Wayne Yoshioka

The upcoming tax preparation season in Hawai’i, according to some accountants, will be one of the most complicated in at least 3 decades.

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Managing our mental health during the holidays can be challenging – there is so much to do, attend and plan. This can leave folks feeling overwhelmed, anxious, stressed and depressed. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi filed this report.

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The number one vector for invasive species coming to Hawaii is not well regulated. Hawaii is not unique in the lack of regulation concerning biofouling, which is the transfer of organic marine life on the underside of ship hulls. Much more attention is given to the agricultural products being transported on board those ships.

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The State announced today the conclusion of an administrative investigation into Randall Saito’s escape from the State Hospital two years ago.

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Hawaii has the highest rate of rentership in the nation, with 43% of residents renting the property in which they live. Last year around 1,700 of those renters were evicted by their landlord. According to a new report from non-profit group Lawyers for Equal Justice, 95% of eviction cases in Hawaii resulted in the tenant being evicted. 


Hawaii is already spending tens of millions of dollars per year dealing with the effects of invasive species and without coordinated action that number will balloon in the coming decades. That was the message from a panel of Hawaii-based experts earlier this week.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i Teens are in crisis. That, according to mental health advocates locally and nationally.

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Bats and birds have been collateral damage in the footprint of wind turbines-- its a conversation we’ve been addressing recently but another endangered species has come in the spotlight. Will the Hawaiian Blackline Damselfly be next on the list?

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Hawaii Governor David Ige hosted the 2018 winter meeting of the Western Governors' Association in Kona this week. Ige selected invasive species as the topic for the two day event. Hawaii's efforts to study and control the Little Fire Ant were highlighted during one panel discussion.


Does Honolulu really need more chamber music?  Emphatically, yes! According to one young musician who has already staged a string of successful concerts this year.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports bassist Christopher Yick wants local families to close the year on a classical note.

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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs conducted its first meeting following the November 6th election of new members.

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This week on Stargazer, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with astronomer Christopher Phillips, who has an update on a new planet-hunting telescope we’ve previously reported on, that’s now set to go online.




We’ve been hearing a lot about climate change lately. And this morning we look at the issue as it relates to migration of Pacific islands and the Health of its inhabitants.

We sat down with Laura Brewington who is with the East-West Center to talk about a grant it secured to do just that.


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In the early years of the Vietnam War a cultural revolution was underway on the West Coast of the United States. It wasn't women's liberation or the counterculture. It was the Shortboard Revolution. As the modern sport of surfing was taking shape, many of its earliest adopters were being sent to war the jungles of Vietnam.

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Sudanese singer Alsarah is known for her powerful voice and eclectic mix of what she calls “East African retro pop.” She and her Brooklyn-based band The Nubatones are in Honolulu for a week-long residency at Shangri La. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

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This week on Helping Hand it’s an annual tradition, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes back The Salvation Army for our yearly island by island look at their most pressing needs and how we can help them. Our guest is Major Jeff Martin, Divisional Leader for The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division.

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Although it has been 77 years since the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the United States into World War II, many American servicemen killed in the battle have yet to be identifed. But that is beginning to change. Technological advancements are allowing forensic scientists at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to determine the identities of hundreds of Americans who were buried as unknowns. 

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These are busy days for O‘ahu’s Department of Planning and Permitting. There are issues with so-called monster homes and the housing shortage. And there’s new attention on the slow turn-around on building permits.

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 A statue of Hawai’i’s former Congresswoman Patsy Mink was dedicated today.

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A group of University of Hawaiʻi faculty, staff, and students is urgingthe University terminate plans for construction of the Thirty-Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. This comes a little over a month since the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court upheld its decision to allow TMT construction to proceed. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports. 

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State officials are reminding residents to be vigilant this holiday season.

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The Honolulu City Council failed to override the Mayor’s Veto of an important fire sprinkler bill.

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 November 28th used to be observed as a National Holiday in the days of the Kingdom of Hawaii. La ku-okoa marked the day that the islands were first regarded as a sovereign nation and began the kingdom’s history of diplomacy around the world. On that day last week the State Archives had one of its treasured documents on display. It’s called the Anglo-French Declaration--and it officially acknowledged Hawaii as a nation----with standing equal to countries like France and England. Wednesday was the 175th anniversary of the signing of that treaty.

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A Pacific Island weaving tradition that nearly went extinct is now making a comeback. Finely woven Marshallese clothing mats made of lauhala or pandanus leaves were on display this weekend at the Bishop Museum. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi was there and filed this report.

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Hale Kipa, a state-wide nonprofit youth services organization, achieved a decade-long goal today.

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It was a bit of a headscratcher-- to the untrained eye, it was just a patch of green seaweed on the reef. But researchers determined it was in fact mudweed-- not ever seen in our backyard before. Turns out this new invasive species may be difficult to remove from our reefs.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Inauguration Ceremony for the state’s top chief executives was conducted today.

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Since 2011 more than 700,000 veterans nationwide have donated their genetic information to help the Department of Veterans Affairs research the origins of disease and find new treatments. It’s called the Million Veteran Program. In 2015 MVP became the largest human genomic database in the world.