Capt. Andrew Hoskinson / U.S. Air Force

State lawmakers are looking for ways to improve healthcare for Micronesian residents, many of whom seek care at Hawaiʻi emergency rooms which often results in the state paying for their treatment.


A Micronesia government official has pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge in Hawaii.


  The Pacific And Asian Affairs Council has been focused on building young leaders in our region since 1954.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

The clock is winding down on three decades of U.S. financial aid to certain countries in the Northern Pacific region. U.S. economic assistance under the Compact of Free Association is set to expire in five years – dealing quite a blow to the health care systems in three Pacific Island nations. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

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As the island of Chuuk prepares for a vote on independence from the Federated States of Micronesia next year, the U.S. Ambassador to the FSM has issued a video that warns of serious consequences.

The Conversation: Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

May 9, 2018

Lava Insurance; Haleakala Solar Telescope; Gender Equity in Schools; Master Artists at HiSam

Nathan Fitch

This coming Veterans’ Day, we will likely hear stories of service from those who have been to the frontlines of war. As America honors those who served in the U.S. military, the conversation also centers on how the U.S. can serve its veterans.  HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi shares the story of an often overlooked group of veterans who are hoping the country they served will return that obligation.

Melissa Lum & Pacific Students Media
Melissa Lum & Pacific Students Media

  Twelve groups of dancers from across Micronesia, craft demonstrations, a little marketplace, a Chamorro food truck, you will get an immersion in Micronesian culture tomorrow, 10-4, at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.  It's all part of the Celebrate Micronesia! Festival and HPR’s Noe Tanigawa discovered all that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  The first habitations on Palau could date to ten thousand years ago, settled by sailors from Indonesia or the Philippines.  Like Hawai‘i, Palau’s period of Western contact began in the late 1700’s, with trade, missionaries and change to follow.  In a recent visit, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found that though Palau’s traditional matrilineal society is beginning to change, women wield a lot of power in the home and in government.

Palau: Roots in Nature

Jan 19, 2016
Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa


   The nation of Palau lies at the western edge of Micronesia, between Guam and the Philippines.  Though tiny, Palau is distinct from the rest of Micronesia, with a higher standard of living and largely well-educated population.  In a recent visit, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa had a chance to learn more about Palau’s culture, which dates back thousands of years.

Honolulu Museum Shuzo Uemoto



  A small exhibit at the Honolulu Museum School  is highlighting a growing component in Hawai’i’s social fabric.  “Carrying Culture: Micronesia” takes a look into the culture of those western Pacific islands via coconut baskets.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

“Carrying Culture: Micronesia” continues through April 28th, at the Honolulu Museum School mezzanine gallery.