courtesy of Nik Lacchin of

This week on Helping Hand, it's a return visit from Hawaii Fido Service Dogs. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes Executive Director Jim Kennedy, puppy raiser and member of their board, and Freedom, a white lab they’re training.

Al Jardine, a founding original member of The Beach Boys and longtime member of Brian Wilson’s band, is performing Saturday and Sunday in Waikiki at the Blue Note Hawaii. The legendary musician took time to share stories with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

Caracas1830 / Wikimedia Commons

Kauaʻi’s electrical utility has a different history from the rest of the islands and different opportunities. Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more on what that has meant for its customer-owners.

Natasha Harth - QAGOMA
Natasha Harth - QAGOMA

The usual museum-going crowd on O‘ahu is joined by countless kids and families who remember Honolulu Biennial 2017 very fondly.  If the goal was to highlight local artists, bring in exciting international artists, and engage the community, it worked!  Thanks to the efforts of scores of local volunteers.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, this year’s Honolulu Biennial, HB19, will run March 8 to May 5th.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Supreme Court heard oral arguments today on the District IV general election challenge in which Councilmember Trevor Ozawa had a 22-vote margin of victory over challenger Tommy Waters.  Attorney Thomas Otake, who represents 39 East O’ahu voters and Tommy Waters, an attorney who represented himself, argued that late votes were counted and mistakes were made.  Here’s an excerpt with Attorney Otake followed by Attorney Waters.

Wayne Yoshioka

The use of e-cigarettes among high school teens in Hawai’i is two times higher than the national average, according to the latest surveys.  And, the state legislature will be asked again to tighten Hawai’i laws this session.


The 27-day old  partial shutdown of the federal government may soon hit the wallets of Americans who are not federal workers. The Federal Aviation Adiministration is one of the agencies operating without funding. That means the thousands of FAA air traffic controllers who manage U.S. airspace are working without pay. If they start to retire, quit, or take leave in large numbers consumers will likely see higher prices and flight delays.

American Federation of Government Employees / Flickr

In December of 2018, a dispuite between President Trump and congressional Democrats over funding for a wall on the southern border led to the longest federal government shutdown in American history. 800,000 federal workers across the country were furloughed or forced to work without pay. This series explores how the shutdown impacted institutions, programs, and people in Hawaii. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The State Legislature convened yesterday for its Opening Day ceremonies.

Catherine Cruz

  We took a drive to Oahu’s windward side where a rare Native Hawaiian plant and endangered bird are thriving.

Lisa Marten of Healthy Climate Communities walked her through a reforestation tour of the Hamakua Marsh-- It’s a project near and dear to her heart. It’s  literally her back yard...

Marten is always looking for volunteers. The group has set its community work day schedule for the third Saturday of every month. They meet this weekend from 9 to 11 am.

Nā Hua Hoʻohuli i ka Pono / Instagram

Applications are being accepted for a Maui-based conservation leadership program this summer.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Hawai‘i was a hotbed of change in the late 1800’s.  People were moving to the cities, as cholera, tuberculosis, and other diseases advanced, killing 70-90% of Native Hawaiians by the end of the century.  Foreign business interests were growing, and in 1874, Americans thought they had an ally when King Kalākaua ascended the throne.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the Honolulu Museum of Art exhibition that focuses on his reign.

Musashi1600 / Wikimedia Commons

The Office of the State Auditor released its second report on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation today. This report highlights oversight and accountability issues within the agency, and HART's relationship with HDR Engineering, Inc.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle / U.S. INDOPACOM

On Tuesday, Members of the U.S. Coast Guard will miss their first paycheck since the partial federal shutdown began in December. Uniformed service members and essential civilains are still on duty performing missions vital to public safety and national security. But this isn't the first time the Coast Guard has been through this challenge.

Wayne Yoshioka

Nonprofits and other organizations seeking grants in aid from the State Legislature have a Friday deadline to turn in their applications. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited one of last year’s recipients in Hilo. 

courtesy Shawn Laatsch

On Stargazer, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with astronomer Christopher Phillips about recent radio bursts from space.


  The Hawaii Supreme Court will hear oral arguments tomorrow that will determine the outcome of a contested race here in Honolulu. The lack of a law on mandatory recount has several state lawmakers scurrying to draft bills to avoid a similar dilemma in the future. A 22 vote spread is at the heart of an election drama that has City councilman Trevor Ozawa up against challenger Tommy Waters. The City Council’s business is on hold until the Supreme Court decides the way forward.

UH Sea Grant College Program

Local and national experts on climate change are in Honolulu today to discuss the state’s response to climate change challenges. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Guitarist Jonny Lang is back in Honolulu for shows through Sunday at the Blue Note. He took time to explore his early start to music and some of the remarkable experiences he's had with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

courtesy of Nik Lacchin of

This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the Hawaii State Chapter of Children's Justice Centers. Joining HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence is Chapter Coordinator Bethany Stetson. The five Children's Justice Centers (CJCs) across the state assist with child abuse investigations.

Oahu Fringe Festival /

The Oʻahu Fringe Festival is celebrating its sixth running this weekend in Honolulu.

Daniel Ramirez / Flickr / CC by 2.0

January 13th, 2018 was the day of the false  missle alert. Residents and visitors in Hawaii didn't know what to think at first. Many thought it couldn't be real, but then a second later… 'what if it is?' Some searched for verification, while others waited for a second alert to say this was a false alarm. It was just a drill, but that  notification didn't come until  38 minutes later.  That incident exposed a serious flaw in our emergency system.

U.S. Geological Survey

As Hawaiʻi’s state legislature prepares to open its session next week, counties are weighing in with some of their priorities.

Travis.Thurston / Wikimedia Commons

One of Oʻahu’s last new communities is taking shape on the Ewa plains.

In India’s Assam region, there is an increasing conflict between animals and people based around the encroachment into wildlife habitats by a variety of human endeavors. The Australian Broadcast Corporation reported this week on the issue in Assam of Asian elephants running out of places to eat, take shelter, and… find critical migratory passages.

Wayne Yoshioka

A State Audit of the Honolulu Rail Project was released today.




Hawaii logged it’s first pedestrian fatal Monday night just hours after our call-in show about pedestrian safety. 86-year-old Maqbul Ur Rahman was hit as he crossed a Hawaii Kai street near where a crosswalk was said to be mistakenly removed.

State Representative Gene Ward fired off an urgent letter to the City asking that the crosswalk be immediately repainted.

Flickr / DHS

800,000 federal workers around the country are about to miss a paycheck as the partial government shutdown prepares to enter its fourth week. Many are in positions vital to public safety and national security, and have been forced to work without pay. With no end in sight, local workers are nearing the end of their financial resources.

Can money motivate students to get better grades? That’s the question at the center of a research project being launched by an economics professor at UH Mānoa. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Catherine Cruz

The Office of the State Auditor released its first report on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation today. In the report, the auditor says the information HART disclosed to the public often contradicted its own internal projections, and obscured the extent of the project's financial problems.