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  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
The new HPR iPhone App
Hawaii Public Radio

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.

Flickr / NOAA's National Ocean Service
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
www.honoluluprintmakers.com
www.honoluluprintmakers.com

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.

www.hty.org
www.hty.org

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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www.pbs.org

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
Flickr / Art La Flamme
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.

Santana's tour brings him to Hawai`i for a pair of shows next month, his first public island performances in fifteen years. This afternoon we present the first in two extended interview segments on All Things Considered as host Dave Lawrence speaks with Carlos Santana about his upcoming concerts, latest album Shape Shifter and more.

Listen for another extended interview feature with Carlos Santana as we get closer to the shows, and another week of featuring Santana's music during our calendar segment at 12:20 and 4:20 each weekday on All Things Considered.

Breaking Bread with Breadshop's Chris Sy

Jan 2, 2013
www.breadsbybreadshop.com
www.breadsbybreadshop.com

In the land where every plate lunch comes with two scoops of rice, a local baker is going against the grain.

Chris Sy is the man behind Breadshop, a new pop up bakery that sells French country-style loaves. Sy has spent his career working at some of the country's most renowned restaurants, including The French Laundry and Alinea.

Ringing in the New Year with Fresh Mochi

Dec 31, 2012
Flickr / hawaii
Flickr / hawaii

This holiday season, many families will gather to celebrate the Japanese New Year's tradition of making mochi. You can pick up fresh or frozen mochi from many stores around the state at this time of year. But there's something special about making it the old fashioned way.

Students Learn Importance of Local Farms

Nov 9, 2012
Dan Nakasone
Dan Nakasone

Leeward Community College is hosting a very special dinner tonight, “Earth to Plate.” All dishes are created by student chefs and highlight local ingredients from local farms. The benefit dinner is part of the Culinary Arts Program.    “Earth to Plate” serves up a five-course dinner tonight at The Pearl at Leeward Community College. For more information on tonight’s event, call 455-0298.

Plenty of Poi at the 3rd Annual Kalo Fest

Nov 1, 2012
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Flickr / bump

If you're a fan of all thing poi ... head on down to the 3rd Annual Kalo Festival this weekend! Organizers invite the community to learn more about the cultural and historical significance of this staple crop.

Daniel Anthony is a local kalo farmer who believe it's important to continue farming traditional crops such as taro. He'll be at the festival this weekend leading a community taro-ponding workshop.

Campaign Recipe Books: Cooking Up Voter Support

Oct 31, 2012

Barbeque spare ribs. Oxtail Soup. Onolicious chicken? Not exactly what comes to mind when you think politics. Unless you reside in Hawai'i, where politicians have been passing out free recipe pamphlets for years. Local political analyst Dan Boylan stresses the link between food and politics in Hawai'i. Boylan notes that in recent years he’s seen fewer cookbooks.  But occasionally one will pop up in his mailbox.  A candidate who still uses the recipe book approach is Lei Ahu Isa, who served in the Hawai'i House of Representatives from 1996 – 2002.

Local Nonprofit Hopes to Get Out the Vote

Oct 29, 2012
Flickr / Ann Douglas
Flickr / Ann Douglas

In the last presidential election, Hawaii’s voter turnout was the worst in the nation.  This concerns James Koshiba, the Executive Director of Kanu Hawaii. He wants to bring the people’s voice back into politics.  His project, HawaiiCandidates.info, seeks to re-engage the community and increase voter turnout. Thanks to a largely volunteer effort, Koshiba was able to reach people in communities with historically low voter turnout.  Koshiba’s approach was to listen and ask the community what was important to them.

A Graphic Novel with a Message

Oct 25, 2012
Home of the Brave
Home of the Brave


Two local graphic novelists are working on an unusual project to raise awareness about human trafficking. Spencer Toyama and Jon Lewis start their book "Home of the Brave" with a protagonist who is sold into slavery. They say they were influenced by the work of Kathy Xian, Executive Director of the Honolulu non-profit The Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery.

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