Nikki Motson

News stories by HPR's Nikki Motson

Volunteers Work to Restore Taro on Ancient Farmland

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Across the nation people came together yesterday to volunteer in their communities in honor of Martin Luther King Day. One group in Hawai`i brought volunteers to help restore historic farmland and help young people reach their goals.

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State Receives Poor Report Card for K-12 'Race To The Top' Progress

ShareThisHawai`i received a Race To The Top report card last week from the U.S. Department of Education and it’s not looking good. State Department of Education officials traveled to D.C. to discuss what needs to be done to keep 75 million dollars in Hawai`i’s public schools. HPR spoke with one member of the team who traveled to D.C.
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USDA Secretary Vilsack Promotes Biofuels in Hawaii

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Farm land is a scarce commodity in Hawaii and its use can be controversial. It can be used for food crops, or for crops that can produce energy. But a growing number of agricultural leaders say it can be used for both.

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Advocates and Retailers Push for Statewide Shopping Bag Fee

ShareThisIt’s been one year since Maui County restricted use of plastic bags. Kauai followed and the Hawai`i County council made a similar recommendation last year. With the legislative session gearing up, advocates are pushing for a statewide law to bring O`ahu into the mix and deal with some unforeseen problems the plastic bag bans created.
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Humpback Whales Free From Honolulu Harbor

ShareThisTwo humpback whales are free after getting stuck in Honolulu’s downtown shipping harbor near Aloha Tower. HPR’s Nikki Motson has more.
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