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Oiwi TV / Aina Paikai

Hōkūle‘a has traded open ocean for freshwater inland rivers as it navigates through Canadian waters. The voyaging canoe has arrived in Montreal, after sailing through the Great Lakes and Lake Ontario. We caught up with Hōkūle‘a captain Kalepa Baybayan as part of our ongoing series Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

GoFarms Hawaii
GoFarms Hawaii

Gov. David Ige has pledged to double local food production in Hawai‘i by the year 2030.  To help meet that demand the University of Hawai‘i is expanding its “GoFarm Hawai‘i” agriculture program to Hawai‘i island.  The program currently maintains teaching fields on O‘ahu, Maui and Kaua‘i.

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DLNR

State officials say the fungal disease called Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death is continuing to threaten native ‘ōhi‘a trees on the Big Island. 'Ōhi'a covers about 865,000 acres statewide. Recent surveys show the disease has now impacted nearly 50,000 acres on the Big Island, an increase of a little more than a third from earlier this year.

Salvation Army USA West / Flickr
Salvation Army USA West / Flickr

One of O‘ahu’s largest assistance food pantries could shut down if it doesn’t find a new home in the next few months.

For nearly two decades Feeding Hawai‘i Together has provided free goods and food on a daily basis to around 400 clients living below the poverty level.

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Wikipedia Commons

This week, PBN explores the campaign promises of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to ask, “who’s better for business?” Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

We had a big assist from our national news room this week, which examined the platforms of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump.  Naturally, American City Business Journals is specifically interested in the impact on the nation’s business community.  We don’t endorse candidates, businesses can decide for themselves who they’d prefer based on the comparisons.

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  Invasive Alien Species, IAS, are organisms introduced outside their natural range. This week, Hawai'i committed itself to a comprehensive new bio security plan against invasive alien species, but its success depends partly on how vigilant others are.  In 2010, nearly all the world‘s governments agreed to address IAS, but today, only three percent of countries are on track to meet international commitments.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports the Honolulu Challenge issued at the World Conservation Congress hopes to reinvigorate positive efforts.

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The American Bird Conservancy calls Hawai’i the Bird Extinction Capital of the World.   The World Conservation Congress addressed the rapidly declining bird population in the islands.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The largest environmental symposium is underway this week in Honolulu. And the more than 9,000 participants are doing their best to go green. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on sustainable measures that conservationists hope will become the new normal.

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Richard Fisher / Flickr

Several species of humpback whales have been removed from the endangered species list.

This week, the National Marine Fisheries Service reclassified humpback whale species into 14 different categories.  9 of those were removed from the list or reclassified as threatened and that includes species found in Hawaiian waters.

The agency had previously classified all humpback whales as a single population… saying they were all endangered.

Manoa Valley Theater
Manoa Valley Theater

Mānoa Valley Theater...Honolulu's 150 seat, Off-Broadway playhouse, opens its 48th season next week with a story about a wedding gone wrong.  The musical comedy “It Shoulda Been You” runs from next Friday until October 2nd.  The story revolves around a Jewish-Catholic wedding that is derailed by ex-lovers and alcoholic parents.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State unveiled its draft Interagency Bio-security Plan today as part of the World Conservation Congress.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

More than 17 years in the making, Kaua‘i’s first traditional voyaging canoe is ready to set sail. The island plans to celebrate with a launch party Sunday, September 11. HPR’s Molly Solomon visited the Garden Isle recently and has this report.

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Wikipedia Commons

Although there’s a lot of focus on the IUCN this week…there’s a different conference beginning today that focuses on native rights issues.

The International Indian Treaty Council is hosting its annual meeting this year in Hawai‘i.  Indigenous leaders from First Nation groups around the world use the annual meeting to discuss issues around decolonization, sovereignty and self-determination.

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Treasury Secretary Jack Lew made a quick stop in Hawai‘i on his way back from the G-20 Leaders Summit in China.  Lew spent Labor Day in Honolulu—where he held a roundtable discussion with some local business and community leaders.

Wayne Yoshioka

The state’s 4 county mayors shared their perspectives on sustainability at the World Conservation Conference last night.   They participated in a panel discussion about the state’s Aloha-plus Challenge. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Wayne Yoshioka

State leaders discussed the Aloha-plus Challenge for sustainability at the World Conservation Conference last night.   Their focus was on the future.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Robert S. Donovan / Flickr

The Department of Land and Natural Resources is urging the public to be cautious when choosing sunscreen.

At an IUCN news conference, officials said a popular additive called Oxybenzone is being linked to coral death.  According to a new report, some 14,000 tons of sunscreen lotions wind up in coral reefs around the world each year.

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 A potentially game changing new tool for business has been launched at the World Conservation Congress in Hawai‘i.  It’s called the Natural Capital Protocol and was tested with over fifty companies including Coca-Cola, Dow, Nestlé, and Shell.  For the first time, businesses and consumers can know the true costs of production.  

Maui Memorial Medical Center
Maui Memorial Medical Center

The transition of three state-run Maui medical facilities to Kaiser Permanente has hit another snag. The move will now be delayed until next summer. The decision has left hospital officials worried about further cuts to services and staff.

Wayne Yoshioka

The World Conservation Congress continues on day 5 of its scheduled 10-day conference at the Hawai’i Convention Center.  One of the workshops focused on the challenges facing island nations that strive for total fossil fuel independence to generate electricity.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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For today’s Stargazer, in addition to details on what to look for in our dark island skies, we hear about a new discovery of a signal detected by a radio telescope as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

The IUCN World Conservation Congress continues this week as policy makers meet with leaders in global conservation.

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This week on Helping Hand we feature the unique clubhouses program ahead of a October 6 fundraiser at the Honolulu Country Club for the Waipahu location.

Jake Shimabukuro's latest release might be his most ambitious yet. Nashville Sessions finds the ukulele virtuoso in a power trio format, taking the traditional instrument into a realm of guitar-like distortion, freewheeling jams and introspective, highly electric passages.

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Wikipedia Commons

Businesses across the country are preparing for a dramatic change in rules regarding overtime pay. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more on the impact in Hawaii.

In May this year, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a sweeping new rule regarding the issue of overtime for salaried employees. The biggest change is the pay threshold that determines whether a salaried professional employee qualifies for overtime pay, or is exempt from it. That threshold had been just under $24,000. Now it’s $47,476.

The band Hiroshima are planning a hiatus after their current tour, which has them returning to the Aloha State September 9th on Kauai before a pair of dates on Hawaii Island. After playing the Blue Note  in Waikiki earlier in the year, band leader Dan Kuramoto explained to HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence their reason for hitting Kauai and Hawaii Island on this return visit. 

Wayne Yoshioka

Opening ceremonies for the first World Conservation Congress held in the U.S. were conducted today.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, conservation issues and Native Hawaiian culture shared center stage.

Ready, Set, IUCN!

Aug 31, 2016

    

The World Conservation Congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature or IUCN starts tomorrow at the Hawai‘i Convention Center and the Neal Blaisdell Center.

Wayne Yoshioka

AARP Hawai’i honored lawmakers and partners today who helped pass key legislation to assist seniors.   The celebration As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the race for Honolulu Mayor tops the list for O’ahu voters.

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