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This week Helping Hand welcomes back Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Executive Director Dana Vennen. According to their website, the nonprofit specializes in riding instruction for special needs individuals, but provides therapeutic riding to individuals of any ability, with a goal to improve the minds and bodies of riders, using horses as partners.

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The O'Jays most recent album is called "The Last Word", and while they've said it may be their last release, the group have maintained their socially conscious messaging that helped define their sound over decades, and perhaps taken it up a notch.

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Hawai‘i’s green energy goals are among the most ambitious in the nation, and other states are closely watching our progress. Hawai‘i’s stated goal is 100 percent renewable energy generation by 2045, an ambitious target that requires tackling the problem of airline fuel. Nearly a third of the petroleum consumed in Hawai‘i is for jet fuel. In this edition of Planet808, HPR visits this past week’s Hawai‘i Aviation and Climate Action Summit.

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In just four years, a new private investment firm has acquired a dozen parcels of land along a short stretch of Kapiolani Boulevard.

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General Motors and a South Korean company are putting up more than a billion dollars apiece to build a battery factory in Ohio. The plant is a key part of GM’s electric vehicle strategy — and it underlines the presence of South Korean companies in this growing market.

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Updated: Dec. 6, 9:19 a.m.

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim says he’s concerned about the safety of protesters at Mauna Kea after the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Big Island summits. The notice is posted until at least 6 p.m. Friday afternoon. 

 

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The Hawaii Board of Education passed a proposal Thursday that would increase the pay for teachers in special education, hard-to-fill areas and Hawaiian language immersion.

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Updated, Dec. 6, 10:57 a.m.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner released the names of those who died at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard shooting Wednesday.

Gabriel Antonio Romero, 22, was the Navy sailor who fatally shot two civilian workers and injured a third before killing himself. The Navy identified him as a machinist’s mate auxiliary fireman assigned to the USS Columbia submarine who was from Texas.

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This Saturday night at the Hawaii Theatre, Jefferson Starship performs, and HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomed them to the show today.

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Protests in Hong Kong are continuing this week. Although they’ve been smaller in scale and more peaceful than in recent weeks. But the economy continues to sputter, and city officials are spending more money to try to improve the situation.

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The upcoming 2020 census involves the same participation challenges as it does every 10 years. But Hawaiʻi has a few unique challenges of its own that could put Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders at risk of being undercounted. One coalition is working to help ensure an accurate count.

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Indigenous leaders in Western Australia are seeking compensation from the state government for the loss of some of their traditional lands. The size of the claim would make it the largest legal case in the history of the country.

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A former University of Hawaiʻi regent is suing the state over what he says is a backroom deal struck by legislators to downsize the university’s governing board.

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The Hawaii Board of Education on Thursday will vote on a proposal that would increase the annual pay for teachers in hard-to-fill areas such as special education, rural schools and Hawaiian language immersion to address the state's perennial instructor shortage.

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A letter sent out to parents Monday from a Wahiawa elementary school saying a student had the measles was wrong.

State Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo says there is no new reported case of measles in the islands.

She says the false report resulted from parents who believed their pre-kindergarten child had come down with the infectious disease.

A Department of Education spokeswoman said the letter from the Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School was distributed out of an abundance of caution.

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China has protested U.S. support for demonstrators in Hong Kong. That support came in the form of a new law requiring an annual review of Hong Kong’s special trade status. Another measure bans the export of tear gas and other material to Hong Kong police. China’s response carries official anger, but the impact is mostly symbolic. 

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Hawaii has some of the highest construction costs in the country. That makes building new housing an expensive prospect.

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It’s a pair of robotic anniversaries on Mars with HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips on this week’s Stargazer.

  

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In the United States, on this Monday after Thanksgiving, some of you may still be thinking of turkey. But in China, there's increased attention on a different kind of meat. It's pork — and the country is suffering a severe shortage.

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Hawaii will need an additional 65,000 housing units statewide by 2025. Getting there will require more public infrastructure, like water, sewage, and electricity.

 

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This week on Helping Hand, join HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence as he welcomes back the Salvation Army Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division. Major Jeff Martin, Divisional Leader, returns with an annual holiday feature: hearing the Salvation Army’s wish list for projects to support those in need across the state.

The Wailers are back in Honolulu for a weekend of shows at the Blue Note. Last night, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence sat down for a conversation with guitarist Donald Kinsey.

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Business and politics have always had a close relationship. But these days, more businesses are getting overtly political on the national stage, and in some cases, on a local level.

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One of South Korea's largest companies is shifting its strategy when it comes to certain markets in the Asia Pacific. It's cutting back its presence in China, and making a big bet in Southeast Asia.

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Thanksgiving usually kicks off a season of increased generosity.  Social service agencies notice an uptick in volunteers as Christmas approaches, and people who want to make a contribution wonder how to be most useful. Here are recommendations from a professional who knows the value of contributing to a cause.

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For residents of Hawaiʻi, one thing to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day is clean air. That is not the case in many parts of the world — and one of the latest reminders of that fact came this week in New Delhi.

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One of Hawaiʻi’s largest water rights cases has come to an end on Maui, possibly signaling a turning point in the stateʻs management of public streams. 

 

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HILO — A highway that was cut off by lava flow from an eruption on Hawaii’s Big Island has reopened, officials said.

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A retired Honolulu police officer pleaded guilty in federal court to attempted sexual enticement of a 13-year-old boy, authorities said.

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This cat is a very custom maneki neko. The cats are a familiar sight in restaurants and retail establishments all over Hawai‘i and Japan--but not in front of homes. Why? Usually, the sculpture depicts a white cat with orange patches, a calico with one paw raised. What does this cat signify? Also, The new Downtown Art Center Shop welcomes artists.

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