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Thanksgiving usually kicks off a season of increased generosity.  Social service agencies notice an uptick in volunteers as Christmas approaches, and people who want to make a contribution wonder how to be most useful. Here are recommendations from a professional who knows the value of contributing to a cause.

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Managing our mental health during the holidays can be challenging – there is so much to do, attend and plan. This can leave folks feeling overwhelmed, anxious, stressed and depressed. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi filed this report.



Earlier this week Catherine Cruz sat down with Carol McNamee. She’s the founder of the local chapter of  Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, also known as MADD. MADD Hawaii will mark its 30th year this February. McNamee recalled how the group first got started.

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If it’s anything the Christmas holiday season teaches us, its patience! Particularly if you are an Xmas tree grower here in Hawaii.

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We are less than a day away from Thanksgiving, and if you’re a conscious consumer, you’re preparing that mindful holiday meal. Is it all locally-sourced? Did you meticulously calculate portions to eliminate waste? Perhaps you went vegan? In Hawai‘i, an increased awareness of our food choices is also giving way to a raised consciousness about this American holiday and what it means. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Photographs of downtown Honolulu on December 7th, 1941, show Christmas lights festooned overhead all up and down Fort Street.  Stores like Liberty House and the Ritz prided themselves on creating window displays like those celebrated holiday highlights in New York City.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports some Chinatown businesses are re-igniting the tradition through New Year’s Eve.

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noe tanigawa

This time of year, you can feel Honolulu’s major roadways clogging up from late afternoon.  As the pau  hana traffic mounts today, a few dozen people will head to an oasis of calm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Queen Emma street downtown.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on Jazz Vespers that happen every Thursday at St. Peter’s, starting at 6 in the evening.

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noe tanigawa

It’s absolutely true that some of the best things about the holidays are free.  You can prove it to yourself and your family by taking a spin around O‘ahu to take in the lights.

Do you find yourself getting a bit more stressed over the holidays? Too much to do, so little time? Well you are not alone, this can be the most difficult time of year for many of us. This week we talk to an expert about how to stay sane this season and start 2015 with a healthy state of mind! 

  It's holiday season, and everyone has a lot to do, and not a whole lot of time to do it.  Naturopath Diana Joy Ostroff is going to be in the studio, sharing her hints on what to do to avoid getting sick during this fun season, and how to stay healthy all year long with natural supplements and lifestyle choices that can help at any age.  Today on the Body Show, 5pm on HPR-2

Thanksgiving Day Programming for HPR2

Nov 27, 2013

November 28th 2013

Can you eat during the holidays and still have fun? Nutritionist Sally Belles will help explain how to enjoy all the festivities this week and survive Thanksgiving without gaining weight and losing good eating habits.