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This week’s Stargazer includes a trip up to the Mauna Kea summit and details on an observatory there mapping hydrogen from a distant part of the universe -- HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the Domestic Violence Action Center. Since 1990, they’ve provided legal information and representation to victims and sectors of the community, including advocacy to assist and accompany victims as they seek access to community resources in their pursuit of safety and freedom. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes back CEO Nanci Kreidman.

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Thanks to a new battery storage system, Molokai may be the first Hawaiian island to go entirely off the grid. We get more on that story from PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier.

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Melissa Chimera

In just four years, the annual Contact exhibition has become a focal point of art and community at the Honolulu Museum School.  It’s setting a new model with initiatives to assist making ambitious works plus community activities for the whole two week run.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Lukas Nelson is one of Willie Nelson's sons and spent years growing up on Maui, where his legendary father has a home.

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The Hawai’i Tourism Authority hosted its Spring Marketing Update today.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Lawmakers continue to work on the State Budget.  Today, members of the Senate’s money committee unanimously approved its version.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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The state is proposing to change affordable and work force housing rules for Kaka’ako.    But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, some developers and residents are not happy with any of the plans. 

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Not just the art crowd, it’s everybody battling to get into Yayoi Kusama’s infinity Rooms at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington.  Tickets sell out in minutes, and viewers still have to wait hours for their 20 seconds in each room!  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports eagle eyed art lovers have spotted our own Kusama installation in Honolulu, her pink spotted Footprints of Life, part of the Honolulu Biennial at Foster Garden.

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This week’s Stargazer includes details on the contentious debate regarding planets vs. dwarf planets in our ever expanding solar system as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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Last week, Hikianalia departed Honolulu to meet up with the Hōkūleʻa on the last legs of the worldwide journey.  Meanwhile, the Hōkūleʻa is still making its way to French Polynesia. We caught up with Captain Russell Amimoto just as they were arriving in Pitcairn Island.

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This week on Helping Hand local nonprofit PARENTS INC. return: Providing Awareness Referrals Education Nurturing Therapy and Support. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and they’ve got annual fundraising kickball tournaments to, as they say, kick child abuse & neglect out of Hawai‘i Saturday April 1st, in Kāne‘ohe and April 8th in Hilo.

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Hawaii may not often appear as itself in movies but as a shooting location, it has been on a hot streak. PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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Traditional grand opera is comically characterized by big violent scenes and jumping from great heights, but more recently especially, introspective, psychological operas are winning new audiences.  Hawai‘i Opera Theatre’s latest production, Three Decembers, could do just that.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports the production will bring one of opera’s most beloved performers to four Hawaiian Islands.

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For decades, Bonnie Raitt has mixed her passion for music with philanthropy and activism. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend is continuing the tour for her 2016 release Dig In Deep with dates Friday at the MACC and Saturday at the Blaisdell Concert Hall before heading... deeper...

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The bill to allow medical aid in dying was stopped in a House Committee today.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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State Representative Beth Fukumoto announced today she is resigning from the Republican Party following two months of input from her Mililani constituents.   She says her troubles with the Hawai’i GOP started a while ago but came to a head when Donald Trump won the Presidency.

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State funding for the Honolulu Rail Transit project cleared a critical hurdle in the House today.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

Making Art Happen

Mar 22, 2017
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Great art does not just happen.  It has to be nurtured to become a rich conversation about this place and time—that’s how it becomes valuable to generations hence.    HPR’s Noe Tanigawa continues a series of reports on how  people and businesses investing in local art are building the way our time will be remembered.

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The Honolulu Rail Transit Project is facing an April 30th deadline to come up with a funding source to complete the downtown segment of the 20-mile system.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the political stakes seem high but the decision appears to be relatively simple.

“If rail is not completed it will constitute a real embarrassment to an entire generation of Hawai’i politicians and leaders.”

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An estimated 43 percent of private sector workers in Hawai’i lack paid sick leave.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, state lawmakers are attempting to address this issue.

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City lawmakers will be voting Wednesday to advance a bill that could ban the use of mobile electronic devices in certain instances for safety reasons.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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On Stargazer, in addition to some objects to try and spot in our dark island skies, we hear about the impacts of budget cuts at NASA as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.  

Simon Phillips is among the most talented drummers alive, and his resume is as impressive as his playing: The Who, Jeff Beck, Jack Bruce, Toto, Judas Priest, Joe Satriani, Frank Zappa, Al DiMeola, Peter Gabriel, Mick Jagger and Gary Moore are just some of the many names in his roster of experiences, which also includes roles as producer and engineer.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back the American Red Cross, Pacific Islands Region as part of Red Cross Month. The organization is marking their centennial in the Aloha State and urging folks to give back in a number of ways, like taking a Red Cross class to learn lifesaving skills, volunteering in a variety of projects, or making a donation. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with CEO Coralie Matayoshi.

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Master carver Kawika Eskaran has built canoes, he’s sailed and works with Polynesian navigators and directs special projects at BYU-Hawai‘i.  His sculpture at the corner of South and Ala Moana is designed to bring peace to an area with a troubled history.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, it is also a navigational reference, for those who understand.

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Steve Kimock and Friends play March 23 and 24 at the Blue Note Hawaii and March 25 at the Honoka'a People's Theatre. His resume is unusual, in that he's had the chance to perform or work with many of the heavy names associated with the Grateful Dead, including Bob Weir, Jerry Garcia, Donna Jean and Keith Godchaux, Billy Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart and Phil Lesh.

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A Federal District Court Judge ruled in Hawai’i’s favor today to block President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, Hawai’i’s court victory was a cause for celebration at a conference in Waikiki.

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Hawai'i County water users in the North Kona District are being asked to cut back on their water use.  HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken explains what's going on, and how long the restrictions will last.

Spark! Hiromi

Mar 15, 2017
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Hiromi

Award winning pianist Hiromi Uehara has been playing since age six.  A chance meeting in Tokyo with jazz legend Chick Corea set her on a trajectory that took her to number one on the Billboard Jazz Album chart last year.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Hiromi will be at the Blue Note Waikiki this week, performing her unique combination of jazz, pop and classical music from that album, Spark.

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