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L. Paul Mann

For decades the band America have had a strong connection to the islands. Aside from doing sold out shows across the Aloha State, including at the Blaisdell Arena, the group also recorded 1977's "Harbor" on Kauai with legendary Beatles producer George Martin at the helm.

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Prince William is headed into the Asia Pacific on a solo mission… to defend two animals facing extinction due almost entirely to consumers there. Kensington Palace has announced the Prince will visit Vietnam, the capital of rhino horn use and a major destination for elephant ivory, November 17 and 18, where he will attend the Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade.

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This week on Stargazer, we’ll hear about what to look for in our dark island skies as well about how a 1976 mission to Mars has resurfaced in the news as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.


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This week on Helping Hand we hear about a special event at HPR’s Atherton Performing Arts Studio on December 22nd: the Helping Hand for the Homeless benefit concert with Jake Shimabukuro, supporting the Honolulu-area homeless services provider coalition Partners in Care.

The Yardbirds are back in the state for a three-night run at the Blue Note in Waikiki starting Friday. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page were all guitarists for the band that were groundbreaking in their approach of mixing American blues with rocking improvisations, including climaxes that came to be known as "rave ups." Original member/drummer Jim McCarty spoke with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is in the islands, playing a second set of shows at the Blue Note in Waikīkī tonight before hitting the the Kahilu Theatre Friday and Kress Theatre in Hilo Saturday. Band leader, baritone/soprano sax player Roger Lewis spoke with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence about their history.

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For today’s Stargazer, we hear about some planets to spot in the evening sky plus an update on a recent discovery of a potentially inhabitable world as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.


Jake Shimabukuro's latest release might be his most ambitious yet. Nashville Sessions finds the ukulele virtuoso in a power trio format, taking the traditional instrument into a realm of guitar-like distortion, freewheeling jams and introspective, highly electric passages.