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The Blood Bank of Hawai‘i is asking the public to increase their donations.  Supplies of O-positive and O-negative blood in the islands have fallen to a critical level with less than a days’ worth on reserve due to a busy holiday weekend and adjustment to the blood bank’s new location.

Jose Rafael Gonzalez
Jose Rafael Gonzalez

The 4th annual Big Island pride festival takes place this weekend in Hilo.

A parade through old town begins Saturday at noon and is followed by a musical festival near the Mo’oheau bandstand.  The Big Island’s transgender community will be specifically honored at this year’s celebration, and will lead the parade.  

Organizers say it’s an important year for LGBTQ rights following President Obama’s declaration of New York’s Stonewall Inn as a historical site, and the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.  Greg Lupton is the Hawai‘i Island Pride Committee Chair.

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noe tanigawa

  Summer theater in Honolulu means the Hawai‘i Shakespeare Festival, at least it has for the past fifteen years.  This year the festival is presenting daring twists on the original material and a related play from the 1600’s.  Performances are free in honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s passing.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa prepares us as the series launches.

Hawai’i Public Radio is cancelling its scheduled Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Forum on Monday, July 11.

Charles Djou withdrew from the event, several days after his campaign agreed to take part.  Sam Aiona of the Djou campaign blames a scheduling conflict, although he had confirmed Djou’s participation on Friday.  Djou told HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka the cancellation was because of a “miscommunication.”

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PREL

An initiative to collect and share stories from around the region is getting under way.  A group called Pacific Resources for Education and Learning has launched the Pacific Storytellers Cooperative.

It’s an internet platform for stories from around the Pacific to be uploaded and shared with a global audience.  The cooperative is accepting stories, videos, pictures, and poems from across the region and organizers say the goal is bridge the gap between oral history and the digital world.

The Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land

Restoration work has begun on the Kuamoʻo battlefield and burial grounds on Hawai‘i Island.  The 47 acres of land south of Kona was purchased earlier this year through a partnership between The Trust for Public Land and managing group- Kuamoʻo ʻĀina.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Primary Election is a little more than a month away.   There is one contested race in which the winner takes all.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Flickr / Daniel Ramirez

A campaign is raising funds for a solution to the Ala Wai’s pollution problem.  HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on how an innovative approach could be coming to Hawai‘i.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council shelved a resolution today to reorganize its committee leadership positions.   But they did pass a few measures relating to the Rail Transit Project.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

More than 100,000 Hawai‘i students receive free or reduced price meals during the school year. But, as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, when summer hits, only a fraction continue to take advantage of the program. 

It’s lunchtime at Jarrett Middle School. Kids file in and line up to fill their trays. Today’s menu is chicken teriyaki, a scoop of rice, mixed vegetables, and peaches.

UH Pacific Biosciences Research Center
UH Pacific Biosciences Research Center

An international team of scientists led by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa may have discovered an effective way to control insect pests which threaten agriculture and humans.  They identified a gene in vinegar flies which is responsible for the insect’s waterproof coating.

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lookcatalog / Flickr

Women’s rights advocates are applauding a measure signed into law by Governor David Ige. 

Senate bill 2319 makes Hawai‘i the first state to require all public and private insurance providers to issue 12 months of birth control at a time. Currently most women are provided with a year-long prescription, however they are only able to pick up a few months at a time.  The measure allows women to pick up their prescription only once a year.

Wayne Yoshioka

A global conference with thousands of dignitaries and attendees will be hosted by the state in less than 60 days.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the City and County unveiled its general plans today.

Jamison Mitri
Jamison Mitri

Summer is a time when rigid schedules loosen up, making room for new experiences.  Honolulu’s theater community has some tempting offerings for all ages, comedies, musicals and life enriching dramas.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visited two of Honolulu’s smallest venues for this report.

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For today’s Stargazer, we get the details on the historic mission to Jupiter set to arrive today as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

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Oiwi TV / Justyn Ah Chong

As residents celebrate today’s Fourth of July here at home -- across the country Hōkūle‘a crew members are celebrating another leg in their journey around the world. We caught up with watch captain Kaleo Wong as part of our ongoing coverage Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Hōkūle‘a’s next stop is Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The voyaging canoe will continue up the East Coast to Maine and eventually on to Nova Scotia, Canada.

Follow the two voyaging canoes on Google Maps:

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Today on All Things Considered during the statewide afternoon drive broadcast on HPR1, we offer a tribute to a music legend. A week ago today, the world lost one of the architects of funk, keyboardist/songwriter/arranger Bernie Worrell.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re welcoming back Aloha Harvest. The non-profit organization has a unique way of both tackling food waste and supporting those in need of food, plsu there is an event this evening that benefits them. Executive Director Ku'ulei Williams speaks with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

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pexels Commons

The 9th annual Honolulu Surf Film Festival kicks off Saturday at the Doris Duke Theater inside the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

Although there haven’t been any recent outbreaks of dengue fever … the threat of the Zika virus is still making the news. 

So the Hawai‘i State Department of Health is re-launching its “Fight the Bite” educational campaign about preventing mosquito borne disease.  The department is putting up educational posters in airports, in busses, and will soon be running a series of ads on TV and radio.

Officials are urging the public to take the same precautions that were taken for dengue fever.  Anna Koethe is the Public Health Information Coordinator with the DOH.

Kumu Kahua
Kumu Kahua

  Kumu Kahua Theatre’s mission, since its founding in 1971, is to help develop theater by, for, and about Hawai‘i’s people.  In 2010, this unique local organization nearly closed for lack of funding, but in the years since, it has sprung back with wider outreach and more business partners.  In the past four and a half years, managing director Donna Blanchard has managed to expand Kumu Kahua's marketing budget while putting in a much needed new floor and beginning other repairs.

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Wikipedia Commons

A major real estate deal in Windward Oahu could have ramifications for Downtown Honolulu. We get more on that story from Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier.

This week PBN learned that Castle Medical Center will acquire the Hawaii Loa campus of Hawaii Pacific University.  Financial terms have not been disclosed and the deal is not entirely complete.  Both parties now enter months of additional due diligence.  But it could mean big changes for both institutions in the not too distant future.

Legendary musician David Crosby is about to tour the islands, starting Saturday at the Blue Note in Waikiki, before more dates around the state.  He spoke to HPR ATC host Dave Lawrence about it.

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Hear the complete interview.

Find more Dave Lawrence interviews and features at this website.   

Wayne Yoshioka

The generation born after 1980, the Millennials, will comprise more than half of the work force by 2019.   That, according to the Pew Research Center.   A local survey was completed earlier this month for business managers.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Flickr / U.S. Pacific Fleet

Starting today, the largest international maritime exercise begins in Hawai‘i. The Rim of the Pacific, also known as RIMPAC, is in its 25th year since the military training exercise begin in 1971. Parts of it involve explosives and underwater sonar -- a point of concern for environmental groups. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

The results of this year’s statewide Homeless Point in Time Count were released today.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there for the announcement.

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as_tue / Flickr

   

The Department of Land and Natural Resources is responding to vandalism at one of O‘ahu’s oldest structures.  Last week crosses were carved in multiple places on the ruins of King Kamehameha the third’s summer palace, Kaniakapupu

DLNR officials say social media, and online hiking sights have popularized hiking to the ruins--which are actually off limits to the public. Baron Ching, Vice President of Aha Hui Malama O Kaniakapupu was interviewed in a video released by the DLNR.

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Flickr / Starr Environmental

A national environmental group is worried that bright lights at a Kaua‘i military base are harming the island’s native seabirds. The Center for Biological Diversity is seeking legal action after more than 120 endangered shearwaters and petrels were harmed or killed by artificial light at Kōke‘e Air Force Base over a two-week period last year. 

The Newell’s shearwater spends most of the day burrowed in the mountains of Kaua‘i. It’s not until the sun goes down that the endangered seabirds take flight. Shrouded in darkness, it’s hard to see them. But you can definitely hear them.

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A favorable settlement has been reached for Volkswagen owners in 43 states including Hawai’i.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

Hawaiian language students at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa are working with millions of historical documents that were previously lost in translation.

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