Building a Haven

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There’s a non-profit group on O‘ahu that’s renovating a pair of buildings to serve as a shelter for young girls. It needed some assistance with design and construction — and another local group stepped up to help.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Painter Kainoa Gruspe graduated from UH Mānoa in 2017 and has been showing consistently around Honolulu ever since.  His latest show at Ars Café on Monsarrat combines the naïve imagery of a house, a T-Rex, or a happy face, with a paint application technique that looks like stacked magazines from the side.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports some paintings have a hundred layers.

Wayne Yoshioka

The first anti-abortion bill in 20 years was heard today by the state legislature in a standing-room only committee room.



During President Donald Trumps state of the union speech--lots of attention was given to the

Border Wall and the threat of another government shutdown, but others were watching what he said about healthcare.

AARP’s Barbara  Kim Stanton has heartened since Trump mentioned the need to curb the spiraling costs of prescription drugs-- but says we need to do more.


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Officials with the City and County of Honolulu want to build more affordable rental housing. But rather than directly fund construction, they have prepared a package of incentives to make those type of projects more appealing to developers. 


A new entrepreneurship center is opening up in downtown Honolulu. HPR’s Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi got a preview of the space and a look at its plans. 

Wayne Yoshioka

It was Agriculture Day at the State Capitol today inside committee rooms and outside on display tables.

Catherine Cruz

State lawmakers are seeking to change the way Hawaiʻi votes for trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. 

Casey Harlow

Hawaiʻi County Mayor Harry Kim has set up a task force to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries on the island.  With 32 traffic fatalities in 2018, and two so far this year, Hawaiʻi County has the highest per capita death rate from car crashes in the state. And another 1,200 people have suffered serious injuries. 

State Lawmakers are considering legislation to revamp how tourism taxes are distributed to the counties. 

Wayne Yoshioka

A coalition of state lawmakers and community health organizations are pushing to outlaw flavored tobacco products in Hawai’i. 

Ryan Finnerty

Educators don’t normally deceive their students, but every once in a while, they have a good reason to do so. That was the case at one local school when a staff member was the secret winner of an award often called “the Oscar of teaching.” A former teacher and current adminsitrator at Honolulu's Ala Wai Elementary School was the winner of a Milken Educator Award.

Ryan Finnerty

The Falls of Clyde began sinking in Honolulu harbor last week. The 280-foot iron-hulled sailing ship has been moored in Honolulu Harbor for decades, physically deteriorating in the process. A deadline is fast approaching to remove the vessel, but the plan to do so has yet to be finalized.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

In 2017, Sean O’Harrow fondly recalled formative years at the old Art Academy, as he threw himself into implementing change as the Honolulu Museum of Art’s first Hawai‘i-born Director.  Just over two years later, many are surprised that O’Harrow is leaving.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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Leave a place better than when you found it.

That’s been a guiding principle for Joe Ferraro, incoming head of the Hawaii Chapter of American Institute of  Architects. And its an idea that goes hand-in-hand for the AIA’s sustainability focus for this next year as all eyes are on how do we adapt to our changing climate.

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Professional soccer is coming back to Hawaiʻi. It’s not only for a short stay – but state officials hope the Pacific Rim Cup is part of a broader movement: growth in sports tourism for the islands. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

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The state is in the process of creating a high-resolution map detailing how a tsunami would affect coastal areas on Oʻahu.

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This week on Helping Hand, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes back Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands. He speaks with CEO Chris Charbonneau.

Catherine Cruz

  Today we take you out and about with a hardy band of volunteers of Citizen Foresters..

Over the last two years, they have mapped some 6 thousand trees in Kailua. They are now in Honolulu tackling neighborhoods in Manoa and soon to be in Kaimuki.

We caught up with Heather McMillan who happened to be hard at work on Arbor Day to talk about the state program and how it all got started.

Today as we planned to offer a preview of a sobering Helping Hand segment we’ll have next Friday based around the world’s most trafficked mammal, a toothless, defenseless animal, unfortunately this most vulnerable creature has made news now on back-to-back days with unprecedented, record setting seizures of their body parts, both headed to the same Asia Pacific country, as conservationists say with these kinds of mind-boggling busts, extinction appears inevitab

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

The staggering growth of digital media has not been the death knell for print that many people predicted.  Magazines, in fact, have found niche markets and new opportunities in formats that still lure readers and fans who seek them out.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a new magazine in Honolulu that may feel a little bit more like home.

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Among the 43 states that have a publicly funded preschool program, Hawaii ranks last with less than 5% of 4-year-olds enrolled. That's according to a 2017 report from the National Institute for Early Education Research. On Wednesday, Governor David Ige signed a plan that aims to expand access to public pre-k.

Catherine Cruz

One of the biggest challenges for a successful small business is knowing when and how to hand it over to new owners. PBN editor A. Kam Napier has more on how Hawaiʻi’s small businesses should approach succession planning.


A pair of Vietnamese nationals have been arrested with one of the largest illegal wildlife seizures ever in Uganda. The AP reported that Ugandan officials intercepted the two along with 750 pieces of elephant ivory and thousands of pangolin scales. Authorities believe the haul was coming from South Sudan, and originated in Congo. The AP said the Uganda Revenue Authority found the ivory and pangolin scales hidden inside timber that was packed into three freight containers.  

Wayne Yoshioka

The State’s County Mayors briefed a joint session of the Senate and House Finance Committees today.

Ryan Finnerty

Hawaii's oldest grocery cooperative has launched a fundraising campaign to save itself from closing. At the end of 2018, Kokua Market was on the brink of financial insolvency. The company’s governing board elected a new chairwoman who has launched a last-ditch effort to reorganize the business for survival in the highly competitive market for health food.

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Native Hawaiian leaders opposing construction of the Thirty-Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea are taking their grievances beyond the shores of Hawaiʻi to TMT decision-makers and a financier in the Bay Area. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

Wayne Yoshioka

The state legislature is also focusing on Keiki this session.

Wayne Yoshioka

It’s shaping up to be the year of the Keiki or Child at the State Capitol.


This week, a group of investors and entrepreneurs from around the Asia Pacific are gathering in Honolulu. Some will be looking to pitch ideas---others are ready to offer some financial backing.