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Hawaii Opera Theater
Hawaii Opera Theater

On October 14th, at the Blaisdell Concert Hall, Hawaii Opera Theatre opens a production of Puccini’s La Bohème.  It’s considered one of the most romantic love stories to grace the operatic stage, and is his most popular work alongside Madama Butterfly.

Department of Agriculture

The state is conducting public hearings on all islands this month on a plan to prevent the introduction of more invasive species to Hawai’i.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka attended the only meeting on O’ahu and filed this report.

FHKE / Flickr
FHKE / Flickr

A Shinto shrine has provided downtown Honolulu with small slice of tranquility for more than a century.  The Izumo Taishakyo Mission is celebrating its 110 birthday on Sunday with an annual Omatsuri festival of thanksgiving.  Daiya Amano is the Bishop of the Izumo Taishakyo Shrine. 

Daniel Ramirez / Flickr
Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

This fall the Bishop Museum is expanding its programming with the return of laser shows and children’s stories with a scientific twist.

The J. Watumull planetarium is hosting a children’s play entitled “The Boy who fell in Love with a Star” which combines the building’s technology and live theater.  The play is written and performed by Adela Chu and storyteller Jeff Gere.  Performances run from October 15th until mid-November, with shows at 9:00 and 10:30.  Gere says it’s a science lesson woven into a children’s story.

Wayne Yoshioka

Securing a future for Hawai’i’s keiki.  That was the focus of a conference on emerging technologies today.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Good Shepherd Foundation

Tonight on Hawai‘i Island, there is a presentation from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pāhoa Community Center discussing an epidemic of eye disease in pets in the Puna area. Some believe there is a potential connection to the Little Fire Ant, though that relationship remains speculative for now. From the non-profit Good Shepherd Foundation, Director Syd Singer spoke with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence about it.

    

   

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company is closing operations by the end of the year. The legacy of sugar has touched many lives in Hawai‘i. Before the final harvest is in, we’re hearing from a variety of voices. HPR’s Molly Solomon recently spent some time in Maui and has one of those stories.

Wayne Yoshioka

The state is sponsoring a two-day Aerospace Summit at the Capitol this week.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the more than120 participants are trying to map Hawai’i’s future in a growing economic sector. 

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

Most people who live in Hawai‘i are conscious of a Hawai‘i Style, and over the years many have tried to put a finger on what that style is.  In the 20th century, UH Professor John Charlot wrote about a Hawaiian esthetic, calling it a distillation of our natural environment.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

The U.S. Navy's plan to repair leaks at its Red Hill fuel storage facility on Oʻahu has been rejected by state and federal officials. 

A letter from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Hawaiʻi Department of Health found 11 inadequacies in the proposal.  The Navy has been given 30 days to correct problems which range from including more monitoring wells to providing more details in the plan.

The fuel storage complex in Red Hill is located 100-feet above the groundwater aquifer that serves 600-thousand people.

HTA Poster

The Hawai’i Tourism Conference concluded last week with a record 24-hundred attendees.    As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the travel industry is changing worldwide and so is tourism for our island state.

courtesy of Shawn A. Laatsch

For today’s Stargazer, we hear about some planets to spot in the evening sky, plus a pair of discoveries in our solar system as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

        

Flickr / EDMUND GARMAN
Flickr / EDMUND GARMAN

As most of you know, it is hard to break into Hawai‘i’s housing market. The latest census numbers show the state’s median housing value increased 7.4% to nearly $567,000, making it the highest in the nation. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, that’s nothing new. 

The Little Fire Ant infestation on Hawai‘i Island may be hurting dogs and cats.  Reports say that bites from the ants may be causing a clouding of the eyes of pets, sometimes leading to partial blindness.  Animal advocates say the condition is called tropical keratopathy and is found in tropical and semi-tropical places, especially where there are Little Fire Ants.  While the link has not been proven, advocates say more research is needed.

Matthew Shepard, Xerces Society
Matthew Shepard, Xerces Society

It’s a historic but sobering event for Hawai‘i’s native bees.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has added seven species of Native Hawaiian yellow-faced bees to the endangered species list.  It’s also the first time any bees in the US have been added to the list.

courtesy of Nik Lacchin

This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about returning guest organization NAMI Hawai‘i, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Hawai‘i, ahead of the Walk for Mental Health October 8th in Honolulu. Kumi McDonald, Executive Director, speaks with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

AP
AP

Three out of four state counties have now submitted a record detailing the number of untested rape kits. That’s according to the Attorney General’s office who released the inventories from Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i county police departments.

All counties failed to meet the September 1st deadline, part of a new law passed earlier this year requiring inventories of untested kits.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

This is the last weekend to enjoy a particularly splash making exhibit at Spalding House in Makiki.  “Plastic Fantastic?” features beautiful art made of or about plastic debris.  In addition, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports there’s progress on ways to deal with this ubiquitous, non-disposable substance. 

“Plastic Fantastic?” continues at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Spalding House in Makiki through Sunday. 

Octrober 2, 2016.  

Wayne Yoshioka

The Chamber of Commerce of Hawai’i hosted a Candidate Debate for Honolulu Mayor.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka files this report. 

United States National Trust
United States National Trust

Downtown Honolulu’s Historic Hawai‘i Theater has announced their 2016 through 2017 season.

The lineup is filled with notable and adventurous acts from Hawai‘i and around the world.  

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hawai‘i is taking the plunge into virtual reality. State tourism officials are launching a new campaign to promote the islands through this emerging technology.

Wayne Yoshioka

Waikiki hotels and timeshares are near or at capacity this year as visitor arrivals climb past the 8-million mark for the entire state.  That opens the door for visitors to seek alternative vacation rentals.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region

Maui County is contributing money and resources for the eradication of coqui frogs.  $1.2 million has been allotted to the Maui Invasive Species Committee to increase efforts to stop the spread of coqui during over a five-year plan.

Officials say if nothing is done, the tiny frogs will multiply to population levels that were previously seen on the Big Island.  Maui Invasive Species Committee Manager Adam Radford says the 80 to 90 decibel screech is a threat to communities as well as tourism.

Ryoko Kimura
Ryoko Kimura

Japanese art and crafts have a reputation for quality and centuries of what seem like unbroken tradition behind them.  A new exhibition coming to Honolulu will feature experts in traditional metalwork, ceramics, painting, and fabric dye who use impeccable technique to tell contemporary stories.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on Imayo: Japan’s New Traditionists.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

For the first time, the Hawai‘i Tourism Conference featured a session on LGBT travel. The islands have long been a destination for gay visitors, but state tourism officials have been slow to advertise it. As HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, many believe it’s an opportunity Hawai‘i can’t afford to pass up.

HTA Poster/Slide

The 5-day Tourism Conference was launched today at the Hawai’i Convention Center.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, this year’s gathering focuses on shaping the future of the state’s visitor industry.

Ward Villages
Ward Villages

There’s a lot of new development coming to The Ward Village in Kaka‘ako.

Earth Wind & Fire are back in the islands. With a local history dating to 1975, original member and bassist Verdine White followed up his recent phone interview on Hawaii Public Radio with a conversation last night here in town, and among topics, spoke about his philanthropic side with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

Earth Wind and Fire perform at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu tonight. The concert is sold out.

Eileen Chao
Eileen Chao

A ferry service on Moloka‘i is struggling to stay afloat and may have to shut down. The company that has been operating the service for nearly 30 years says low ridership and competing air fares are to blame. 

Oiwi TV / Sam Koipu
Oiwi TV / Sam Koipu

Voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a is sailing back down the East Coast and is currently docked in a small town in upstate New York. Students from the Westport school system paid a visit to learn about voyaging traditions and Hawaiian culture. We checked in with Hōkūle‘a crew member Haunani Kāne as part of our ongoing series Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

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