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On Helping Hand today we’re learning about how James Williamson of Iggy Pop & The Stooges fame, alongside artist Lisa Kekaula of the Bellrays, have new music that is a 100% benefit for homeless children in Hawai‘i, with benefactor Project Hawaii.

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noe tanigawa

 

 

  Women are big in Hawai‘i’s vibrant food scene and an invitation only group of female chefs and culinary professionals is planning a sumptuous fundraiser:   French champagne with delectables from Julia Child’s arsenal of recipes.  Les Dames d’Escoffier trace their lineage to France’s king of chefs in the early 20th century and seek to support women in the food industry.    HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the tasty way they plan to do that.

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Last year, Catherine Ngo became president and CEO of Central Pacific Bank. Pacific Business News caught up with Ngo this week to learn more about her plans. Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has the story.

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Flickr / velkr0

For the past year, shoppers on O‘ahu have not received single-use plastic bags at the checkout line. But in many grocery stores, thicker plastic bags that are considered reusable are still allowed. That’s a problem for environmentalists who are calling on the city and county to propose a better ban. 

Friends of Wally Lau
Friends of Wally Lau

While national politics are centered on the presidential race, here in Hawai‘i the attention is focused on local contests—including mayoral races.  In Hawai‘i County, 13 candidates are running to succeed Mayor Billy Kenoi.  We continue our reports on some of the candidates and issues with a closer look at Wally Lau, who served as the county’s Managing Director for 7 years. Sherry Bracken has more from Kona. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council passed a bill to regulate taxicab and internet-based companies today following a year of discussion and debate.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Friends of Pete Hoffman

Hawai'i County has a contentious race for Mayor, with 13 candidates vying for the job.  Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll take a closer look at some of the candidates and their priorities.  First up, former Hawai'i County Council Member Pete Hoffmann, who served Kohala in that job for 8 years.  From Kona, HPR’s Sherry Bracken reports.

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The issue of underground fuel storage tanks at Red Hill was discussed today at the National Institute for Storage Tank Management conference.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Pokemon Go Hawai‘i!

Aug 2, 2016
Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Pokemon Go has taken Hawai‘i and much of the rest of the world by storm, now with more users than the Twitter app.  Last night businesses reported their biggest nights ever at the KS sponsored Pokemon night in Our Kakaako.  Just minutes ago, a happy dad reported on the Pokemon Hawai'i Facebook page, "Me and my two son's finally got these guys. We had to grind it out to them lol. It was a blast making memories with them and traveling around the island looking for pokemon haha. And a big thank you!!! To the pokemon go hawaii group with all the tips and spots to catch pokemon. red,blue,yellow you guys are awesome. Thanks again."  A lotta people are enjoying this!

Two weeks after launch, tech site BGR claimed a tenth of American consumers were playing Pokemon go daily for over an hour.  Serious players wonder if recent updates are attempts to weed out dilettante players and open server space for players who will go deep and shell out for extras.  The joke is Pokemon Go did more for daily fitness than Michelle Obama could do in two years.  Learning the metric system is another bonus.

Wayne Yoshioka

Early walk-in voting started state-wide today.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the race for Honolulu Mayor tops the list for O’ahu voters.

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NASA

Tickets go on sale today for the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks season. 

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Amon and Smith, UHM

A push to survey the seafloor for undersea mining has revealed an abundance of life on the seafloor in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ) — an area the size of the US mainland in the equatorial Pacific Ocean being targeted for deep-sea mining.

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Oiwi TV / Justyn Ah Chong

Hōkūle‘a is a long way from home: the voyaging canoe is now closer to the North Pole than it is to the equator. HPR’s Molly Solomon caught up with crew member Nā‘ālehu Anthony as the canoe prepared to depart from Maine on route to Canada.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back Hawaii Fido Service Dogs, a non-profit devoted to assisting the disabled with service dogs.

Rickie Lee Jones is returning to the Aloha State for a tour that starts August 3 on Kauai, before hitting Waimea August 5,  Hilo August 6, Honolulu August 7, and Wailuku August 9 and 10.

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Wikipedia Commons

A coalition of community and environmental groups are challenging the Navy on plans to use two Pacific islands for bombing and live-fire training. The lawsuit was filed in Saipan. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

The two islands in question are Pagan and Tinian in the Northern Mariana Islands. That’s where the Navy is proposing a military test site.

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Pixabay Commons

The state of Hawaii knows its technology infrastructure is behind the times. Now government officials are reaching out to the tech community for help. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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Noe Tanigawa

  

 

   Award winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye grew up in Palestine, Jerusalem, and San Antonio.  She has traveled the world leading writing workshops and inspiring readers and writers of all ages.  Rooted in her experience as a Palestinian American, Nye addresses international politics, immigration, identity, and other issues with a poet’s particular ability to connect.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa interviewed her at Shangri-La, where Nye is currently Artist in Residence.

     

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The candidates for Honolulu Mayor are running out of time with a little more than 2 weeks remaining until the Primary Election, August 13.    But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, many voters are already casting their ballots.

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Congressman K. Mark Takai passed away last week with nearly 6 months left in his term.   Takai’s chosen successor is now gearing up her campaign to regain her seat.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Andrew Nash / Flickr

State Department of Health officials are investigating a case of Hepatitis A on Hawai‘i island.  That pushes the number of confirmed cases to 93. 

An employee of Sushi Shiono in Waikoloa tested positive... and all other employees were cleared.  DOH officials say the restaurant is safe, but they are asking patrons who visited the shop from July 5th through July 21st to watch for symptoms.

Dr. Melissa Viray is the Deputy State Epidemiologist for the DOH.

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

Supporters of the expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea marine sanctuary have rejected a proposal from the Western Pacific Fisheries Council.  WESPAC proposed allowing long-line fishing within the monument, and added the expansion would cause economic hardship on fisherman.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs expressed support for the expansion, but trustee Peter Apo broke ranks in favor of the fisherman.  He questions why environmentalists are rushing to pass the expansion. 

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noe tanigawa

  Ever wonder what the summer’s been like on Lāna‘i? The weather’s been a little warmer than usual, but otherwise, the Pine Lads finished their softball season as league champs, the Four Seasons Resort Lāna‘i at Mānele is nearly done, and the opening for Kō‘ele Lodge has been pushed back to next year.  Folks on Lana'i would like it if you'd head over and see how things are going for yourself.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa checked in on preparations for Fifth Friday celebrations, which include a Pokemon Go! Tournament.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Rotary Club of Honolulu hosted a forum for the race for Honolulu Mayor today.  It featured three candidates.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The remnants of Tropical Storm Darby continue to drift away from the islands. And while the state escaped any major damage, cleanup is continuing. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

A muddy mess at the intersection of Dillingham and Middle Street is one of the final remains of Darby, the first major storm to hit Hawai‘i this hurricane season. Heavy rain Sunday night caused the nearby Kalihi stream to overflow, flooding the road with tree branches, debris, and thick layers of mud.

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For today’s Stargazer, in addition to what we can look for in our dark island skies, we get an example of just how big the universe is as we learn about the discovery of a distant galaxy cluster as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

Wayne Yoshioka

There are 8 candidates running for Honolulu Mayor who have never been elected to public office.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka contacted them and 3 agreed to be interviewed.

US Coast Guard
US Coast Guard

Tropical Storm Darby rumbled ashore Saturday afternoon on Hawaii Island. Sustained winds were 40 miles an hour, but gusts were higher--and the impacts began before the storm ever hit land. HPR's Sherry Bracken has an update from Kona.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Next Monday, Hawai‘i public school students will return to classrooms across the state. And chances are, many of those school rooms will be hot. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on how plans to cool classrooms remain uncertain. 

Earlier this year, it seemed like cooler days were ahead for Hawai‘i’s public schoolchildren. The legislature and the Governor had agreed to spend $100 million to cool one thousand Hawai‘i classrooms by the end of the year.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the local non-profit Alea Bridge and the all-volunteer organization’s efforts to assist the homeless in the Aloha State, ranked as the single worst homeless crisis anywhere in the United States, per capita. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Alea Bridge spokesperson Phil Acosta about their mission and upcoming July 30th fundraiser.

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