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This week on Helping Hand, we’re learning about the Domestic Violence Action Center.

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Senator Donna Mercado Kim has completed a review of more than a hundred positions at the University of Hawaii that were in jeopardy of being dropped. Earlier this week, the UH administration was warned of a proposed $30 million budget cut at the State Legislature. 

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State officials are ramping up efforts on Kauaʻi to prevent the spread of diseases that are killing ʻōhiʻa trees.

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Both Chamiande University and Hawaii Pacific University have plans to take over the doctoral psychology program from the now defunct Argosy University Hawaii. But uncertainty over accreditation has left students feeling vulnerable.

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  The owners of a family ukulele business in Hawaiʻi will celebrate their deep musical roots at a cultural festival in Portugal.

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Ten million visitors a year may be a goal for some, but it’s an overwhelming number for others. Hotel executive and tourism marketing experts sat down with Pacific Business News to talk about their current challenges and opportunities.

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The NFL is coming back to Hawaiʻi. The Los Angeles Rams, in partnership with the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, announced the team will be playing the Dallas Cowboys at Aloha Stadium this August.

Legendary Indian percussionist Zakir Hussain is back in the Aloha State. He spoke with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about the visit.

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Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard's job performance exceeded or met expectations last year, according to her first yearly evaluation by the police commission released today.

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Two House committees heard impassioned testimony yesterday from residents and local businesses on bills that would ban various plastic and polystyrene containers.

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Honolulu's police commission has approved hiring a lawyer to represent a retired chief in a federal case that accuses him of using police resources to frame a relative.

China Objects To Taiwan Leader's Hawaiʻi Stopover

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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen left today on a tour of diplomatic allies in the Pacific that will end with a stopover in Hawaiʻi that has drawn objections from China.

Taiwan has struggled to shore up its dwindling roster of allies as countries are choosing instead to establish relations with Beijing, which considers the self-governing island part of Chinese territory.

Tsai will visit Palau, Nauru and the Marshall Islands, Taiwan's official Central News Agency reported.

Mike Victorino for Mayor Campaign

Maui is one of the fastest growing communities in Hawaii, but it faces numerous challenges including water rights, high cost of living, and a high rate of homes being used as short term rentals. Tackling those challenges will be the job of newly elected county mayor Mike Victorino. 

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In some states, one political party dominates even without a lift from gerrymandering. The most extreme examples are Hawaiʻi, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, all of which have legislatures controlled by Democrats.

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A Big Island composer has created several musical works highlighting events and people in Hawaiian history. This weekend, he is premiering a symphonic suite that recalls one of the most significant battles in Hawaiian history.

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When Governor Neil Abercrombie appointed Steven Kealoha Wong as Hawai‘i’s first Poet Laureate, he handed Kealoha a mission for the next year: promote writing, reading, and the appreciation of poetry among Hawai‘i’s people. Seven years later, Kealoha’s crafted a multimedia theatre production that’s a creation story for today. 

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In recent weeks, we've talked with Hawai'iʻs county mayors on HPR's The Conversation about the issues and concerns they are confronting on Oʻahu and the Neighbor Islands.

On Thursday, listen in as we talk to Maui Mayor Michael Victorino on The Conversation, starting at 11 a.m.

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Eighty students from six different islands rallied at the state Capitol on Wednesday to protest the high rates of teen vaping seen in Hawaiʻi's schools. According to the Hawaiʻi Public Health  Insititute, one in four Hawaiʻi middle school students has tried an e-cigarette device.

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Today officially marks the first day of spring equinox and we dig in on our Hawaii Garden segment to look at the future of orchids. Should we be worried about the decline of the industry?

 

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The University of Hawaiʻi has warned that proposed budget reductions by the Hawaii Legislature would result in the elimination of hundreds of positions.

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We head to the Big Island for KanakaCona comic book convention, or comic-con, with a Hawaiian twist. 

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Honolulu officials have agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of a firefighter who died after he was injured in a training exercise.

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A measure to decriminalize possession of marijuana in small amounts is moving forward at the State Legislature. House Bill 1383 would make possessing three grams or less of cannabis a misdemeanor. It would also establish a fine, and expunge prior convictions for possession of three grams or less from criminal records.

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Members of the Honolulu City Council’s Planning Committee advanced two measures that would represent a sweeping change to the way short-term rentals are regulated on Oahu. The move comes in the wake of a court decision upholding similar regulation in Santa Monica, California.  

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  A woman who's been dubbed a serial stowaway was sentenced today to 18 months of probation after pleading guilty to sneaking past Chicago airport security last year, boarding a plane and flying to London without a ticket. She has been nabbed in and near airports dozens of times, including in Hawaiʻi, and made it onto planes possibly a half-dozen times.

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Hawai'i taxpayers lost money following a private investment firm's failed plan to establish a dairy on Kauaʻi.

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Hawaiʻi would be the first state in the U.S. to ban most plastics at restaurants under legislation that aims to cut down on waste that pollutes the ocean.

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Hawai‘i’s artists, designers, and makers are being invited to pitch ideas for a new community art center in the City’s Chinatown Gateway Plaza.  Several key Honolulu arts organizations have secured a trial space for a pop up this Saturday, then for two and a half months.  If all goes well, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, a vibrant art center could make it easy for Honolulu’s business people to get creative.

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Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard says her top priorities if she's elected to the White House in 2020 would be to end military action in countries such as Iraq and Syria and to de-escalate tensions with nuclear-armed countries like Russia and China.

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Kauaʻi residents can now submit a police report for certain crimes online with the Kauaʻi Police Department.

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