News Bites

Skiing Hawaiʻi’s Pineapple Powder

Jan 30, 2018

Hawaii probably isn’t first in mind when picking a destination for a ski trip. But with some careful preparation and a little bit of luck you can ride the pineapple powder. The Conversation's Producer Ryan Finnerty takes us there.

Japan and Hawaiʻi's Special Relationship

Jan 29, 2018
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In recent years, Japan’s government has sponsored an outreach program called “Walk in U.S., Talk in Japan.” Retired Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki led this year’s delegation and spoke with HPR's Bill Dorman.

Growing Hawaii’s Education Economy

Jan 24, 2018
University of Hawaii at Manoa

The Study Hawaii Consortium is working to grow Hawaii’s international education market into a billion dollar industry.

Honolulu's 2018 Point In Time Count

Jan 23, 2018
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The Point-In-Time Count survey of Oahu’s homeless population is happening this week. The count is the basis for all homeless policy for the year.

Economics of Home Solar Batteries: Affordable For Now

Jan 22, 2018
Zeiss Battery

It is currently very difficult to hook up a home solar system to the electrical grid in Hawaii. One way to get approval is to install a battery system, but their cost can be a major barrier. A federal tax credit helps to take some of the sting out of that cost, but it won't last forever.

Casey Harlow
Casey Harlow

This past week, we asked listeners to share their stories of last Saturday's events. Here is a selection of those stories.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission called Saturday’s false alarm concerning a ballistic missile attack “absolutely unacceptable.”

Firefighter Stories from Marco Polo

Jan 12, 2018
Catherine Cruz
Catherine Cruz

The Honolulu Fire Department recently released internal audio communication tapes that document how firefighters approached the deadly seven-alarm fire last summer. An HFD Captain, who was on the scene, helps us interpret the tapes and explains the challenges crews faced.

Improving Hawaiʻi's Dental Health

Jan 11, 2018
Brian Hutchinson Birch / Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute
Brian Hutchinson Birch / Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute

The last three national surveys of oral health have given Hawaiʻi a failing grade. Dr. Gavin Uchida is the new director for the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health. He is charged with creating a strategic plan to improve oral health across Hawaiʻi and is conducting a series of talk-story sessions to gather public input.

Closing the Door Could Save Your Life

Jan 10, 2018
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One of the most effective fire safety techniques is also one of the most simple: closing your bedroom door.

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Wikimedia Commons

The University of Hawaiʻi has released the results of a student survey on sexual harassment and gender-based violence.

Keck's New Instrument

Jan 8, 2018
W.M. Keck Observatory
W.M. Keck Observatory

A new instrument atop Mauna Kea will allow astronomers to more quickly observe the farthest reaches of the universe.

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Wikimedia Commons

The first of two informational meetings about cesspools is taking place tomorrow on Maui.

Black Market For Diabetic Test Strips

Jan 5, 2018
Bodytel / Flickr
Bodytel / Flickr

Glucose test strips for diabetes patients can cost between $15-20 per day. This has led to the rise of a secondary market in the strips, which are sometimes obtained illegally.

Art in Surveillance Culture

Jan 3, 2018
Jonathan McIntosh / Flickr

An upcoming series of films and workshops at the Honolulu Museum of Art called Classified looks at the ways we have surrendered our privacy and asks what we can do about it.

Preschool Open Door Program Open for Enrollment

Jan 3, 2018
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Low and moderate-income families in Hawaii can tap a state subsidized program to give their keiki a head start in early learning.

Department of Health Audited Over Disease Response

Jan 2, 2018
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Hawaii wrestled with three big public health scares linked to mosquitos, bad scallops, and bad seaweed. A legislative audit uncovered weaknesses in record keeping and the state’s response to the outbreaks.

Climate Change's Impact on Hawaiian Fishpond Aquaculture

Dec 28, 2017
Rosie Alegado

We have seen a resurgence by the Native Hawaiian community to protect the remaining fish ponds in the islands. Now, new research is shedding light about what needs to be done as the cultural resource is under threat by climate change.

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Wikimedia Commons

An endangered seabird is nesting 7,000 feet above sea level on the slopes of Mauna Loa on the Big Island.

Rental Housing Report

Dec 27, 2017
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A recent study that tracks rental housing across the country throws some light on the plight of families in Honolulu and Hilo as they struggle to make rent spending more than a third of their salary for housing.

The Erosion of Sunset Beach

Dec 27, 2017
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Sunset Beach is taking a beating this winter season. The public is being asked to stay away from a section where a bike path has been taken out by the waves resulting in a 20 foot drop along the roadway. 

Agricultural Product Travel Restrictions

Dec 26, 2017
PxHere

There is a growing list of what you can and cannot bring on the airplane-- particularly when it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables that may bring some unexpected hitchhikers.

2nd Annual State of the Environment Report

Dec 22, 2017
Pixabay

The Environmental Funders Group has released its 2017 State of the Environment Report for Hawaii. Their finding: change is not coming, its here.

Crime and Social Media Vigilantism

Dec 20, 2017
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An emotional appeal to find suspects in the recent murder case of a North Shore woman led to two arrests thanks to social media posts. But can online calls to action go too far?

High Tech Buses Saving Money, Time

Dec 18, 2017
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Wikimedia Commons

The Hawaii Department of Education has spent four years testing and rolling out high tech solutions to meet the challenges of getting students to school.

Oregon State University / Flickr
Oregon State University / Flickr

The Maui Ocean Center is trying to limit its effect on wild aquarium fish.

Yasmine Muhammad / U.S. Navy

Congress has yet to renew funding for the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides healthcare to kids in low-income families.

CQC Press Office / Flickr
CQC Press Office / Flickr

Working caregivers who pay to support their kupuna can now apply for support to cover the cost of certain services.

Caldwell Mulls Plans for the Waikiki Natatorium

Dec 13, 2017
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Today the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium exists as a crumbling relic, a civic embarrassment that has endured in its dilapidated, state for a half century. Honolulu's Mayor has declared his intention to change that state of affairs.

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Wikimedia Commons

A new online store allows gardeners and small farmers to purchase local varieties of plants from seed.

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