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Cristo Vlahos

Hawaiʻi is expected to see its 10 millionth visitor this year. The Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority says in the first half of 2019, tourist arrivals were up by 4 percent even while visitor spending fell. Communities statewide are feeling the growing presence of tourists -- at local beaches and on the roads. Now, University of Hawaii researchers are asking how precisely are visitors affecting local neighborhoods – like those in Windward Oahu.

Kamehameha Schools

Hawaiʻi could produce nearly all the food it consumes by using lands traditionally cultivated by native Hawaiians. So says a new study published in the March journal Nature Sustainability. The authors say some of these agricultural lands have the potential to produce food even with climate change. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

Office of Hawaiian Affairs

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is set to release a report tomorrow on the health of Native Hawaiian women. The launch of the report coincides with Women’s Health Month, which is May. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

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Governor David Ige proclaimed today, April 25, ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Day in Hawaiʻi. Over the past eight years, millions of ʻōhiʻa lehua trees on Hawaiʻi Island died from a fungal disease known as Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death. Not much was known about the disease until now. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this stoy.

Today, a majority of Hawaiian fishponds have been lost to coastal development and urbanization. But a growing, community-based movement is working to restore these fishponds as a foundation for sustainable fish production.  Researchers at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa are now looking to Hawaiian language newspapers for help. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

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Research that reframes our thoughts about one of the biggest events in Hawaiʻi's history is sparking conversations.

The Great Māhele of 1848 changed landownership laws in Hawaiʻi forever by allowing private ownership of land. The conventional understanding is the māhele was key in native Hawaiians being dispossessed of land.

Geographer Donovan Preza uncovered information that departs from this storyline. His research argues the māhele helped secure Hawaiian rights in land rather than destroy them.

Preza explains:

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Wikimedia Commons

Sharks have long held an important place in Hawaiian history and culture. To many they are protectors, family guardians or “amakua.” Now researchers in Australia are using lessons from sharks to fight disease. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

  Joining us today is Don Kosak to tell us about the Hawaii Island Game Developer Meetup. Then we have Bryan Czibesz from State University of New York to tell us about an upcoming art exhibit.  Finally, we've invited two scientists from the Bishop Museum. Richard Pyle and Sonia Rowley will talk about coral research in the twilight zone. 

UH Study Predicts Climate Change Tipping Point

Oct 10, 2013
University of Hawaii
University of Hawaii

A new study on climate change from researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, is predicting temperatures across the globe will hit unprecedented highs --some of them sooner than expected. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

The study is published in the current issue of Nature.

Kehau Springer
Kehau Springer

A team of ten scientists and conservationists returned home after spending two weeks studying opihi populations on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with the lead researcher and has this report.