The state faces steep budget cuts due to the COVID-19 pandemic--and that may include education. 

Children advocacy groups hope to fill the gaps in services and find new ways to generate funds for those programs.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

In Japanese tradition, mid-November marks a rite of passage celebration for the youngest of Japanese. The centuries-old tradition was brought to Hawaiʻi with the influx of Japanese laborers in the late 1800s. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Town Square: Children & Sex Trafficking

Oct 5, 2016
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Lindsey Turner / Flickr

Hawaii now has a ban on sex trafficking. And last week, prosecutors from around the world met in Honolulu to figure out how to better network global trafficking cases. All that's good, but it doesn't help children who have already been affected. Next time on Town Square, we talk with a former trafficked girl, now grown and part of an organization helping to renew other kids' lives. She and the founder of Ho’ola Na Pua, join us along with the executive director of the Women's Fund. Is there a social responsibility to rehabilitate sex trafficked kids and how could we do it in Hawaii?

The Conversation: Thursday, May 12th, 2016

May 12, 2016
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Family Tension Over Vaccines; Filipino Renaissance Man: Martin Nievera; Nani Hale Strike; Jazz Guitar Legend Stanley Jordan

Dilema of Child Vaccines: Dr. Reena Shah

  With all the talk about kids getting shots these days, what are the recommended vaccines for children and young adults? Dr. Michael Hamilton, 2013 Best Docs in Hawaii for Pediatrics, is in the studio, and he'll share how to keep the complex shot schedules straight for kids of all ages.