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This is graduation time for everybody from kindergarten to college.  Hawaii Community College designs some of their end of year ceremonies for both East Hawaii and West Hawaii students to be uniquely Hawaiian.  HPR's Sherry Bracken was at the West Hawaii ceremony and tells us more.

Losing the popular vote but winning political power. It’s happened before in the U.S. presidential election, and now it’s happened in a different context in Malaysia. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

Envision Hawai’i hosts a monthly First Tuesday get-together to enable its members to connect and share ideas to bring about positive change. As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the social entrepreneurs received a message about the importance of living your values.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

John Tanji Koga has received the Honolulu Museum’s Catharine E.B. Cox Award for Excellence in Visual Arts.   Best known as a sculptor and general promoter for art projects throughout the community, Koga’s current show features paintings that relate directly to Hawai’i’s legacy of visual art.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Arthritis. Is it inevitable? What can you do to preserve your joints, and what's the latest in minimally invasive orthopedic surgery? Dr. Scott Crawford from Straub Clinic will share the latest in orthopedic innovations today on the Body Show

It’s Monday, May 6 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

A highly inappropriate gift for Mother's Day

Peter Whiticar has been chief of the STD/AIDS Prevention Branch of DOH since 1994.  He serves on the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) Executive Committee. The organization administrates HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis healthcare, prevention, education, and supportive service programs funded by state and federal governments.

The week in Asia begins with a tale of two contrasting economies. Ratings agencies weighed in on the Philippines and Indonesia last week, and came to two different conclusions. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Voggy Conditions Raise Health Concerns

May 6, 2013
Flickr / NDomer73
Flickr / NDomer73

For most people who live in Hawaii, dealing with vog is just another part of daily life. But for those with breathing difficulties, volcanic smog can complicate health issues. HPR's Molly Solomon reports.

For more information, check out current air conditions and vog forecasts.

Summer is just around the corner and thousands of parents across the state have been making plans to keep their children busy. UH manoa is offering new programs for high schoolers and the state and counties are continuing their popular options. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

For more on any of their programs:

UH
outreach.hawaii.edu/summer/

It’s Friday, May 3 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Healthcare workers making a point with the presence of the absence

Donald Yonomine is a member of UNITE HERE Local 5 and has worked within Kaiser Permanente for 21 years, now in the engineering department. His wife is also a Local 5 member and worker at Kaiser.  Local 5 represents about 1,900 workers employed by the HMO at 21 facilities on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island.  Donald has participated in both stop work and take action teams – the first staged last month and the second one yesterday, which Kaiser administrators continue to say will have no impact on their reorganization plan for the Honolulu urgent care clinic.

Melbourne, Australia’s Mojo Jacket is today’s 5:30 interview feature on All Things Considered. They recently opened for Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band across Australia. The group is based around brothers Rick and Ben Fumi, and also includes drummer Benny Stivala. In speaking with HPR's Dave Lawrence, the brothers shared their unique family connection to music, as Ben explains.

Tra-la it's May and the 2013 legislative session is over. Tonight, Beth-Ann and political anaylyst Neal Milner take one last look at the Lege and how well this session helped to move Hawaii into the future. The good, the bad and the maybe.

It’s Thursday, May 2 –From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

City feet meet complete streets

Dan Burden is the director of innovation and inspiration, of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, the organization he co-founded. He has spent the better part of 40 years advocating, teaching and designing sustainable communities. In 2008, Time magazine called him one of the six most important civic innovators in the world -and he's back in Honolulu this week for a series of community meetings.

Part of Hawaii’s energy future may include natural gas. The idea is still under debate, and the outcome is far from clear. Meanwhile, natural gas deposits off the coast of Africa are drawing interest—and investment—from several Asian countries. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Co-hosts Burt Lum and Ryan Ozawa talk with guests about How technology bills faired through this year’s legislative session. Which bills made it and and which ones died in the process?  And just what does the tech community need to do to plan for next year?

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Flickr / gmetrail

Air pollution in China has become an increasingly common topic, both for those who live there and for those who occasionally visit. And in recent months, it’s led a growing number of foreigners to reconsider assignments to China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s Wednesday, May 1st - From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

A more transparent shade of opaque

A Fresh Idea for Feeding the Homeless

May 1, 2013
Give It Fresh Today
Give It Fresh Today

According to the EPA, food waste is now the biggest contributor to our country’s landfills. Every year, as much as 40% of our food ends up in the trash. But, as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, a local project is taking steps to ensure that excess produce gets to the people who need it the most.

The State Legislature unanimously approved the Executive Operating and Construction Budgets today … which will drive spending for 2014 and 2015.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports  …

State lawmakers will be considering a full docket of appropriation-related bills tomorrow …just days before adjournment on May 2nd.   One of those funding measures has to do with a long-range project to enable the state to become a center of space exploration.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …

It’s Tuesday, April 30 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Moving beyond the lesson from Solomon

Sharon Y. Moriwaki is the associate director of the Social Sciences Public Policy Center at UH Manoa. She’s also the facilitator of the legal interventions in the family court working group. The Working Group represents over 20 public and non-profit organizations and individuals helping the court to advance the interests of families and kids needing child custody evaluations. The Working Group says HB 1137 does that - we'll see what the legislature does with it at today's floor vote.

Hawaii Island has three major acute care hospitals. Those are facilities that can take care of patients suffering a severe injury, illness, or trauma. Kona Community Hospital serves patients from the Ka'u District through North Kona, and has been improving its services. HPR's Sherry Bracken gives us an update.

The International Monetary Fund is positive about the economy in a key market for Hawaii's visitors. The IMF says the Asia Pacific region will grow by nearly six-percent this year, but there are also some cautions. HPR's Bill Dorman has more in today's Asia Minute.

Co-Hosts Burt and Ryan on Bytemarks Cafe
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Co-hosts Burt Lum and Ryan Ozawa talk with guests in the studio about how technology bills faired through this year’s legislative session. Which bills made it and and which ones died in the process? And what the tech community needs to do to plan for next year?  Tune in this Wednesday at 5pm on HPR-2

The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity is underway in Honolulu this week, and one thing they will be looking at is the connection between disabilities and prison incarceration.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with experts in the field of using culture and creativity to turn lives around.

“Healing our People, Healing Our Streets”, a dialog about alternatives to incarceration, is scheduled for the Church of the Crossroads, tomorrow, Wednesday evening, at 6pm.

What if the next time you saw your doctor, no one asked you about your insurance, and you knew what your visit would cost, and that once you left, no bills would come in the mail? Sound impossible? Maybe it is, but this week we will discuss what a single payer system might look like , and how this may be a future step in America's health care.

We’ve got several planets to see, a meteor shower to look for and we learn about a discovery relating to Saturn’s rings… as Shawn Laatch at the Imiloa Astronomy Center speaks with HPR’s Dave Lawrence for this week’s Stargazer.

Any time a land developer in Hawaii digs below the surface, it's necessary to complete a full archaeological inventory survey. The law insures protection and preservation of cultural and historical sites. But a bill making its way through the legislature could change the way future construction projects move forward. HPR's Molly Solomon reports.

Lihau Hannahs Paik and Kellen Paik started performing on stage together in 2005 and were married five years later. They discussed their latest release, "Bumbye," with Derrick Malama during Kanikapila Sunday on April 28, 2013.

Flickr / Leung Ching Yau Alex
Flickr / Leung Ching Yau Alex

A dock strike in Hong Kong is stretching into its second month. It's a dramatic story that pits one of the world's richest men against hundreds of workers. HPR's Bill Dorman has more in today's Asia Minute.

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