Hawaii Island

Reports from Sherry Bracken

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   If you're under 21, it's about to get tougher to buy smoking products in Hawaii County.  The Big Island is the first in the state to pass a law restricting cigarette sales and more.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story.

Flickr / Hawaii County
Flickr / Hawaii County

 

The use of genetically modified organisms in food crops is a controversial topic around the islands.  Hawaii County has been debating the issue for about six months--and now the Mayor has reached a decision.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has the details from the Big Island.

Hawaii Meth Project
Hawaii Meth Project

 The Hawaii Meth Project's three staff members and hundreds of volunteers are spending this week talking to students at schools throughout the state.  Tomorrow, they'll be at Pahoa Intermediate and High School.  From the Big Island, Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

 

Hawaii County's Mayor believes the time is now    to start borrowing money to improve parks, roads, and sewers.  And the County Council's Finance Committee agrees.  From the Big Island, Sherry Bracken reports.

The Food Basket
The Food Basket

The State Department of Health is proposing changes to food sanitation rules.  They're holding public hearings statewide to get input on the 172 pages of new regulations. The Department is concerned with food safety.  But there may be consequences for nonprofit agencies, including on the Big Island, that feed those who need help.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken reports.

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

With today being Thanksgiving, the holiday season is now officially underway.  Communities around Hawaii Island area are ready to go, with big plans for their festivities.  HPR's Sherry Bracken gives us a preview.

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

 The use of service dogs is becoming more prevalent.  But it's not always obvious why somebody has a service dog.  Now, a Big Island woman has a dog who uses his nose to help ensure she doesn't die from what's called an invisible disability.  HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

  The State Department of Land and Natural Resources wants to increase the number of moorings in Keauhou Bay on the Kona coast from the existing 9 to 16.   Bay users have expressed concerns about overcrowding in the narrow bay and about lack of community input on the project.  And now, another organization is weighing in with its concerns.  From the Big Island, Sherry Bracken has the story.

Cpl. Ben Eberle
Cpl. Ben Eberle

Trash is a fact of life.  And any actions that reduce trash are likely to get attention, especially on an island.  And that includes on the Big Island--and the military that uses Pohakuloa Training Area. HPR's Sherry Bracken talked with PTA's commander.

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Flickr / rollanb

It's not at the top of the list of the problems of humanity, but dogs that won't stop barking can be annoying. Since the start of this year, Hawaii County Police have responded to 90 calls involving nuisance, barking, or aggressive dogs.  And it's enough of a problem in Waikoloa that Waikoloa Neighborhood Watch has reached out for help.  As HPR's Sherry Bracken explains, they've called in a dog psychologist.

IRONMAN
IRONMAN

This weekend, television viewers around the state and around the country will get a look at the Ironman Triathlon World Championship.  The broadcast will not only recap the Hawaii Island event, it will also highlight the personal struggles of several athletes.  Sherry Bracken has the story.

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

Pohakulo Training Area on the Big Island is the largest military training base in the Pacific.  It was created in 1943 to train Marines going to Iwo Jima.  It continues to serve several branches of the military.  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently announced it would be granted a license for depleted uranium already present on the base.  HPR's Sherry Bracken talked to PTA's commander.

Bob Fewell
Bob Fewell

Hawaii Island will pay its respects this week to a woman who was one of the oldest members of the island community.  The family of Shizuko Mary Teshima, known by most as Grandma Teshima, have set a memorial for Friday.  For the Big Island, here's Sherry Bracken.

Carol Spierling
Carol Spierling

Many parts of Hawaii Island are horse country.  Farms and ranches are located in all districts around the island, and working cowboys often test their skills at shows and competitions.  This weekend, the Hawaii Island Cutting Horse Association is sponsoring the 15th annual Big Island Cow Horse Championship.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story.

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

Hilo Medical Center is celebrating a pair of recent developments.  From the community’s standpoint, it’s all pointing towards getting more medical care on the biggest Neighbor Island.   From the Big Island, HPR’s Sherry Bracken has more. 

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

Several years ago, two Hawaii Island artists decided they wanted to expand horizons....and not just their own.  This is Year Three for the Hawai'i Artist Collaboration.  It brings together artists from around the world to create new art.  From the Big Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Some users of the Big Island's Keauhou Bay are not happy right now.  The state is planning to increase the number of moorings by nearly 80%.  Current Bay users say, that's a problem.  But DLNR is moving forward, waiting final approval from the Army Corps of Engineers.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has more.

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

Our state's waters are a source of joy and fun for residents and visitors alike.  But in the last four years, drowning was the leading cause of death among Hawaii's visitors.  So Governor Abercrombie has declared this week as Hawaii's first Ocean Awareness Week.  At a statewide ocean safety conference, the focus was on drowning prevention.  And as part of the event, three Hawaii County Ocean Safety specialists were recognized for their work in saving a visitor.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has more.

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Flickr / DucDigital

If you're a smoker, Hawaii County is one of the toughest parts of the state.  The county bans smoking at beach parks and also in cars where Keiki are present.  Now the County Council is taking steps to make it more difficult for young people to get tobacco.  HPR's Sherry Bracken talked with the Council member who is introducing the bill.

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Flickr / dannyman

This week, HPR news is doing a series of reports we call Neighbors an Island Story.  One troubling fact around the state is that part of the population of each island is homeless. And while Oahu captures many of the headlines, homelessness is an issue on the Big Island as well...especially on the west side.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has more from Kona.

Nils Nilson
Nils Nilson

Seasonal events in Hawaii vary according to location.  On the Big Island, it's time for one of the biggest events of the year, the Ironman Triathlon World Championship.  The race itself isn't until this weekend, but as HPR's Sherry Bracken reports, participants have already begun to arrive.

AFN-Pacific Hawaii News Bureau
AFN-Pacific Hawaii News Bureau

One of the biggest endurance sporting events in Hawaii is coming up on the Big Island in ten days.  Swimming, biking, and running are all healthy activities and doctors say for Ironman athletes there are other impacts as well.  HPR's Sherry Bracken reports.

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Flickr / gahoward

"Eat local" has become a popular concept across the islands.  A lot of local research goes into that effort and much of that is centered at a University of Hawaii research facility on the Big Island.  This Friday, the community will get a chance to taste some of the results.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has details from Hawaii Island.

Kamehameha Schools
Kamehameha Schools

The state's largest private landowner has 185,000 acres of land on Hawaii Island, 125,000 of them in the ahupua`a of Keauhou and Kahalu'u.  After closing a hotel on the property, Kamehameha Schools is now ready to share its plans with the public.  From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken reports.

People passing through Kailua-Kona may notice a new sailing ship now moored in Kailua Bay. It will be in the bay until the end of the year, when it sets off on a missionary trip to Micronesia. HPR's Sherry Bracken is in Kona and tells us more.

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Flickr / mutrock

The Federal Government has a program that provides funding for airline service for underserved communities. On Hawaii Island, the Waimea-Kohala Airport is one of those covered by the program. Starting this Saturday, air service will be up and running. From the Big Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

The full implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act is approaching, but information abut how this will impact individuals has been scarce. In West Hawaii, one group is aiming to provide more details--starting tonight. HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Flickr / Mike Hudack
Flickr / Mike Hudack

September is National Preparedness Month. Here in the islands, that means preparations for natural disasters, from tsunami to severe weather. And on the Big Island of Hawaii, that all begins with Civil Defense. HPR's Sherry Bracken has that story from Kona.

Flickr / JeremyHall
Flickr / JeremyHall

There's a new facility near the Kona Airport that's important to island residents--and not just the human variety. It's the latest addition to the Natural Energy Laboratory--and it should help protect one of the state's most vulnerable species. From the Big Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken explains.

John Wicart
John Wicart

Transportation on the Big Island of Hawaii has changed forever -- at least one part of it -- the cross-island road connecting East and West Hawaii. There's a stretch of new road, and a new name. HPR's Sherry Bracken was there over the weekend for the opening.

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