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Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz accused companies related to Kauai's recent islandwide Internet, cable and phone outage of failing to give residents timely information on the communications disruption and when service might be restored.

Ahead of their area shows next weekend, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence spoke with Tower of Power band leader Emilio Castillo about what they've been up to since last being on ATC, and in Honolulu, a year ago. The late local concert promoter Tom Moffatt used to call them "one of Hawaii's favorite bands".

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WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump said Friday his administration will pursue raising the age to purchase electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21 in its upcoming plans to combat youth vaping.

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The King Street space that long housed Café Sistina has a new restaurant tenant.

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Plaintiffs and defendants reached a settlement over a deadly Honolulu high-rise fire, although the amounts to be paid by insurance companies remains confidential, attorneys said.

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The U.S. Coast Guard says a cargo ship has spilled oil into Honolulu Harbor.

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Loretta Ables Sayre returns to the Blue Note for a 7 p.m. show this Sunday. The local artist sat down with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence to discuss her remarkable career. She explains how she got a big break at a 1 a.m.

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MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands — Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life.

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The U.S. Navy is now considering double-wall tanks for its fuel storage in Red Hill and says it will relocate the facility if that upgrade can't be done. 

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City lifeguard services would be available sunrise to sunset by July 2021 under a measure headed to Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell's desk.

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Updated: Nov. 7, 6:45 a.m.

A judge on Wednesday ruled Hawaii tax authorities may subpoena Airbnb for records of its hosts as part of an investigation into whether operators of vacation rentals have been paying their taxes.

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Longshot presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard says she will not launch a third-party bid for the White House if she fails to secure the Democratic nomination.

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Updated: Nov. 6, 10:06 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seems uncertain about how to decide a closely watched case from Hawaii about the reach of landmark federal clean-water protections.

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The University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents today is considering a proposal to review possible new management options for Mauna Kea in the wake of a three-month protest against the planned Thirty Meter Telescope. Some working models could broaden the role of native Hawaiians in directing the mountain's future.

 

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A bill banning single-use plastic items on Oahu has been moved back to a City Council committee for more discussion but that’s not stopping business owners from wanting a statewide approach to the issue. 

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The City and County of Honolulu is the second county to announce plans to sue fossil fuel companies for what officials say is damage caused by climate change and rising sea levels traced back to corporate action or inaction.

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Beginning in the Tang dynasty over a thousand years ago, Chinese landscape painting was seen as a way for cultured people to commune with nature. The exhibition now at the Honolulu Museum of Art is solidly a part of that tradition, but, according to the show’s curator, these paintings say more about the present, than the past. Li Huayi’s huge ink paintings plunge you into a non-rational world.

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Beneficiaries and those on the waitlist for Hawaiian homestead property called for legislative change before the state Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs on Monday.

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The U.S. Air Force has approved Barking Sands Pacific Missile Range Facility as its top choice for the Air National Guard's Space Control Squadron.

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This week on Stargazer, HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips talk about the future of the Hubble Space Telescope.

  

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Plastic waste has become an environmental issue around the world, and it’s increasingly a political issue as well. That’s true in Japan, which has become the latest country to move to restrict the use of single-use plastic bags.

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Researchers at the University of Hawai'i John A. Burns School of Medicine are studying why Native Hawaiians who smoke have a higher risk for lung cancer than white and Japanese people with the same smoking history.

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Hawaii nonprofits are distributing water jugs to seniors and homebound individuals across the state as part of efforts to ramp up emergency preparedness. 

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New help has arrived for Hawaii’s next wave of creative and technology start ups. It’s the new Entrepreneurs Sandbox: a community co-working, event and maker space in the Honolulu neighborhood of Kaka’ako.  The state and major business partners are investing in a combination of creativity, technology, and entrepreneurship.

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Hundreds of fish died in Maui's Wailuku River this week while the state was implementing measures to improve their habitat.

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Protests are continuing against three separate projects in Hawaii. That’s led people who work with infrastructure development to rethink how they engage the public.

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The U.S. and China are still working on details to sign an interim trade agreement, but many disputes remain between the two countries. One of the latest involves drones.

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Twenty years ago, the islands grieved as the unthinkable happened. Byran Uyesugi, a service technician with the Xerox Corp, went to the company’s warehouse and murdered seven of his co-workers. 

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