statewide Homeless Initiative.   Aloha United Way Chief Operating Officer, Norm Baker, says preventing homelessness works.

TAG:  Baker says nearly half of all the individuals helped are children.  If fully funded, an additional 2,200 households or 74-hundred individuals can be helped.

Wayne Yoshioka

The six lone Republicans in the State Legislature ousted their leader today in a House Resolution Vote.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

Congress is taking steps to repeal part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act commonly referred to as Obamacare.   Hawai’i lawmakers are also advancing legislation to protect residents who might lose their medical coverage.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Sierra Club Hawaii
Sierra Club Hawaii

The Hawaii Democratic Party is pulling its business from First Hawaiian Bank in support of Dakota pipeline protests.  First Hawaiian’s principal shareholder is BNP Paribas, a French bank that owns 82% of the company.  BNP Paribas is one of 17 banks investing in the Dakota Access Pipeline, and has individually invested more than $400 million dollars into the project.

creative commons
creative commons

 

Department of Education

The State Legislature has more than 3 months to decide on funding levels for Hawai’i’s public school system.   But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, lawmakers are questioning some of the program cuts being proposed by the governor.

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This week on Stargazer in addition to hearing about some planets to look for in our dark island skies, we learn about a team effort discovery at the Mauna Kea summit as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

Learn more about the discoveries in this press release from the Subaru Telescope.        

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

This month, a group of women have been using social media to pay tribute to a signature island wear: the mu‘umu‘u. The loose-fitting, flowy dress with bold prints is making a comeback in the islands. HPR’s Molly Solomon visited one woman with a closet full of muumuus and has this report.

Oiwi TV / Bryson Hoe
Oiwi TV / Bryson Hoe

The Hōkūle‘a is in the Galapagos Islands for the next week. Crewmembers are exploring the islands and studying the balance the islands have for tourism and natural preservation. We caught up with crewmember Bryson Hoe as part of our ongoing series Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

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This week on Helping Hand we are welcoming back Shriners Hospitals for Children Honolulu to discuss their current invitation to children from across the state to submit artwork to its “Under the Sea” Art Contest for the design of the new EOS imaging system there. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Angela Keen, Public Relations at Shriners Hospitals for Children Honolulu.

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imgdive / Flickr

It’s not everyday that a real estate agency becomes a TV star, but it’s happened here. The local agency is called Hawaii Life and the television show has led to a dramatic growth in business. PBN editor in chief, A. Kam Napier, has more.

Kumu's Cupboard
Kumu's Cupboard

A store providing free school supplies for teachers on Kaua‘i will open its doors this weekend.  An organization called Kumu’s Cupboard in the Kukui Grove Center will provide resources for local teachers who would otherwise be using their own money to buy basic school supplies.

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Wikimedia Commons

Two years ago, the State Legislature appropriated $90 million dollars to build a new judiciary building in Kona.  Now, Hawai‘i State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald is asking for more funding. He spoke with HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken, who has this report.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hundreds of volunteers have been canvassing the streets across the state. They’re counting homeless individuals and families for the annual Point-In-Time Count. The number plays a role in everything from securing federal funds to helping local agencies get a snapshot of the state of homelessness. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there as the count began and has this report.

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Judy Collins has made a name for herself over a half century of music and activism. From her role at numerous civil rights marches to testifying during the Chicago Seven court drama, to speaking about mental illness and suicide prevention, she has gone far beyond many others when it comes to standing up for issues that concern her.

NOAA
NOAA

New data reveals some good news for Hawaiian monk seals. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, population numbers for the endangered species are on the rise. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Christopher Martin / Cal Tech
Christopher Martin / Cal Tech

A new, state-of-the-art astronomy instrument is being installed atop Mauna Kea.

Ronen Zilberman
Ronen Zilberman

When Tennessee Williams’ play, A Streetcar Named Desire, debuted in New York in 1951, the Times’ theater critic called it, “a quietly woven study of intangibles.”  In the years since, the play has become a film and an opera, and it still is an unvarnished look at what can happen to innocence.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the opera by Andre Previn, opening amidst great anticipation this week in Honolulu. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The Governor delivered his annual State of the State address to the Legislature today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and filed this report. 

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This week on Stargazer there are several planets we can look for, plus we’re learning about a new joint mission to a planet you often don’t hear about on the exploration front, and even the partnership between countries may surprise some, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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