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Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

The future of growing food in Hawai’i rests on the ability of farmers to continue making a living. According to one UH study, farmers receive only 19 cents out of each dollar spent on locally grown produce and vegetables.  The rest of the money goes to packaging, marketing, refrigeration and transportation.   But one family-owned farm has revamped its strategy and business model and has branched out into new venues.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation is working on the next step of the city’s multi-billion dollar rail project. Officials are preparing a report on their archeological survey, which was completed last month. Across the Pacific, another rail project is at a very different stage—HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

  Gerald Clayton is a composer and pianist making waves in diverse music circles.    A Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Clayton recently won the Edison award for best international jazz album and the New York Times hails his "huge, authoritative presence" onstage.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with him as he prepares for a concert in Honolulu.

Hawaii agriculture officials say that in the 1970’s, there were 120 milk operations around the state. Today, there are only two. And they’re both on the big island of Hawaii. HPR's Sherry Bracken has more.

Discussions about food in Hawai’i often drift to the issue of cost.  In this installment of HPR’s series, “Feeding Ourselves: Hawai’i’s Food Future”, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa looks at what drives the prices we pay.

Growing a New Crop of Young Farmers

Mar 25, 2013
Molly Solomon

This week, Hawaii Public Radio is taking a closer look at food in the islands. We call it “Feeding Ourselves, Hawaii’s Food Future.” All week, we’ll report on a number of issues relating to food. Today, we start with people. The future of locally-grown food not only depends on land, water and crops—it also depends on farmers. The average age of a farmer in Hawaii is now sixty. But there’s one farm in Waianae that’s leading a youth movement—growing not only food, but also growing farmers. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports…

According to a recent report by the state, the number of cattle raised in Hawaii decreased steadily for about thirty years, starting in 1970. There’s been a bit of an increase since about 2002, and today cattle are raised on each of the major islands. But on Hawaii Island, the industry is facing some challenges to its growth. HPR’s Sherry Bracken reports.

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The Kumu Hula and prolific composer talks about the first poem he wrote in grade school, his songwriting philosophy and his latest release, “Hali`a i ka Poli.” Hear the complete interview from “Kanikapila Sunday” on March 24, 2013.

  Next month Boston band the Dropkick Murphys return to the islands. The group has been active since the late 90’s, though prominent featuring of their music in the film The Departed considerably boosted their profile. Longtime drummer Matt Kelly told HPR’s Dave Lawrence about his connections to Hawai`i.

Robin and Linda Williams are performers who’ve been closely associated with the public radio show A Prairie Home Companion for decades. Ahead of their debut island tour, they explained to HPR’s Dave Lawrence how the pair came together back in 1971.

Kamehameha Students Gear Up For Song Contest

Mar 18, 2013
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

At this time of the year, most students’ minds are focused on spring break. But for one Hawaii school, the month of March only means one thing: Song Contest. HPR’s Molly Solomon has this report.

  Common Bond is the upcoming solo album from Billy Joel sax player/Ringo Starr All Starr Band Music Director Mark Rivera. It's also a good way to describe his connection to The Beatles, having worked with three of the Fab Four, and in a series encore recorded in Sydney, he explained to HPR’s Dave Lawrence how the journey started with John Lennon.

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council will convene a special meeting tomorrow afternoon to discuss homeless housing and services on Oahu in an effort to look at solutions for this growing problem. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka accompanied a team of outreach workers who meet with the homeless on the streets year-round.

HPR announces new, free streaming app for iPhone

Mar 13, 2013
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Easy to Download from App Store, Easy to Use

The nicest thing about the new free HPR streaming app for iPhone is its ease of use, providing access to HPR’s two live streams anywhere you have an iPhone and an internet connection. The HPR app for iPhone is as simple as using your radio. Once the app is downloaded from the app store, simply click on the radio logo for the stream you wish to listen to. Within seconds the stream loads and begins playing the live stream of the station you chose. It’s that simple.

UH Grad Students Work Hard For The Money

Mar 11, 2013

Graduate students at UH Manoa haven’t received a raise in nearly a decade. This low pay combined with Hawaii’s high cost of living is making life for graduate students in Hawaii a struggle, forcing many to get second jobs to supplement their income. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

He’s sold over 250 million albums around the world; is credited with Britain's first rock and roll song; and Beatle John Lennon once stated that before this performer came along, “there had been nothing worth listening to in British music”. We’re talking about entertainer and philanthropist Sir Cliff Richard. HPR’s Dave Lawrence caught up with him during a recent tour stop in Sydney, Australia. 

See and hear the complete interview with Sir Cliff Richard below, recorded 12 February 2013 during his run at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia.

  Musicians and listeners are singing the praises of a new venue in Honolulu.  Mezz 127 is not easy to find, but HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, it’s worth the search.

Coming up at Mezz 127 in the Topa Financial Center: 

 Saturday, March 9
7:00—9:30
Jason Gay soprano & tenor saxes, Dean Taba double bass, Noel Okimoto drums

  Shortly after releasing their debut album Kilroy Was Here, members of local rock act 11th Hour visited our Atherton Performing Arts Studio for a special unplugged performance/interview session with HPR’s Dave Lawrence.

See the complete video and get the audio of 11th Hour performing at the Atherton below. 

Kilroy Was Here is their debut album. The band is performing live Saturday March 9th at the Sandbox, Waikiki. Find out more about 11th Hour online at their home page

Budget fights are continuing in Washington this week. The jury’s still out on what the impact of Friday’s so called sequestration will be for Hawaii. But it’s left many of the state’s non-profits worried about the loss in federal funding. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with one organization and has this report.

  Actress Sarah Wayne Callies grew up in Honolulu before striking it big first in Prison Break, and more recently, in The Walking Dead. The Punahou grad took time to speak with HPR’s Dave Lawrence on a recent trip home. During her debut Atherton Performing Arts Studio visit, she shared some of her earliest Hawai`i experiences.  

Hear and see Sarah Wayne Callies' complete Atherton Studio session below. Catch black and white episodes of the first seasons of The Walking Dead Thursdays on AMC and look for her recurring appearances on new episodes Sunday evenings.

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Flickr / NOAA's National Ocean Service

The leatherback sea turtle is the largest marine turtle in the world.  Some can grow up to six feet in length and weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. But a new study shows the population is continuing to decline --- possibly to extinction. HPR’s Molly Solomon has this report.

There’s been a lot of talk surrounding the impact of raising the minimum wage. Two proposed bills in the legislation have the support of Governor Abercrombie, and could bump up our current minimum wage to $8.75 an hour. This has caused concern for Hawaii economists and HPR’s Molly Solomon has this report. You can view UHERO's full report on raising the minimum wage here.

Honolulu Printmakers Celebrate 85 Years

Feb 19, 2013
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Eighty-five. That’s the theme for this year’s Honolulu Printmakers Exhibition. HPR’s Molly Solomon talked with Hawaii artists preparing to make their mark in an upcoming show.

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You may not know his name, but Gordon Hirabayashi’s story is one you’ll remember. Hawaii 5-0’s Daniel Dae Kim is working on a very special project with Honolulu Theatre for Youth.  HPR’s Molly Solomon caught up with the actor and has this report.

Documentary Explores Legacy of Jesse Owens

Feb 14, 2013
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The name Jesse Owens brings to mind Olympic success and glory. But a new film on the runner’s life reveals the man behind the medals. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with the filmmaker and has this report.

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Flickr / bookgrl

Hawaii legislators are considering new ways to deal with the growing problem of childhood obesity. School lunch has come under the spotlight and lawmakers are pushing to make some changes in the school cafeteria. HPR’s Molly Solomon takes a closer look.

  Namelehuapono is providing a new kind of support to victims of domestic violence.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on their process of reconnecting women with their culture and with their own inner resources.

Namelehuapono does not have its own website, but some information can be found here.

Artists Return to Kaka'ako for 3rd Pow Wow

Feb 7, 2013
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Flickr / Art La Flamme

 

Honolulu's Kaka'ako neighborhood is buzzing with anticipation for the return of Pow Wow Hawaii. The week-long art festival brings a splash of color to Honolulu.

  Pow Wow co-founders Jasper Wong and Kamea Hadar say they anticipate as many as 100 local and international artists. They'll take to the streets starting Saturday, using blank warehouse walls as a canvas to share their cultural stories. Jasper and Kamea say none of this would be possible without the strong support of the community. 

R&D Debuts New Look

Feb 5, 2013
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Interisland Terminal’s R&D rung in the new year with a big renovation. HPR’s Molly Solomon caught a preview of the remodeled space and has this report.

You can see the new space for yourself at R&D’s re-launch party. It takes place tonight at 6:30 and you can buy tickets to the event or submit a donation.

  UH Manoa researchers are reporting the decline of a native moth that indicates changes in habitat across the island chain.  Thanks to specimens collected over time at the Bishop Museum and the UH Insect Museum, scientists are able to chart changes and possibly propose mitigation efforts.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

You can read the full research paper online.

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