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Wayne Yoshioka

The City is reviving a proposal to build a bridge to connect McCully and Mo’ili’ili to Waikiki.

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After 68 years of uncertainty, a father has been reunited with his sons. Army Master Sergeant Charles McDaniel Sr. went to war for the second time when his eldest son was only three years old. He never came back. But that changed last week.

Ronica Ann Ibarra

The colorful paʻū riders are one of the most unique features of any parade here in the Hawaiian Islands. Draped in yards of brightly colored fabric and decked in lei, paʻū (pah-OOH) riders continue an old equestrian tradition. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more. 

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Donald Trump's second Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has received an enormous amount of coverage recently, but one area of his background has had little exposure: his judicial record as it relates to wildlife.

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A ceremony marking the occasion National POW/MIA Recognition Day took place today at the National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

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On Hawaiʻi Island, Pahoa’s emergency shelter closed this week — after helping local residents since the latest lava flow broke out in May. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed in the Puna District — the fastest-growing community on the Big Island. That makes a housing shortage there even worse, but now there are plans for a new development that may include 900 homes in Puna.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Sculptor Lonny Tomono is returning from an artist's residency in New York City, just in time to celebrate a show he’s got at Ars Café on Diamond Head.  The classic, but sensuous, wood sculptures were all made in Tomono's studio outside Hilo.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council is gearing up to clamp down on Monster Homes and Illegal Vacation Rentals.

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A recent report on sex trafficking in Hawaiʻi found that one in eleven men buy sex online. This snapshot of what’s driving demand for Hawai’i’s sex industry may have been shocking to some, but understanding what’s fueling the supply is equally as eye opening. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

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creative commons

Maui seems to be getting a handle on its homeless population, but finding affordable rentals is still the main problem, whether you’re on the street yet or not.  A recent study concluded Maui will need 14,000 more housing units by 2025, and while that target may be hard to hit, new ideas in neighborhood living are starting to take root on the Valley Isle.

Wayne Yoshioka

Only one in three races for the Hawai’i State Senate and House of Representatives are being contested by Republicans.

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Community-driven recovery efforts are nothing new to Hawaiʻi. Whether it be massive flooding, a volcanic eruption or wildfires...the community finds a way to rally and rebuild. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi sheds some light on a little known recovery effort that began in Hawaiʻi 70 years ago.

Bethany Lee

The City and County of Honolulu is considering ways to develop partnerships to refurbish and maintain the iconic Koko Head Trail.

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creative commons

The latest word is, homeless numbers on Maui may be going down after recent storms, as several families and individuals have decided to seek permanent housing.  At last count, there were about 900 people homeless on the Valley Isle.  HPR’s series about housing on Maui continues with a look at what is working to shelter the homeless, and what is ahead to create housing they can afford.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Interagency Council on Homelessness conducted its quarterly meeting today and provided updated plans.

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The Food and Drug Administration has told top makers of popular vaping devices they have 60 days to come up with a plan to keep their flavored products away from teenagers or face removal from the market. In Hawai'i, the problem is even more rampant than on the mainland — especially among young people. And statistics show that Hawaii Island has the highest youth vaping rate in the state.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

In honor of Constitution Day, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is celebrating with a discussion about free speech on campus. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Today tickets went on-sale to Hawaii residents for the return of The Eagles. They’ll play Aloha Stadium Friday December 7th, the first rock show at the stadium since U2 and Pearl Jam in 2006, and Jack Johnson will be their opening act.

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Scientists on board the research vessel, the Nautilus, sought refuge from tropical storm Olivia in South Point on the Big Island. Catherine Cruz spoke with Geologist Chris German with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute about the unexpected opportunity to collect data on the newly formed lava delta during a lull of the volcano.

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Biochemist Jennifer Doudna has rocked the science world with her research unlocking the mystery of gene editing. A Hilo High school graduate, she now has her own laboratory at UC Berkeley. In 2014 she won a $3 million dollar prize for breakthrough science for discovering how to edit genes.

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It has been a stressful year for residents of Hawaii. We started with an erroneous incoming ballistic missile alert. Then Kilauea began erupting, followed closely by flooding on Kauai and Oahu. Next, there were wildfires on Hawaii Island and Maui. In the past month, there have been two major hurricane scares. Are Hawaii residents experiencing disaster fatigue?

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At 10 am Thursday morning the Honolulu Board of Water Supply began notifying Oahu residents that one of its reservoirs was reaching dangerous levels. The reservoir in question is held in place by a 103-year old earthen dam that sits uphill of thousands of homes.

Nu’uanu Reservoir #1 sits just off the Ewa side of Pali Highway behind the Oahu Country Club. It’s not one of the larger reservoirs in the area, but it still holds millions of gallons of water above dense residential neighborhoods.

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Last month, officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it fined three individuals for harassing a pod of spinner dolphins off Makua Beach on Oahu. Although the city was widely reported, NOAA officials felt the main takeaway slipped through the cracks.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Rain, wind and flooding on Maui have put extra pressure on the homeless.  Authorities say, some take advantage of shelters, but they aren’t sure what the majority do.  Ad hoc living spaces on the island run the gamut from a tarp to tents to shacks with electricity and wifi.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa took a tour recently with a Maui social worker. 

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Hikianalia and her crew will be welcomed this Sunday at Aquatic Park in San Francisco. Dodging storms has been the story for so many people this week. We are happy to report that the Polynesian Voyaging Society's Hikianalia has made its way safely to the West Coast and is now docked at Half Moon Bay. Captain Lehua Kamalu discussed how the crew fared during the voyage.

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Imagine yourself as a “Disease Detective” trying to stitch together clues about how illnesses like cancer and diabetes affects different ethnic groups.

We sat down with Loïc Le Marchand, UH Cancer Center epidemiologist and principal investigator of the study to talk about the Multiethnic Cohort Study (MEC Study) that looked at groups here in Hawaii and in California for two and a half decades. 

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On Wednesday the Honolulu City Council voted unanimously to advance two bills that could have a major impact on the city’s homelessness policy. One would make it illegal to obstruct public sidewalks. The other would ban camping in any public space. But a court case on the mainland may spell trouble for one of the bills.

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Olivia continues to weaken as it moves south-southwest of the state. The Tropical Storm Warning for Oʻahu has been canceled. Olivia made landfall earlier today over Northwest Maui at approximately 9:10 AM. There are reports the storm has made second landfall on Lanai at approximately 9:54 AM.

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 Residents of Maui began feeling the effects of Tropical Storm Olivia Tuesday afternoon. This morning, communities on Molokai and Windward Maui are seeing heavy rains. But Maui County spokesperson Rod Antone said that wind and water are not the only threat to residents of the Valley Isle.

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  This month we’ve been focusing on a number of groups celebrating big milestone anniversaries.

For the Bamboo Ridge Press, this marks its 40th year.

We sat down recently with Gail Harada to talk about the milestone for this local group and the community support behind its success. and a new book it launches tomorrow.

 

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