Lawmakers to Bolster Native Hawaiian Burial Traditions With Modern Technology

Hawaiʻi lawmakers are considering legislation to help the state’s funeral services industry accommodate traditional Hawaiian burial practices by using a technology known as water cremation. Supporters say this is a cleaner alternative to burial or traditional cremation. But industry representatives say it could come at a higher cost to consumers.

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National and World Headlines

CDC Launches Web Tool To Help Americans Find COVID-19 Vaccines

The scramble to secure a COVID-19 vaccine appointment is chaotic and fierce. There are not yet enough doses for everyone who's eligible and wants to get vaccinated. As frustration rises, the federal government hasn't offered much besides assurances that things will get better and appeals for calm. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in partnership with Boston Children's Hospital and Castlight Health , is launching a new tool which allows Americans to search for COVID-19...

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Manu Minute: The Long-legged Ae'o

4 hours ago
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

The ae'o, also known as kūkuluae'o, or Hawaiian stilt, is an endangered waterbird found only in the Hawaiian islands. 

Farming has destroyed a lot of the rich soil of America's Midwestern prairie. A team of scientists just came up with a staggering new estimate for just how much has disappeared.

The most fertile topsoil is entirely gone from a third of all the land devoted to growing crops across the upper Midwest, the scientists say. Some of their colleagues, however, remain skeptical about the methods that produced this result.

Hawaii State Legislature

HONOLULU — Honolulu police arrested state Rep. Sharon Har for allegedly driving under the influence of an intoxicant after she was observed driving the wrong way down a one-way street.

Sandee Oshiro / HPR

HONOLULU — While some Hawaii retail shops move online to avoid the closures that have hit many businesses in the sector since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, others are hoping for a rent relief lifeline from the government.

AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit

It’s been nearly six months since Hawaii started its “Safe Travels” program, which now allows visitors on most islands to skip quarantine with a negative COVID-19 test. Other locations are more cautious with entry requirements, but some are considering easing certain restrictions. And that includes Thailand.


HPR-Produced Talk Shows

University of Hawaii
University of Hawaii

Today on Bytemarks Cafe, we'll get the inside story on the University of Hawaii’s Calvin Shindo Student Venture Fund. Weʻll learn this venture fund will give students hands-on opportunity to learn the venture capital process and startup finance.

NASA/Bill Ingalls

COVID-19 cases behind bars; Big Island doctor reflects as physician-assisted-dying bill advances in Hawai'i Senate; Reality Check: State budget shortfall smaller than expected; Alzheimer's virtual conference tomorrow; Punahou grad on the latest Mars mission

COVID-19 cases behind bars

Courtesy Sensei Ag

Bill would require state agencies to buy local produce; Executing Larry Ellison's agricultural vision on Lanai; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Zippy's wants to pay employees to get vaccinated; Union leader on remote working policy for government workers; Challenges with telehealth adoption

HPR Features

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 24th

16 hours ago

Pāʻia means noisy. It is best known as a small town in East Maui, and because it is so often misspelled, it is mispronounced.

artist photo Jeff Katz

Today on our Off the Road series, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes one of the greatest rock bands of all time, The Doors, and drummer John Densmore.

HPR-Produced Music Shows

With legendary electronic music duo Daft Punk calling it quits, I figured it was time for an electronic music showcase. So this session of Bridging the Gap will be an assortment of Electro, House, Big Beat and a little Drum & Bass.

Evening Concert

2 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.


HPR Streaming Music Show Archive

7 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

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