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Wayne Yoshioka

The State of Hawai’i said goodbye today to Congressman K. Mark Takai who passed away at age 49 last month from Pancreatic Cancer.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Lava from Kīlauea has been erupting from the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent since 1983. Recently the flow reached the ocean, for the first time in three years. Thousands of visitors and residents have been flocking to Kalapana to see it for themselves.

Wayne Yoshioka

Tropical Storm Darby swept through O’ahu last month with heavy rains that caused flooding in parts of urban Honolulu.    As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the City Council focused on some of the problem areas today.

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Wikipedia Commons

The fate of a historic tall ship moored in Honolulu Harbor could be left up to the state.

The 138-year-old Falls of Clyde has been moored in Honolulu Harbor for more than 50 years at pier 7.  Built in 1878 the ship is the last surviving iron-hulled ships with a four mast full rigging.  In her prime, she served the Matson Company as a passenger ship, making runs between the Hawaiian Islands and San Francisco before being modified into an oil tanker.   Se survived two scuttling attempts in 1963 and then again in 2008.

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Mike Mozart / Flickr

Goodwill Hawaii has gotten the green light to open up a charter school in West Oahu.  The State Public Charter School Commission approved application this week to open in the first Goodwill charter school inside their building on Lauwiliwili Street in Kapolei, making Hawai‘i the fourteenth state to feature a Goodwill charter school.

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noe tanigawa

 

  

   Changes in life produce changes in the work we do, that seems a given, and it’s especially apparent in the work of visual artists.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with painter Sanit Khewhock about the cheery works in his current show.

A show of works by Sanit Khewhock and Janetta Knapp continues at Cedar Street Galleries through September 4.  

Wayne Yoshioka

The state Department of Health has ordered the closure of Genki Sushi Restaurants on Oahu and Kauai as the potential source of the Hepatitis A outbreak.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Wikipedia Commons

The number of permits for rooftop residential photo voltaic systems has been cut nearly in half for Hawaii Island and almost a quarter for Oahu compared to this time last year.

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noe tanigawa

  Sculptor Randy Takaki was well known, in a way.  His carved figures are mysterious, but oddly inviting, and he made thousands of them.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa discovered the many people who own and dealt with the works are connected by a singular thread.

An "Homage to Randy Takaki" continues at the East Hawai‘i Cultural Center in Hilo through September 2, 2016. 

On O‘ahu,  Randy Takaki’s memorial tribute will take place on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 from 2 pm to 4 pm at the courtyard of KCC's Koa Art Gallery.  Donations to the family are welcome. 

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Flickr / _e.t

Update: State health officials order an embargo on raw frozen scallops distributed by Koha Oriental Foods and True World Foods as their Hepatitis A investigation continues.

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For today’s Stargazer, a return to a mysteriously dimming star we covered last year as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

Wayne Yoshioka

The Democratic Party’s unity breakfast Sunday was more than a healing process following hard-fought Primary Election campaigns.  It was a time to come together to back party candidates for the general election, including their choice for Honolulu Mayor.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Oiwi TV / Naalehu Anthony
Oiwi TV / Naalehu Anthony

Voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a is continuing its East Coast tour. The canoe left Nova Scotia earlier this month, and will return to New York City. We caught up with crew member Nā‘ālehu Anthony as part of our ongoing series Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Follow the two voyaging canoes on Google Maps:

Maui Memorial Medical Center
Maui Memorial Medical Center

A standoff over control of three Maui hospitals appears to be over.

A settlement between the United Public Workers Union and the state was announced Friday.  The state run Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital, and Lanai Community Hospital will transfer to the supervision of Kaiser Permanente.  Employees represented by the union will work under Kaiser until their contracts expire next June.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back the Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter, learning about the disease afflicting 26,000 state residents, their upcoming four area walks and how we can support them. Honolulu ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Steve Tam, Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter Advisory Board member. 

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Dave Kusumoto

  

  The music business is of one of those most affected by changes in digital culture and musicians are scrambling to keep up.  Less than a decade ago, music retailers like Sam Goody and Tower Records were places musicians could promote their new music.  With all of that online now, local musicians are getting a boost from a Hawai‘i based Youtube channel.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports the HiSessions channel attracts over a million views a month.

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Kanu Hawaii / Flickr

Today is primary Election Day across the state.

Some noteworthy races include the Mayor’s office for both Honolulu and Hawai‘i County.  Also at stake are nearly half of Honolulu’s city council and county council seats in Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i County.

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You may not think of a shopping mall as a place to receive advanced medical care. But next year, that’s exactly what’s coming to Pearl Ridge.  Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

If you’ve been to Pearlridge’s Downtown phase, you may be familiar with the Ross Dress for Less location built into the ground floor of the adjacent parking garage. Expect something completely different by late 2017. The space is being redeveloped into a cancer treatment center as a joint project of Hawaii Pacific Health and the Cancer Center of Hawaii.

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Pixabay Commons

  

  

The application process for Section 8 low income housing in Hawai‘i has opened for the first time in more than a decade.  Section 8 housing provides vouchers which pay for a large portion of rent and utilities.

To accommodate all applicants, state officials are accepting application through an online portal.  The portal will be open for just three days… beginning next Thursday, August 16th, and closing on the 18th.  In that time… city officials expect to receive around 12,000 applicants.  And for those selected… the rent is usually around a $1000 a month.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

A Waikīkī youth outreach center recently got a much-needed makeover. Thanks to funding raised by a group of local builders and contractors, the nearly $50,000 project is complete. 

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Marlene Hapai Facebook

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been taking a closer look at some of the candidates and issues involved in Hawai‘i County’s mayoral race. As Saturday’s election nears, we bring you the story of Marlene Hapai. As HPR’s Sherry Bracken explains, this candidate’s background does not include time in local government or politics.

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Kenneth Lu / Flickr

If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a better way to forecast vog….help may be on the way.

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a $750,000 grant to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop Vog sensors on Hawai‘i Island.  Volcanic Smog or “Vog” is a mixture of sulfur dioxide and fine particulate matter which has negative impacts on human health, as well as agriculture.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The locally produced TV series Family Ingredients has just the right mix of food, culture, and local history. The show has been airing on PBS to a national audience with the season finale airing tonight. Closer to home, Hawai‘i residents have been gathering to watch it in a unique viewing experience. 

Wayne Yoshioka

More than half of O’ahu voters are expected to mail in their absentee ballots or do early walk-in voting before this Saturday’s primary election.   That means the stakes are still high in the race for Honolulu Mayor.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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DLNR

Two tourists from Texas stumbled onto a collection of Hawaiian petroglyphs in Wai‘anae.  Sands shifted by the tide revealed at least 17 figures, stretching over roughly 60 of beach.  While the figures may have been seen in the past… it’s the first time the State Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Land and Natural Resources is documenting the site.

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Harry Kim Facebook

Hawai'i County has a contentious race for Mayor, with 13 candidates running for the office.  Between now and Saturday’s primary election day, we’re taking a closer look at some of the candidates and their priorities.  One of the candidates has held the job before.  From Kona, HPR’s Sherry Bracken reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

An update on the Hepatitis A outbreak on O’ahu was the focus of a briefing to state lawmakers today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Chester Harman / NASA
Chester Harman / NASA

A team of astronomers known as the Kepler Habitable Zone Working Group has identified a handful of planets that are most likely to be similar to our home.  

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For today’s Stargazer, we have a run-down of things to look for in our dark island skies plus details on an incredible celestial phenomenon happening this week as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Over the past several years, the sharing economy has taken hold in cities across the country. One that could get more attention in Hawai‘i is the expansion of car sharing. HPR’s Molly Solomon takes a look at what that might mean for one neighborhood in particular.

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