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Evelina Galang
Evelina Galang

Award winning writer and educator, M. Evelina Galang, runs into a lot of people who don’t realize that Koreans were not the only WWII “comfort women.”  “Comfort women” is the euphemism for girls and women abducted and raped by Japanese soldiers across the so-called co-prosperity sphere, including Korea through China and the Philippines.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on Galang’s new book, Lolas' House, which opens a window onto the Filipina experience.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

We are less than a day away from Thanksgiving, and if you’re a conscious consumer, you’re preparing that mindful holiday meal. Is it all locally-sourced? Did you meticulously calculate portions to eliminate waste? Perhaps you went vegan? In Hawai‘i, an increased awareness of our food choices is also giving way to a raised consciousness about this American holiday and what it means. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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Hawai’i’s first public-private rental housing project for homeless families should be completed in 2 months.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, a number of social service providers support the project.

Wayne Yoshioka

The first phase of a permanent rental housing project for homeless families on O’ahu is less than 2 months from completion. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited the site and has this update.

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chris butzer

This Friday and Saturday, check out the 2.0 version of the Honolulu Printmakers’ annual sale.  As always, a great venue for affordable fine art, the new Print and Book Fair is now offering handmade books, manga, and zines, showcasing the forward edge of printed objects.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawaiian Airlines introduced its new mid-range aircraft for West Coast mainland flights today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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noe tanigawa

Gamelan orchestras are traditional percussion ensembles from select parts of Indonesia.  Since the 1970’s, Honolulu has been home to a sturdy local enclave of gamelan musicians, centered around a charismatic educator who taught history and culture along with the music.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports family and performers are flying into Honolulu for a special commemoration set for this Saturday, November 18.

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You’ve probably heard the news. The Walt Disney animated film Moana has been translated into Hawaiian. Most Disney productions are officially dubbed in more than 46 global languages after appearing in English. But this is a first for Hawaiʻi and the Hawaiian speaking community. So what does it take to translate a Disney movie? HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has the answer.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i State Hospital patient Randall Saito was captured and is being held in California.  The Governor called a news conference to announce steps taken by the administration. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Rita Coolidge is touring Hawaii starting tomorrow on Kauai, then Friday in Honolulu, Saturday on the Big Island and Sunday on Maui. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence spoke with her about her life of musical connections, sharing stories about Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, other musical luminaries she's crossed paths with and how her Native American heritage has shaped her.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Winston Churchill once said, “History is written by the victors.” But Native American filmmaker Chris Eyre thinks we can do better. Eyre is best known for directing the award-winning film “Smoke Signals.” He is the current Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals at UH Mānoa. HPR's Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi sat down with Eyre to discuss his new documentary exploring the role of statues in history.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Building Industry Association of Hawai’i sponsored its 3rd Summit titled, “Still Houseless in Hawai’i.” HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Kosta Kulundzic
Kosta Kulundzic

The UH Mānoa Art Department is hosting a live drawing installation every day except Saturday, through November 22nd.  Artist, Kosta Kulundzic combines religious and European iconography with everyday scenes from the 21st century.  Since moving to Hawai‘i two years ago, Kulundzic has been juxtaposing local and western art imagery with particular ferocity.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i’s public employee retirement fund started off this year deep in the red with a substantial funding deficit.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has an update. 

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In addition to hearing what to look for in our dark island skies, we learn about a new discovery from an observatory in South America as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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Climate change is affecting the food supply of Hawaiʻi's native and non-native bird species.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

In Japanese tradition, mid-November marks a rite of passage celebration for the youngest of Japanese. The centuries-old tradition was brought to Hawaiʻi with the influx of Japanese laborers in the late 1800s. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back After-School All-Stars Hawaii, who provide after-school programs for at-risk children, while introducing them to the Project Unify concept from Special Olympics Hāwaii to foster respect, inclusion and friendship between general ed students and special ed students with intellectual disabilities.

Nathan Fitch

This coming Veterans’ Day, we will likely hear stories of service from those who have been to the frontlines of war. As America honors those who served in the U.S. military, the conversation also centers on how the U.S. can serve its veterans.  HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi shares the story of an often overlooked group of veterans who are hoping the country they served will return that obligation.

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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is suing the state over the “mismanagement” of Mauna Kea.

Wayne Yoshioka

The state reached a major decision-point in its plan to replace the outdated O’ahu Community Correctional Center. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The first-ever Pacific Regenerative Medical Conference in Honolulu conducted a panel discussion today to explore ways to attract visitors to the islands for healing and medical cures. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Chozen-ji, the Zen temple in Kalihi valley, was known as a center for Honolulu powerbrokers in the 1980’s and 90’s.  Political and business deals were reportedly hashed out around a low table, in front of calligraphy by Miyamoto Musashi.  (Since the founding abbot, Tenshin Tanouye Roshi passed in 2003, the temple has completed the dojo, an archery range, a ceramics lab, and other facilities.)  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visited the temple as they prepare for an open house and art exhibition.

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Researchers at the University of Hawaii are looking for volunteers to collect data on breadfruit, or ʻulu, trees throughout state.

Wayne Yoshioka

A first-ever Medical Conference at the Hawai’i Convention Center this week is focusing on the natural healing properties of the human body. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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One of Hawaiʻi’s famous native plants is under threat. The hala or pandanus tree can grow up to 30 feet tall and is characterized by its long, sharp and spiny leaves. Those trees are now being attacked by an invasive predator. And the cultural practitioners whose traditions depend on hala are feeling the impact. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

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Wikipedia

Hawai'i County Water Supply has had numerous well failures in North Kona for the past year. In early October, the situation seemed to be getting better. But as HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken explains, wells continue to fail.

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This week, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii back to Helping Hand. November is Epilepsy Awareness Month, and their annual conference is tomorrow at Queen’s Conference Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

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The U.S. Navy will be holding a series of statewide community meetings next week.

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An indigenous people with a history of dispossession and a struggle for self-determination. A familiar narrative to Hawai’i and to Palestinian-American author Steven Salaita. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi sat down with Salaita for his first ever visit to the islands.

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