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NEW YORK — Bob Shane, the last surviving original member of the popular folk group the Kingston Trio who was from Hawaii and the lead singer on its million-selling ballad “Tom Dooley” and many other hits, has died.

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WAILUKU — Fewer sea turtles were found stranded on Maui last year than in 2018, although officials say most cases continue to be caused by fishing gear, officials said.

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Reaction is still pouring in from around the world about the death of former basketball star Kobe Bryant. And that includes some special attention from the Asia Pacific.


Guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan is back in the islands, with shows tonight at 6:30 and 9 p.m. at the Blue Note, called "Stanley Jordan plays Jimi Hendrix" and he spoke with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about it.


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For Stargazer, it’s a return to a nearby planet, with fresh data thanks to area telescope facilities with HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips.


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BOISE, Idaho — Police say the mother of two missing kids has been found in Hawaii along with her new husband, but there's still no sign of the children in the cross-country investigation that includes several mysterious deaths.

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It was another fiery weekend in parts of Australia. Scores of brushfires are still burning — especially in the states of New South Wales and Victoria. While the destruction has been vast in recent weeks, the intensity of the flames has declined a bit in recent days. But there are lingering concerns, and not only about the loss of life and property. 


Although a large drop in Hawaii's price of goods and services isn’t likely even as the governor and lawmakers deem it a priority, a small decline may be enough to reverse the trend of population decline.

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A study shows the number of residential vacation rentals on Oahu has decreased by more than 13% since legislation was enforced against illegal short-term rentals, a Hawaii tourism agency said.

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Hawaii lawmakers have proposed initiatives to help reduce the number of traffic-related fatalities after transportation officials confirmed more than 100 deaths in the last year.

In a new recording made public on Saturday, President Trump can be heard speaking with two men he has claimed to not know and ordering the firing of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

The hour-long recording from April 2018 captures a meeting between Trump and a group of donors that includes two associates of his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who in recent weeks have emerged as central figures in the impeachment inquiry: Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas.

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CHICAGO — The official portraits of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama from the National Portrait Gallery will begin a five-city national tour in Chicago in June 2021.

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This week on Helping Hand we have returning guest Leilani Farm Sanctuary of Maui, an all-volunteer, nonprofit that provides shelter to hundreds of rescued and sometimes previously abused animals. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Founder and President Laurelee Blanchard about the sanctuary and ways people can support them.

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Following a meeting with President Donald Trump, Maui Mayor Mike Victorino came out in support Friday of Trump’s plan to loosen federal environmental rules on development.

Air Supply is back in Hawaii, with dates through Sunday at the Blue Note Hawaii. Though nearly their entire five night run was sold out, founders Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell sat down with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence to reflect on their long history and connections to the state.

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It’s been 20 years since Hawaii banned aerial fireworks, yet the illegal pyrotechnics can still be seen and heard around the state, especially during New Year’s Eve and even on Lunar New Year, which is being celebrated this year on Saturday.

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Celebrations of the Lunar New Year will be subdued in many parts of China this year, because of concerns of a spreading virus. That’s also true within the region, where various countries are having different reactions to the outbreak.

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The Lunar New Year begins this Saturday. It’s the year of the metal rat and celebrations hit a peak Friday night through Saturday. Lion dances, firecrackers, even the foods of the season, are slipping from sight in Honolulu, but there's a spot at the Vineyard Boulevard edge of Chinatown that will be hopping Friday night.

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Hawaii lawmakers were asked on Thursday to help make non-pharmaceutical alternatives more available to patients who use opiods, the addictive pain-killing drugs.

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HILO — The Solid Waste Advisory Committee in Hawaii has proposed a plan that includes 82 waste management recommendations covering nine programs.

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This week, South Korea’s government announced it will be sending a naval unit to the Middle East. That move has been welcomed by the United States and criticized by Iran. But for South Korea, it’s a form of compromise.

Advocates for victims in Hawaii domestic violence cases are backing a proposal to reduce certain domestic violence cases from felonies to misdemeanors.

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A new virus that started in China has now reached the United States. The Hawaii Department of Health is advising doctors across the state to be alert for patients who may have traveled from the city of Wuhan. While it’s not yet understood exactly how the virus is spread, it’s raising concerns – especially within the Asia Pacific.

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NEW YORK — Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard filed a defamation lawsuit against Hillary Clinton on Wednesday over an interview in which Clinton appeared to call Gabbard "the favorite of the Russians.”

No Coronavirus Cases Reported In Hawaii But Officials Advise Flu Shots

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Hawaii health officials are advising residents to get flu shots to help in the detection of cases of coronavirus that has affected over 400 people in China and killed nine.

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Gov. David Ige delivered his sixth State of the State address Tuesday, laying out details about efforts worked out with legislative leaders that aim to address Hawaii's high cost of living in areas that include housing and child care.

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It’s been two years since China turned the commercial world of recycling upside down when it stopped accepting most plastic from overseas. This week, the government announced another sweeping change: phasing out single-use plastics.

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Honolulu police say human remains were found Tuesday at the scene of the Diamond Head-area shooting that killed two officers and left a victim stabbed in the leg. 

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After years of failing to address infrastructure problems at state airports, lawmakers will once again consider making a change this session.


Boston guitarist Johnny A is back in the islands on a solo tour he's calling Just Me... And My Guitars: Celebrating the British Song Book of the 60's. He took time to speak with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about his history, which includes working with The Yardbirds, the J.