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Monday, April 29 2013

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.

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Monday, April 29 2013

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.

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“Kanikapila Sunday with Derrick Malama” is heard every Sunday from 1 to 4 pm Hawai`i Time on HPR-2 (KIPO 89.3 O`ahu, KIPM 89.7 Maui, KIPH 88.3 Hana, KHPH 88.7 Kailua-Kona). Streaming at http://www.hawaiipublicradio.org

Friday, April 26 2013

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.

 

Jon Anderson (courtesy of jonanderson.com)

 

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

 

 

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Friday, April 26 2013

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 protestors’ targets include some western stores. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Thursday, April 25 2013

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.

The program, Mele Lāhui, will explore songs composed either during the time of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom or in remembrance of it.  Special presenters–Aaron Mahi, Puakea Nogelmeier, and Martha Noyes–will illustrate the events of that time and give perspective through the eyes of the composers.  This concert of songs about Hawaiian nationalism will feature the Queen’s Prayer, Ku‘u Pua I Paoakalani, Nā Ali‘i, Ka Na‘i Aupuni, and Mele ‘Ai Pōhaku.   Stellar vocalists, Malia Ka'ai and Nina Keali'iwahamana are also featured.

A special booklet containing program notes about the pieces, written by the speakers, along with song lyrics, will be made available to audience members at no charge.

This event is free and open to the public.  Attendees are welcome to bring a picnic meal for seating on the grounds of ‘Iolani Palace.  A limited number of chairs will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more information, contact Stacy Hoshino, HCH director of grants and special projects, at shoshino@hihumanities.org.

http://hihumanities.org/mele-lahui-performed-by-the-royal-hawaiian-band/

For more on the Royal Hawaiian Band:

http://www.rhb-music.com/

 

The Hawai'i Council for the Humanities collection, "We Go Jam", contains the essay about Kaulana Na Pua by Martha Noyes as well as many other scholarly notes and recollections about Hawai'i's music over the years.  Check the Humanities website for a copy:  http://hihumanities.org/

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Thursday, April 25 2013

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.

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Thursday, April 25 2013

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.

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Thursday, April 25 2013

This Saturday, the Drug Enforcement Administration is conducting their prescription and over-the-counter drug takeback 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.

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Wednesday, April 24 2013

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.

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Wednesday, April 24 2013

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.

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Wednesday, April 24 2013

The Honolulu City Council’s Budget Committee advanced a bill today to establish a fee for the use of County roads and highways. But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, there are many unanswered questions that need to be addressed in the coming months.

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Tuesday, April 23 2013

Unless you filed an extension, tax season is over for you.  But in the days of old Hawaii, you might have still more to pay.  From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken explains.

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Tuesday, April 23 2013

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.

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Tuesday, April 23 2013

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. 

 

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“Tosca” opens this Friday night at 8, with a matinee Sunday and final performance Tuesday night, April 30.   Performances are all at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. 

http://www.hawaiiopera.org/shows_and_tickets/ticket_information/Tosca/

HPR Music Director, Gene Schiller, says it's been a long time since he's heard a voice of Pupu'a's caliber.

For a sample of Ta'u Pupu'a in an early performance of "Tosca"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKHuuvitcdY

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Tuesday, April 23 2013

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...

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Monday, April 22 2013

We’ve got the full moon, Saturn, Jupiter and even Mercury among items to look for, plus we learn about a new discovery in the “habitable zone”… as Shawn Laatch at the Imiloa Astronomy Center speaks with HPR’s Dave Lawrence for this week’s Stargazer.

 

Stargazer with HPR's Dave Lawrence

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Monday, April 22 2013

A group on Molokai is taking a new step to fight child hunger. It’s working with the island’s elementary schools to feed dozens of keiki.  Catherine Cluett reports from The Molokai Dispatch.

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Monday, April 22 2013

As Hawaii’s legislative session approaches its end, the thoughts of some are turning to politics and elections. In Japan, the next election will operate under new rules: allowing the use of the internet. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Monday, April 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.

 

For more information, check out the JCCH's website.

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Monday, April 22 2013

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.

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