Neighbor Island News

News reports from reporters across the Hawaiian Islands

New Affordable Rental Project Planned for Maui

Jun 13, 2017
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Around the state, the cost of housing has spiked higher and faster than wages. That has left a gap for what economists call “workforce housing” — housing that is inexpensive enough so that people who work in the area can live there on what they are paid. There’s a new workforce housing project in the works on Maui and this one involves rental units. Colleen Uechi of the Maui News has more.

Testing Maui’s Marijuana

Jun 6, 2017
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It's been 17 years since Hawai'i legalized medical marijuana. In 2015, the legislature passed a measure setting up a dispensary program. Eight dispensaries have been approved around the state-and now one of Maui's two licensed dispensaries has begun testing its cannabis crop for sale to patients. We get more on the story from Colleen Uechi of the Maui News.

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Several years ago, Hawai'i County Prosecutor Mitch Roth started a program on the east side of the Big Island aimed at working with young offenders. It links actions and consequences – and it’s been so successful he wants to start a similar program on the west side.   HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken tells us more from Kona.

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Today is Memorial Day, remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. On the Big Island, there are commemorations in Hilo, Kona and Volcano.  But the week of remembrance started earlier with a special installation at the island’s newest Veterans Cemetery. HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken was there and has this report.

Pu‘unēnē Mill’s Uncertain Future

May 29, 2017
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Flickr / Forest Starr and Kim Starr

 

It's been a little more than five months since the last haul of a commercial sugar crop on Maui. The precise plans are still evolving for alternative crops on the land that was once used to plant sugar cane. But that's not the only question relating to big sugar-there's also a matter of hardware. We get more on the story from Colleen Uechi of the Maui News.

Maui Beach Prepares for Homeless Sweep

May 22, 2017
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Baldwin Beach Park stretches for more than 17 acres along the north shore of Maui, just outside of Paia. It's got a soccer field, a softball field, and even a cricket pitch. It's also got a significant homeless population. Tomorrow, county officials will conduct a sweep of the area. We get more on the story from Colleen Uechi of The Maui News.

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Astronomers say the best place on earth to practice their science is on Hawai‘i Island: Mauna Kea. The mountain is also important to cultural practitioners, hunters, hikers, and sightseers.    The Mayor of Hawai'i County has been sharing his vision for the mountain.   HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken has more.

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Hawaii House of Representatives

Longtime Hawai‘i Island resident Bob Herkes will be remembered at memorial services this Saturday in Hilo. He died in August at 83. Herkes served many years as an outspoken legislator, and also had experience in the hospitality industry. HPR’s Sherry Bracken has a look back at one of the island’s colorful personalities.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

  As the lava advances towards Pahoa, there is still uncertainty.  But one certainty is that there will likely be disruption to the schools near or even in the path of the lava flow.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has an update.

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

  

  A Hawaii Island charter school is now part of a worldwide network that is engaging kids in technology in new and innovative ways.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has more on the High Tech Youth Network

Decreasing Number of Flights to Molokai

Sep 30, 2013
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Flickr / Aero Icarus

Island Air is decreasing the number of flights to Molokai, causing concern among many residents. Meanwhile, Hawaiian Airlines is still battling delays to begin service to The Friendly Isle. Catherine Cluett reports from The Molokai Dispatch.

Molokai Student Earns Top Prize for Baseball Invention

Jul 8, 2013
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Flickr / hunts_momma

A Molokai 13-year-old entered his invention into a national competition and was named the Hawaii merit award winner. Catherine Cluett reports from The Molokai Dispatch. 

One of Hawaii Island's rural, 96-year-old former plantation hospitals is improving its capabilities to care for patients. Funding is coming from both the state and the community. From the Big Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

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When Hawaii Island's newest highway was built, workers unearthed a number of historical artifacts. Now they'll be housed in a new Hawaiian preserve and cultural interpretive center. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Hawaii agriculture officials say that in the 1970’s, there were 120 milk operations around the state. Today, there are only two. And they’re both on the big island of Hawaii. HPR's Sherry Bracken has more.

According to a recent report by the state, the number of cattle raised in Hawaii decreased steadily for about thirty years, starting in 1970. There’s been a bit of an increase since about 2002, and today cattle are raised on each of the major islands. But on Hawaii Island, the industry is facing some challenges to its growth. HPR’s Sherry Bracken reports.