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UHERO Forecast: Visitors Could Reach 6.4M in 2021, 8.8M in 2022

As COVID-19 appears to wane, a study from the University of Hawaii analyzed how Hawaii’s economy is doing. The optimistic forecast could bode well for the state's tourism industry.

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National and World Headlines

The U.S. Looks To Support The Afghan Military From 'Over The Horizon'

President Biden and his Pentagon chiefs say the U.S. will assist Afghanistan's military from afar after American troops pull out. They haven't announced the details, but they do have a common refrain: "over the horizon."

"We will maintain an over-the-horizon capacity," Biden said in his recent address to a joint session of Congress. "We will continue to support (the Afghans) with over-the-horizon logistics," Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said at a recent new conference. "We have...

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States are having varying responses to the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control about face masks and social distancing. But in parts of Southeast Asia, governments are going in a different direction: tightening some restrictions amid rising case numbers of the coronavirus.

Working long hours poses an occupational health risk that kills hundreds of thousands of people each year, the World Health Organization says.

People working 55 or more hours each week face an estimated 35% higher risk of a stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease, compared to people following the widely accepted standard of working 35 to 40 hours in a week, the WHO says in a study that was published Monday in the journal Environment International.

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Visitors are slowly returning to the islands as restrictions begin to ease, and more people receive a vaccine. While leisure travel is making a comeback, conferences and meetings will take longer to recover.

Worship online just isn't the same, even after a year of getting used to it. Yet widespread vaccinations haven't resolved all the questions of how to gather again, despite the eagerness of congregants to see each other again.

Churches have even upped their production quality. In a video produced for Facebook, the choir at the Temple Church in Nashville sings, spaced out, in the parking lot. Members like 73-year-old Rogers Buchanan watch the stream from their couches.


Its another week of Bridging the Gap, and full of funk.  Congratulations to all the graduates that have graduated this semester as you are embarking into the next stage of your life.  Expect to hear alot of rare groove, funk, soul, and much more. 


HPR-Produced Talk Shows

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Chinatown Citizen's Patrol on Mayor Blangiardi's intiatives; New approach to policing Chinatown's unsheltered population; Molokaʻi Arts Center offers free classes; Downbeat Diner and Lounge; Manifest cafe-bar back in business; Wo Fat Building restoration

Purple Maiʻa

Indigenous solutions to climate change; Reality Check with Civil Beat; Pacific Islanders in Communications celebrates 30th anniversary; Restoring a Kaua‘i church organ

Doctor A via Pixabay
Doctor A via Pixabay

Today on Bytemarks Cafe, weʻll find out about a new FCC program launched today called the Emergency Broadband Benefit. We’ll learn what the program entails, who can benefit from it and how someone can apply to get a discount on their monthly Internet service bill.

HPR Features

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 17th

8 hours ago

Mokuʻāina means state, as in the United States.

artist photo courtesy Michael Wilson

Today for Off the Road, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence concludes two days with a musician, songwriter and producer who is associated with some of music’s biggest songs and artists: Steve CropperBrowse and listen to the entire series here.

HPR-Produced Music Shows

Classical Pacific presents classical music from pre-Renaissance to the current day, locally curated by Keali‘iloma (Louise Keali‘iloma King Lanzilotti). The program is live weekdays from 3-6pm Hawaiian Standard time, streaming live on and on the HPR mobile app.  

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Weekdays 8:00 AM - Noon on HPR-2

Studio Line: (808) 792-8245

About the show:
HPR Music Director Gene Schiller's signature program begins each weekday morning with Morning Cafe, a refreshing blend of music, usually built around a special theme. 

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Kanikapila Sunday features three hours of Great Hawaiian Music, including contemporary, traditional and hapa haole songs. You'll also hear slack key guitar and 'ukulele instrumentals. Plus, the Kanikapila Sunday Classic! Join host Derrick Malama TODAY from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Hawai’i Time (4:00-7:00 p.m. Pacific/7:00-10:00 p.m. Eastern on HPR-1. Listen online, on the HPR app, or ask your smart speaker to ‘Play KHPR’! Connect by Facebook.

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