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On Tuesday, August 8th 2017, legendary entertainment figure Glen Campbell passed on at 81, after a long and very public battle with Alzheimer's disease. Back on Saturday, September 1st, 2012, Glen Campbell returned to Hawaii on what would be his final concert tour.

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This week on Helping Hand, the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Hawaii Executive Director Jade Guess speaks with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence. The MDA of Hawaii are dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases, and provides health care, advocacy and education.

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The band America return to the Aloha State Saturday at the Blaisdell Concert Hall and Sunday at the MACC. Since 1973 the group have performed in the islands, and even recorded albums here.

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This week on Stargazer, we return to the Mauna Kea summit for a discovery relating to lightning as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

Next week area music fans have an unusual chance at a brush with greatness: Regina Belle is looking for a singing partner to join her onstage August 3 - 5 at Blue Note Hawaii shows.

Guitarist Andy McKee has earned a reputation as an accomplished contemporary guitarist.

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This week Helping Hand wraps up three weeks relating to Hawai‘i’s homeless crisis, the most severe per capita in the US (hear our previous two segments with Institute for Human Services and Mental Health Kōkua). We conclude with local nonprofit Alea Bridge, focused on outreach to the homeless, and other at-risk populations in central O’ahu.

Legendary vocal group The Manhattan Transfer are wrapping up a two-weekend run of dates at the Blue Note Hawaii in Waikiki, celebrating 45 years in the music business. The multiple Grammy Award winners have a PBS special with Take 6, and a new record called The Junction, due this fall.

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On Stargazer this week we hear about a new plan to study gravitational waves as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

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The Manhattan Transfer are celebrating 45 years of making music. Over the decades they've racked up an impressive pile of Grammy Awards, while bringing their unique hybrid of styles to audiences around the world.

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This week on Stargazer we have a few planets to look for in our evening skies plus we’ll hear about research of objects on the edge of the solar system as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

When you think of music legends, few artists embody that term like Beach Boys icon Brian Wilson, who tonight returns to the Aloha State at the Blaisdell Concert Hall with the Pet Sounds 50th anniversary world tour, his first public Hawaii appearance since 2002.

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This week on Helping Hand it’s the Hawaii State Chapter of Children's Justice Centers. The five Children's Justice Centers (CJCs) across the state assist with child abuse investigations. The CJCs are child-friendly facilities where law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy professionals all come together to support a child victim and hold offenders accountable.

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This week on Stargazer, we learn details about a new mission to a location in our Solar System as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

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Maria Muldaur is back in the Aloha State for a string of shows running through Sunday. She plays the Blue Note in Waikiki tonight, before the MACC tomorrow, the Garden Island Friday and concerts Saturday and Sunday on the Big Island.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back Waikīkī Health. According to their website, everyone is welcome to receive quality health care that’s been in operation since 1967, and have a number of ways they help support the most vulnerable through medical and social services provided at a number of Honolulu area clinics. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Waikīkī Health CEO Sheila Beckham.

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This week on Stargazer, we hear about funding relating to space missions – money cut for some missions, and money allocated for others, including a dangerous manned mission to a location in our solar system -- as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about returning guest the Aloha Medical Mission, a secular, nonprofit volunteer organization based in Honolulu. They provide free health care to underserved people in the Pacific, Asia, and the Aloha State, and are looking for more volunteers now.

Black Uhuru formed in the early 1970's in Jamaica and went on to be one of roots reggae's most successful acts, even earning the first Grammy Award for reggae. After decades away from the Aloha State, the band are back in Honolulu, performing a second night at the Blue Note Hawai'i this evening with shows at 6:30 and 9 p.m.

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This week Helping Hand has returning guest Women’s Fund of Hawai‘i, a nonprofit tries to address several key issues affecting women in the Aloha State, including homelessness, domestic violence, and transitioning from incarceration and substance abuse treatment.

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This week on Stargazer, we get an update on initial results from a radio telescope’s search for signals from outer space as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

Through Saturday night, the Miles Electric Band is in town at the Blue Note in Waikiki, and last night HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence spent time with three members, all veterans of working with Miles Davis, who shared stories with us: drummer and Miles’ nephew Vince Wilburn Jr., guitarist Blackbyrd McKni

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This week’s Stargazer includes details on developments relating to the search for life on a moon in our solar system, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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Today on Helping Hand we’re learning how we can support the American Cancer Society Hope Gala Honolulu "Midnight in Honolulu" Saturday, May 6th 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Modern Honolulu Hotel. From providing items for the event auctions to volunteering to attending, there are many ways to support this fundraiser.

Santana returns to the Aloha State for a pair of dates April 30 at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu and May 2 at the MACC in Kahului.

David Bromberg has returned to the Aloha State for shows tonight and tomorrow at the Blue Note, before dates at the Honoka`a People's Theatre Friday and the MACC Saturday.

This week on HPR's All Things Considered, we start two weeks of guests relating to Santana, ahead of their pair of area dates April 30 in Honolulu and May 2 in Kahului. Thursday April 13 Carlos Santana will join us, and this week, it's Santana bassist and musical director Benny Rietveld, who has strong Hawaii connections, having grown up in Honolulu, graduating from McKinley High School.

The Devon Allman Band performs at the Blue Note tonight for 6:30 and 9 p.m. shows. One of the sons of Gregg Allman, he didn't meet his famous father until he was a teenager, and has himself become a formidable guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist.

Jake Shimabukuro is back in the islands through Wednesday at the Blue Note Hawaii. His shows feature cellist Josh Nakazawa of the  Hawaii Symphony Orchestra joining him for several numbers.

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