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The concept of private property was introduced to Hawaiʻi with the Great Māhele of 1848. That action is often blamed for a lack of land ownership among native Hawaiians…a situation that lasts to this day. Some also say it plays a role in explaining why Native Hawaiians are statistically at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to quality of life. HPRʻs Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports on research that sheds new light on this complex history of land in Hawaiʻi.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

  Painter Reem Bassous was born in Beirut, Lebanon where a civil war raged from 1975 to 1990.  It’s estimated almost a million people fled the country, and up to one hundred fifty thousand were killed.   Though the war was officially over twenty six years ago, many, like Bassous, are struggling to come to terms with what they’ve been through.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

“Beirut is a crazy kind of Beautiful.”

Painter Reem Bassous says Beirut is cosmopolitan in ways we can’t imagine, with trendy discos for example, alongside a two thousand year old Roman bath.

Bittersweet End to Cane Plantation Days

Jan 6, 2016
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Flickr / Averain

Hawai‘i’s last sugar plantation is closing. Alexander and Baldwin announced Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company on Maui will stop producing sugar by the end of the year. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports...

Once upon a time in Hawai‘i, sugar was king. The industry powered politics, wealth, and helped form the identity of the Aloha State’s population. The closing of the sugar operations of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company signifies the end of an era.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

A series of educational talks are taking people beyond the walls of the classroom and out onto the ‘āina. Hawaiian Islands Land Trust is hosting several talk story sessions across the state. HPR’s Molly Solomon takes us to one in Hau‘ula, where she visited one of the last remaining heiaus in the Ko'olauloa region.

What Lies Ahead for Kaho‘olawe?

Nov 18, 2013
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Flickr / jxnholt

It’s been 10 years since the Navy transferred control of Kaho‘olawe to the state. The island’s caretakers are still cleaning up the island and are moving toward a plan of sustainability. But, as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the agency in charge of restoring Kaho‘olawe is facing funding cuts, that could impact the future of the island.

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.

It’s Monday, May 13 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Permit us to discuss revoking revocable permits

Blossom Feiteira is the President of the Association of Hawaiians for Homestead Lands. For 20 years she has helped to build communities with affordable housing and economic development for low-income families, especially for native Hawaiians.