Big Island

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Astronomers say the best place on earth to practice their science is on Hawai‘i Island: Mauna Kea. The mountain is also important to cultural practitioners, hunters, hikers, and sightseers.    The Mayor of Hawai'i County has been sharing his vision for the mountain.   HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken has more.

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Hawai'i County water users in the North Kona District are being asked to cut back on their water use.  HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken explains what's going on, and how long the restrictions will last.

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Hawai'i Island’s Kīlauea Volcano gets a lot of attention with its two spectacular eruption locations. But the island’s dominant active volcano is also under close observation from scientists. We get details from HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken.

A Kīlauea Update

Mar 1, 2017
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It's been a dramatic new year so far for one of Hawai'i Island's most spectacular sights. The Kīlauea Volcano has been continuously erupting for 34 years—but there have been some changes since January. As for current conditions, HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken got an update from scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

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Big Island State Senator Kai Kahele and State Representative Mark Nakashima have introduced companion bills to provide an economic boost for Hilo’s business community.  We have more about the proposals from HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken.

Lyman Museum
Lyman Museum

Hawai'i Island lost a local giant last week. You could call him a businessman, but that’s just one small piece of the story of someone who made Hilo his home for more than nine decades and help shape the island’s economy. HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken has more from the Big Island.

The Conversation: Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

May 11, 2016

The Future of Geothermal in Hawaii; Mililani Middle School Beekeeping Club; Grid Defection from HECO; Public Private Partnerships in Hawai‘i Schools

What's Next for Geothermal Oversight? Sen Russell Ruderman

The Conversation: Thursday, May 5th, 2016

May 5, 2016

Large-Scale Composting in Hawai‘i County; The Outlook for Hawaiian Monk Seals; Transgender Students in Hawai‘i Schools; Turning Wartime Trauma into Art

Hawaii County Bill 197, RE: Composting Facility: Councilmember Karen Eoff

The Conversation: Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Mar 24, 2016

Big Island Land Conservation; Kaua'i Orchid Festival; State Gun Control Legislation; Woodworking Workshop

The Kohala Center’s Ainaho’i Program: Dr. Kamana Beamer

Governor Provides Dengue Fever Update

Feb 2, 2016
Wayne Yoshioka

It’s been 3 months since the Dengue Fever Outbreak was first reported on the Big Island.   There are also concerns of it spreading to the neighboring islands.  The Governor brought the County and State responders to the Capitol for an update.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Female Aegypti Mosquito, carriers of Dengue Fever
State of Hawaii Department of Health

There are nearly 90 confirmed dengue fever cases on the Big Island, primarily centered in Kona.   One elected official in a neighboring district is concerned the state is not doing enough to prevent its spread.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Kahilu Theatre

Waimea on Hawai’i Island is a two traffic light town with a history of ranching and actually, quite a lot of theater. Richard Smart, sole heir to the Parker Ranch, was a singer and dancer who had performed on Broadway, for example with Carol Channing, as well as around the world. He built a fine theater in Waimea, the Kahilu, which thrived, then struggled along until closing its doors last summer. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the Kahilu Theatre’s reemergence.

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One of Hawai’i’s most exciting artists, Keith Tallett, from Hawai’i island, has just opened in a new gallery in Kaka’ako.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

‘Militia”, Keith Tallett’s latest work, continues at SPF Gallery on Auahi Street through July 14th.

SPF Projects

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