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The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity is underway in Honolulu this week, and one thing they will be looking at is the connection between disabilities and prison incarceration.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with experts in the field of using culture and creativity to turn lives around.

“Healing our People, Healing Our Streets”, a dialog about alternatives to incarceration, is scheduled for the Church of the Crossroads, tomorrow, Wednesday evening, at 6pm.

What if the next time you saw your doctor, no one asked you about your insurance, and you knew what your visit would cost, and that once you left, no bills would come in the mail? Sound impossible? Maybe it is, but this week we will discuss what a single payer system might look like , and how this may be a future step in America's health care.

We’ve got several planets to see, a meteor shower to look for and we learn about a discovery relating to Saturn’s rings… as Shawn Laatch at the Imiloa Astronomy Center speaks with HPR’s Dave Lawrence for this week’s Stargazer.

Any time a land developer in Hawaii digs below the surface, it's necessary to complete a full archaeological inventory survey. The law insures protection and preservation of cultural and historical sites. But a bill making its way through the legislature could change the way future construction projects move forward. HPR's Molly Solomon reports.

Lihau Hannahs Paik and Kellen Paik started performing on stage together in 2005 and were married five years later. They discussed their latest release, "Bumbye," with Derrick Malama during Kanikapila Sunday on April 28, 2013.

Flickr / Leung Ching Yau Alex
Flickr / Leung Ching Yau Alex

A dock strike in Hong Kong is stretching into its second month. It's a dramatic story that pits one of the world's richest men against hundreds of workers. HPR's Bill Dorman has more in today's Asia Minute.

New Homes Coming for Native Hawaiians on Molokai

Apr 29, 2013

A number of Native Hawaiian families on Molokai will be moving into their own homes over the next couple of years. And they'll be doing it thanks to a grant received by Molokai Habitat for Humanity. Catherine Cluett reports from The Molokai Dispatch.

The Conversation for April 29, 2013

Apr 29, 2013

It’s Monday, April 29– From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.

Former inmates take door  number two.

US District Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi serves the District of Hawaii  She was an Obama nominee and from 2010-2011, she was the presiding judge of the pilot program for the District of Hawaii’s Reentry Court.  The program's team  - public defender, prosecutor, probation officer and judge - work with high-risk offenders who are reentering the community from federal prison. The goal is to  reduce recidivism, improve public safety, and help offenders lead productive and law-abiding lives.

The distinctive voice of the band Yes, Jon Anderson, has been a solo artist for several years following a less-than-friendly split with the group. He recently performed an Asia Pacific tour and during it, spoke with HPR’s Dave Lawrence for an interview being featured this afternoon on All Things Considered. In our feature, he explains how the last time he was in the islands, he even did some spontaneous collaborating, right on the beach.

Hear more of the conversation with Jon Anderson below. Also check out some of his music.

Thousands of people in Bangladesh are protesting safety conditions for garment workers in the country. More than 200 people were killed this week when a clothing factory collapsed in the nation's capital. The protestor's targets include some western shores. HPR's Bill Dorman has more in today's Asia Minute.

The Conversation for April 26, 2013

Apr 26, 2013

It’s Friday, April 26 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.  

An NRA HRA shoot out

Harvey Gerwig is President of the Hawaii Rifle Association. It was established in 1857. Its goals are the preservation of the Second Amendment and the advancement of sports involving shooting. The HRA  is the State Affiliate of the National Rifle Association...and later today we may see which perspective - the NRAs or the HRAs - persuades  lawmakers about the necessity of SB69.

The Worsening Physician Shortage

Apr 25, 2013

Due to technical problems, the first three minutes of the show are missing.  We apologize for the problem.  On this show Beth-Ann Kozlovich talks with George Greene, President and CEO of Healthcare Association of Hawaii; Dr. Nadine Tenn Salle, Queens physician and President of the Independent Physicians Association; and Valisa Saunders, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner at Leahi and Maluhia  long term care hospitals. And by phone at the beginning of the show JABSOM physician, researcher, and benchmark study co-author, Kelley Withy.

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  Award-winning slack key guitarist Jeff Peterson visited Hawai`i Public Radio to talk with host Derrick Malama about his latest release, “Slack Key Travels.” Jeff brought two of his guitars with him and played a few songs from the album in the HPR studios. Hear the complete interview from March 3, 2013.

The Conversation for April 25, 2013

Apr 25, 2013

It’s Thursday, April 25 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Ag to go or ag to grow food?

Ashley Lukens is the Vice President of the Hawaii Food Policy Council and a PhD candidate studying alternative food systems in the Department of Political Science at UH Manoa. She is also a Sea Grant Graduate Trainee, documenting the impact of shifting land use practices and has been following two potentially game-changing bills that could alter the balance of how Hawaii feeds itself.

  This Saturday, the Drug Enforcement Administration is conducting their prescription and over-the-counter drug take back day.  Law enforcement officials will collect expired or unneeded medications from residents.  And although this is a national program, Hawaii Island has a special concern about those drugs.  From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Hawaii's legislature passed a budget this week, but federal lawmakers are still arguing about finances --- and that's likely to continue through this summer.  Discussions of U.S. government finances often include the fact that the Chinese government holds a lot of U.S. debt.  Now Australia is planning to buy some of China's debt.  HPR's Bill Dorman has more in today's Asia Minute. 

Tourism Trends Show Japanese Seeking Out Local Culture

Apr 25, 2013
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Flickr / chibirashka

March turned out to be another month of growth for tourism in the state. The Hawaii Tourism Authority says overall visitor arrivals were up 7.6% compared to a year earlier, while visitor spending was up 7.8%. The number of tourists coming from Japan was also up—by a little more than four percent. And a growing trend for those Japanese visitors is a movement beyond Waikiki---searching for a more local experience. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

The Royal Hawaiian Band and the Hawai’i Council on the Humanities have joined forces for a tasty lunchtime program this Friday (4/26) at ‘Iolani Bandstand.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

This story includes a version of Kaulana Na Pua performed by the Royal Hawaiian Band with Misty Kela’i.  Hear more this Friday, April 26, at ‘Iolani Palace from noon to 1 PM (weather permitting).   Guests are welcome to bring a picnic to this free lunchtime concert.

Ever hit your head and wonder if it's normal to feel pain for days afterwards? Know the difference between a headache and concussion? Host Dr. Kathy Kozak welcomes her guests Dr. Ben Chun, Sports Medicine, and Dr. Monique Canonico, Neurology at Kaiser Permanente, who are going to help explain the difference between a simple pain in the head, and when that could be a sign of something life-threatening.

Co-hosts Burt Lum and Ryan Ozawa find out about a new course being developed at the University Lab School on Digital Citizenship. With our students being born into the age of the internet as digital natives, how are they being prepared for life online?

According to the State Legislative Reference Bureau … Hawai’i imports more than 65 percent of its vegetables and fruits … and is reliant on out-of-state sources for much of what it consumes.   But…as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports … some Agriculture Officials say local food production can be increased without growing more crops or using more agricultural lands …

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When Hawaii Island's newest highway was built, workers unearthed a number of historical artifacts. Now they'll be housed in a new Hawaiian preserve and cultural interpretive center. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

With news events elsewhere developing rapidly over the past week, North Korea has been pushed off the front pages of many of the world’s newspapers. But it may not stay that way. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The Conversation for April 24, 2013

Apr 24, 2013

It’s Wednesday, April 24 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Misconduct conducts bad cops to the door

Darryl Perry is the Chief of the Kauai Police Department. He previously commanded the Juvenile Division, the Narcotics/Vice Division, and the Criminal Investigations Division, all after retiring from the Honolulu Police Department.  He was born and raised on Kauai.

Sowing sustainable seeds of hope

The Governor signed the Compassionate Care Bill into law yesterday … which provides female sexual assault victims access to emergency contraception upon request.  The measure was the top priority for women lawmakers this session… but there are more bills they want passed in the final days before adjournment May 2nd.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …

The Conversation: Tuesday, April 23rd

Apr 23, 2013

Legally bound: a labor saver sticks new owners with old staff

Matt DiGeronimo is the Senior Managing Director of Smith Floyd Mergers & Acquisitions. He also hosts the firm's weekly  radio show on KGU AM. HB634, the bill to compel a new owner to keep existing employees in businesses with over 100 staffers, is in conference today.

Culture clashing women report conflict

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The Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association expects another year of growth for car sales in Hawaii—forecasting a rise of 6.5% from last year. Last month, attendance was up at the auto show in Honolulu. This week, a much bigger auto show is taking place in Shanghai. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

More than one billion people in 192 countries were expected to participate in Earth Day activities today… marking the 43rd year of focusing on environmental awareness.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka accompanied a group of hikers yesterday … who celebrate Earth Day more than once a year …

Hawai’i Opera Theatre is launching a new production of one of opera’s most thrilling treasures:  Puccini’s Tosca.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa goes behind the scenes for a look at why this production promises to be a blockbuster. 

"Inspired Food" Touches on Local Food History

Apr 22, 2013

It's no secret that Hawaii loves food. And an upcoming culinary event at the Japanese Cultural Center explores some of the history behind some island favorites. HPR's Molly Solomon spoke with a local food author who takes a look at the roots of Hawaii cuisine.

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