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The Conversation: Challenges of Houseless Students


Struggles of houseless students; Hunting Mushrooms on the Big Island; Update on COVID-19; Lost sounds of Hawaii's native birds; Honolulu Art Ensemble debut

Struggles of houseless students

One of the most vulnerable populations in Hawaii are the unsheltered, and that includes Hawaii's more than 3,000 school students in unstable housing. According to the state of Hawaii Department of Education, the number of those students has stayed about the same over the past 10 years. DOE teachers tells us about what life is like for these houseless students.

Brandon Galarita, Central Middle School, 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher; Ellie Kantar, Farrington High School, ELL Teacher; April Hisatake, Royal Elementary, K-5 Curriculum Coordinator

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Hunting Mushrooms on the Big Island

Don Hemmes, professor emeritus of biology at the University of Hawaii-Hilo, has spent the past 30 years studying mushrooms of Hawaii. Noe Tanigawa joins him on a mushroom hunt - including some unlikely places.

Don Hemmes, Professor Emeritus of Biology, University of Hawaii-Hilo

Update on COVID-19

HPR News Director Bill Dorman gives us an update on COVID-19 in the Islands.

HPR News Director Bill Dorman

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Lost sounds of Hawaii's native birds

David Kuhn of Kauai recorded native bird sounds back in the 1990s. It's tough for him to talk about because the forests don't sound the same. He tells us more. Find David Kuhn's recordings of natural sounds at

David Kuhn

Honolulu Art Ensemble debut

The Honolulu Art Ensemble debuted last week at the Hawaii State Art Museum. Members include Jay Jasco on drums and percussion; T'Altosh on guitar, flutes and marimba; Peter Shaindlin on trumpet and flugelhorn; and Roland Longstreet on congas.

Honolulu Art Ensemble

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