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The Yardbirds are back in the state for a three-night run at the Blue Note in Waikiki starting Friday. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page were all guitarists for the band that were groundbreaking in their approach of mixing American blues with rocking improvisations, including climaxes that came to be known as "rave ups." Original member/drummer Jim McCarty spoke with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

Maui is getting a taste of Portuguese folk music this weekend with a performance by Fado singer Ramana Vieria.

Fado, which roughly translates to “Fate”, is a style best known for very delicate, melancholy, ballads about love and loss.  It’s often described as the Portuguese equivalent of “The Blues”… and went on to influence Bossa Nova and some Hawaiian music. with roots traced back  to the 1920’s.

HOLLYN JOHNSON
HOLLYN JOHNSON

Hawai‘i Island Mayor Billy Kenoi testified in his own defense Wednesday. The criminal trial against the Big Island mayor for the alleged misuse of his government issued purchasing card entered its fifth day. Kenoi took the stand, appearing emotional, as he recounted his family and upbringing in Kalapana.

Wayne Yoshioka

O’ahu voters are considering twenty City Charter Amendments in the General Election.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka spoke with the Charter Commission chair to explain the process behind the proposed changes.   

Andre Raine / kauaiseabirdproject.org
Andre Raine / kauaiseabirdproject.org

A few weeks ago, a helicopter was sent on a rescue mission to a remote location deep in Limahuli Valley on Kauai’s north shore.  This time, it wasn’t a hiker in distress needing rescue.  The mission was part of an on-going effort to save the endangered Newell’s Shearwater from extinction.  From Kaua‘i, HPR contributing reporter Scott Giarman has more.

Wayne Yoshioka

Early walk-in voting began statewide today with more than 4 percent of absentee ballots already mailed in.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited the voting site at City Hall this morning and filed this report.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

A 14 year old Hawaiian monk seal is back in the water after a lifesaving surgery to remove a fishing hook he swallowed. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released RE-74, also known as Benny, after a two-week recovery period.

Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit at UH
Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit at UH

The Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has completed work on a 5 mile fence to protect native birds from feral animals, especially cats.  Around 75 pairs of the endangered Hawaiian petrel live on Hawai‘i Island… and make their nests in lava rock burrows.  Parents take turns incubating a single egg, and sometimes forage for food in very distant places.  Jessica Ferracane is the Public Affairs Officer for Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Mountain Apple Co.
Mountain Apple Co.

The dominant music label in Hawaiian music is merging with another company.  Distribution for the Mountain Apple Company will be taken over by Island Heritage, a division of the Madden Corporation.  The new relationship will take effect November 1st.

Djou for Honolulu Mayor Campaign

Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Charles Djou is a combat veteran.   But his recollections of his wartime experiences are being challenged.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka did a Fact Check. 

courtesy of Shawn A. Laatsch

This week in addition to what to look for in our dark island skies, we hear about a discovery of clouds on Pluto as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips for Stargazer.

  

  

Oiwi TV / Kaipo Kiaha
Oiwi TV / Kaipo Kiaha

The voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a is taking a break from the high seas for routine maintenance. The canoe is spending the next three weeks in dry dock at Newport News, Virginia. We caught up with Hōkūle‘a crew member Nā‘ālehu Anthony as part of our ongoing series, Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Hokulea will depart from Virginia next month and travel to Miami, Florida. It will then travel through the Panama Canal and sail to the Galapagos before returning to Hawaii in June 2017.

Follow the two voyaging canoes on Google Maps:

HSO
HSO

The Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra is having an interplanetary weekend of classical music.

This Saturday the “Pops” symphony is performing the music of Star Trek… pulled from both the series as well as films.  On Sunday the Masterworks series presents ‘The Planets’, written by Gustav Holst.  Both performances will use video projected above the performers, showing clips of Star Trek and footage from NASA.  Jonathan Parrish is the Executive Director of the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra.

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baldeaglebluff / Flickr

Hawaiʻi’s oldest food festival is celebrating its 46th anniversary next month in Kona.

HPR's Fall 2016 Drive Comes to an End

Oct 21, 2016
Don Mussell
Don Mussell

It’s a historic day for Hawaii Public Radio.  The Fall 2016 Pledge Drive came to an end after a 10-day campaign, with a total of $872,162 raised, and a record 922 new members added. 

Final Presidential Debate: October 19 2016

Oct 19, 2016

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.Follow highlights of the debate in NPR's updating news story at npr.org.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

In the early 90’s a series of bands began a revival of the swing music of the 1920’s. Horn sections, zoot suits, and martinis we’re suddenly back in style, being championed by bands like Squirrel Nut Zippers, The Royal Crown Review and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.  Of those, the later became one of the most visible… incorporating the sound and style of the time.  

Presidential Debate: Oct. 19, 2016

Oct 17, 2016
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Meg Kelly/NPR

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday, October 19 at 3 p.m. (HST) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, will be live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors. Follow the transcript and fact-checking on this web page, starting at 3 p.m. (HST).

courtesy of Shawn A. Laatsch

This week on Stargazer, in addition to some evening planets to try and spot, we have news on a major landing coming up on a planet in our solar system as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.      

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

When it comes to clean energy use, Hawai‘i is in a bit of a rut. That’s according to the Blue Planet Foundation, who released their 4th annual energy report card. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

The nonprofit gave the Aloha State a grade of a B-minus, the same as last year. The report card presents a big picture assessment of Hawaii’s progress toward 100 percent clean energy. It focuses on five categories, including transportation, efficiency, economics, renewables, and smart grid.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is in the islands, playing a second set of shows at the Blue Note in Waikīkī tonight before hitting the the Kahilu Theatre Friday and Kress Theatre in Hilo Saturday. Band leader, baritone/soprano sax player Roger Lewis spoke with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence about their history.

HPR’s Fall 2016 Pledge Drive

Oct 11, 2016

Hawai‘i Public Radio’s Fall 2016 fundraiser is on.  We have only 10 days to raise $936K and we can only do that with your help.

To donate call:
HPR-1: 944-8800

HPR-2: 941-3689

Jackie Young
Jackie Young

A neighborhood bookstore in Honolulu’s neighborhood of Mō‘ili‘ili will be closing down soon. It’s been part of the university community for nearly 40 years. The store's manager says it's because of financial pressures--but the enterprise isn't disappearing entirely.  Jackie Young has more on the changing times for a familiar store.

Revolution Books opened in 1976, near Tamashiro Market in Kalihi. Within 2 years, it moved to the university area and has been there ever since—specializing in a wide range of topics, including politics, feminism, religion and the environment.

Wayne Yoshioka

There are no televised debates scheduled for the race for Honolulu Mayor.   But there are a number of allegations from the two leading candidates that should be checked for accuracy.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka is doing that, beginning with this report. 

courtesy of Shawn A. Laatsch

For today’s Stargazer, we hear about some planets to spot in the evening sky plus an update on a recent discovery of a potentially inhabitable world as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

      

Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Dirty Dozen Brass Band

For almost 40 years the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has introduced the sound of New Orleans to the world.  This week they return to Hawai‘i for a two island tour.

Originally founded in 1977, the band’s reputation of incorporating different music styles from jazz, to funk, to pop music has distanced them from traditional New Orleans 2nd line brass music.  But the change has also allowed them to be embraced by a larger audience, in turn allowing them to popularize the sound and tradition of New Orleans music.

Oiwi TV / Sam Koipu
Oiwi TV / Sam Koipu

Voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a is hunkering down off the Hudson River, waiting for stormy weather to pass before continuing down the East Coast. It’s given the crew an opportunity to make connections and get to know the area.

courtesy of Nik Lacchin

Helping Hand welcomes back Best Buddies Hawaii, who help create opportunities for friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for those with intellectual disabilities, ahead of their 5th Annual Friendship Jam, Wednesday October 12 at the Elks Lodge in Honolulu.

averagewhiteband.com

After nearly four decades, the Average White Band has returned to the Aloha State. The funk group that originally hailed from Scotland broke into the funk/R&B scene in the early 1970's, making a name for themselves with tight grooves and memorable dance floor anthems.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

Syrian American hip hop artist, Omar Offendum, was ready when the World Trade Center attacks thrust him into the spotlight.  In the years since, he’s used his platform to build links between the U.S. and especially, the Syrian culture in which he was raised.  Offendum is in Honolulu now, for a residency at Doris Duke’s Shangri La Center for Islamic Arts and Cultures.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Offendum employs the raw honesty characteristic of hip hop to explore tough issues on a human level.

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