Wayne Yoshioka

The House Health and Human Services Committee is trying to pass a bill to put illegal care homes out of business. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

The generations-old tradition of seaweed cultivation in Hawaiʻi is making a comeback. Seaweed or limu is an important part of the traditional Hawaiian diet, but it’s abundance in recent years has been diminishing. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

Thank You Gift List

Apr 10, 2018

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HPR Coral Reef Logo Socks. American made with yarn proudly sourced in the U.S.A. One size fits most.

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HPR Pocket T-Shirt. Super soft 100% cotton, two-tone pocket tee. Color: classic red. Available in Small-XXL. 

1-Pair of Atherton Tickets. Good for an HPR Summer 2018 Atherton concert.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hundreds of bills at the State Legislature passed critical floor votes in the House and Senate today.  But the work is far from over as lawmakers head into the last 14 days of the 2018 session. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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creative commons

The Hawaii Agricultural Foundation’s mission is to support farming in Hawai’i and connect farmers with the community.  Recently they invited one if China’s top 50 innovative business leaders to Honolulu to discuss the connection between sustainability and our eating habits.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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This week on Stargazer, it’s a lone wanderer from beyond our Galaxy as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips for our report.

Contact Zone: Waikiki

Apr 6, 2018
Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

This year, one of Honolulu’s most important annual art exhibitions is taking its theme of contact and connection right into our tourist capital.  Contact Hawai'i is bringing live art installations and displays to the middle of Waikiki tonight.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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2018 is shaping up to be a big year for locally owned Down to Earth. Editor in chief A. Kam Napier, has more on the organic grocer’s expansion.

Wayne Yoshioka

The “Death with Dignity” legislation was signed into law in Hawai’i today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Albatross Colony Under Threat from Unlikely Predator

Apr 5, 2018
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A remote atoll within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is home to an extraordinary collection of seabirds. More than 3 million converging on a tiny space: some 1500 acres. It’s the only nesting ground for two seabird species that face an imminent threat from an unlikely source: invasive house mice that attack and kill nesting Black-footed albatross and Laysan albatross.

Tobacco Restrictions Considered at the Legislature

Apr 5, 2018
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Lawmakers are taking up two bills today, one making the University of Hawaiʻi a tobacco-free zone and another to restrict access to e-cigs to those under 21. The Hawaii Public Health Institute supports both measures.

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The failure of counties to enforce zoning codes has added to the state's housing crisis with a staggering number of runaway illegal vacation rentals. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is proposing to try and fix that broken picture by legalizing Bed and Breakfasts, with operators paying higher taxes and penalties for violations.

Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi

New Zealand’s highest ranking Maori judge is visiting Hawai’i. Justice Joseph Williams is the first fluent Maori speaker to be appointed to the New Zealand Court of Appeals. His visit comes as Hawaiʻi grapples with its own issue of native language in the courtrooms. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

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The State Legislature is considering a bill to ban two sunscreen ingredients over concerns they harm the state’s reefs.  But not everybody agrees that’s the right thing to do. Contributing reporter Sherry Bracken has more from Hawai‘i Island.

Little Agreement Over Toxoplasmosis Solution

Apr 3, 2018
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Toxoplasmosis is a parasite-borne infection that can wreak havoc on wildlife, humans with compromised immune systems, and pregnant women. The parasite that causes toxoplasmosis comes from cats, specifically their faces. It has been blamed for the death of at least eight Hawaiian monk seals, the endemic Hawaiian crow, and several other vulnerable bird species. However, there is little agreement over a solution to the problem. The debate largely boils down to one question: should feral cats be eradicated?

Atis Puampai
Atis Puampai

This semester, six students will be graduating with Master of Fine Arts degrees from UH Manoa.  They’ve spent the last three years intently developing their skills and creativity with video, printmaking, glass, vinyl, photography and more to be ready to face a changing job market, MFA in hand.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.


Paʻulaʻula o Hipo, the site of Fort Elizabeth, the fort built by Russian trading interests in the early 19th century, is best remembered as the setting for the brief alliance between the Russian-American Company and Kauai's High Chief Kaumualiʻi. But there's more than one story behind what is now a National Historic Landmark.

Wayne Yoshioka

State lawmakers are on the verge of passing legislation for paid family leave in Hawai’i. If passed by the House and Senate, the governor is expected to sign the measure into law. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update on what it could mean for Hawai’i workers.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

First it was Maui County then Hawaiʻi County, and now the State is considering a ban on polystyrene food containers. Similar bans have been passed in cities and counties across the country, but this could make Hawaiʻi the first state to do so. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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This week on Stargazer, it’s more on research into dark matter involving some Mauna Kea observatories as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips for our report.

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This week on Helping Hand, it's the Polar Plunge from Special Olympics Hawaii, as Director of Development Tracey Bender joins HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence to discuss their April 14th fundraiser at Waterfront Plaza in Honolulu.

Wildfires: Hawaii's Overlooked Threat

Mar 30, 2018
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Hurricanes and tsunamis get a lot more attention, but wildfires are one of the state's most common threats. Hundreds of wildfires break out across Hawaii every year. The vast majority of them are human-caused.

Matt Shallenberger
Matt Shallenberger

In the hands of a skilled practitioner, intriguing ideas are the seeds for resonant works of art.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, some interesting   ideas inform a ceramist and a photographer whose works  are on view now at the First Hawaiian Center downtown.

Casey Harlow

It’s been four years since the state Department of Health launched its restaurant grading system. Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more on how that system has been working for restaurants and consumers.

Hawai’i’s hotel industry hosted an emergency preparedness workshop today as a follow-up to the state’s false missile alert earlier this year. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

There are now more payday loan stores in Hawaiʻi than there are 7-11s. The state’s growing demand for payday loans is no surprise given the high cost of living in the islands. But with interest rates as high as 459 percent, lawmakers are demanding greater regulation. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Shipping Company Prepares for the Next Disaster

Mar 29, 2018
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The vast majority of food and vital goods arrive in Hawaiʻi via cargo ship. The big ships dock in Honolulu Harbor where Young Brothers Shipping then distributes their cargo to ports around the state. A "just-in-time" delivery model means that most shipments go directly from a ship to store shelves, rather than a warehouse. Young Brothers knows how vulnerable island communities are to a disruption of its services and is constantly on alert for the next disaster.

Wayne Yoshioka

More than 150 employers were on hand today for this year’s Star-Advertiser Career Expo.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

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In Hawaiʻi, there is a lot that ties the state to the Asia-Pacific. Part of that is geography, but it's also culture and economics. Although Hawaiʻi doesn't export much in the way on physical goods, the trade policy set in motion by the Trump Administration could have ripple effects for the Aloha State. Dr. Adam Posen, President of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, shared his perspective on trade issues with The Conversation.

Hawaiʻi's Disaster Vulnerability: Healthcare Challenges

Mar 28, 2018
Maui Memorial Medical Center
Maui Memorial Medical Center

What happens to patients in dialysis centers when there isn't water or power, and they can't stay open? How do patients get their medicines if pharmacies are closed? What about our stockpile of medical supplies? Those scenarios and more were posed to Chris Crabtree, Director of Hawaiʻi Healthcare Emergency Management as part of The Conversation's ongoing look at Hawaiʻi's vulnerability and resiliency during a disaster.