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This week on Helping Hand, After-School All-Stars Hawaii return. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Paula Fitzell, President and CEO, and Program Manager Maria Glidden.

Reggae artist Maxi Priest is back in the islands. He welcomed HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence into his dressing room at the Blue Note, where he’s performing through Saturday for 6:30 and 9 p.m. shows.

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Communities large and small have been trying to deal with their own garbage since the dawn of civilization.  The first municipal waste dump in the Western world is credited to Athens in the 5th century BC, and that’s the solution nearly every community takes, at least for starters. We’ve spent the last two weeks looking at solid waste management across this state, and while methods and incentives have differed over the decades, experts in the field are coming to one conclusion.

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Waikīkī has seen a lot of changes in recent years. That’s especially true for its retail scene — which has gone through a transformation in less than a decade. 

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A trade deal signed this week by the United States and China has been the focus of a lot of media coverage. Most stories in the United States emphasize the purchases of U.S. agricultural and other products that China will make. But in the Asia Pacific, there’s a slightly different tone.

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Kaimuki High School could be redeveloped under a plan to lease a portion of its property with the aim of generating income for school improvements. 

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Honolulu's acting chief medical examiner says 127 people considered homeless died on Oʻahu in 2019, up from two years ago.

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Maui Mayor Michael Victorino is asking the state Legislature to extend a deadline that will allow the county to impose a general excise tax surcharge on business activities such as sales of products.

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HONOLULU — Reports of a "ghost net" floating off the coast of Hawaii have mariners, pilots and residents on the lookout for the large array of netting that poses a threat to sea life.

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There’s a development this week involving a Japanese cabinet official that’s making national news in that country. It’s not a scandal — it has to do with taking advantage of an employee benefit.

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Recycling is a good goal. It reuses materials that would otherwise end up in the landfill. But the world market is changing and, for Kauaʻi, this means rethinking whether exporting recyclables to other countries is sustainable.

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There are further developments today on a mysterious virus that has hit a major city in China.

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Updated: 1/15/20 12:00 p.m.

Three civilians were released Wednesday after they were arrested when Navy personnel found a mortar round, later determined to be non-explosive, inside their vehicle, according to Pearl Harbor spokesman Chuck Anthony.

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Hawaii House and Senate leaders, with the support of Gov. David Ige, on Tuesday unveiled a long list of measures to boost housing, early childhood education and incomes with a particular focus on alleviating the struggles of Hawaii’s working families and poor.

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Several months after Hawaii County stopped accepting plastic products at its recycling program, residents are looking for an alternative, and one not governed by international markets.

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State Department of Public Safety administrators outlined the department's budget priorities to lawmakers Tuesday at the state Capitol, including a request for $8.4 million over two years for staff on Mauna Kea.

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In just twenty years, awareness of climate change has progressed to climate anxiety. According to Time Magazine, mental health studies show “eco-anxiety” exploded last year from Greenland to Australia. A new exhibit at UH Mānoa aims to work through the grief and denial toward community action.

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The president of Washington State University tweeted Tuesday that Hawaii’s Nick Rolovich will take over as the Cougars' head football coach, replacing Mike Leach.

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Taiwan’s president was re-elected by a wide margin over the weekend. The election results were not a surprise, but they are significant on a number of levels.

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The controversial sports project planned for Waimanalo would be no more under a city plan announced at a neighborhood board meeting Monday night. The announcement represents a change in direction for the administration of Mayor Kirk Caldwell, who had once defended the project in the face of mounting opposition.

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Organizations such as the Surfrider Foundation and Sierra Club are active in addressing broad environmental issues at the local level, including on Maui. But one island company and a homegrown community group are developing ways to recycle and reduce waste that could be adopted beyond the county.

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The state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is asking the Legislature for more than $40 million this year to deliver homestead lots to qualified native Hawaiians.

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Problems abound but no single issue appears to have yet united Hawaii lawmakers as the opening of the 2020 legislative session approaches on Wednesday.

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We hear about mysterious radio bursts this week on Stargazer with HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips.

  

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Hawaii’s tourism figures for 2019 have not yet been released, but they have for Japan. It’s a record number, but it also shows some changes in visitor arrivals.

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HILO — The decommissioning process for one of the Mauna Kea telescopes to be removed in the coming decade remains on schedule.

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The owner of RRR Recycling that handles Honolulu’s blue recycling bins says he’s had to close over half of his locations since around 2017. The president of Reynolds Recycling said his company has had to do the same in recent years.

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Updated: 1/13/2020 5:13 p.m.

A flash flood watch has been canceled for all Hawaiian islands after wind and rain that impacted the islands over the weekend diminished Monday.

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A company that wants to build a surf park on Oahu says the $72 million facility could include Hawaii's first man-made barreling wave.

The centerpiece of Honokea's proposed aquatic recreation park would be a lagoon with multiple simultaneous waves for surfers, body boarders and body surfers, The Hawaii Star-Advertiser reported Thursday.

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HILO, Hawaii — The mayor of Hawaii County has identified six legislative priorities ahead of a scheduled meeting with all four county mayors to begin the regular legislative session.

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