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The state’s center to assist homeless families in urban Honolulu was completed today.   News media were given a pre-dedication tour.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and filed this report. 

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A Local Board will be recommending the spelling of the State’s Name be officially changed and be identical to its spoken form.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The State Senate District 9 race is probably too close to call.  But the long-time incumbent is facing an active challenge for his seat.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Governor David Ige announced last week that he would like to double food production in Hawai’i by 2020, and subsequently extended that deadline to 2030.   The Chamber of Commerce of Hawai’i hosted a forum to address that issue.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The American Bird Conservancy calls Hawai’i the Bird Extinction Capital of the World.   The World Conservation Congress addressed the rapidly declining bird population in the islands.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The State unveiled its draft Interagency Bio-security Plan today as part of the World Conservation Congress.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The state’s 4 county mayors shared their perspectives on sustainability at the World Conservation Conference last night.   They participated in a panel discussion about the state’s Aloha-plus Challenge. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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State leaders discussed the Aloha-plus Challenge for sustainability at the World Conservation Conference last night.   Their focus was on the future.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The World Conservation Congress continues on day 5 of its scheduled 10-day conference at the Hawai’i Convention Center.  One of the workshops focused on the challenges facing island nations that strive for total fossil fuel independence to generate electricity.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Opening ceremonies for the first World Conservation Congress held in the U.S. were conducted today.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, conservation issues and Native Hawaiian culture shared center stage.

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AARP Hawai’i honored lawmakers and partners today who helped pass key legislation to assist seniors.   The celebration As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the race for Honolulu Mayor tops the list for O’ahu voters.

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President Barack Obama is headed to Honolulu where he’s expected to address members of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature – the I-U-C-N.    In the meantime, preparations for his visit are at a fevered pitch in a number of places on O’ahu.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The largest solar photovoltaic facility on O’ahu was dedicated today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and files this report.

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The World Conservation Congress will convene for the first time in the U.S. in Honolulu next week.    Hawai’i researchers will co-host a workshop on mosquito-borne diseases that is gaining international interest.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The average cost for private nursing home care for one senior in Hawai’i is more than 400 dollars a day, according to the State’s Department of Human Services.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, hundreds of local families are facing the prospect of losing their homes for end-of-life care.

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It’s less than 80 days until the General Election, November 8th.   The two major political parties are trying to get their members to cast ballots following a dismal Primary Election turnout.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The head of Honolulu’s Rail Transit Project resigned today.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The State of Hawai’i said goodbye today to Congressman K. Mark Takai who passed away at age 49 last month from Pancreatic Cancer.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Tropical Storm Darby swept through O’ahu last month with heavy rains that caused flooding in parts of urban Honolulu.    As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the City Council focused on some of the problem areas today.

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The state Department of Health has ordered the closure of Genki Sushi Restaurants on Oahu and Kauai as the potential source of the Hepatitis A outbreak.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The Democratic Party’s unity breakfast Sunday was more than a healing process following hard-fought Primary Election campaigns.  It was a time to come together to back party candidates for the general election, including their choice for Honolulu Mayor.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Today is primary Election Day across the state.

Some noteworthy races include the Mayor’s office for both Honolulu and Hawai‘i County.  Also at stake are nearly half of Honolulu’s city council and county council seats in Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i County.

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More than half of O’ahu voters are expected to mail in their absentee ballots or do early walk-in voting before this Saturday’s primary election.   That means the stakes are still high in the race for Honolulu Mayor.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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An update on the Hepatitis A outbreak on O’ahu was the focus of a briefing to state lawmakers today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The Honolulu City Council passed a bill to regulate taxicab and internet-based companies today following a year of discussion and debate.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The issue of underground fuel storage tanks at Red Hill was discussed today at the National Institute for Storage Tank Management conference.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Early walk-in voting started state-wide today.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the race for Honolulu Mayor tops the list for O’ahu voters.

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The candidates for Honolulu Mayor are running out of time with a little more than 2 weeks remaining until the Primary Election, August 13.    But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, many voters are already casting their ballots.

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Congressman K. Mark Takai passed away last week with nearly 6 months left in his term.   Takai’s chosen successor is now gearing up her campaign to regain her seat.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The Rotary Club of Honolulu hosted a forum for the race for Honolulu Mayor today.  It featured three candidates.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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