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In a “normal year,” this would be a busy week for Japanese tourists visiting Hawai‘i. It’s the middle of “Golden Week”—a series of holidays that usually makes it a popular time for travel. But this year, several parts of the country remain under a state of emergency.

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Ward Village has partnered with general contractor Albert C. Kobayashi Inc. to complete the first two tiny homes in the new Kamaʻokū community in West O‘ahu.

All state residents 16 years and older are eligible for vaccinations and the Department of Health is strongly encouraging everyone to get the vaccine. Three upcoming vaccine clinics on Hawai‘i Island are part of that continuing effort.

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High school graduations are a special time in Hawai‘i when communities come together to celebrate students as they officially enter the community or start higher education. The pandemic last year caused many graduations to go completely virtual--gone were the senior songs and lei ceremonies.

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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is a host site for the Overwatch League's East vs. West tournament this week. This is the first time a mainstream international esports tournament is being held in the state, and it could help launch a major economic opportunity for Hawaiʻi.

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For this week’s Stargazer, HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips discuss the impacts on astronomy of the controversial Starlink satellite project.


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Updated 5/4/21, 8:37 a.m.

Nearly 3,000 bills were proposed this past legislative session. But only a few hundred were passed by both the House and Senate last week. Among those that were approved, are measures that could improve the state's broadband infrastructure.

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Later this month, the president of South Korea will be traveling to Washington to meet with President Biden. The White House visit follows renewed attention on North Korean policy—and a series of domestic issues in South Korea.

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The first Tongan police chief in the state of Hawaii and first Tongan police officer with the Maui Police Department has retired from the department after 36 years, officials said.

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HONOLULU — A doctor and a team of neonatal medical professionals were in the right place at the right time — helping a Utah woman deliver her baby onboard an hourslong flight to Hawaii.

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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is conducting an investigation into students who debate participants say made racist remarks to students from Morehouse College -- a historically Black men's college.

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The Honolulu Police Department released Friday a 911 call from a frightened woman about Lindani Myeni's allegedly illegal presence at a Nuʻuanu house prior to the fatal shooting by police.

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Earlier this week, Senator Brian Schatz introduced new legislation to support hotel workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HONOLULU — Honolulu's new prosecuting attorney said Thursday his office will conduct independent investigations into recent police shootings in which a 29-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were killed.


Median home prices are nipping at the $1 million mark amid a pandemic buying frenzy, according to Pacific Business News editor A. Kam Napier.

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Closing out this special series on the Civil War, we learned about three men whose gravestones are at the far Diamond Head corner of the O‘ahu Cemetery.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii's lawmakers on Thursday wrapped up a legislative session marked by a generous influx of federal aid that helped the islands weather a pandemic that threw tens of thousands of people out of work and upended the state’s tourism-dependent economy.

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Kaua‘i reported 13 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, the first uptick of positive cases in many months. The island is also participating in the Safe Travels Program while encouraging residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

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Visitor arrivals in March were up 1% compared to the same month in 2020, according to monthly statistics from the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The new data marks the first time in a year that visitor arrivals were up compared to the same month a year prior.

India Cases Set New Global Record; Millions Vote In 1 State

Apr 29, 2021
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NEW DELHI — India set another global record in new virus cases Thursday, as millions of people in one state cast votes despite rising infections and the country geared up to open its vaccination rollout to all adults amid snags.

HILO, Hawaii — A bill that would allow Hawaii's four counties to impose an additional tax on hotel rooms and vacation rentals passed its final reading in the state Legislature.


This Saturday is May 1, officially, a day to celebrate garlands of flowers in Hawai'i. Lei day was established in 1929, and each major island has its own significant lei. O'ahu, for example, has the regal 'ilima, for Kaho'olawe, it's the grey green hinahina. Lei, in Hawai'i, are much more than adornment.

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Molokaʻi High School educator Diane Mokuau was awarded 2021 Librarian of the Year by the School Library Journal.

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Students from the University of Hawaii Maui College Nursing Program will administer COVID-19 vaccines to Maui's Filipino community on May 1.

Manu Minute: The Growing Flock of Saffron Finches

Apr 28, 2021
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Saffron finches are native to South America and were introduced to the islands around 1965. Special thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for today's field recordings.

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HONOLULU — A grand jury on Wednesday indicted two older brothers of a 16-year-old who was shot and killed by Honolulu police.

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HONOLULU — The Hawaii House on Tuesday quashed a bill that would have eliminated no-knock warrants, a centerpiece of police reform legislation proposed in the wake of high-profile killings by police across the nation.

WASHINGTON — Americans will have more time to get the Real ID that they will need to board a flight or enter federal facilities.

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As vaccinations continue to increase around the country, so do travel plans. That’s also true in parts of the Asia Pacific—where another so-called “travel bubble” is starting up next month.

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State Senator J. Kalani English is retiring at the end of this week - citing issues caused from the long-term effects of COVID-19.