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For decades, Bonnie Raitt has mixed her passion for music with philanthropy and activism. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend is continuing the tour for her 2016 release Dig In Deep with dates Friday at the MACC and Saturday at the Blaisdell Concert Hall before heading... deeper...

Simon Phillips is among the most talented drummers alive, and his resume is as impressive as his playing: The Who, Jeff Beck, Jack Bruce, Toto, Judas Priest, Joe Satriani, Frank Zappa, Al DiMeola, Peter Gabriel, Mick Jagger and Gary Moore are just some of the many names in his roster of experiences, which also includes roles as producer and engineer.

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Steve Kimock and Friends play March 23 and 24 at the Blue Note Hawaii and March 25 at the Honoka'a People's Theatre. His resume is unusual, in that he's had the chance to perform or work with many of the heavy names associated with the Grateful Dead, including Bob Weir, Jerry Garcia, Donna Jean and Keith Godchaux, Billy Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart and Phil Lesh.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back the Ronald McDonald House Hawaii, open 24 hours a day year-round as a temporary “home” for families that must come to Honolulu for specialized medical treatment for children. They celebrate their 30th anniversary in the islands this month, and HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with President Jerri Chong and Public Relations Manager Gene Davis of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawai‘i.

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Hugh Romney, named Wavy Gravy by B.B. King, was one of the stage announcers at the three major Woodstock music festivals (1969, 1994 and 1999), as well as other related events over the years.

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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell unveiled his 2018 budget today.  He is proposing to raise property taxes for investors and hotels, charge more for trash pickup and increase fuel and vehicle weight taxes.   He says there is no fat in the City’s budget and also took the opportunity to ask state lawmakers to fund the rail transit project.      

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State lawmakers are again considering a bill to allow clinical psychologists to prescribe medication for mentally ill patients.     HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.  

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For Stargazer this week, we have some planets in our early evening skies to try and spot, plus we get some context on the recent discovery of several planets about 40 light years from Earth as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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This week Helping Hand has returning guest Helping Hands Hawaii discussing the range of ways they assist the vulnerable in the Aloha State, and sharing details about their 13th annual fundraising dinner, Thursday March 2nd at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

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The State Legislature created a task force last session to provide recommendations to improve Hawai’i’s Correctional System.  They briefed lawmakers on an interim report today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.  

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State lawmakers were briefed on the current status of a disease that is worrying East Hawai’i Island residents.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Representatives from Hawai’i’s hospitality industry converged on the State Capitol today to brief lawmakers on their legislative priorities.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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On Stargazer this week, we hear about a pair of planets visible in the evening sky and learn about a new project the public is invited to participate in to discover a potential planet on the edge of the solar system… HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

Donavon Frankenreiter wraps up a current island tour with dates through Sunday at the Blue Note in Waikiki. The musician has island ties: he lives on the Garden Island, and released his first album on Jack Johnson's label, Brushfire Records, who he'll open for on the mainland this summer, including at the Hollywood Bowl.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re privileged to welcome back the Hawai‘i Association of the Blind, state affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. Their 50th anniversary HAB 2017 Annual State Convention is Saturday March 4th at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu.

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Nearly half of Hawai’i’s adult women are working mothers according to the Department of Human Services.   A panel discussion today asked the question, “Can You Have it All?”   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The State Legislature is considering passage of a death with dignity measure this session.   It’s been an emotionally charged issue and HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka provides viewpoints from both sides.

Wayne Yoshioka

There’s one bill before the legislature this session that is focusing on an alternative to criminalizing prostitution.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, proponents of the measure just want to be heard. 

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For this week’s Stargazer, there are two planets to look for in our early evening skies, plus we learn about a remarkable new NASA project for a rover mission, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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This week on Helping Hand we’re excited to have the Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii returning to ATC. Among many services and resources, the nonprofit links the disabled with adaptive technology, offers programs geared to educate individuals with disabilities, friends and family members and professionals, and HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Barbara Fischlowitz-Leong, ATRC President and CEO.

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Hawai’i’s top economic drivers, tourism and the military, are at or near capacity.   But the state has a plan to expand the economy in the fastest growing sector.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Three Senate Bills are advancing in the legislature that would classify homelessness as a medical condition.   But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports Federal approval remains the biggest challenge.

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A number of bills to tax investors and tourists to improve public education are advancing through the legislature.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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On Stargazer, we’ll hear about some objects to look for in our evening skies this week, plus hear about a new piece of equipment at the Mauna Kea summit as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.            

Learn more at the Subaru Telescope website.  

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back Aloha Independent Living Hawaii, dedicated to helping those with disabilities in the Aloha State get the independent living services they need. The majority of board members and staff are persons with disabilities. They offer critical assistance and have many volunteer opportunities. They are eager to hear from any disabled people with concerns about living independently.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State is looking for additional revenues following a projected 300-million dollar shortfall in tax collections this year.   Lawmakers are targeting online vacation rental companies again this year as a potential source of millions in revenue.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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State Lawmakers were briefed today on the latest plan to replace the 40-year-old O’ahu Community Correctional Center in Kalihi.  The Department of Public Safety has picked 4 main sites with construction costs ranging from 400-to-600 million dollars.  House Public Safety Committee Chair, Greg Takayama, says there is no justifiable reason to build a facility that’s larger than the current OCCC.

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The State Legislature is considering spending billions of dollars in a statewide effort to ease homelessness and provide permanent housing.   Some key leaders also want to provide 7 million dollars more over the next 2 years to continue the Coordinated Statewide Homeless Initiative.   Aloha United Way Chief Operating Officer, Norm Baker, says preventing homelessness works.

TAG:  Baker says nearly half of all the individuals helped are children.  If fully funded, an additional 2,200 households or 74-hundred individuals can be helped.

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The six lone Republicans in the State Legislature ousted their leader today in a House Resolution Vote.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Congress is taking steps to repeal part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act commonly referred to as Obamacare.   Hawai’i lawmakers are also advancing legislation to protect residents who might lose their medical coverage.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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