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Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope
Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope

A team of Hawai‘i based astronomers have discovered a newborn planet larger than Jupiter that has an orbit very different from our own.  The planet is in the Taurus stellar nursery, more than 400 light years away and it’s orbiting a 2-million year old sun that’s considered the stellar equivalent of a week old human baby.

Flickr / hawaii
Flickr / hawaii

UPDATE: As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, Hawaiian Telcom says they have resolved the issue that caused intermittent phone service issues across the state. The problem stemmed from a glitch in the call routing equipment, which allowed only some voice calls to complete. 

Hawaiian Telcom is experiencing technical problems that have caused intermittent phone outages across the islands. Hawaiian Telcom spokesperson Ann Nishida Fry says the problem started this morning at 6 a.m.

The phone outages have also affected 911 lines on Maui, Hawai‘i Island, and Kaua‘i.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i will host a first-ever international conference to be held in  the United States in a little over 2 months.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project
Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project

Feral cats are continuing to kill and eat endangered Hawaiian petrels on Kaua‘i.

Last week, researchers discovered the bodies of six-birds at a remote breeding colony in the Hono o Na Pali natural area reserve.  The petrels had been dragged from their breeding boroughs and partially eaten, including one incident that was caught on camera.  Although several colonies are being protected by seabird management, a single cat can kill a large number of nesting birds in a small time.

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

After a historic stay in New York City, Hōkūle‘a is back in the water, continuing its sail around the world. The canoe recently landed in Rhode Island, on the East Coast of the mainland. We caught up with captain Kalepa Baybayan as part of our ongoing series: Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Next on Hokulea's sail plan is Mystic, Connecticut. The crew will continue sailing along the East Coast towards Maine, with plans to reach Canada later this year.

Follow the two voyaging canoes on Google Maps:

Wayne Yoshioka

The State signed a renewable energy agreement with Hawai’i’s  largest electricity customer today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

NOAA Photo Library / Flickr
NOAA Photo Library / Flickr

  Scientists working to prevent coral reef destruction have stumbled onto some good news.

In one of the largest global studies reef studies, researchers discovered fifteen “Bright Spots” where reefs were doing better than expected.   The areas weren’t always pristine… but had more fish, and were more resilient to human impact and unfavorable environmental conditions.

Margaret Pearlman
Margaret Pearlman

  

  Hawai‘i’s culinary moment with Pacific Rim Cuisine may have peaked, and it’s fair to ask what impact it leaves for everyday diners.  Traditional local foods like chop steak and stew have made way for chicken katsu and poke bowls, but are we actually eating any better?  And who is doing the cooking?  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Talking with Frank Gonzales and Chef Grant Sato was so informative, it really made me feel my position in the local food chain.   You'll find inspiration to cook and to eat better in this extended version.

Wayne Yoshioka

O’ahu’s escalating 8.3 billion dollar rail transit project is in deep financial trouble.  Now, lawmakers controlling the City’s budget are weighing-in.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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This week we hear about an observatory in the islands discovery that draws a link between an asteroid and the earth HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

Recently musician Peter Frampton released Acoustic Classics, a sampling of his work through the decades, but in fresh acoustic recordings. The artist has enduring appeal, with some of his most well-known work still regularly featured on radio and in convenience store PA systems, even tracks that clock in at fourteen minutes.

courtesy of Nik Lacchin

This week on Helping Hand we have Care-A-Van Drop-In Clinic from Waikīkī Health returning, discussing their efforts on behalf of the homelessness. Their mission is especially relevant as the Aloha State grapples with the most extreme homelessness crisis in the nation per capita, which has increasingly found its way into international news reports.

Friends of the Library
Friends of the Library

The 69th annual Friends of the Library Book sale kicks off tomorrow at the McKinley High School cafeteria.

More than 150,000 books and media are for sale, along with CDs and DVDs.  Prices range from 50 cents to $5,000 for the most expensive rare books. There are also more than a hundred pieces of art for sale, both framed and loose.

All of the proceeds from the sale go to supporting the 50 public libraries across the islands. Nainoa Mau is the Executive Director of the Friends of the Library. 

Pixabay Commons
Pixabay Commons

Recent Chinese investments in Hawaii real estate total nearly one billion dollars. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more on what they buying and what it means.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

   Summertime puts a different focus on food, with holidays, picnics, and family gatherings.  In time for all-American July 4th parties, the James Beard Foundation has a new book of recipes from favorite local restaurants across the U.S.  While it’s fun to acknowledge regional tastes, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa discovered, Hawai’i’s “local food” may be ripe for redefinition.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Governor signed  the so-called Care Act into law, making Hawai'i the 31st state to mandate caregiver requirements for hospitals.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

On Wednesday, a grand jury on O‘ahu indicted a state prison guard for murder in the shooting death of his mother. He’s also facing several other charges—including drug possession, because police found crystal methamphetamine on him when he was arrested. It’s the latest reminder that the drug remains a serious problem in our state. Today we conclude our series “Hawai‘i’s New Ice Age: Crystal Meth in the Islands.” HPR’s Bill Dorman looks at what changes might be helpful in dealing with the crisis.  

Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat
Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final story in a podcast and radio series produced by Hawaii Public Radio in collaboration with Honolulu Civil Beat. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Georgianna DeCosta and her family held hands as she said a prayer, of sorts, that sharing their story would help others avoid the pain they have survived.

Wayne Yoshioka

In his continuing series on candidates running for Honolulu Mayor, HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka, focuses on the incumbent seeking re-election.

Flickr / stockmonkeys.com
Flickr / stockmonkeys.com

Over the past several weeks, we’ve been sharing stories of crystal meth addiction throughout the state. It’s a collaborative project with Honolulu Civil Beat called Hawai‘i’s New Ice Age: Crystal Meth in The Islands. In a search for solutions, one program seems to be working. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, there’s not nearly enough space.

Episode 4: “Who’s Got a Better Idea?”

Jun 14, 2016
Noah Matteucci
Noah Matteucci

More than 20 years ago, Hawai‘i was an early adopter of drug court—allowing nonviolent substance abusers to avoid prison with a program of supervised treatment, work and regular drug testing. Today, 85% of those cases involve crystal methamphetamine—and it’s overwhelming the system. There’s a waiting list for drug court, and a waiting list to get into treatment centers helping users of crystal meth. Hospital emergency rooms taking care of crystal methamphetamine users often face financial charges running to the tens of thousands of dollars, largely absorbed by taxpayers.

Wayne Yoshioka

Honolulu’s Rail Transit Project tops the list of challenges facing City and County leaders.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka continues his candidate profiles for Honolulu Mayor.    

Lynette Cook
Lynette Cook

If you’re a fan of Star Wars, you may recall a scene where Luke Skywalker looks out onto a double sunset on the planet of Tatooine.  But for scientists working with UH’s Institute for Astronomy… that vision is now a reality.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

 

  All the construction under way now recalls another period of intense development in Hawai‘i, from 1965-75.  During that go-go decade, tourism was booming, the Vietnam War contributed to military expenditures in Hawai‘i and real estate development went into high gear.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a photographer who documented the period from a less privileged point of view.

Djou Campaign

Three veteran politicians are running for Honolulu Mayor.  The one with the least amount of votes in the Primary will be out of the November 8 General Election.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka profiles the 3 candidates this week beginning with last person to enter the contest.

In our Stargazer report, in addition to what to look for in our dark island skies, we hear how NASA researchers are exploring what the universe might actually smell like as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

Early next month the public will get a chance to see the works of Hayao Miyazaki on the big screen.

The Hawai‘i Theater is hosting the Miyazaki Ghibli film festival from July 8th to the 10th.  The films Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki’s Delivery Service will be featured.

The festival will also include a pop-up shop, arts and crafts workshops with Art + Flea, a costume contest for children and food from Chinatown’s Pig and the Lady.  Ruth Boland is the Executive Director of the Hawai‘i Theater. 

pfly / Flickr
pfly / Flickr

Kauai’s Kokee State Park is home to the Alaka‘i Wilderness Preserve. At an elevation of one mile, it’s the world’s highest rainforest swamp.  It’s also home to numerous endangered species as well as haunting and majestic vistas for visitors.  A boardwalk was built back in the ‘90s both to protect the rare plants and animals and also for hiker safety.  But that boardwalk is no longer what it used to be.  HPR contributing reporter Scott Giarman has more from Kaua‘i.

courtesy of Nik Lacchin

Today we continue our ongoing series within Helping Hand about the rapidly escalating rhino extinction crisis, a poaching epidemic that has reclassified the rhinoceros as among the most vulnerable animals on earth. Brutal killings of two to three animals happen every day; without immediate intervention, wild rhinos are forecast to be wiped from the planet, almost entirely due to demand for rhino horn in just two countries: Vietnam and China.

John Hammond is touring the islands now, playing the Big Island tonight, followed by dates on  Maui, Kauai and then back in Honolulu next week. He took time for a conversation in the HPR Atherton Performing Arts Studio with local ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

See the complete interview:

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