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This time of year, you can feel Honolulu’s major roadways clogging up from late afternoon.  As the pau  hana traffic mounts today, a few dozen people will head to an oasis of calm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Queen Emma street downtown.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on Jazz Vespers that happen every Thursday at St. Peter’s, starting at 6 in the evening.

Richard L. Pyle/Bishop Museum
Richard L. Pyle/Bishop Museum

Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have named a fish after President Obama.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu Ethics Commission considered a request today to curb the unfair influence of Super PACs.   HPR's Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Oiwi TV/Justyn Ah Chong
Oiwi TV/Justyn Ah Chong

Hōkūle‘a is preparing to depart Key West, Florida. The voyaging canoe will spend the next week and a half sailing across the Caribbean Sea to Panama. We caught up with crew member Brad Wong as part of our ongoing series Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

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维基百科 via Wikipedia Commons

It's been six years since an international flight touched down at the Kona Airport on Hawai'i Island. But that's changing today.  In 2010, Japan Airlines ended its service to Kona—but today a local carrier is the first to bring back international business.

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Wikipedia Commons

More than 5,000 electric vehicles are now registered in Hawai‘I, and 8 of Hawai‘i’s leading energy organizations are marking the occasion by launching an initiative called Drive Electric Hawai‘i.

Wayne Yoshioka

Honolulu’s Police Chief voluntarily stepped down yesterday following notification that he’s under federal investigation.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Hawai‘i has a strong clay culture, and much of it is community based.  The Hawai‘i Potters’ Guild, the Volcano Village Artists, Hui No‘eau, the Lāna‘i Arts Center, and Kaua‘i Community College all play crucial roles keeping ceramics alive on their respective islands.  Recently, the Moloka‘i Arts Center jumped in too, for people love to work with clay.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the first statewide juried ceramics exhibition.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Governor submitted his two-year budget request to the legislature today and his overall spending plan is up.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

Donald Trump has officially won the presidency with the 270 electoral votes needed to secure the office.  Voting proceeded mostly according to tradition… despite some efforts to persuade Republican Electoral College members to vote rogue.

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This week on Stargazer, in addition to some things to look for in our dark island skies, we learn about the Christmas Star.

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Wikipedia Commons

Astronomers with the University of Hawai‘i are a step closer to understanding the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres.

The planet is the largest body in our asteroid belt, and was originally thought to be covered in reflective salt.  Using a gamma ray and neutron detector, scientists found the surface is a porous mixture of rocky materials with ice in the cracks.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the Aloha United Way, and some easy methods of supporting their efforts to help those in need across the Aloha State this holiday season. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Emily Mendez-Bryant, Vice President, Fundraising and Major Gifts, of Aloha United Way.

On December 7th, Greg Lake passed on at 69 after a long battle with cancer. The bassist, guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, author and producer had been the early voice of King Crimson, then Emerson, Lake and Palmer with songs like Lucky Man, Still You Turn Me On, From The Beginning and many others people around the world identified with.

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Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

Ala Moana Center has invested nearly half a billion dollars in new stores and parking, but not without some growing pains. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

If you’ve ever remodeled your home you know how difficult it can be to carry on with business as usual while the place is half torn up. Since late 2013, Ala Moana Center has been on an extensive remodel, converting the former Sears space in into an entirely new wing while adding 1,250 new parking spaces.

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It’s absolutely true that some of the best things about the holidays are free.  You can prove it to yourself and your family by taking a spin around O‘ahu to take in the lights.

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State lawmakers were briefed today on the status of sexual assault kits that have not been tested and county plans to resolve the backlogs.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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SAMUEL BRESENDEN

Chicago born, LA based DJ Jeremy Sole is exploring the mechanics of roots music.

For 10 years he’s hosted a late night show every Wednesday on Los Angles’ KCRW, mixing together an eclectic blend of world music, soul, reggae, and independent rock.  On the side he’s done official remixes for David Bowie, Beck, Fela Kuti, and Thievery Corporation.

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Wikimedia Commons

Maui County might purchase a portion of the Wailuku Water Company.

The administration of Mayor Alan Arakawa has sent a budget amendment to the County Council seeking funding approval to appraise the water company’s property and infrastructure.

If approved, it could clear the way for the county to purchase more than 8,500 acres of land in the West Maui watershed.

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Flickr / Dank Depot

Hawai‘i’s medical marijuana dispensary system is off to a slow start. While the law allowed dispensaries to open back in July, many are now waiting on the state. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

When Earth, Wind and Fire performed their sold out show at the Blaisdell Arena in September, original member/bassist Verdine White sat down the night before for a conversation with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence. One of the many topics covered was the new book, My Life With Earth, Wind & Fire, by the late Maurice White, his older brother.  

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There have been a lot of tributes to Tom Moffatt over the last day, and here's another one. In late 2012, the legendary Hawaii radio personality and concert promoter who passed away Monday was our guest on All Things Considered. At the time, Tom was promoting his upcoming 40th anniversary screening of Elvis Presley's Aloha from Hawaii at the Blaisdell Arena. Today we play some highlights of that conversation with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence in memory of the late, great Tom Moffatt. Aloha, Uncle Tom.  

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PBN

Hawai‘i has lost a giant of broadcasting and music promotion. Tom Moffatt passed away Monday night at the age of 85, after several months of declining health. Moffatt started his on-air career in Hawai‘i in the 1950’s—and continued working on the air and behind the scenes until earlier this year. HPR’s Dave Lawrence has an appreciation of the man many knew as “Uncle Tom.”

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A pilot program to grow Industrial Hemp locally is moving forward, in part, to address the end of sugar production on Maui.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update. 

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Today the Aloha State learned that local concert promoter and radio personality Tom Moffatt had passed away Monday. He was 85 and had been reported to be in declining health for several months. Another local entertainment industry legend is Shep Gordon, Alice Cooper's manager and a longtime Valley Isle resident.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The last remaining sugar mill in Hawai‘i wrapped up its final harvest yesterday. Hundreds of workers, families, and community leaders gathered at Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company to say goodbye to a crop that shaped the islands. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

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Idaho National Laboratory / Flickr

For more than 20 years, a special program has connected girls on Hawai‘i Island with math and science. It’s called “Girls Exploring Math and Science.” HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken has more from Kona.

University of Hawaii
University of Hawaii

UH Women’s Volleyball head coach Dave Shoji will take a break to deal with prostate cancer.  In a press release, Shoji said he was diagnosed a few weeks ago… but didn’t want the announcement to distract the team.  He added that treatment will take him away from coaching duties for several weeks.

Associate head coach Jeff Hall will take over until an interim coach can be found.  Shoji recently wrapped is 42nd year with the Rainbow Wahine.  With 1,202 wins, he is ranked second in all-time NCAA Division I women’s volleyball victories.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i’s last sugarcane harvest ended on Maui today and state leaders are asking, “What Next?”   That was the focus of a panel discussion.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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