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Honolulu Police Chief: Accidental Activation Of Emergency Sirens 'Unacceptable'

Updated: Sept. 19, 2019, 6:44 a.m. Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard is calling the accidental activation of emergency sirens by her department on Wednesday "unacceptable." She said HPD is taking steps to prevent a reoccurrence.

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Imelda Causing 'Major, Catastrophic Flooding' In Southeast Texas, Forecasters Warn

"Major, catastrophic flooding is occurring across much of southeast Texas," the National Weather Service says, warning that Tropical Depression Imelda is producing extreme rainfall. With more intense rain in the forecast, the agency says, some areas could see rain totals of 25 to 35 inches through Friday. The storm forced Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport to order a full ground stop around 9:30 a.m. local time Thursday. In a combination that's proving to be disastrous, Imelda is...

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Despite having an ambitious goal to plant 100,000 trees by 2025, the city has been unable to keep count of exactly how many have already been planted.


Drought has caused millions of dollars’ worth of damage in Hawaii in the past 20 years. A particularly severe event from 2007-2014 was especially damaging to ranching in the state.

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Hawaii has amassed a backlog of property title certificates that stretches back six years, state officials said.

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Continuing our look at Hawai‘i’s arts infrastructure, there are changes at UH Mānoa.  Three key exhibition spaces on campus are under new leadership, and after 13 years, the Art Department has a new chairperson as well.

Ashley Mizuo

Chinatown merchants are now required to use city-mandated yellow bags to dispose of their curbside trash, otherwise it won't be picked up by city trash collectors.


HPR-Produced Talk Shows

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On this edition of Bytemarks Café, a discussion about the growing influence of artificial intelligence and its representation of humanity. As AI algorithms play a bigger role in decision making, how do qualities like ethics, compassion, and inclusion get programmed into the code?

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Healthcare Association of Hawaii addresses healthcare job vacancies; Medical care for Hawaii's homeless; Bringing your own containers to restaurants; Manoa Valley Theatre's new Artistic Director Kip Wilborn


Listen to stories from flower lei sellers from the 1980s, courtesy of the University of Hawaii's Center for Oral History. In studio with host Catherine Cruz is HPR's Bill Dorman and Greg Pai, former state economist and whose family once grew carnations for lei on Wilhelmina Rise. 

Callers also chimed in with their favorite floral lei memories.

Do you have your own stories and memories of lei flowers? Call our Talk Back line at (808) 792-8217 and leave a message. We may air it in a future episode.

Hawaiian Word of the Day

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 19th

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Kānāwai means “law, code, rule, statute, act, regulation, ordinance." There are many famous kānāwai, like the Law of the Splintered Paddle, and many we may not like. Ke kānāwai is “the law.”

HPR-Produced Music Shows

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Weekdays 8:30 AM - Noon on HPR-2

Studio Line: (808) 792-8245

About the show:
HPR Music Director Gene Schiller's signature program begins each weekday morning with Morning Cafe, a refreshing blend of music, usually built around a special theme. 

HPR Streaming Music Show Archive

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Hawaii Public Radio is now offering on-demand listening for a few of our HPR-1 shows.  

Stream past episodes of Bridging the Gap with dj mr.nick HERE

Stream past episodes of Kanikapila Sunday HERE


Day 3 of the Bridging the Gap All Vinyl Week. This session is going to be going all over the place mixing in classic rock, soul, indie rock, downtempo and more.

An Update From HPR's President & GM

Highlights from the 2018/2019 fiscal year, and a glimpse of what's to come.

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