Becca Hiraishi

Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi want to know more about Native Hawaiian dietary habits. For some of the answers, they’re looking to expectant mothers and their babies.

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Some 28,000 travelers arrived in the state Saturday, raising questions about the possibility of a COVID-19 vaccine passport system in Hawai‘i.

Merrie Monarch Festival 2021 Set for the Summer

Mar 26, 2021
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After canceling the 2020 event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Merrie Monarch Festival is set for June 24, 25 and 26 without a live audience.

Noe Tanigawa

In his first state of the city speech, Mayor Rick Blangiardi highlighted Chinatown as a hidden gem that his administration is determined to improve. Right now, negotiations are underway to relocate a food distribution operation that is often cited as a source of undesirable foot traffic. The Caldwell administration announced last year that River of Life Mission would be moving, but the deal is not quite done.

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WAILUKU — A $2.5 million grant program has assisted 105 small farms across Maui County with a wide range of equipment, supplies and website development support.

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Virtual learning and the overall disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic have caused a decline in college enrollment from Hawaii's public school students.

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As Hawai‘i begins to come out of its COVID-19 restrictions, Pacific Business News has applied a familiar management tool to the small business environment.

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The Suez Canal remains closed Friday—as crews work to free a huge container ship that got stuck in a sandstorm. While the incident has sent ripples of concern around the world, it has particular impact for some in the Asia Pacific.

With a state lockdown in effect, Hawai‘i saw fewer pedestrian fatalities in 2020 compared to the year before, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association.

Positive COVID-19 Test at Dept. of Labor Call Center

Mar 25, 2021
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A positive COVID-19 test among the staff at the Department of Labor and Industrial Relation's call center has caused it to shut down Thursday, March 25.

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A new report from the University of Hawaiʻi finds there is discriminatory policing at Oʻahu schools. And the department of education fails to accurately report the policing to the federal government.

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It’s been more than a year since the World Health Organization declared that the coronavirus was a global pandemic. Part of the new reality since then has been the widespread use of disposable masks. Now a team in Indonesia is experimenting with recycling them—not as masks, but as part of other products.

Kaiser Permanente Adds West O‘ahu Vaccination Site

Mar 24, 2021
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Kaiser Permanente Hawai‘i is set to open a vaccination site in Kapolei at the end of March to serve West O‘ahu residents, the healthcare system announced Wednesday.

Manu Minute: The Long-lived Laysan Albatross

Mar 24, 2021
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Special thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for today's field recordings.

Mōlī, or Laysan albatrosses, breed in large numbers across the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, with nearly a million birds counted on Midway island alone.

Report: 25K Firearm Permits Issued Statewide in 2020

Mar 24, 2021

An annual report on statewide and county firearm registrations detailed a record high 26,122 firearm permit applications statewide in 2020, the Department of the Attorney General released Wednesday.


It’s been just over a year since the threat of COVID-19 began to change the way Hawaiʻi residents work, learn, and travel. Here's a snapshot of how the pandemic has impacted some of the state’s most remote and rural communities.

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HONOLULU — There was a drop in the number of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students who went to college last year after graduating from Hawaii's public schools, which a group of educational leaders attributes to the pandemic.

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Hawai‘i’s Department of Health continues to administer the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson vaccines—the same ones in use for the rest of the United States. But in many parts of Asia, one of the key vaccines in play is the one from AstraZeneca—and the pace is picking up this week.

Vaccination Appointment Call Center Opens for Kūpuna

Mar 23, 2021
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While COVID-19 vaccinations are available to anyone 65 years of age or older, some O‘ahu kūpuna have not felt comfortable registering online.

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The County of Kauai has expanded COVID vaccine eligibility and said most residents are now eligible and there are appointments available.

COVID Vaccination Clinic To Open In Mililani

Mar 23, 2021
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A COVID vaccination clinic will operate every Thursday from March 25 to April 15 at the Mililani Town Association Recreation Center.

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In Honolulu, after five years of scaffoldings and construction, you may be noticing changes on the mauka side of Thomas Square. It's the city's first park and it has unique historical significance.

Asian Americans Seek Greater Political Representation After Shootings

Mar 23, 2021
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WASHINGTON — Speaking on the floor of the Georgia state Senate last week, Michelle Au implored her colleagues to “stand up” to the hatred aimed at Asian Americans that's increased during the pandemic. A day later, a gunman shook the Atlanta area by killing eight people, including six women of Asian descent.

New cases of COVID-19 have risen in recent days here in Hawai‘i—along with a number of other states. They’re rising even faster in several locations overseas—including part of South Asia. Health officials in India are warning the country could be in the early stages of a new wave of COVID-19 cases.

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For this week’s Stargazer, HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips talk about a Mauna Kea observation relating to NASA and asteroids.


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Despite the clamor to speed up the U.S. vaccination drive against COVID-19 and get the country back to normal, the first three months of the rollout suggest faster is not necessarily better.

HONOLULU — The Hawaii state Legislature has advanced two bills that would allow some 17-year-olds the right to vote by next year’s primary election.

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HONOLULU — State legislators have deferred a resolution to rename President William McKinley High School and remove his statue.

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More people are making travel plans for the future, but right now international trips remain difficult. Many countries are not even accepting visitors, while others require lengthy quarantines. But in Southeast Asia, one long-planned alternative has now opened for business.

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The Maui Community Correctional Center is seeing a significant drop in COVID-19 cases after nearly two months of trying to contain the virus. But there are concerns that staff shortages and the presence of a more contagious strain of the coronavirus may jeopardize the progress made thus far.