Wayne Yoshioka

The State’s General Fund forecast for the current fiscal year was lowered less than one percentage point today, meaning there’s less money to spend in the upcoming legislative session.

NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region

The health crisis affecting killer whales in the Pacific Northwest continues to expand, with reports now that two more of the orcas, including a matriarch member of the dwindling pod who suffered two traumatic losses last year, are now starving.

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The Interior Department is one of 9 cabinet departments affected by the partial government shutdown. As a result, national parks around the country are clsoed or operating with reduced services. But that is not the case at the Pearl Harbor memorial, where a coalition of donors are providing funds and manpower to keep the park open.

University of Hawai'i at Manoa

If you’re still looking for a worthy New Year’s resolution, how about learning a new language in 2019? Studies have shown that language learning can help you tune out distractions, become better at multitasking and even ward off dementia. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

Wayne Yoshioka

There are 12 new state lawmakers for the upcoming session – 9 in the House and 3 in the Senate. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka caught up with some of them and filed this report.  

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sofar sounds

You’ve been to a stadium concert, you’ve been to a concert hall, but have you ever attended a concert in a neighborhood pet store or a willing stranger’s home?  It’s that living room kind of intimacy, plus a big dollop of mystery, that Sofar Sounds is all about.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, an international hub for intimate performances is getting a foothold in Honolulu.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State Department of Agriculture briefed members of the Senate today on some of its budget priorities.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State House of Representatives updated its new workplace harassment policy.

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On Stargazer, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with astronomer Christopher Phillips about new data from a highly volcanic moon in our solar system.


'Oiwi TV

Hawaiʻi is at the center for scientific research from the oceans to the skies. But when it comes to scientific discoveries made in the islands; there’s a question that’s getting more attention: should they be given Hawaiian names. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more on the story.

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Updated property tax assesments began reaching Oahu residents in December. Properties in several districts saw value increases around or above 10% last year, resulting in a higher tax bill for homeowners. The deadline to appeal a property value assesment is January 15th. 

Catherine Cruz

Iolani Palace was all decked out for evening tours this past weekend to honor Queen Kapiolani’s Birthday-- which fell on New Year’s Eve.

We went along for a night tour of the palace and talked to authors of a new book about the palace history. We start off with chamber music in the Blue room and end with Hula in the throne room. We were talking to the authors of a new book documenting the palace history, Carol Maxym and MacKinnon Simpson.



Hawaii Community Foundation

Micah Kāne has been at the helm of the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation for a year and a half and he’s been taking the organization in a new direction.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Artspace Projects is a growing national non-profit that uses low income tax credits to build housing artists can afford to rent.  They are experts at keeping creatives in neighborhoods that are gentrifying beyond reach.  That has proven to be a strategy that cities, including Honolulu, are eager to try.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.


Judy Collins is back in the islands for dates tonight on Kauai, Friday on Maui and Saturday on the Big Island. As the tour gets underway, she took time to speak with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.


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UH Law Environmental Law Program

A group of University of Hawaiʻi law students recently returned from international climate negotiations in Poland. This was the first time the University sent a delegation of observers to the United Nations Climate Change Conference. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

United Nations

In the New Year, adapting to climate change remains one of the biggest challenges around the world. That’s also true here in Hawaiʻi—which has made a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as set forth in the 2015 Paris Agreement. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Bridging the Ala Wai?

Jan 2, 2019
Wayne Yoshioka

One project that will get more attention in the new year in Honolulu is a plan to build a bridge over the Ala Wai canal. The proposal would include room for pedestrians and for cyclists, but not for cars. HPR's Wayne Yoshioka has more on the plans.

Small Business Opportunities for 2019

Jan 1, 2019
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As you look ahead to the New Year, maybe you have ambitions to start or grow a business. One resource to consider is help from the federal government and its Small Business Innovation Research Program - or SBIR. But as HPR's Wayne Yoshioka reports, the SBIR requires some homework.

2019: Change We Must

Jan 1, 2019
Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

The United Nations Climate Change conference in December faced urgent news from the UN Climate Change Panel, which had concluded that previous CO2 reduction goals are not enough to avert catastrophes.  In addition, our window of opportunity to act is shrinking---to a dozen  years or less.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, we in Hawai‘i can contribute to the global transformation required.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

This past April, Kūhiō Highway on Kaua‘i’s North Shore was devastated by heavy flooding. Road repairs are now nearing completion. The state Department of Transportation plans to reopen the highway to the public by the end of January or early February. But HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports local residents are concerned the coast isn’t ready for the increased traffic.

Medical Tourism for Hawaiʻi?

Dec 31, 2018
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  When the final numbers roll in for 2018, it's likely to be another record year for visitor arrivals to Hawaiʻi. But as people consider what that sector may look like in 2019 and beyond, there may be a developing niche: medical tourism. Wayne Yoshioka has more.

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This week on Helping Hand, we’re welcoming back the Grandcares Hawaii program, a project of UH Manoa and Colorado State University to support vulnerable grandparents and non-parents who are raising grandchildren by providing access to community resources and information.

Sheila E is playing at the Blue Note thru New Years Eve. Growing up in a musical family, daughter of Pete Escovedo, her career has included work with George Duke, Marvin Gaye and Prince, among many others.

Income Challenges for Elders

Dec 28, 2018
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This holiday season, many are focusing on those less fortunate - who need a little help to get by. For some, that means extra government assistance that goes beyond Social Security. And as HPR's Wayne Yoshioka reports, that includes a growing number of Hawaii's elders - our kupuna.

Menehune! Where?

Dec 28, 2018
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creative commons

A lifelong educator, the late Frederick “Bruce” Wichman was a descendent of the Rice family of Kaua‘i.  He began collecting stories and legends, especially about the Hā‘ena area, when he was a child.  In 2013, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa met him one evening in Kōke‘e where he had a home.  In part two of a look at Menehune, Hawai‘i’s “little people,” Wichman described them as short, and stocky, among other things.


Bill Maher is back. The TV host and comedian returns to the MACC December 30th and New Years Eve at the Blaisdell Concert Hall with special guests Natasha Leggero and Carol Leifer.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Flooding and heavy rains in April caused severe damage to the road and natural landscape on Kauaʻi’s North Shore. Access to communities at the end of the road has been limited to local residents for more than eight months. As HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports, this isolation has allowed the area’s natural resources to rebound.

Smart Students in Hawai‘i

Dec 27, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

This week, we're looking back on some stories our reporters did in 2018 that still resonate at year's end. This past spring, HPR's Wayne Yoshioka covered the annual Science and Engineering Fair. And if you want some insights on the value of schools and education, meet some of these students.