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Lawmakers Open Session With Skepticism Of New Taxes

The main task facing state lawmakers this session will be to plug the $1.8 billion hole in Hawaii’s budget. Leadership signaled a reluctance to accomplish that through raising taxes.

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National and World Headlines

On Day 2, Biden To Focus On COVID-19 Strategy With 10 Executive Actions

President Biden plans to sign a series of orders and directives on his second day in office to take charge of stopping the spread of the coronavirus, steps that his advisers say will start to boost testing, vaccinations, supplies and treatments. Accelerating the sluggish federal response to COVID-19 is Biden's top priority, and he has promised 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days . He is also pushing Congress for another $1.9 trillion in relief, a package that would include direct...

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MEXICO CITY — Leaders across the globe welcomed the arrival of U.S. President Joe Biden and the end of the often confrontational presidency of Donald Trump, noting the world's most pressing problems, including the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, require multilateral cooperation, an approach Trump ridiculed.

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HONOLULU — Figures from a realtor organization show Maui's housing market set price records in 2020 despite an economic downturn and reduced sale volume.

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The "peaceful transfer of power" is an expression we've heard a lot leading up to today's inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States. As President Biden begins his term, what does the state of political leadership look like around the Indo Asia Pacific?

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Updated 1/20/21, 11:58 a.m.

When it comes to COVID-19 vaccines in Hawaii, demand is running far ahead of supply. That word came Tuesday from top state officials -- including Governor David Ige.

Updated at 9:44 p.m. ET

One of President Biden's first executive actions has reversed former President Donald Trump's unprecedented policy of altering a key census count by excluding unauthorized immigrants. The change ensures that the U.S. continues to follow more than two centuries of precedent in determining representation in Congress and the Electoral College.


HPR-Produced Talk Shows

Legislature convenes with increased security measures; Reality Check: Panel will evaluate State Auditor's performance; The Long View with Neal Milner: Building national unity; Hawaii's strategy to combat sex trafficking evaluated; Realities of the digital divide; Manu Minute

Legislature convenes with increased security measures

The Hawaii State Legislature marks the first day of its new legislative session with increased security and public health restrictions. HPR Government reporter Ryan Finnerty breaks down this unprecedented start.

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3mikey5000 via Pixabay

Today on Bytemarks Cafe, weʻll talk about digital equity and what it means to close the digital divide. Weʻll discuss how digital equity and literacy is foundational for Hawaii to thrive in the 21st century digital economy.

Catherine Cruz / HPR

Economic recovery ahead of the inauguration; Reality Check with Civil Beat: State owes feds $700 million for unemployment benefits; Marking the anniversary of the Hibiscus Drive Shooting

Economic recovery ahead of the election 

HPR Features

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 21st

6 hours ago

You've heard us talk so often about vowels, you've probably wondered if there is a Hawaiian word for vowel. Yes, though it is a borrowed one, woela means vowel. The woela in Hawaiian are a, e, i, o, and u.

HPR-Produced Music Shows

Caroline Amenabar/NPR
Caroline Amenabar/NPR

Celebrating the presidential changing of the guard, with a lot of feel-good Soul, Gospel and other hope filled favorites.

HPR Streaming Music Show Archive

14 hours ago

Hawaii Public Radio is now offering on-demand listening for a few of our HPR music shows.  

Stream past episodes of Bridging the Gap HERE

Evening Concert

16 hours ago

Weekdays at 6pm on HPR-2

Evening Concert gives listeners a chance to unwind through the pau hana hours. You'll enjoy classic performances, along with weather updates and musical birthdays and anniversaries.


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