Nick Yee

Host, Bridging the Gap

Nick Yee’s passion for music developed at an early age, as he collected jazz and rock records pulled from dusty locations while growing up in both southern California and Honolulu.  In college he started DJ-ing around town, playing long acid jazz and bossa nova sets at various lounges under the name dj mr.nick.  He started to incorporate down tempo and electronic music into his sets as his popularity grew, eventually getting DJ residences at different Chinatown locations. To this day, he is a fixture in the Honolulu underground club scene, where his live sets are famous for being able to link musical and cultural boundaries, starting mellow and building the audience into a frenzy.

In addition to his club life, Nicholas has spent the last 7 years as a DJ for UH Mānoa’s KTUH, running one of its most popular radio shows The Jet Set. He has also served at KTUH in various capacities, including manager and educator.

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The University of Hawaii Astronomy program has picked up a new telescope.


The type of lava approaching Pahoa is a particular type of molten rock.  Hawaiians and volcanologists call this type of overlapping strain of lava--Pāhoehoe, a name introduced in 1875.  It flows smoothly from a volcano’s vent, coating the ground like a parking lot.  As it creeps along, it makes a sound like styrofoam being walked on, or Christmas ornaments breaking.  Its famous “ropey” texture is created as it encounters resistance in its path, causing it to bunch and layer.  Mike Poland is from Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. 


The molten lava creeping down the hill in Pahoa is consuming everything in its path.  Electric company officials feared the wooden utility poles in the path of the lava would burn down on contact, cutting off power to the area.  So workers with Hawaiian Electric Light Company sought advice from experts at UH Hilo and the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.  They settled on a design that would wrap the pole in a heat resistant coating.  Rhea Lee from Hawaiian Electric talks about the science.


  News coverage of the Pahoa lava flow has often been presented as a “horror movie in slow motion”. The focus for many has been a timeline to when the molten rock may reach Pahoa village. But some people are not happy with the negative tone of coverage.

Dana Kenny is a realtor with an office in Pahoa. He says that it will be sad if homes and roads are lost, but the town will not be destroyed, and the sense of panic is unnecessary.

He argues that on Maui, Hana has survived and is a popular destination, despite its isolation.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

  In Pahoa, the main lava flow has slowed down, but smaller fingers are approaching buildings.

A North-side breakout is about 100 feet from the fence of the transfer station.  The South-side breakout is less than 100 feet from the residence that previously lost their storage shed.  The lava is expected to make contact with the home if it continues at its current rate.

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The Celebration 2014 Pledge drive came to an end on Thursday, October 16th, at 7:45 in the morning.  Hawai'i Public Radio had previously suspended the drive after a shortfall of nearly $232,000. The station returned to the air four days later to seek the remaining funds needed, and eventually exceeded the $1.3 million goal by $7,131.

Hawaii Public Radio’s Celebration 2014 Drive is underway!

For a little over a week, HPR will be conducting a pledge campaign to pay for programming and operating expenses. 

The theme for this campaign is “Fiercely Individual”—celebrating the sprit of those who think a little different, and a little smarter. People like you.

We want to finish the drive as soon as possible so we can return to uninterrupted programming. 
If you listen, think about becoming a member. 
If you're a member think of signing up a friend. 

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Where Credit Is Due

 Tonights show is going to be a little preview of the CDs available as a premium for next weeks Pledge Drive. 

4th World Films
4th World Films

A “Lāhainā Noon” is a solar phenomenon where the sun passes directly overhead. People standing outdoors no longer cast a shadow and Hawaiians believe that at this moment, an individual gains extra mana (power) as their shadow crawls back into their body. The occurrence is the centerpiece of three unrelated stories woven into in a new locally produced film called Lāhainā Noon. The characters are confronted with choices, and their deepest desires are amplified by the midday sun.

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Wikipedia Commons

Fungus is a living organism that’s all around us.

It grows on the walls, on our skin, but also on coral, and it’s become a link to understand how species can evolve.  It turns out that the fungus linked to dandruff and flakey skin is very similar to a strain that lives on Hawaiian coral, arctic soil, and deep sea vents.

Shops at the Ward Warehouse may make way for the next round of development in Kaka’ako.

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UH Facebook

Scientists working with the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy are using the world’s first robotic laser system to explore large areas of space.

The Robo AO system compensates for the image-blurring effects of Earth’s turbulent atmosphere.  When attached to a large telescope it allows scientists to capture images that are sharper than ones taken from land based observatories.

Hurricane Price Gouging

Aug 7, 2014

Pictures of price gouging for bottled water have been showing up on social media.   The State Office of Consumer Protection says it’s received about 20 complaints and is planning to investigate any price gouging.  The department placed a freeze on prices through August 15th  as part of an emergency proclamation by the governor.  Fines can range from $500 to $10,000  per violation.  Bruce Kim is from the Office of Consumer protection. 

Any violations can be reported by calling (808) 587-4272

Closures and Cancellations

More than 50 flights in and out of Hawaii have been cancelled.

All Department of Education schools and University of Hawaii Campuses will be closed tomorrow.

All Kamehameha schools and offices will be closed today and tomorrow.

Most major banks have announced early closures today, and will remain closed tomorrow.

All non-essential State offices on Hawaii Island and Maui County will be closed on Friday.

State officials have released a list of emergency shelters in preparation for Hurricane Iselle. Officials say the shelters are a last resort if you have absolutely no place else to go, or if your home is not in a safe place. If you need to go to a shelter- bring emergency supplies with you.  Some shelters accept pets, but make sure you have a pet carrier large enough for the animal to turn around.  John Cummings is the Public Information officer with the City and County of Honolulu.

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Wikipedia Commons

The Hawaiian Electric Company is reminding people that if the state is struck by a powerful storm, electrical safety should not be taken for granted.

HECO is urging people to unplug all unnecessary electric equipment to protect against power surges. High winds can down power lines and people should stay away and assume that they are live.  If you see someone injured from a downed line, do not touch the victim, call 911 instead.

When preparing for Hurricane Iselle and Tropical storm Julio the Hawaiian Humane Society reminds you to remember your pets.

The society is reminding people with pets to prepare an emergency plan and kit that includes their animals.  Pet food, medications, leashes and extra water are recommended. The group also recommends keeping a current photo of your pet as well as microchip identification on hand, should you become separated from your companion.  Inga Gibson is with the Humane Society of the United States (Hawaii Office).

  Here in Hawaii, Lionfish are an exotic aquarium attraction, with their long poisonous spines.

In the Atlantic Ocean, Red Lionfish have become an invasive species with no natural predators. They often eat up to ninety-percent of the smaller fish in a reef. But adding them into local fisheries in the Atlantic as a form of “conservational hunting” controls their numbers. They‘re caught…cooked…and taste a lot like red snapper. To protect Pacific fish, laws prevent their release into Hawaiian waters. Mark Hixon is a professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

Ka Leo
Ka Leo

Reaction is still coming in to the dismissal of Tom Apple as chancellor of the University of Hawaii.  Apple is offered a tenured faculty position as a chemistry professor, as well as a lump sum payment of  $100,000 including attorney’s fees. No official explanation has been given for his termination.   

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Wikipedia Commons

Scientists from the University of Hawaii have discovered working communities of bacteria inside a drop of seawater.

  On Maui, activists are trying to create a temporary moratorium on GMOS.

An organization called The Shaka Movement has put together a ballot initiative for a temporary moratorium on growing genetically modified crops. If passed, the measure would halt the planting of GMO crops until a safety study is completed. The group received just below 20,000 signatures, which was well over the 8,500  signatures required to add the measure onto the November ballot.
Joe Marsalla is one of the founders of the Shaka Movement. 

NOAA's New Eye in the Sky

Jul 8, 2014

 NOAA has a new eye in the sky over the islands.

Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are using unmanned aircraft to improve research in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. 

The Puma is a small thirteen pound aircraft that is launched from the Hi’ialakai research ship. It’s quipped with video and infrared cameras that are mounted on a 360 degree gimbal. It flies ahead of the team and takes pictures and video of everything from monk seals to marine debris.

Todd Jacobs is the Puma project manager.

  The 7th annual Surf Film Festival is underway at the Doris Duke Theater at the Honolulu Museum of Art.  The selection spans a wide range of the surfing world, from historical films, to documentaries about the future of the sport.

Abigail Algar is the curator. She says that the films are more than just a collection of surf movies, instead it’s more about the impact surfing has on the community.

The festival continues till the end of the month.

Fire at Coco Palms Hotel

Jul 4, 2014
Mandy and Alicia Flores-Nunes via
Mandy and Alicia Flores-Nunes via

  On the Garden Island a major blaze took place today at the Coco Palms Hotel site.

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

  Kaiser Permanente has announced they are closing their clinic in Kailua-Kona, effective next week.  But Kaiser members on the Big Island should not be concerned because they’re replacing it with a clinic that is bigger and better.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken has the story.

Patricia Corcoran
Patricia Corcoran

 A set of plastic rocks found on Hawaii Island could become a new marker of human pollution. 

Scientists from the University of Western Ontario found the rocks on Kamilo beach on the Big Island, which is famous for collecting ocean debris.

They are calling them plastiglomerates and they’re formed  when plastic and beach sediment fuse together in high heat like a campfire or lava flow.

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Wikipedia Commons

  The plan to ban plastic bags in Honolulu has been delayed until next year.  Members of the Honolulu City Council introduced Bill 38 to more precisely define the word biodegradable.  Councilman Stanley Chang said the bill was deferred last week to allow more time to study the impacts of the measure. 

Experts say that there is no such thing as a 100% biodegradable bag, so advocates are pushing for an outright ban. 

Suzanne Frazer represents the Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawaii.

  The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced its regional 2014 Edward R. Murrow Awards, and Hawaii Public Radio has won in three categories. The entire newsroom won for “Best News Series” for “Feeding Ourselves: Hawaii’s Food Future,” which included contributions from reporters on Oahu, Hawaii Island and Molokai. Reporter Molly Solomon won for “Best Breaking News” for her coverage of the molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor. Solomon also won in the “Feature Reporting” category for her piece “Hawaii’s Brain Drain,” done as part of the HPR News series “Neighbors.” 


In a flurry of phone calls, Hawaii Public Radio ended its Challenge 2014 pledge drive.  In all, we raised over one million dollars to keep programing and news on the air.  Hawaii Public Radio would like to say thank you to our wonderful members and listeners who made this accomplishment possible!