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Flickr / Vic DeLeon
Flickr / Vic DeLeon

One of the long-term concerns about that molasses spill in Honolulu harbor is the health of coral. The lingering damage of the spill on the reef ecosystem remains unclear. This week, an Australian study finds another connection between reef health and sharks. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s been a busy year so far for visitors from Australia. The Hawaii Tourism Authority reports travelers from Australia are up by nearly a third compared to a year ago. But any Australians visiting the islands this weekend may have done some early voting. Otherwise, they’ll be missing an election at home. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / Corey Ann
Flickr / Corey Ann

Billabong is a name that’s well known in the islands. There are three stores in the state…and the Billabong Pipe Masters surf competition takes place each December at the Banzai Pipeline. But back in Australia, the company’s having some trouble. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / terry.1953
Flickr / terry.1953

It’s been a week since two U.S. fighter jets dropped four unarmed bombs into waters of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. While investigations continue into the incident, it’s still not clear whether the U.S. Navy will try to recover the ordinance. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Many businesses and governments are focused on the economic rise of the Asia Pacific region. So when a company announces it’s scaling back a regional presence, it’s a surprise. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Hawaii's legislature passed a budget this week, but federal lawmakers are still arguing about finances --- and that's likely to continue through this summer.  Discussions of U.S. government finances often include the fact that the Chinese government holds a lot of U.S. debt.  Now Australia is planning to buy some of China's debt.  HPR's Bill Dorman has more in today's Asia Minute. 

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