Casey Harlow

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Casey Harlow was born on a beautiful fall day in 1989, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Not much else is known about his youth other than he had a love for radio at a young age.  He came to HPR from the college radio station KWVA in Eugene, OR, in 2012. He started out as a board operator and, having worked in practically all of the departments at HPR, is currently the station’s Jack-of-all-trades.  In his off-time, he’s a Soul/R&B DJ and host of a Sunday morning show on KTUH.

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Christopher Martin / Cal Tech

A new, state-of-the-art astronomy instrument is being installed atop Mauna Kea.

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Rennett Stowe / Flickr

The U.S. Department of Justice is reviewing a complaint filed last week by the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii regarding the current state of Hawaii’s prison system.

The document says the state’s prisons and jails don’t meet minimum standards and violate the constitutional rights of prisoners.

They say that 7 out of 9 state prisons are severely overcrowded and underfunded.

Adding that facilities lack proper health services, food safety, and sanitary conditions. 

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Wikimedia Commons

A local conservation group is pushing for legislation to study and control wild parakeets on Kauai.

The Rose-ringed parakeet is believed to have been introduced to the island during the 1960s.

In recent decades, its population has grown exponentially raising health, agriculture and conservation concerns.

It's believed the parakeets pose a threat to Kauai's agricultural future by eating crops. And it's believed they will also strip the seeds of endangered native plants.

National Tropical Botanical Garden
National Tropical Botanical Garden

An organization on Kauai is keeping a critically endangered plant from going extinct.

There are only 40 ‘ohe ‘ohe trees left in the wild, but the National Tropical Botanical Garden has multiplied the population in a matter of days.

This is part of the organization’s latest project to save the native plant.

Tessa McSwain is the group’s Marketing Director.

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Wikimedia Commons

Maui County might purchase a portion of the Wailuku Water Company.

The administration of Mayor Alan Arakawa has sent a budget amendment to the County Council seeking funding approval to appraise the water company’s property and infrastructure.

If approved, it could clear the way for the county to purchase more than 8,500 acres of land in the West Maui watershed.

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Wikipedia Commons

As we approach tomorrow’s 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, we are listening to memories and recollections of those who experienced that day in Hawaii.

Honolulu resident Louise Lanzilotti recently read from the recollections of her father, Judge Samuel King. On December 7th, 1941 he was a relatively new attorney, who learned of the attack from neighbors in Mānoa—who told him to turn on the radio.

We’ll have more “Pearl Harbor Voices” all this week on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

World AIDS Day 2016

Dec 1, 2016
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Reedz Malik / Flickr

HIV and AIDS are diseases that still affect many in the U.S. and in our community.

Today is World AIDS Day.

A day meant to remember those who died, and to raise awareness. And support for those who have HIV or AIDS.

World AIDS Day was first held in 1988, making it the first day for global awareness of a medical condition.

More than 30 million people around the world are believed to currently have the virus…including more than 700 individuals in the state.

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baldeaglebluff / Flickr

Hawaiʻi’s oldest food festival is celebrating its 46th anniversary next month in Kona.

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Duncan Hull / Flickr

Here's a story to take you back to high school biology class.

You may recall that the "Y" chromosome is present in all males.  While a lot remains unknown about that gene, a recent study shows that it can be mimicked or replaced. The application of that knowledge could lead to advances in fertility treatments.

A team from the Institute for Biogenesis Research at the John A. Burns School of Medicine spent the last 2 years researching replacements for the Y chromosome.

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