Neighbor Island News

Reports from across the Hawaiian Islands

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Mayor or Manager for Maui?; Streetlight Cadence; Maui's Changing Demographics; An Original Play on Vivaldi

Maui Mayor or Maui Manager? Mike White

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US Congress Debates School Lunches; Pianist Thomas Rosenkranz; Business of Organic Farming; Okinawan Heritage Festival

Debate in US Congress over cutting funding for school lunch programs; Dexter Kishida

5 Killed in Skydiving Plane Crash on Kauai

May 23, 2016
Kauai Fire Department
Kauai Fire Department

Officials are investigating the cause of a fiery plane crash on the south shore of Kauai that killed all five people on board. 

The crash happened at Port Allen Airport shortly after takeoff in Hanapēpē. Sarah Blane, a spokesperson for the County of Kaua‘i, says the plane, a single engine Cessna, is owned by the company Skydive Kaua‘i.

Four of them were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. One adult male was transferred to Wilcox Memorial Hospital, where he was then pronounced dead.

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Scientists are getting a better idea of how sharks behave and why so many attacks have occurred off Maui. The study, commissioned by the state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources monitored more than 40 tagged sharks in waters off Maui and Oahu. HPR’s Molly Solomon shares their findings.

Carl Meyer is used to getting up close and personal with one of Hawai‘i’s apex predators. He’s spent the past two years tagging tiger sharks in Hawai‘i to study their behavior. He cues up a video from a camera he attached to a shark off Maui in January, peak mating season for tiger sharks.

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noe tanigawa

  Many former youth symphony members remember the neighbor island tours they did with the Hawai‘i Youth Symphony, HYS.  An annual highlight, this year, the members of HYS’ top orchestra went to Kaua‘i  for a series of concerts.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa accompanied them to the Garden Island for this report.

     

We left O‘ahu in the dark!  Blinking and a little bleary, ninety-seven teens and 26 adults boarded that early 

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Hawai‘i as a Sinkhole State; Maui’s Sugar Ditch Kids; Neal Conan; Common Ground Dance Festival

Hawaii Taxpayers Not Getting Truthful Financial Information: Sheila Weinberg

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State Education Budget; Art from Trash; Hula Honeys

What’s in the Education Budget: Jim Shon

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Don Mussell

Construction has begun on HPR’s new facility on Kulani Cone perched above Hilo on Hawai'i Island.  It will deliver a better signal for KANO (HPR-1) and finally bringing HPR-2 to East Hawaiʻi on KAHU.  

This long process involving fundraising, extensive lease negotiations, and transporting equipment through rain forests, is coming to an end.  Over the last few days, we’ve been removing the previous tenant’s equipment and bringing in our own.  If all goes well we should be on the air in a few weeks!

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State Legislature Caregiver Act; New Novel from Hawaiian Author; Hawaii County GET Increase

HB 2252, Designated Caregiver Act: Barbara Kim Stanton of AARP

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Gender Wage Gap; "Born to Be Wild" at La Pietra; All Girl Paddleout on Maui

Hawaii’s Gender Wage Gap: Rachel Lyons

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HPR Leadership: Past, Present and Future; Kauai Singers Showcase; Neal Conan 

HPR Leadership: José Fajardo & Michael Titterton

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Advice for Saving Money; Tales of the Windward Side; Neal Conan; Women In Theater

Financial Challenges Being Faced by Hawaii Residents: David Tasaka

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Alternative Perspective on Kauai Pesticide Draft Report; Lemoande Alley's Chief Lemonhead; Tom Cridland CEO; Artist Snowden Hodges

Alternative Perspective JFF Group Draft Pesticide Use Report: Joan Conrow

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Kauai County Mayor; Indian Storyteller in Hawaii; Ocean Conservation with the Schmidt Family Foundation; Ko'oalu Writers Workshop

Kauai County Check-In: Mayor Bernard Carvalho

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Millennial Political Participation; Contemporary Photography; Report on Pesticide Use on Kaua'i; Japanese Tea Ceremony

Long View: Neal Milner

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Honolulu Zoo; "As Time Goes By..."; Maui Organic Farming Initiative; Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival 

  Honolulu Zoo’s Loss of Accreditation: City Councilmember Trevor Ozawa

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Big Island Land Conservation; Kaua'i Orchid Festival; State Gun Control Legislation; Woodworking Workshop

The Kohala Center’s Ainaho’i Program: Dr. Kamana Beamer

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A Hawai‘i County grand jury has indicted Mayor Billy Kenoi on seven different counts stemming from the misuse of his county issued purchasing card.

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Michelle Tribe / Flickr

A group of eleven Kaua‘i citizens recently released a draft report about pesticides on the island. The Joint Fact-Finding Study Group was convened by the County and the State Department of Agriculture—and represented viewpoints from both sides of the controversy, at a cost of $100,000 dollars. The findings seemed definitive, but they have not put an end to the pesticide debate on the Garden Isle. HPR contributing reporter Scott Giarman has more from Kaua‘i.

Maui Sugar Workers Eligible For Federal Assistance

Mar 15, 2016
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Flickr / tavarua

Federal money is on the way to employees at Hawai‘i’s last sugar plantation. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz announced that the 685 Maui workers who will lose their jobs at the end of this year will qualify for financial help. Benefits include up to $2,000 a month, free tuition and books and other job training support. Schatz says the federal money is in addition to already existing state benefits for unemployment.

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Inter-Island Ferry, Musician Benny Rietveld, Displaced Sugar Workers, Haleakala Service Trip

Superferry Appropriations Feasibility Study: Michael Hansen

When Hōkūao Pellegrino was growing up in the ahupua‘a of Waikapū on Maui, he often played on an overgrown piece of family land, building clubhouses in the jungle of invasive species that crowded it. But when he became a young man—after he’d embraced ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i, studied native plants and woken up to his genealogical connection to the ‘land—he discovered that it had a powerful history: Buried deep beneath the jungle were lo‘i kalo his ‘ohana had cultivated for centuries, until the 1940s. Hōkūao decided to restore them.

Hōkūao Pellegrino is a kalo farmer on Maui in the region of Nā Wai ‘Ehā, The Four Great Waters.

“Nā Wai ‘Ehā is the poetic name for the moku, or division, that encompasses four ahupua‘a—Waikapū being the first, Wailuku being the second, Waiehu being the third, and the fourth Waihe‘e. These four streams, pre-Western contact, encompassed the largest kalo growing region in all of Hawai‘i.”

Kauaʻi Coqui

Feb 3, 2016
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

The Coqui frog threat is far more serious than mere noise pollution. It dines on unique species of spiders and insects and competes with endemic birds and other native fauna. On the Garden Isle, the Kauaʻi Invasive Species Committee has successfully managed to eradicate an army of invading Coqui frogs.

Christopher Phillips explains...

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Robert Linsdell / Flickr

The popular Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on Kauai closed its gates to the public on January 17th.  It’s not expected to re-open until the end of April.  Scott Giarman on Kauai has more on the reasons for the closing and the Refuge’s plans for visitors during the closing period.

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Officials of Maui County and Alexander and Baldwin are putting together a task force to assist workers displaced by the closing of the state’s last sugar mill.

Last week Alexander and Baldwin announced they would cease cane operations on Maui---affecting nearly seven-hundred workers. Beginning in March- half of the HC&S workers will be laid off, with the rest staying until the end of the 2016 harvest.

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Forest and Kim Starr / Flickr

On Maui, a piece of history is scheduled to be destroyed….on purpose.

The Hana Pier was built in the early 1920’s.  It was fenced off in 2010 after falling into disrepair with exposed holes and rebar in the deck.  The Department of Transportation reviewed various options for rebuilding the pier but settled on its removal following public feedback.

Tim Sakahara is the spokesperson for the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation.

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Nick Yee

Voters on Kauai elect their County Council members at-large. That means all seven members represent the entire island.  But every other county in Hawaii has some form of district voting and Kauai may be about to move in that direction.  Scott Giarman has more from The Garden Isle.

Kauai voters have considered changing the system of choosing County Council representatives from at-large to district voting since the ‘80s.  Proponents say if Council members represent specific regions of the island they would be more responsive to voters in their area. 

Maui’s Jail: Overcrowded and Deteriorating

Dec 21, 2015
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Maui is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. But it’s not only the streets or the beaches that are getting crowded, it’s also the jail.  Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

Overcrowding continues to plague Maui's only jail.  The warden of Maui Community Correctional Center gave media a tour of the facility last week. He said that the Kahului center is more than 150 inmates over capacity.  What's worse, there's no space to expand, and efforts to build another jail on Maui appear to have stalled.

Land Deal Rejected on Maui

Dec 14, 2015
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Forest and Kim Starr / Flickr

A proposal for a 15-hundred home development on Maui has come to a screeching halt—at least for now.  The plan was for Olowalu town---and it faced opposition from many environmentalists on the island. Eileen Chao has more from the Maui News.

The intentions might have been good, but the plan is incomplete. That's what the state Land Use Commission told Maui developers Bill Frampton and David Ward last week.

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