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The Conversation: Monday, April 4th, 2016

Apr 4, 2016
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Alternative Perspective on Kauai Pesticide Draft Report; Lemoande Alley's Chief Lemonhead; Tom Cridland CEO; Artist Snowden Hodges

Alternative Perspective JFF Group Draft Pesticide Use Report: Joan Conrow

The Conversation: Friday, April 1st, 2016

Apr 1, 2016
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Kauai County Mayor; Indian Storyteller in Hawaii; Ocean Conservation with the Schmidt Family Foundation; Ko'oalu Writers Workshop

Kauai County Check-In: Mayor Bernard Carvalho

The Conversation: Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Mar 30, 2016
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Millennial Political Participation; Contemporary Photography; Report on Pesticide Use on Kaua'i; Japanese Tea Ceremony

Long View: Neal Milner

The Conversation: Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Mar 24, 2016
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Big Island Land Conservation; Kaua'i Orchid Festival; State Gun Control Legislation; Woodworking Workshop

The Kohala Center’s Ainaho’i Program: Dr. Kamana Beamer

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Michelle Tribe / Flickr

A group of eleven Kaua‘i citizens recently released a draft report about pesticides on the island. The Joint Fact-Finding Study Group was convened by the County and the State Department of Agriculture—and represented viewpoints from both sides of the controversy, at a cost of $100,000 dollars. The findings seemed definitive, but they have not put an end to the pesticide debate on the Garden Isle. HPR contributing reporter Scott Giarman has more from Kaua‘i.

Kauaʻi Coqui

Feb 3, 2016
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

The Coqui frog threat is far more serious than mere noise pollution. It dines on unique species of spiders and insects and competes with endemic birds and other native fauna. On the Garden Isle, the Kauaʻi Invasive Species Committee has successfully managed to eradicate an army of invading Coqui frogs.

Christopher Phillips explains...

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Robert Linsdell / Flickr

The popular Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on Kauai closed its gates to the public on January 17th.  It’s not expected to re-open until the end of April.  Scott Giarman on Kauai has more on the reasons for the closing and the Refuge’s plans for visitors during the closing period.

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

Voters on Kauai elect their County Council members at-large. That means all seven members represent the entire island.  But every other county in Hawaii has some form of district voting and Kauai may be about to move in that direction.  Scott Giarman has more from The Garden Isle.

Kauai voters have considered changing the system of choosing County Council representatives from at-large to district voting since the ‘80s.  Proponents say if Council members represent specific regions of the island they would be more responsive to voters in their area. 

Keith Ketchum
Keith Ketchum

  

Hawai‘i Fashion Month is coming to a crescendo in Honolulu and this year on Kaua‘i, they’re wrapping up the month with a Kaua‘i designers’ runway show.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a ground swell of fashion activity on the Garden Isle.

The Kaua'i Chamber of Commerce estimates about 20 designers participated in Kaua'i Fashion Month this year.  The third annual Kaua‘i Fashion Week, a separate event from Fashion Month, was held this past April at the Kaua‘i Marriott.  Gypsy Rain, Kaikini Bikini, and Louda Larrain were among the designers featured there.   

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USFWSmidwest / Flickr

The Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on the north shore of Kauai is one of the most visited national parks in the country.  Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the refuge every year. It’s home to some of the largest populations of nesting seabirds in Hawai‘i - and now Fish and Wildlife officers are taking a new step to protect some of the most endangered bird species in the world.

Kauaiʻs Power Plants

Sep 18, 2015
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Kaua‘i is the only major island in the state that does not get its electricity from the Hawaiian Electric family of companies.  The island relies on the Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative—KIUC.  Recently, the cooperative announced a partnership with California-based Solar City to develop a solar electricity farm that will be the first of its kind in the nation.  HPR contributing reporter Scott Giarman has more from Kaua‘i.

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Nogwater / Flickr

When people think of traffic issues in Hawai‘i, O‘ahu is usually part of the conversation. But a recent event on Kaua‘i was the latest reminder that the Garden Island also has some challenges on the road. HPR contributing reporter Scott Giarman has more from Kaua‘i.

A couple of Fridays ago, a brush fire just south of the Wailua River closed Kaumuali‘i Highway around three in the morning. Five hours later, the road was re-opened, but traffic didn’t start moving until later in the morning.

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Andrew Turner / Flickr

The Kauai County Council recently passed a bill requiring negligent adventurers to pay for their rescues. But determining what costs to recover and what sorts of rescues would be included was not so easy.  We get details from HPR contributor Scott Giarman on Kauai.

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International Hydropower Association / Flickr

Hawai‘i  has committed to an ambitious goal of using 100-percent renewable energy within thirty years. Part of that picture includes hydroelectric power. And a bill put forth by a representative from Kaua‘i would help increase the adoption of water power. From Kaua‘i, Scott Giarman has more.

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Rick McCharles / Flickr

When adventurers find themselves in trouble on Kauai, rescue personnel are on call to help.  But at what point does a person’s own negligence make it reasonable to require them to pay the cost of their rescue?  That’s a question Kaua‘i’s County Council is considering. We get more on the story from HPR contributor Scott Giarman on Kaua‘i.

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Christopher Michel / Flickr

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants to increase protection for humpback whales. The plan includes an expansion of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. And that drew some sharp reactions at a recent public hearing on Kaua‘i. We get more on the story from Scott Giarman on Kaua‘i.  

Who is Ron Kouchi?

May 20, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

 

Leadership changes in the state senate will have a big impact on the next legislative session. The new president of the senate, Ron Kouchi, is an unusual leader in several ways, including the fact that he comes from a neighbor island. We get more on his background from Scott Giarman on Kaua‘i.

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Prayitno / Thank you for / Flickr

How much would you guess a beachfront home in Hanalei sells for? If you guessed $11 million dollars, you’d be right. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more. 

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For the past week, HPR has been looking at the issues Hawai‘i faces around solid waste. We’ve looked at the proliferation of plastic, the possibility of pollution from particles smaller than we now measure, and the struggles of each county to reduce mounting “waste” in landfills.  Over the past 20 years, a movement has been building around a mind shift—HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found that waste could translate into resources.

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Hawai‘i Public Radio’s continuing look at solid waste this week focuses on the island of Kaua‘i  today.   In 2011, the county council adopted a Zero Waste Resolution, committing the county to diverting 70% of its waste away from landfills by 2023.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found that on Kaua‘i waste disposal is on the verge of changes.  

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The story of the 442nd regimental combat team is a familiar one to most in Hawai‘i.  During World War Two, the 442nd was made up of Japanese-American soldiers, and along with the 100th Infantry Battalion, the unit was very highly decorated.  An exhibit called “Go For Broke” has been touring the islands and its final stop was Kaua‘i.   That’s where HPR contributing reporter Joe Day sat down for a conversation with one of the veterans of the 442nd.

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The House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection conducted a hearing yesterday on pesticide applications around schools and hospitals.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the testimony was one-sided.  

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  International artist Patrick Dougherty creates massive environmental sculptures with sticks.  As part of their fiftieth anniversary celebration, the National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kaua‘i commissioned a giant new installation for the McBryde Garden in Lāwa‘i .  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Here’s the link to the National Tropical Botanical Gardens

Here’s Patrick Dougherty’s website.

Federal Judge Rules Kauai GMO Law Invalid

Aug 25, 2014
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Flickr / yeeyes

A federal judge has struck down a Kaua‘i County law that would require agribusinesses to disclose the presence and use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. U.S Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren ruled Monday that Ordinance 960 was invalid because state laws preempt county laws. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

Federal Court Hearing on Kauai's GMO Bill

Jul 23, 2014
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Flickr / yeeyes

The legal battle over GMOs continues. Today a U.S. district court judge will take up the case of a lawsuit filed by 4 large agribusinesses against the county of Kaua‘i. They’re suing to overturn a new law that would require them to disclose the presence and use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Fire at Coco Palms Hotel

Jul 4, 2014
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Mandy and Alicia Flores-Nunes via hawaiinewsnow.com

  On the Garden Island a major blaze took place today at the Coco Palms Hotel site.

Long Distance Sailing Lands in Kauai Harbor

May 8, 2014
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  According to Hawaii Business Magazine, nearly 15-thousand boats are registered across the state, which is the fewest for any state.

But despite the relatively small numbers, many a sailing adventure begins or ends on the shores of one of our islands.

That’s the case with a recent arrival to Kauai’s Hanalei Bay.

The 55-foot sloop just completed a journey of nearly four-thousand miles from Fiji.

And HPR contributing reporter Joe Day was on hand to meet the crew.

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  Plans for a new dairy farm on Kauai are stirring up some controversy. The Ulupono Initiative backed by billionaire Pierre Omidiyar has big plans for the South Shore. But as HPR contributor Joe Day reports from Kauai, not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.

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Flickr Commons

 

   The National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kauai is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.  Thousands of plant species are spread over nearly 2,000 acres at the natural preserve.   It’s also home to the Breadfruit Institute, the world’s leading center for the study of the plant.  Dr. Diane Ragone heads the institute and spoke with HPR contributing reporter Joe Day.

Questions about Fukushima Radiation in Hawaii

Mar 27, 2014
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It’s been a little more than three years since a major earthquake and tsunami shattered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northern Japan.

For many in Hawaii, there are still questions about the lingering impact of that disaster…including the possibility of radiation reaching the islands.

That was the topic of a recent conference on Kauai…organized by Kauai Community College and the Surfrider Foundation.

HPR contributing reporter Joe Day spoke with several scientists at the conference—including marine biologist Doctor Carl Berg.

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