Leaders in the Hawaii Legislature are discussing whether or not to call a special legislative session for the purpose of overriding executive vetoes by Gov. David Ige.

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A majority of the Supreme Court of the United States decided that it was not the court’s responsibility to overturn voting districts drawn with the intent of advantaging one party or another. Partisan redistricting, gerrymandering as its commonly known, has been a feature of American politics practically since the founding of the country.

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Residents of 31 cities in Southern California now have the option of getting 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources. That feat was made possible by a California state law allowing municipalities to compete with public utilities.

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Food is a shared national obsession these days, and the way we eat now has its roots in a movement that began in California in the 1970’s.  Increased awareness of fresh and local became the basis for Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine in 1991, and it got us excited about Hawai‘i’s rich food culture.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa looks at where we are, thirty years later.

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The Trump administration has decided to print the 2020 census forms without a citizenship question and the printer has been told to start the printing process, Justice Department spokesperson Kelly Laco confirms to NPR.

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A California man who borrowed a cookbook from a Honolulu library has returned it after nearly five decades.

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Mauna Loa Volcano last erupted in 1984.  Since then, it’s had some restless times, but for the past year, has been at the normal, lowest, alert level. But recently things have been changing. 

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Relations between Japan and South Korea have hit another snag. Japan is restricting exports to South Korea of some materials used in the production of smartphones. And the move is part of a much wider dispute.


The Hawaii deputy sheriff who shot and killed a man at the state Capitol is being investigated in the killing.

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eSports is a billion dollar industry, and growing. Cities around the world are holding eSports tournaments, hoping to attract younger visitors and become major destinations for the industry. But what would it take for Hawaii to become a player in eSports?

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PUU WAAWAA, Hawaii — A Dutch video game designer and entrepreneur has established a laboratory on the Big Island that is focused on developing alternatives to fossil fuels for energy, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported.


About 500 people watched from the shore and the waters off a beach as family and friends held a memorial service to say goodbye to reality-TV star Beth Chapman, who rose to fame as the wife of "Dog the Bounty Hunter," the Honolulu Star Advertiser reports.

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For Hawai’i County residents, one thing about plate lunch is changing today: the plate. A ban on polystyrene -- commonly known as Styrofoam -- takes effect on the Big Island. The law, passed in 2017, limits the use of polystyrene by food purveyors.

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NEW YORK — Crowds gathered outside New York's historic Stonewall Inn on Sunday to celebrate five decades of LGBTQ pride, marking the 50th anniversary of the police raid that sparked the modern-day gay rights movement. Other cities throughout the country planned parades.

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PANMUNJOM, Korea — With wide grins and a historic handshake, President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un met at the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone on Sunday and agreed to revive talks on the pariah nation's nuclear program. Trump, pressing his bid for a legacy-defining deal, became the first sitting American leader to step into North Korea.

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LARAMIE, Wyo.  — A sailor who died during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has been laid to rest in Wyoming.

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KEALAKEKUA — A man and woman face life in prison after being convicted of attempted murder in the beating of a Hawaii hotel security guard.

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A new medical marijuana dispensary plans to begin sales in Kailua-Kona on Sunday. Hawaiian Ethos is the eighth and final licensed medical cannabis dispensary to receive approval from the state Department of Health.


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LIHUE, Hawaii — Police on Kauai investigated allegations officers were involved in cheating on a proficiency test and covering it up, a report said.

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MIAMI — For months, the names of white men have sat at the top of early Democratic presidential primary polls. On the debate stage this week, the half-dozen women in the field offered up an alternative: themselves.

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This week on Helping Hand, we’re wrapping up our third annual series of guests relating to Hawaii’s homeless crisis, which despite some progress, remains the most severe per capita in the US.

Today on All Things Considered, HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with this gifted performer with a half-century of experience in the Aloha State. Jose Feliciano returns Sunday and Monday for shows at 6:30 and 9 p.m. at the Blue Note Hawaii.

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A panel of Big Island business leaders recently talked about challenges and transitions across multiple industries. One of the key sectors: the hospitality business.

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In discussions about homelessness in Hawai’i, much of the attention is often focused on O’ahu. But it’s a statewide issue — with different situations on each island. That includes Hawai’i Island.

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JUPITER, Fla. — Michelle Wie says she'll take a break for the rest of the year to try to get healthy. Wie had surgery on her right hand in October and tried to return in February, completing one tournament.

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Two U.S. marshals led a former Honolulu prosecutor out of a courtroom Friday when a U.S. judge ordered her detained after a jury found her guilty of conspiracy and he expressed concern that she could try to obstruct justice before being sentenced.

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Tens of thousands of professional and amateur poker players go on a pilgrimage to Las Vegas every summer in hopes of returning home richer, owning a gold bracelet and having considerable bragging rights.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Environmentalists cleaning up plastic in the ocean pulled 40 tons (36 metric tons) of abandoned fishing nets this month from an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.


HONOLULU — A Hawaii memorial service for "Dog the Bounty Hunter" reality TV show co-star Beth Chapman will feature a prayer followed by family and friends paddling out into the ocean.

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A jury has found a former Honolulu prosecutor and her now-retired police chief husband guilty in a plot to frame a relative to silence him from revealing fraud that financed their lavish lifestyle, a case that shook the top levels of law enforcement.