Sherry Bracken

Hawaii Island Reporter

An old health condition is getting new attention. Across the country, cases of whooping cough have reached their highest levels in decades. On Hawaii Island, there is a chance to do something about it this Saturday. HPR's Sherry Bracken has more from Kona.

For decades, West Hawaii community members have complained there is not enough road connectivity. There's also been concern about the lack of evacuation routes in case of a tsunami. Starting this week, work is underway to add one new option. HPR's Sherry Bracken explains.

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Flickr / davidlaiblog

There's been lots of discussion throughout the state about the need to have more farmers and to have more of our food grown right here at home. On Hawaii Island, there's a program to develop new farmers--and they're looking for candidates. HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story.

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

Here's a quiz. What does Hilo have in common with Halifax, Nova Scotia--Macon, Georgia--Joplin, Missouri--and Placerville, California? HPR's Sherry Bracken has the answer, from the Big Island of Hawaii.

HPAF
HPAF

If you're on the Big Island during the next few weeks, you have a chance to see some first class musical performances at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. HPR's Sherry Bracken is on Hawaii Island and tells us more.

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Flickr / belindah

On Hawaii Island, Independence Day celebrations started almost at first light. HPR's Sherry Bracken gives us an update on what is in store for the rest of the day.

UH Hilo Looks Ahead

Jul 3, 2013

With 4,100 students, University of Hawaii at Hilo is one of three 4-year institutions in the UH System. HPR's Sherry Bracken talked with the UH Hilo Chancellor to learn more about what's coming up when school opens in August.

As you get your American flag out this week for Independence Day, take a look at it and see if it is in good condition. If not, it may be time to properly dispose of it. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken reports on a group that will help with that.

A beloved local theater on the Big Island has good news for the community. This comes a year after their board announced they would close the theater to get financial matters back in order. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken brings us up to date.

Karin Stanton / Hawaii247.com
Karin Stanton / Hawaii247.com

Hawaii County now has a new 109-acre beach park that has preserved access for surfers, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, and the public. Former County officials say there is significance beyond just having a new park. From the Big Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken explains.

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

Paint the town red? In the case of two Hawaii towns, their goal is to just get the town painted. One of them is on the Big Island. HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more about the opportunity.

Two artists who work with traditional fibers have an exhibit at a West Hawaii art center. HPR's Sherry Bracken talked with both of them about their work, and the messages they wish to send.

Hawaiian Fibers: A Metaphor for Time is on display at the Donkey Mill Art Center through June 29. Find more information on the Donkey Mill Art Center website.

One of Hawaii Island's rural, 96-year-old former plantation hospitals is improving its capabilities to care for patients. Funding is coming from both the state and the community. From the Big Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Medtronic
Medtronic

What would you do if you were given extra time in your life? A Hawaii Island-based philanthropist is asking just that question. From the Big Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Kamehameha Schools
Kamehameha Schools

The Keauhou Beach Hotel in West Hawaii closed for occupancy last October, although owner Kamehameha Schools allowed community members to continue using the tennis courts. But that will change at the end of June. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken gives us an update.

The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy
The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy

The state legislature has rejected the top funding request of the University of Hawaii. It was a building for the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at UH Hilo...and it leaves the 7  year old program in a difficult situation. HPR's Sherry Bracken talked to the college's dean and has this report.

Many Hawaii Island students do well enough in high school to apply to any of the top colleges in the country. But it can be a challenge to visit those colleges and learn more about them. Now, a Hawaii Island school is providing a chance for any student to get a closer look at those institutions--without leaving the island. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

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Flickr / camike

A long-awaited highway construction project in West Hawaii may be closer to to finally getting underway. The State Department of Transportation has provided no official updates since September, 2012. So HPR's Sherry Bracken talked with Governor Neil Abercrombie about the status of Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway.

Nine UH Hilo students are in school courtesy of a scholarship program that covers not just their university education, but also some broader lessons. The students are starting on a summer adventure designed to further their learning. HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

A recent study found the state of Hawaii needs hundreds of additional doctors to meet the needs of residents. The problem is particularly severe on the neighbor islands. But a group of military reservists is teaming up with local agencies to provide a dose of short-term relief for Maui and Hawaii County. From the Big Island, Sherry Bracken tells us more.

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Flickr / martincron

A local entrepreneur who wants more kids to engage in science is putting his vision into practice. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

After more than two decades of planning, a permanent college campus near Kona Airport has broken ground. The school brings the promise of more educational opportunities to students living on the West side of Hawaii Island. From the Big Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken gives us an update.

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Flickr / born1945

This Saturday is the first day of the official hurricane season. While forecasters expect a relatively mild season this year, several state agencies are involving the community in preparedness exercises. And as HPR's Sherry Bracken reports, that includes on Hawaii Island.

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Flickr / Gouldy99

One of the most dangerous roadways in the state is getting close to being completely revamped. That was a goal of the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye. One part of the reconstruction will be done in three months...and then there's only one section to go. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken gives us an update.

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Flickr / whatstaiters

One of the most important duties of those who care for Hawaii's highest peak is conserving the natural resources. That includes both keeping invasive species out, and replanting endangered species. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

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www.olliephonics.com

A musician who had a big impact on the music world has passed away on Hawaii Island, but left a legacy of familiar sound behind.  From the Big Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Hawaii County will soon get a brand new beach park just south of Kona Airport. But before the county can accept it, there is important work going on. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

It's that time of year, when Mayors submit their budgets to County Councils. In Hawaii County, the main headline from Mayor Billy Kenoi's budget is a proposal to raise property taxes. From the Big Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Hawaii may seem like an unusual location for a scholarly conference on the Emancipation Proclamation. But when that measure became law 150 years ago, it resonated across the islands. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

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Flickr / wormwould

A troublesome visitor has landed on the west side of the Big Island of Hawaii. The little fire ant has been on the Hilo side of Hawaii Island, on Maui, and Kaua'i, for years. And now, as of just a few months ago, it's appeared in Kona. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

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