Today it’s another preview with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence sharing highlights of a new interview in our series speaking musicians and artists about how they’ve been touched by the pandemic and other crises.

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More workers in Hawaiʻi’s hotel industry are facing layoffs and extended furloughs despite state plans to reopen to out-of-state travel in August. Labor advocates are calling on state legislators to put an end to job cuts that have left thousands of residents out of work.

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On this Independence Day holiday, we remember the different threads of history, culture, and experience that are woven together in American life. National immigration issues play out every day in Honolulu, a notoriously difficult business environment in the best of times. On Honolulu's culinary scene, a Turkish family's dream of a restaurant is coming true, in spite of the pandemic.

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WASHINGTON — 2012 GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is being treated for the coronavirus at an Atlanta-area hospital, according to a statement posted on his Twitter account Thursday.

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Honolulu voters will be choosing a new prosecutor this year, after the current one stepped down in the wake of the Kealoha corruption scandal. HPR will be profiling the candidates running for the office up until the August 8 primaries.

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What will school look like for University of Hawaii students when classes open up in August? Wearing masks on campus at all times is one of the major policies coming this fall. The university unveiled its interim COVID-19 guidelines yesterday, and there will be changes to courses, housing and general operations.

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It’s been a little more than two weeks since Indian and Chinese soldiers clashed violently near a disputed border in the Himalaya Mountains. Military officials have had three rounds of talks since then, but there are other signs of a declining relationship between these two regional giants.

Hawai’i Attorney General Clare Connors filed a lawsuit in state Circuit Court on Monday against the e-cigarette company JUUL and its parent firm.

Connors says that JUUL violated Hawaii’s Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices Law by marketing and selling vaping products to minors.

In 2017, Hawaii had the highest vaping rate among middle school students in the nation and the second highest for high schoolers.

Connors says the high rates are the result of JUUL targeting Hawaii teens.

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Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city will be paying special attention to sanitizing and beautifying the Chinatown area. It’s an effort to help Chinatown businesses get back on their feet after revenue losses due to COVID-19.



Short-term vacation rentals are back under the microscope as public concern rises over enforcement issues amid COVID-19.  The pandemic has brought changes to the industry that may have a lasting impact.

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Updated: 7/1/2020, 11:51 a.m.


The Hawaii Health Department announced 9 new cases of COVID-19 today. Seven cases are on Oahu and two on Maui. Oahu's case count stands at 659, Maui County's at 125, Hawaii County's at 87 and Kauai's at 38. A total of 17 residents were diagnosed outside of Hawaii.

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As cases of coronavirus continue to climb in many parts of the United States and elsewhere, public health care professionals are looking closely at “hot spots.” These are areas that can spark a high number of cases — including houses of worship.

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The online hosting platform Airbnb has agreed to help Kauaʻi County enforce its short-term vacation rental laws, Mayor Derek Kawakami and Airbnb announced yesterday.

Airbnb will remove any short-term rentals on Kauaʻi from its platform if hosts are not operating within the parameters set by county. Kawakami says this agreement with the online hosting platform has been in the works for quite some time.

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WAILUKU — A Hawaii state plan to reopen a Maui highway to motorists from the general public has caused concern among residents who want to protect the rural area from the coronavirus.

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Updated: 6/30/2020, 2:30 p.m.

The Hawaii Health Department announced 18 new cases of COVID-19 today. Fifteen cases are on Oahu, one case on Kauai, one Maui county, and one case is pending determination of location.

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HONG KONG — Hong Kong media are reporting that China has approved a contentious law that would allow authorities to crack down on subversive and secessionist activity in Hong Kong, sparking fears that it would be used to curb opposition voices in the semi-autonomous territory.

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This week on Stargazer, HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips go over some new data from the Mauna Kea summit relating to a mysteriously dimming star we’ve covered before.


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Testing for the COVID-19 virus will soon become a big focus for Hawai’i’s hospitality industry. The most common test still involves some momentary discomfort, but scientists in Asia are working on an easier approach.

Short-term vacation rentals in Hawaiʻi may be reopening to more regulation under COVID-19.

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Honolulu police officers arrested Micronesians, Samoans and Blacks for violating the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders in marked disproportion to their representation in the general population, a Hawaii Public Radio investigation found.

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Updated: 6/29/2020, 5:26 p.m.

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The Hawaii Health Department reported only two new cases of COVID-19 today but the increase brought the total statewide cases to 900. Both new cases are Oahu adults associated with a known case and they have been isolated. The smaller count follows yesterday's spike of 27 new cases.

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WASHINGTON — Victor Stemberger wasn't about to ignore the emails inviting him into a multimillion-dollar business opportunity, so he pitched himself as perfect for the job. In a way he was — but for all the wrong reasons.

The state Department of Education is expected to issue its plans on how classes will run for the new school year on Thursday. But lawmakers say they are deeply concerned about the DOE’s lack of a clear financial proposal for the fall reopening.

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Updated: 6/28/2020, 3:30 p.m.

The state Department of Health reported 27 new COVID-19 cases today, with 17 of them tied to an Oahu funeral. Of today's new cases, 23 are from Oahu, 1 on Hawaii Island, 2 on Kauai and 1 in Maui County. The operator of city's bus system also said one of its bus drivers has tested positive, the first case of a driver who fell ill while in service.

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Ikua Purdy might not have known a soul in Cheyenne when, after travel by steamship and train, he arrived in the frontier town from Honolulu in 1908.

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Updated: 6/27/2020, 12:03 p.m.

The state Department of Health reported 6 new cases today. Yesterday, they announced Hawaii's 18th death from COVID-19. The elderly Honolulu man who died from the virus was the first coronavirus death in the islands since May 3. 

Today we have part two with legendary guitarist and songwriter Al Di Meola, the latest artist in our series of interviews with musicians joining HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence remotely from around the world, sharing how they’ve been touched by the pandemic and other crises. Hear the ones we’ve aired so far, and advance previews of ones to come, archived online, including 

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The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a case over whether a federal agent should face a third trial over a fatal 2011 shooting in a Waikiki McDonald's restaurant.

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In this economy, even well-established businesses feel like they need to start from scratch to stay alive.