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State, County and Federal law enforcement agencies are stepping up their fight against opioid-related deaths in Hawai’i.

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July 31 is a national holiday in the Hawaiian Kingdom called Restoration Day. The first observance of this holiday was in 1843 at the Nuʻuanu summer palace of Hawaiʻi’s longest-reigning monarch.HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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Entertainment legend Engelbert Humperdinck is returning to the Aloha State August 25 and now August 26, just on-sale today, at the Hawaii Theatre. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence  spoke with him about a career that's intersected with some of the biggest stars, including Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Cary Grant and numerous other critical figures.

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Heather Lusk is the Executive Director of the Hawai‘i Health & Harm Reduction Center, created from a merger of the Life Foundation and the Community Health Outreach Work (CHOW) Project, that seeks to provide services and combat the stigma of HIV/AIDS in Hawai'i.

 

 

 

Wayne Yoshioka

The Exchange Club of Downtown Honolulu has hosted more than its share of political candidate forums since January. And, possibly out of election-year fatigue, it focused on a different topic today. 

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

A new law in Hawaiʻi now gives survivors of child sexual abuse more time to file claims against their abuser. Reforms to the state’s statute of limitations have been key in exposing the extent of child sexual abuse at various institutions, most notably the Catholic Diocese of Honolulu.

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The Primary Election in Hawai’i is one month away and the state elections office is trying its best to increase voter registration.

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The Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation recently released a revised draft plan to make extensive renovations to Ala Moana Regional Park. Public pushback to the initial parking plan triggered the changes.

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Lava continues to flow in the east rift zone of Kīlauea volcano, and several times a week there are new explosions at the summit. While the volcanic activity continues, some are already looking ahead to future development of the area near the volcano, and whether hazard zone maps from the U.S. Geological Survey can help.

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Too much traffic and too little parking may be a frustrating reality for Honolulu commuters. But in cities across the country, these are driving forces behind the increased popularity of car sharing. A relatively new industry in Hawai’i. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports. 

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The effects of the April flooding continue to be felt on Kaua‘i and will be for the foreseeable future. Engineers and road crews are still at work repairing the single, badly damaged road leading to the affected north shore community. And a caravan system is still in operation – with officials slowly leading locals in and out of the area a few times a day. 

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Noe Tanigawa

Honolulu is in full summer mode.  Sunny days, surf is up on the east side, everyone’s wearing their coral friendly sunscreen, and happy hours are thriving, especially with live music.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on one young singer/songwriter who is making his mark.

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Affordable housing is one of the biggest issues confronting Hawai’i residents. The state’s high cost of living, relatively low wages, and lack of affordable housing make it hard to become a homeowner. So a new mortgage program that made its debut in Hawai’i late last week is attracting a lot of interest. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi reports.

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The State of Hawaii has announced a new policy regarding the collection of so-called agency fees from non-members of public employee unions.

 

The policy, outlined in a memo from the State Comptroller, was spurred by last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Janus v AFSCMEThat case, brought by Illinois state employee Mark Janus, overturned a precedent established in 1977 that allowed public unions to collect dues from all public employees, regardless of their membership status in the union.

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Tonight Hawaii Emergency Management officials will be in Maui for an open house meeting. They are winding up a series of meetings to get feedback on a draft plan to help make us more resilient as a state in the event of a natural disaster. We spoke with HI-EMA’s David Kennard about this latest effort.

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Noe Tanigawa

Volcano notwithstanding, Hilo’s Paradise Roller Girls pulled off the 2nd Annual Big Island Brawl last month, with roller derby teams from across the state competing.  O‘ahu’s spunky team, Pacific Roller Derby, was there, and once a month they invite their Honolulu fans to a game.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this report from the Coast Guard’s Hideaway Club at Kalaeloa.

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One of the many impacts of the ongoing lava eruption on the Big Island is on the supply of electricity. There is less power, but the Hawaiian Electric Light Company has also lost customers. So far, there’s been no obvious impact to remaining consumers — at least in terms of turning on their lights.

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What’s in store for us this summer? The Conversation's Catherine Cruz spoke with Dolan Eversole, a coastal geologist with the University of Hawaiʻi’s Sea Grant College, about managing our coastal resources as we face rising warming waters.

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Patrice Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, was born long after the civil rights movement and the passage of federal equal rights legislation and has seen the ways in which Dr. King’s dream has fallen short. We spoke about the reasons the country needed Black Lives Matter.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Childish Gambino’s viral video, “This is America,” offers a cold view of American culture that has sparked streams of comment online.   Gambino says he made the song for people to play on the 4th of July.  Spinoffs on Youtube beg the question, if a Hawai‘i version of “This is America” were done, what would it say?  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa asked a local hip hop crew, the Super Groupers, what they would include in a version of “This is Hawai‘i.”

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The E. K. Fernandez 50th State Fair entered new territory this past weekend – linguistic territory that is. Fairgoers were treated to the first ever Hawaiian Language Night. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi was there and filed this report.   

Wayne Yoshioka

During the Vietnam War, thousands of soldiers returning home received their combat awards in the mail. That practice has been discontinued and was corrected for 10 soldiers last week.

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The decline of coral reefs around the world is a troubling sign for the planet’s future. Corals are host to many other creatures, and when reefs die, entire ecosystems can be wiped out. As bleaching events and human impacts continue to raise concerns, researchers at the University of Hawaii have found some pockets of resilience, where damaged reefs have been able to slowly recover. 

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Biologists are seeking the public’s help in tracking green sea turtles in the state.

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A total of 24 fissures have appeared since May 3rd in Leilani Estates. The eruption has destroyed more than 650 homes, and lava has covered more than 6,000 acres of land. 

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Honolulu’s annual Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival attracts thousands of participants every year in late spring.  The two-day event doesn't just bring noteworthy authors to town. There are children’s activities, food books and demos, even dance and music concerts, and discussions about local issues. After 13 years, the festival is looking forward to serving more people across the state.

Wayne Yoshioka

Governor David Ige approved new rules today to guide future development in Kaka’ako.

Wayne Yoshioka

There are an estimated 300 children in Hawai’i believed to be house-less.  That, according to a study by Waikiki Health’s Youth Outreach program. The teacher’s union is gearing up to train it’s members to recognize who needs help.

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Do you know where your internet comes from? Yesterday on The Conversation we heard about how next-generation 5G wireless networks will eventually come to communities in Hawaii. But those local high-speed networks aren’t worth much without a high-speed connection to the global internet. And that comes from a vast network of undersea cables crisscrossing the globe.

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