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Casey Harlow
Casey Harlow

American Savings Bank recently broke ground on its new headquarters. This week, Pacific Business News caught up with ASB’s president and CEO, Rich Wacker, on the significance of this turning point. We get more from PBN Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier.

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Hugh Romney, named Wavy Gravy by B.B. King, was one of the stage announcers at the three major Woodstock music festivals (1969, 1994 and 1999), as well as other related events over the years.

Wayne Yoshioka

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell unveiled his 2018 budget today.  He is proposing to raise property taxes for investors and hotels, charge more for trash pickup and increase fuel and vehicle weight taxes.   He says there is no fat in the City’s budget and also took the opportunity to ask state lawmakers to fund the rail transit project.      

Wayne Yoshioka

Can Hawai’i solve its Affordable Housing crisis?  Developers say, “Yes.”   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

There are more than 50 babies born each day in Hawai’i and many of them will need a place to live in when they grow up.  Developer Christine Camp says housing prices can be stabilized if real estate speculation is kept in check.

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USFWS - Pacific Region / Flickr

Conservationists are trying to establish a Black-footed albatross colony on Oahu’s North Shore.

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Government officials are calling for more affordable housing development in Hawai’i.   But what do developers say?  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

A Kīlauea Update

Mar 1, 2017
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It's been a dramatic new year so far for one of Hawai'i Island's most spectacular sights. The Kīlauea Volcano has been continuously erupting for 34 years—but there have been some changes since January. As for current conditions, HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken got an update from scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

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Legislation to tax investors and visitors to fund education advanced in the Senate today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Shortly after the president concludes, Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will deliver the Democratic Response to President Trump’s address. Beshear was chosen by Democratic Party leaders for his record, expanding affordable health care. NPR will have a transcript of Beshear’s remarks and journalists across the NPR newsroom will also be annotating his remarks.

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President Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday evening at the Capitol, around 4 PM Hawaii Time. The address comes a day after Trump gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs. Following tradition, House Speaker Paul Ryan invited the president to make the speech to lay out his agenda in the early days of his new administration. NPR will offer this live transcript of the remarks, and NPR journalists with expertise in politics, immigration, business, law and more will offer their analysis and annotations.

Wayne Yoshioka

State lawmakers are again considering a bill to allow clinical psychologists to prescribe medication for mentally ill patients.     HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.  

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For Stargazer this week, we have some planets in our early evening skies to try and spot, plus we get some context on the recent discovery of several planets about 40 light years from Earth as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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Nāʻālehu Anthony / ʻŌiwi TV

It’s been 2 weeks since the Hōkūleʻa left the Galapagos Islands for Rapa Nui – or Easter Island. This is one of the toughest legs on the worldwide journey due to the size of the island. But we caught up with Nāʻālehu Anthony who says the conditions, crew and fishing are all good.

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This week Helping Hand has returning guest Helping Hands Hawaii discussing the range of ways they assist the vulnerable in the Aloha State, and sharing details about their 13th annual fundraising dinner, Thursday March 2nd at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Moana’s Local Ties Resonate on Oscar Night

Feb 24, 2017
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  The Academy Awards are this Sunday and Disney’s animated movie Moana is up for two Oscars—including Best Original Song for “How Far I’ll Go.” Hawai‘i’s own Auli‘i Cravalho stars in Moana and will sing that song at the Oscars this Sunday night.

 

You may know about the movie and its other local ties—but if not, or if you need a refresher course—here’s a reminder from HPR Contributing Reporter Heidi Chang.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State Legislature created a task force last session to provide recommendations to improve Hawai’i’s Correctional System.  They briefed lawmakers on an interim report today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.  

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noe tanigawa

Amidst the flurry of Executive Orders issued recently by President Trump, a seventy five year old Order is being re-examined.  Executive Order 9066 by President Roosevelt in 1942, banned “any or all persons” from “military areas” as determined by the Secretary of War and military commanders.  Though this order and the Japanese internment it caused have been discredited in the courts, political figures have used it recently to support new rules around immigration.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on what is at stake.

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State lawmakers were briefed on the current status of a disease that is worrying East Hawai’i Island residents.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Representatives from Hawai’i’s hospitality industry converged on the State Capitol today to brief lawmakers on their legislative priorities.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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creative commons

No one person decided the rail system Honolulu is currently embarked on.  In 2008, 50.6% of voters decided to allow the construction of a steel on steel rail transit system.  There were expert panels, studies, reports, and key City Council decisions, which were shaped by input.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa talked with former Mayor Mufi Hannemann who was spearheading the rail project at the time.  It was pegged at 5.2 billion dollars.

Ricardo Ramirez
Ricardo Ramirez

A recent release of data and measurements of distant planets is marking a change for the astronomical community.

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The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, will likely be changed by the Republicans on Capitol Hill.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, Hawai’i’s Congresswoman from the 1st District conducted a roundtable discussion on that topic Saturday.  

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On Stargazer this week, we hear about a pair of planets visible in the evening sky and learn about a new project the public is invited to participate in to discover a potential planet on the edge of the solar system… HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

Donavon Frankenreiter wraps up a current island tour with dates through Sunday at the Blue Note in Waikiki. The musician has island ties: he lives on the Garden Island, and released his first album on Jack Johnson's label, Brushfire Records, who he'll open for on the mainland this summer, including at the Hollywood Bowl.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re privileged to welcome back the Hawai‘i Association of the Blind, state affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. Their 50th anniversary HAB 2017 Annual State Convention is Saturday March 4th at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu.

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A couple of shopping malls on O‘ahu are dealing with some of the challenges of middle age. Pearlridge Center is 45 years old, and Windward Mall has been around for 35 years. They’re both facing increased competition, and they’re both taking steps to boost their business.  PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Wayne Yoshioka

Nearly half of Hawai’i’s adult women are working mothers according to the Department of Human Services.   A panel discussion today asked the question, “Can You Have it All?”   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The State Legislature is considering passage of a death with dignity measure this session.   It’s been an emotionally charged issue and HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka provides viewpoints from both sides.

  

Hawaii Public Radio has unveiled a new and improved smartphone app which coincides with the HPR Program Realignment. The new platform offers live streaming of both HPR-1 and HPR-2, as well as on-demand content.  Listeners can also share local news stories or NPR content, find program schedules, even make donations to the station.

 

Search for it on the App Store (iOS devices) or Google Play (Android) under "Hawaii Public Radio." The app is free to download.

 

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  There were a few key junctures in the long, convoluted story of Honolulu’s rail project.  Getting the point five percent general excise tax increase was one, and the decision to go with an elevated system is another.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa is taking an average citizen’s look at the project and had a chance to talk with two key players involved in the project’s beginnings.

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