Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Grassroots efforts to save a Kailua bowling alley hit a snag yesterday. Advocates for preserving Pali Lanes attempted to deliver a petition to landowner Alexander and Baldwin but were turned away. HPR’s Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

Renew-Rebuild Hawai’i hosted a panel discussion today on energy resilience and development. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Hawaiʻi's First Sanctuary Church

Mar 1, 2018

Harris United Methodist Church began exploring the idea of being a sanctuary church more than a year ago. Its congregation voted on it last spring, but it was only until this past fall that it openly talked about its new ministry. It includes lending supporting to immigration cases like the one of Maui resident Tania Venegas who was facing deportation.

Wayne Yoshioka

State lawmakers are tallying spending bills to balance the budget. But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, there are some bumps in the road.

The Aloha State is getting a rare visit from two associated classic rock legends. Rick Derringer and Edgar Winter play with their own bands before joining forces tonight at Hawaiian Brian's, Thursday at the MACC, Friday at the Kauai Beach Resort and Saturday at the Honoka'a People's Theatre.

Using Dogs to Track Invasive Chameleons

Feb 28, 2018

Scientists charged with protecting our endangered species are turning to man’s best friend to ferret out rats, slugs, and Jackson's Chameleons. Those invasive species threaten endangered snails but are often very difficult to locate.

Hawai‘i is often referred to as one of the most racially-diverse states in the union, a melting pot of humanity. But some combinations in the pot are rarer than others – like African-American Native Hawaiians, whose ancestors on both sides have struggled with identity through history. HPR’s Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi has this story.


Seven popular species of bottom fish are thriving in waters around the main Hawaiian Islands.

Wayne Yoshioka

The House Health and Human Services and Judiciary Committees heard public testimony today on medical aid in dying legislation. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

The Rick Derringer Band and the Edgar Winter Group will both play before the two rock legends perform together at a series of dates in the islands. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence spoke with Rick ahead of the tour, and learned a lot about where and how the gifted "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Coo" songwriter developed his craft.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

With its $16 million dollar operating budget, the Honolulu Museum of Art, HoMA, is arguably Hawaii’s single largest cultural institution.  A year ago, the Museum hired its first Hawaii-born Director.  A UH Lab School grad with art history degrees from Harvard and Cambridge, Sean O’Harrow established his career in England, then moved to the Midwest.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports his quest is finding a sustainable model for the museum.

Wayne Yoshioka

They represent one percent of Hawai’i’s public school population and their parents want them to be the best that they can be. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has their story.

Honolulu, Kauai Counties Ban Lying Down at Bus Stop

Feb 26, 2018
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Bus riders have long complained about homeless turning those shelters into their bedrooms or worse bathrooms. Last week, Honolulu Mayor Kick Caldwell signed a ban on sleeping at bus stops into law. Kauai County enacted a similar ban that took effect last week. 

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Join HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips for a discussion of new wearable space technology plus what we can look for in our dark island skies on this week's Stargazer.    

Sgt. Jose Ahiram Diaz-Ramos / Puerto Rico National Guard

The island of Puerto Rico is home to more than 80 pharmaceutical manufacturing plants. Hurricane Maria, which hit late last September, devastated the island and closed those plants. The impact is still affecting the supply of pharmaceuticals and other medical products to the state. From Hawai'i Island, Sherry Bracken has more.

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Helping Hand concludes two weeks of featuring nonprofits in the Asia Pacific supporting two of the most vulnerable animals.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Chinese new year has always been huge in Honolulu and the Chinatown Street Fair with smoky noisy lion dances and street food you can only get there, has been a part of it--- for the last 35 years at least.  People were stunned and disappointed when 2018 celebrations were canceled the week of the event.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on how it all happened.

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Since it launched in 2005, Maui Brewing Company has expanded tremendously — and it’s done so by supporting the entire local brewing industry. Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Hawaii Tourism Authority

An audit of the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority is calling for better oversight of the agency.

Biki Eyes Expansion

Feb 22, 2018
Casey Harlow

Biki is tapping into matching federal funds to expand its bike stations this summer. Bikeshare Hawaiʻi runs the Honolulu-based bike rental program that launched last summer. And program officials want public suggestions on the location of potential stations.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State Legislature is considering a number of ways to ease homelessness statewide. But, for one key lawmaker, the way forward is a community solution. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The Hawaiʻi County Council is considering a ballot initiative to make government salary adjustments more transparent.

Wayne Yoshioka

There are more than 550 bills relating to affordable housing this legislative session. But, there’s one community model that could be duplicated statewide.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

On Tuesday, Governor David Ige released a road map for reforming the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency. Failures of management, protocol, an technology came to light following an incoming ballistic missile alert issued in error by that agency on January 13th. 

Samuel King Jr. / U.S. Air Force

Following the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, there is a lot of attention on school safety. The number of gun incidents in Hawaiʻi schools has actually dropped. Last year there were 21 incidents all involving air guns.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State released its report today on the false missile alert January 13th.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Order 9066 Podcast Series

Feb 20, 2018
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President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 just months after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Some 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were forced from their homes on the West Coast and sent to one of ten "relocation" camps, where they were imprisoned behind barbed wire for the length of the war. Two-thirds of them were American citizens.

Pacific Harp Project

Hawaii is known for being a crossroads of influences, and there’s a new music group in town that is forging a hybrid of classical, jazz, and pop with unique instrumentation.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports the Pacific Harp Project’s sound is more than the sum of its highly talented parts. 

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We head to South America for news on a new telescope effort as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips for this week’s Stargazer.