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China is about to launch another manned spaceflight. This mission will last a bit more than two weeks. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute

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The East West Center in Manoa was established 53 years ago by the U-S Congress.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the period between 1970 and 1980 was a time of growth and expansion for the Center.

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Hawai’i island resident, Pamela Frierson, won the 2012 Elliot Cades literary award for her writings, which explore the interaction between people and place.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with her about her latest book, The Last Atoll, exploring the Northwest Hawaiian Islands.

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We’ve got the first quarter moon, Mercury, Venus and Saturn are visible, another meteor shower is happening, and lots of satellites are cruising by as Shawn Laatch at the Imiloa Astronomy Center speaks with HPR’s Dave Lawrence for this week’s Stargazer.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit has launched a 5 million dollar public art program to enhance the 21 stations along the rail route as well as the train control center in Waipahu.  Submissions are being accepted starting June 14th.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports. 

The submission deadline is 7:59 p.m.  June 27th.

For application forms, guidelines and selection criteria:

Molokai Veterans Center Finally Sees End in Sight

Jun 10, 2013
Catherine Cluett
Catherine Cluett

Seven years after Molokai veterans began the process to construct a veterans center, the building is finally nearing completion. But the group is far from celebrating. Catherine Cluett has more from The Molokai Dispatch.

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Flickr / artist in doing nothing

Investigators in Oregon are still trying to determine how genetically modified wheat wound up in a farmer’s field. The incident’s already having an impact in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

On The Move: Military Families Face Unique Challenges

Jun 10, 2013
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Summer is already underway, which means many kids are gearing up for camp. And for families experiencing military deployment --- it can be the perfect distraction from the stresses they face at home. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

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Flickr / camike

A long-awaited highway construction project in West Hawaii may be closer to to finally getting underway. The State Department of Transportation has provided no official updates since September, 2012. So HPR's Sherry Bracken talked with Governor Neil Abercrombie about the status of Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway.

President Obama is meeting the president of China today in California. One of the topics on the agenda is North Korea—and there are some new developments to discuss. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / billjon

This week’s edition of the Honolulu Weekly contains a letter from the publisher announcing the end of the popular newspaper. The Weekly’s editor and others, however, are banding together for a new venture. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Auto companies around the world are increasing their production of more environmentally friendly vehicles. And one country in southeast Asia is taking steps to become a center for factories producing “green” cars HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The Honolulu Rail Transit Project is currently in limbo, awaiting decisions and clearances from Federal and State Courts on a number of environmental and cultural challenges.  But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, these pending actions are not stopping the construction industry from moving forward with its plans to build rail - and more importantly - to take part in the development boom expected to follow.

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The Hawai’i Community Development Authority conducted a second public hearing today for a 25-story building … one of the smallest building projects being proposed in the Kaka’ako area.  But…as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports … the proposal is running into heated opposition from neighbors who are demanding current H-C-D-A rules be followed and enforced ….  

Nine UH Hilo students are in school courtesy of a scholarship program that covers not just their university education, but also some broader lessons. The students are starting on a summer adventure designed to further their learning. HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

For most Chamorro people living in Hawai`i, hearing the language of their ancestors is a rare thing. But, as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, members in the Pacific Island community are working to revitalize the language and keep it alive for generations to come.

The Chamorro language class meets weekly at Kaka'ako Kitchen, every Saturday at 10 am.

For more information on the class, contact Kenneth Gofigan Kuper at kennethkuper@gmail.com or the Marianas Club at marianas@hawaii.edu.

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Flickr / samsungtomorrow

The U.S. trade deficit grew nearly 9% in April…thanks largely to an increase in imports from China. But buried in the statistics was another fact: the trade deficit with South Korea has now hit a record. HPR’s Bill Dorman takes a closer look in today’s Asia Minute.

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Tuesday,  June 04,  2013:   More than 177-thousand Hawai’i residents over the age of 65 receive social security as part of their retirement income.   That according to the AARP.   About 15 percent of the state’s retirees rely almost entirely on social security … a difficult prospect given Hawai’i’s high cost of living.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …  

A recent study found the state of Hawaii needs hundreds of additional doctors to meet the needs of residents. The problem is particularly severe on the neighbor islands. But a group of military reservists is teaming up with local agencies to provide a dose of short-term relief for Maui and Hawaii County. From the Big Island, Sherry Bracken tells us more.

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Monday, June 03, 2013:

  

A new center to promote the advancement of women in business and other career fields was officially dedicated today …and is named for Hawai’i’s first Congresswoman …  a trailblazer who championed anti-discrimination and equality legislation that continue to touch the lives of many Americans today.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …  

There’s been another development this week in the relationship between western clothing companies and the southeast Asian factories that often produce their merchandise. This time the company is Nike, and the location is Cambodia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Molokai's Soaring Electric Rates

Jun 3, 2013

As the state moves forward with its goals of reduced dependence on fossil fuels, Molokai is already on target with the lowest energy consumption in the state and an active discussion of the island’s energy needs and future. Catherine Cluett reports from The Molokai Dispatch.

Hawaii Public Schools Get Donated Lab Equipment

Jun 3, 2013
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Flickr / UHMed

Over a dozen Hawaii public schools are receiving state of the art lab equipment, thanks to a program out of UH Manoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

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Flickr / Carl N San Diego

An international group is moving closer to an agreement that would restrict world wide trade in sharks. But one country in Asia is resisting — and it’s not China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / martincron

A local entrepreneur who wants more kids to engage in science is putting his vision into practice. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Thailand has become the latest country in Asia to cut interest rates. Central banks in the region are concerned about falling exports and a slowing Chinese economy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Monday was Memorial Day and ceremonies across the nation honored soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who lost their lives in service to our country.   But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports … local government and business leaders are trying to honor returning service members by helping them get on with their lives …  SS

Heading to Kaua’i  anytime soon?  There’s a new restaurant guide out for Kaua’i, one that focuses on tasty food, made from scratch, using local ingredients whenever possible.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

"Tasting Kaua’i:  Restaurants" is available as a Kindle download online.  You can download the kindle app and use it on any device.  Check it out on the website:

http://www.tastingkauai.com/

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More than 5-thousand residential units are approved or are being proposed for construction in Kaka’ako in the next couple of years.  The state’s plan for the area has been updated … and is being called by some residents … the good…the bad … and the too tall.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …  

This time of year brings a rainbow of events to Honolulu highlighting Hawai’i’s gay. lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.  The Gay Pride parade runs through Waikiki this Saturday, and the Rainbow Film Festival begins at the Doris Duke tomorrow.  In addition, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a theatre production that opens a window into gay life in Hawai’i.  

“Yes, I am… Stories from Honolulu’s LGBT Community” opens Friday, tomorrow night, and runs through June 9th at Fresh Café in Kaka’ako.  Check these links to the play and other activities this weekend.

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