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Episode 3: Living the Meth Life

Jun 7, 2016
Noah Matteucci
Noah Matteucci

Over our first two episodes, we have spoken with people who deal with the impact of Hawai‘i’s crystal methamphetamine epidemic: from emergency room doctors and treatment professionals to those in the judiciary and law enforcement. We’ve also heard some stories from those who have been users.

In this episode, we hear more from people who have had the drug at the center of their lives. HPR reporter Noe Tanigawa talked story with three women who have come through meth addictions, and we hear about their experiences, their perspectives and how their lives have been changed.

Wayne Yoshioka

A Board of Education committee was briefed today on guidelines to support transgender students.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Expectations have been high for the new novel from award winning local writer Donald Carreira Ching.  Born and raised in Kahalu‘u, Ching has won attention in literary circles for stories about family.  As HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, his debut novel examines the many challenges families face just trying to stay together. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The Primary Election on August 13th is less than 70 days away.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. many candidates will be attending old plantation-style events.  

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For this week’s Stargazer, in addition to what to look for in our dark island skies, we hear about a discovery connecting an ancient civilization to materials on Earth believed to come from outer space… as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.      

Oiwi TV / Naalehu Anthony
Oiwi TV / Naalehu Anthony

Hōkūle‘a is celebrating its arrival in the Big Apple. The voyaging canoe arrived Sunday and sailed into New York Harbor. Crew member Nā‘ālehu Anthony from ‘Ōiwi TV explained the significance of this leg of the worldwide voyage. It’s part of our ongoing series Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Hōkūle‘a will stay in New York for the next three weeks, with plans to celebrate World Oceans Day this Wednesday. 

Follow the two voyaging canoes on Google Maps:

Since 1969, Kool & the Gang have explored jazz, funk, soul, R&B, rock and psychedelia, at times, combining these varying music forms. A previous guest on ATC during their genre-mixing tour opening for the  2012 David Lee Roth Van Halen reunion tour, Robert “Kool” Bell returns to speak with local ATC Host Dave Lawrence ahead of their June 7th Honolulu show at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.     

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about Lokelani 'Ohana, whose mission is to create socially therapeutic programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Listeners may recall when legendary entertainer Kris Kristofferson was on ATC, promoting a benefit concert he was doing for them.

Mission Military

Jun 3, 2016
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Pixabay Commons

Mission Military: What you Need to Know About Hawaii's 2nd Largest Industry  

The military in Hawaii represents the state’s second largest industry, after tourism. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more on what we can expect in terms of its size and spending.

Wayne Yoshioka

Illegal drug abuse costs employers more than $100 billion every year in the U.S., according to the Labor Department. In Hawai’i, Diagnostic Laboratory Services, with its secure facility in Halawa, performs drug testing for about  one thousand companies. The chief scientist took HPR on a tour to explain the process.

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Wikipedia Commons

Its official… the Pro Bowl is not returning to Hawai‘i next year.

The National Football League exercised its “opt out’ clause in the contract with the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and is relocating the event to Florida.  NFL officials said the decision was not related to funding, Aloha Stadium, or Hawai‘i’s ability to host the event.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council passed the budget bills for the next fiscal year beginning July 1st.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Hawai'i’s Ice Age Never Really Went Away

Jun 1, 2016
Noah Matteucci
Noah Matteucci

Editor’s note: This is the second story in a podcast and radio series produced by Hawai'i Public Radio in collaboration with Honolulu Civil Beat. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

In 2004, Hawai'i residents were introduced to Corey and Nickie, two dumpster-diving teens whose families were ravaged by crystal methamphetamine, drug abuse and poverty.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Over the next several weeks, Hawaii Public Radio and Honolulu Civil Beat are doing a series of podcasts and radio reports we’re calling Hawai‘i’s New Ice Age: Crystal Meth in the Islands. HPR’s Molly Solomon takes a closer look at how and why crystal meth has become embedded in Hawai‘i’s local culture.

Flickr/Geoff Livingston
Flickr/Geoff Livingston

Hawai‘i residents have to earn $34.22 an hour to afford a two-bedroom rental.  That’s according to a new study from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. They ranked Hawaii the most expensive state in the nation when it comes to renting an apartment. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

Episode 2: Hawai‘i’s Meth Culture

Jun 1, 2016
Noah Matteucci
Noah Matteucci

    

  

Many people think of crystal methamphetamine users as homeless addicts with deep-seated mental health issues. While that describes some users, it’s a much broader spectrum of people who have issues with crystal meth. From blue collar workers seeking energy to work multiple jobs to white collar employees, crystal meth in Hawai‘i cuts across demographic lines. Job applicants in the state consistently test positive for crystal meth at more than three times the national average.

NOAA Marine Debris Program / Flickr
NOAA Marine Debris Program / Flickr

A statewide survey of ocean debris has created a snapshot in time to document where trash regularly washes ashore.

The survey was funded by the Japanese government to measure debris from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, but found less than 1% actually came from the disaster.

Most of the debris was from discarded fishing nets and trash, accumulating mostly in hotspots on the north and east shores of each island.  O‘ahu had less than 5% of the total debris identified in the study, while Ni‘ihau had the most.

Sad news today in the Aloha State as legendary local entertainer Jimmy Borges has passed. He was 80. Jimmy Borges was born in Kalihi and had music around him from the time he was a little kid, with his pop playing the ‘ukulele and piano and mom listening to Big Band records. It would have a profound influence on a guy who’d go on to be among the most respected musicians ever in the Aloha State. The man who’d become known to many as Hawai‘i’s Frank Sinatra passed on yesterday, according to news reports that quoted his family as the source.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i’s elected officials don’t have the same retirement plan as other government employees.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka explains.

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Flickr / madmarv00

On this Memorial Day, thousands of paper lanterns will illuminate the waters off Ala Moana Beach Park. 50,000 people are expected to attend tonight’s annual Floating Lantern Hawaii festival. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

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We hear about climate change on another planet in our Solar System this week on Stargazer as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

Al Jourgensen of the innovative rock group Ministry is back with another new project, Surgical Meth Machine. The legendary artist took time to discuss that and much more in a new interview with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

    

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As the Aloha State continues to be the epicenter of homelessness in the United States, with the single worst homeless epidemic per capita anywhere in the country, Helping Hand welcomes back Family Promise of Hawaii, a program to help families with minor children escape homelessness. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Executive Director Mary Saunders.

Steve Snodgrass / Flickr
Steve Snodgrass / Flickr

New federal rules about overtime pay go in effect this December. And that could mean big changes for many island businesses. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

On December 1st, the U.S. Department of Labor will raise the threshold for overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476.  Most people associate overtime pay with hourly workers, not salaried employees, who earn a flat annual amount regardless of how many hours worked.  But this rule is aimed right at those salaried employees.  

Andy McKee has made a name for himself due to his impressive finger-style guitar playing, Youtube videos that have been viewed by millions and ongoing tributes to the late Michael Hedges, a guitarist whose name and innovative techniques McKee keeps alive.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i’s Chinese Business Community hosted officials from Honolulu’s sister-city today.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

NASA
NASA

Weather officials say Hawai‘i will see normal to above normal activity this hurricane season, predicting between four and seven tropical cyclones. 

The 2016 outlook comes on the heels of last season’s record-setting El Niño year. That’s when 15 named storms entered the Central Pacific, the highest in recorded history. 

Flickr / Klaus Stiefel
Flickr / Klaus Stiefel

Crystal meth first came to Hawai‘i in the 1980s. Over the next several weeks, Hawaii Public Radio and Honolulu Civil Beat are doing a series of podcasts and radio reports called Hawai‘i’s New Ice Age: Crystal Meth in the Islands. Today, HPR’s Molly Solomon looks at how the drug first arrived in the islands.

Listen to the full episode by subscribing to our podcast on iTunes.

Wayne Yoshioka

The project oversight committee for Honolulu’s Rail transit project conducted a public hearing Tuesday night on plans to relocate utilities in the City’s urban core.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Episode 1: "45 Patients A Day"

May 25, 2016
Noah Matteucci

Dr. Daniel Chang estimates 45 patients a day come to the emergency room at Queens Medical Center for some type of methamphetamine-related complaint. The use of crystal methamphetamine is a medical, legal and social crisis that has now entered its third generation in Hawaii.

A dozen years ago, Congress held hearings on the topic, calling them "The Poisoning of Paradise." But despite a dip in publicity, meth hasn't left the islands.

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