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Updated 6/22/20, 11 a.m.

International students studying in Hawaiʻi are having a rough time with the coronavirus shutting down travel, and the lack of job opportunities to help them pay their expenses. But financial aid programs available to American students, may not be open to those from other countries.

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

As unemployment and the demand for food remain high in the islands, there are some who are falling through the cracks when it comes to getting help. Even before the crisis, college students from abroad were having a tough time making ends meet. Now, some are hanging on by a thread.

There are shifts underway in Hawai‘i’s art scene, both in Honolulu and on the neighbor islands.  As part of a series charting our arts infrastructure, HPR is checking in with key players.  Today, a visit to the East- West Center Gallery, whose curator is leaving after fifteen years.

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Kapu Aloha; Made in China 2025; Prison Oversight Commission; Honolulu Marathon Study; Stargazer; Ko Olina Race Event



This week, a group of investors and entrepreneurs from around the Asia Pacific are gathering in Honolulu. Some will be looking to pitch ideas---others are ready to offer some financial backing.

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“Smart Cities” use technology to connect citizens and government. One example is Bandung--the third largest city in Indonesia. The mayor who brought a technology upgrade to the city has just been elected to be the next Governor of West Java. Ridwan Kamil is in Honolulu as part of an event at the East West Center--the “Smart Cities Thought Leaders Forum.” He talked with Bill Dorman about what it means to be a “Smart City” in 21st century Asia.  

The Conversation: Thursday, March 1st, 2018

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Proliferation of Double Utility Poles; New Jon Van Dyke Public Archive; Sanctuary Churches; Bhutan Exhibit

The Conversation: Monday, November 13th, 2017

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Monster Houses; Pakistan Consul General; UH’s Cacao among best; Practical Scientific, Political, Ecological Art

The Conversation: Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Nov 1, 2017
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Open Enrollment for Affordable Care Act; Arab/Palestinian Issues Scholar; Hawaii Foodbank; 47th Kona Coffee Cultural Festival; Brooklyn Raga Massive

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Hawaii Public Radio is co-sponsoring a lecture with the East-West Center about rebuilding public trust in the media with NPR's Ombudsman/Public Editor, Elizabeth Jensen who is the East West Center’s George Chaplin Fellowship in Distinguished Journalism Address

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

President Obama can expect strong reactions from three audiences after he arrives here in Honolulu this evening...commuters, who may be upset when their drive home gets complicated by the presidential motorcade....the World Conservation Congress, which can be expected to cheer his decision to greatly expand the Papahānaumokuākea National Monument...and the Pacific Islands Conference of leaders, which is meeting this week at the East-West center.  We have more from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

The Conversation: Monday, August 29th, 2016

Aug 29, 2016

East-West Sustainability Summit; Middle Schoolers Tackle Graduate Level Work; Hawaii Hurricane Brief; Dîner en Blanc; Interactive Atherton Performance

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

When you think of the business boom in China, philanthropy may be one of the last things that comes to mind.  But the China Global Philanthropy Institute is working to change that with the help of UH’s East-West Center.

The Conversation: Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Jul 28, 2016

Potential Local/National Economic Impacts of US Presidential Candidates’ Trade Policies; Comedian Ozell Daniel; Hawaii’s Energy Future; Printmaker

Potential Local/National Economic Impacts of US Presidential Candidates’ Trade Policies: Marcus Noland

The Conversation: Monday, May 23th, 2016

May 23, 2016

Economic Outlook for Hawaii; #iambadatthis; 11th East-West Philosophers' Conference; Honolulu Jazz Quartet

UHERO County Economic Forecast: Dr. Carl Bonham

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa


  Mass migrations are in the news today, but populations have been relocating all through human history.  When Muslims invaded Iran over 1200 years ago, most followers of the Zoroastrian religion relocated to India.  An immigrant community, they learned Hindi and English, and soon, Cantonese, providing a vital trade link between China, India and the West.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a textile show at the East West Center that illustrates their success.


  Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States remains fully committed to Asia, seeing the region as a dynamic and critical region for the country’s future. Kerry spoke yesterday to a roomful of invited guests and media at the East West Center. HPR’s Bill Dorman was there and has the details in today’s Asia Minute.

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After over a century of persecution, the Ainu people were recognized as the indigenous people of Japan in 2008.  By that time, assimilation policies had nearly extinguished the Ainu language.  Population counts range from 25 thousand to over 200 thousand, as many do not acknowledge their ancestry. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the first international exhibit by the Hokkaido University Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies, on view at the East West Center Gallery.