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Wayne Yoshioka

This year’s legislative session ended last Thursday without providing future funding for Honolulu’s rail transit project.  But there were other issues important to community groups.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

(Chant:  “We voted you in, we can vote you out!”) 

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This week on Stargazer, we hear about a local connection to a new robotic telescope concept as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

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The Papahānaumokuākea National Marine Monument is under review by the Department of the Interior…and the public will be able submit comments.

The crew for the next part of the voyage of the Hōkūleʻa left Honolulu on Saturday afternoon for Tahiti. Both the canoes and crews are preparing for the final leg of the worldwide journey. We talked with Hōkūleʻa’s navigator– Kaʻiulani Murphy – before the crew left Honolulu.

Black Uhuru formed in the early 1970's in Jamaica and went on to be one of roots reggae's most successful acts, even earning the first Grammy Award for reggae. After decades away from the Aloha State, the band are back in Honolulu, performing a second night at the Blue Note Hawai'i this evening with shows at 6:30 and 9 p.m.

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This week Helping Hand has returning guest Women’s Fund of Hawai‘i, a nonprofit tries to address several key issues affecting women in the Aloha State, including homelessness, domestic violence, and transitioning from incarceration and substance abuse treatment.

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  2017 should be another positive year for Hawai‘i’s economy, despite slowing growth in the construction sector. That’s the view of a local economic forecast group—and we have details from Pacific Business News editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier.

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The UH Mānoa Art Gallery is showing a heartening collection of new work by its Bachelor of Fine Arts graduates in graphic design and studio art.  Fun ideas in a range of materials make these shows a must, along with closing festivities for the Honolulu Biennial.

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State lawmakers adjourned today ending a contentious session with no solution on how to fund Honolulu’s rail transit project.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Senate President Ron Kouchi told the 25-member body that their   proposed bill to extend the half-a-percentage General Excise Tax surcharge to fund Honolulu’s Rail Transit Project was rejected by the House of Representatives.

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Scientists are saying not to trust a popular method to treat Portuguese Man o’ War stings.

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Astronomers say the best place on earth to practice their science is on Hawai‘i Island: Mauna Kea. The mountain is also important to cultural practitioners, hunters, hikers, and sightseers.    The Mayor of Hawai'i County has been sharing his vision for the mountain.   HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken has more.

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There are 5 new Democrats in the State House of Representatives serving their first term. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka caught up with them and filed this report.    

Music of the Spheres

May 3, 2017
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Maui based Ebb and Flow Arts has challenged and delighted audiences across the state since 1999.  Their performances are known for high level musicianship and novel experiences; they’ve done nearly ninety world premieres.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports there is a free concert coming up in the Hōkūlani Imaginarium in Kāne‘ohe.

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Experts are saying it’s too late to eradicate an invasive plant on the Big Island.

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The State Senate and House today each advanced separate measures to fund Honolulu’s Rail Transit System.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, lawmakers must agree on one measure before adjournment Thursday or leave the project with no funding source.

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The state Department of Health is advising caution for Oahu residents who have recently eaten poke or ahi from a series of local stores and restaurants.

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A new gallery on Nu‘uanu Street is adding to the art buzz in Honolulu.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports the Ravizza Brownfield Gallery has opened with a distinctly different mission, one that adds another dimension to Hawai‘i‘s cultural cachet.

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This week on Stargazer, we get an update on initial results from a radio telescope’s search for signals from outer space as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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A lot has happened since our last update from the Hōkūleʻa. The crew made it safely to Tahiti where it met up with the Hikianalia - ending the worldwide voyage that started in 2014.

Now both canoes are sailing through French Polynesia before heading back home. We caught up with Nāʻālehu Anthony on board the Hikianalia.

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Hawaiʻi’s first ever small business conference is being held on Maui this week.

This Sunday Ocean Aid is happening at the Waikīkī Shell from 4 to 10 p.m., a benefit for ocean preservation, with Ceelo Green, Fishbone, Bootsy Collins and the Ohio Players, among others, plus, it even offers free admission – check oceanaidhawaii.org for more details. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence got a chance to speak with longtime Ohio Players drummer Diamond Wi

Hawaiʻi Public Radio concluded its spring 2017 fund drive today at 11:30 a.m., exceeding its goal of $900,000 ahead of schedule. The first $135,000 were raised before April 19; the remaining $785,450 donations were received during the subsequent nine and a half days of on-air fundraising on both of HPR’s newly re-formatted stations.

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Painter, installation artist, Yayoi Kusama is having her moment in the U.S.  With sold out shows in Los Angeles and Washington D.C., her installation at the IBM Building is a hidden gem of the Honolulu Biennial.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa takes us there.

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Hawaii Public Radio is co-sponsoring a lecture with the East-West Center about rebuilding public trust in the media with NPR's Ombudsman/Public Editor, Elizabeth Jensen who is the East West Center’s George Chaplin Fellowship in Distinguished Journalism Address

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This week we get an update on a previous Stargazer report about strange shapes seen on a moon in our solar system as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

      

Hawaiʻi Public Radio is pleased to announce the appointment of award-winning journalist Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi as its new general assignment reporter. Hiraishi joined HPR’s seven-person news team on April 10, 2017.
 

HPR's Spring 2017 Pledge Drive

Apr 21, 2017

Hawai‘i Public Radio’s Spring 2017 fundraiser is on.  We have just 10 days to raise $900K and we can only do that with your help. 

To donate call:
HPR-1: 944-8800
HPR-2: 941-3689

Through Saturday night, the Miles Electric Band is in town at the Blue Note in Waikiki, and last night HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence spent time with three members, all veterans of working with Miles Davis, who shared stories with us: drummer and Miles’ nephew Vince Wilburn Jr., guitarist Blackbyrd McKni

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Hundreds of O’ahu high school students are spending the day being exposed to career opportunities in the state’s top industries:  hospitality and tourism.  The program is sponsored by the Hawai’i Tourism Authority in partnership with Climb High-Hawai’i.  Julie Morikawa is president and CEO of Climb-High.        

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People around the nation and world are using development as a community organizing tool.  Change becomes a reason to work with others and improve their neighborhoods.  Now, the UH Mānoa Architecture School is convening designers, government leaders, and community members to inject fresh ideas into Honolulu’s development plans.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the Building Voices Symposium and Design Competition set for Earth Day, April 22nd .

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