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The problem of abandoned and derelict vehicle varies from island to island. On Oahu, the city secured two lots this summer to remove the junked cars off its city golf courses where the vehicles were being stored temporarily.

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The State and Counties are preparing for Hurricane Lane, which is moving toward the island chain.


  Last year was a big one for the film industry here in the island-- generating more than $300 million into the economy according to state’s own business figures.


The State Land Board will be taking up a hot-button issue that some say could set a bad precedent for public lands across the state.

It has to do with public beach long used by the hotel for resort activities. Critics say the state hasn’t been adequately compensated.

The Sierra Club, Hawaii’s 1000 Friends, the Surfrider Foundation and a handful of Kahala and Diamond Head residents have written the Land Board and the staff of DLNR about their concerns.

Wayne Yoshioka

Running for Elected Office in Hawai’i is a daunting endeavor for many first-time candidates. But, win or lose, there are many lessons to be learned.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Baritone Quinn Kelsey is in demand in New York, Rome, London, Paris, and more.  He’s known for the rich quality of his voice, and a magnetic stage presence, both qualities he discovered and developed growing up in Hawai‘i.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Kelsey is a prime example of successfully leveraging local opportunities.

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This week on Stargazer, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips about research into a massive black hole at the center of the galaxy, and being done at the Mauna Kea summit, too.


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In the surf world, hydrofoil boards are turning heads. In the south of France, the town of Anglet has actually taken steps to ban hydrofoils altogether. It was the first such ban in the Atlantic. Here in the Pacific, Hawaii organizers of the standup paddle race between Molokai and Oahu added a Hydrofoil division. The winner of that race was Maui waterman Kai Lenny, who made the trek in less than three hours.

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This was a big weekend for a special export from Hawai‘i. A movie produced and shot on the Big Island debuted in mainland theaters. It’s the latest product from a collaboration involving state funding and private investment.

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This week Helping Hand presents week two in a two-week series of guests relating to helping animals on the Big Island. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes the Hawaii Lava Flow Animal Rescue Network, which started as a public group on Facebook as an informational hub for those needing assistance with pets and animals during the 2018 volcanic eruption.

Jamaican reggae group Third World is back in the Aloha State, with shows through this evening at the Blue Note. Stephen "Cat" Coore, the group leader, guitarist and occassional cellist, took time for a conversation, and performance, with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence, in the Atherton Performing Arts Studio.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Like a health club, a co-working space offers group or private space to work, office amenities, coffee, and a collegial atmosphere.  Self-employed people and start-ups, especially, have embraced the phenomenon. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports people of all ages are getting into the game as office culture changes in the 21st century.

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Hotshots are elite teams of firefighters who battle wildfires in remote and rugged terrain. Former Hilo resident Brian Hughes was the captain of a California-based hotshot team who was recently killed while fighting a fierce wildfire in Ferguson, California a few weeks ago. 

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Businesses in Honolulu’s Chinatown confront the perceptions — and realities — of homelessness and crime in the neighborhood in different ways. And some of them are changing. 

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Funding for public education will be a Constitutional Amendment question on the General Election Ballot, November 6th.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka provides a few viewpoints on this issue.

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Your Hawaii State ID or driver's license may not be accepted by airport security officers after October 2020. Under the Federal Real ID Act, states are required to verify certain personal information for those ID cards to be considered valid by federal authorities. Hawaii began compliance in 2014, but more recent changes mean that some ID's may still be considered invalid in 2020.

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It’s being hailed as a solution to save Sunset Beach thanks to a private-public partnership. Work began yesterday to take down damaged portion of a bike lane eaten away by beach erosion during high waves. The North Shore Community Land Trust has partnered with the City to complete the Sunset restoration project.


Hawaiʻi is the current stop on the national network’s U.S. bus tour.

Wayne Yoshioka

A Constitutional Amendment question on public education funding will be on the General Election Ballot. In his second report on this issue, HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka provides the teacher’s union perspective.

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This week on Stargazer, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips about funding approval to fix an international telescope facility with a connection to Hawaii.

Find more features and interviews from Dave Lawrence.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State Legislature is expected to submit a Constitutional Amendment question next week for placement on the General Election ballot.

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The Department of Planning and Permitting has just kicked off a weeks’ worth of pop up outreach events and plans more over the next year. And there’s also an online survey. We sat down with Kathy Sokugawa acting Director of the City’s Department of Planning and Permitting to understand what’s at stake.

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If you’ve ever ordered anything online, you know that shipping to Hawaii can take a while. That is because the vast majority of goods in Hawaii came here on a ship. But the share delivered by air has been growing steadily for almost 30 years.

In fact, Hawaiian Airlines is the nation’s oldest air cargo carrier. It was issued the first-ever certificate for air freight back during World War Two. This week the company debuted a new fleet of inter-island cargo planes

Lianne Rozzelle
Lianne Rozzelle

The way people work is changing these days as companies outsource, and the gig economy advances.  Co-working hubs, that is, places for people to work alone or together, are proliferating around the globe. Honolulu is in the happy space of having several unique neighborhood hubs.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visits a few of them this week.

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Hawaii saw its first hurricane of the season skirt us by last week.

But the focus on preparedness drew our attention to a new app, Harmany, that was born out of two storms in the Atlantic. Harvey and Irma. Adam Huminski and Brian Hilinksi wanted to create something to help link evacuees and hosts during a disaster. They flagged the new app they created to us last week as Hawaii watched the 


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Blank votes and name recognition were the themes of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs races this Primary Election. Ten candidates are still in the running for five seats on the OHA Board of Trustees. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Democratic Party had its Unity Breakfast yesterday following hard-fought Primary Election races for the state’s top two jobs.

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This week on Helping Hand HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence starts two weeks of focus on ways to help people assisting animals of Hawaii County affected by the latest volcanic eruption. On the front lines of trying to help is the Hawaii Island Humane Society, with services like shelter for homeless, stray, injured, lost and abandoned animals, among many other programs and services.

Despite having a long career before and after the release of 1984's Ghostbusters, musician Ray Parker Jr. will likely forever be best known for writing the hit theme song from that film.

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You have no doubt seen all those campaign signs set up in strategic corners of neighborhoods across the state. Many are plastered on chain-link fence fronting someone’s front yard.

If you assume the property owner approved those political signs, you might be wrong. Not all candidates and their campaign workers ask permission to post signs.