Ku`uwehi Hiraishi

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A recent report on sex trafficking in Hawaiʻi found that one in eleven men buy sex online. This snapshot of what’s driving demand for Hawai’i’s sex industry may have been shocking to some, but understanding what’s fueling the supply is equally as eye opening. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

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Community-driven recovery efforts are nothing new to Hawaiʻi. Whether it be massive flooding, a volcanic eruption or wildfires...the community finds a way to rally and rebuild. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi sheds some light on a little known recovery effort that began in Hawaiʻi 70 years ago.

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In honor of Constitution Day, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is celebrating with a discussion about free speech on campus. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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A natural disaster like a tropical storm can become a tricky situation when you’re trying to find safe spaces for hundreds of animals. After Hawai’i’s brush with Hurricane Lane, the state’s humane societies say they are prepared for Tropical Storm Olivia. HPR Reporter Ku’uwehi Hiraishi has more. 

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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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Among the objects feared lost in the fire at Brazil’s National Museum are Egyptian mummies, dinosaur bones, and the oldest human skull found in the Americas. Officials estimate 90 percent of the museum’s 20 million artifacts burned in Sunday’s fire. This may have included a royal Hawaiian feather cloak that found its way to Rio centuries ago. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

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Labor Day is meant to be a day of rest for workers across the country. But some Hawaiʻi residents will actually spend it working not just one but two jobs. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

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Hawaiʻi Island is still drying out from record-breaking rainfall it received during Hurricane Lane. But as HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports prolonged wet weather could have a lasting impact on Big Island farmers.

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As Kauaʻi residents continue to deal with the impacts of heavy rain and flooding, we want to turn your attention to another water issue on the Garden Isle....one that residents have been dealing with for more than a century. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

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Parts of the state are still recovering from Hurricane Lane, which is now a tropical storm. Hawai‘i residents spent several days holed up in their homes anticipating the hurricane’s arrival. As HPR’s Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi reports, some residents found a creative way to wait out the storm.

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The dangers of a powerful hurricane making landfall in Hawaiʻi are real for everyone. But the state’s homeless community is left especially vulnerable to the uncertainties of Hurricane Lane as it makes its final approach toward the islands. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi reports.

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Blank votes and name recognition were the themes of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs races this Primary Election. Ten candidates are still in the running for five seats on the OHA Board of Trustees. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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Hawaiʻi’s primary election is just two days away. While a lot of attention is focused on the Governor’s race, there’s a lot at stake for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs as well. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

Protests are being planned in Chicago following Aloha Poke Company’s push to trademark the words “aloha poke.” While the controversy may have hit a sore spot for some in the native Hawaiian community, it has also sparked a conversation about protecting native Hawaiian rights to intellectual property. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs says it is “appalled” by a Chicago-based company’s attempt to trademark the phrase “Aloha Poke.” The controversy has sparked a debate about language and “ownership.” It’s also raised the question of whether anyone can “own” Aloha.

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Tomorrow is a Hawaiian national holiday honoring the return of sovereignty to the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1843. Restoration Day festivitieswere held across the islands over the weekend.  Statewide celebrations continue to raise awareness about Hawaiʻi’s history….and for some educators, it also raises questions. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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Hawaiʻi students and teachers will be heading back to school in less than two weeks. And this Big Island charter school has quite a lot to do before opening its doors for the coming school year.  The school lost its campus to the ongoing lava flow in Puna. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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The beauty of Hawaiʻi draws visitors from around the world. But caring for the state’s natural resources is a constant challenge for many. Some of those who are caretakers are coming together to help each other—and help the land as well. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi reports. 

Waimanalo Limu Hui

About a hundred varieties of Hawaiian seaweed or limu exist. Limu played an important part in the ancient Hawaiian diet – third only to fish and poi as a staple of sustenance. Limu is still enjoyed today but has become increasingly difficult to find. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

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If you build it, they will come. A tight-knit community of local Tokelauans are building a traditional canoe. They’re doing it as they would in their ancestral homeland – a small set of islands half way between Hawaiʻi and New Zealand. They’re hoping the project will encourage younger generations to learn more about their language and culture. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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Diversion programs are an alternative to incarceration. The idea is to divert people away from prisons and into treatment programs. They’re being used in a growing number of communities across the country and they’re generating some excitement here in Hawaiʻi. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

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July 31 is a national holiday in the Hawaiian Kingdom called Restoration Day. The first observance of this holiday was in 1843 at the Nuʻuanu summer palace of Hawaiʻi’s longest-reigning monarch.HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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A new law in Hawaiʻi now gives survivors of child sexual abuse more time to file claims against their abuser. Reforms to the state’s statute of limitations have been key in exposing the extent of child sexual abuse at various institutions, most notably the Catholic Diocese of Honolulu.

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Too much traffic and too little parking may be a frustrating reality for Honolulu commuters. But in cities across the country, these are driving forces behind the increased popularity of car sharing. A relatively new industry in Hawai’i. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports. 

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Affordable housing is one of the biggest issues confronting Hawai’i residents. The state’s high cost of living, relatively low wages, and lack of affordable housing make it hard to become a homeowner. So a new mortgage program that made its debut in Hawai’i late last week is attracting a lot of interest. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi reports.

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The E. K. Fernandez 50th State Fair entered new territory this past weekend – linguistic territory that is. Fairgoers were treated to the first ever Hawaiian Language Night. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi was there and filed this report.   

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A total of 24 fissures have appeared since May 3rd in Leilani Estates. The eruption has destroyed more than 650 homes, and lava has covered more than 6,000 acres of land. 

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A nearly two decades-long battle for water in Maui has come to an end. The state Water Commission decided last week to end the century-old diversions and restore stream flow in East Maui. HPR Reporter Ku’uwehi Hiraishi has more.

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The Thirty Meter Telescope is back in state supreme court. Today, justices are hearing oral arguments on the project’s building permit. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi reports.

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Relocation has begun for some Puna residents forced from their homes by the Kilauea Eruption. Lava has been flowing on the Big Island for more than six weeks now, covering nearly 6,000 acres and destroying more than 500 homes. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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