Hawaii Island

Reports from Sherry Bracken

Super Bowl Champ Returns to Hawaii Island

Feb 11, 2014
Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

  

 It's a familiar story across the state.  Young people often leave home for college and for work, and return to Hawaii when they can, often on vacation.  Or sometimes they return after achieving a career milestone.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has one of those stories about a Big Island native.

Hawaii County to Tackle Its Trash

Feb 6, 2014
Flickr / Phillip Stewart
Flickr / Phillip Stewart

  Hawaii County has a trash problem.  And it's not a new one.  For decades, County officials have delayed finding a long term solution to dealing with Hawaii County's 300 tons of trash a day.  Now, that may be starting to change.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story.

Connections Public Charter School's "Studio Shaka"

Feb 4, 2014
Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

  

  A Hawaii Island charter school is now part of a worldwide network that is engaging kids in technology in new and innovative ways.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has more on the High Tech Youth Network

Kea'au School Garden

Jan 29, 2014
Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

  

  More than sixty K through 12 public, private, and charter schools on Hawaii Island have some form of a school garden.  That's according to the Kohala Center, which coordinates the island's school garden network.  HPR's Sherry Bracken stopped by one school in East Hawaii to learn about their garden.  

The Big Island Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King

Jan 16, 2014
Virginia Halliday
Virginia Halliday

  

  It's been 46 years since Martin Luther King Junior was gunned down on a motel balcony in Memphis.  While Monday is the holiday marking his life's accomplishments, there are a lot of related activities this weekend arund the islands.  On the Big Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken talked with some local residents who have personal connections with Dr. King and his work.

Hawaii County Mayor Proposes Ethics Reform

Jan 14, 2014
Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  What defines ethical behavior for public officials?  According to the letter of the law, it's a question with different answers in different locations.  In Hawaii County, the Mayor is trying to change the definition for the third time.  From the Big Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken explains.

Big Island Video News
Big Island Video News

 

 The newest member of the Hawaii State Legislature is Dr. Richard Creagan.  Governor Neil Abercrombie appointed him to take the seat representing Ka'u through Kona after Denny Coffman resigned for family reasons.  The legislature opens in two days, so the new legislator has a lot of catching up to do.  From Hawaii County, Sherry Bracken reports.

Hawaii Island Band Gets Grammy Nomination

Jan 9, 2014
kahulanui.com
kahulanui.com

 

In a little more than two weeks, the Grammy Awards will be handed out in Los Angeles.  This year at least two of the nominees have connections with the islands. The more famous of the pair is pop star Bruno Mars, who has been nominated in several categories.  But a group from Hawaii Island is also up for a Grammy.  From the Big Island, Sherry Bracken has their story.

Flickr / Eli Duke
Flickr / Eli Duke

  

  For the past year, shoppers in Hawaii County have been unable to get plastic checkout bags or have had to pay for them at the checkout stand.  But starting soon, Hawaii County will ban the use of plastic checkout bags entirely.  HPR's Sherry Bracken gives us the details.

Hawaii County Acquires 217 Acres as Open Space

Jan 7, 2014
Wendy Baez
Wendy Baez

  

 Hawaii County citizens got an unexpected gift last week.  After more than two decades of discussion, contention, and negotiation, property just south of Kona Airport and the Natural Energy Lab is now part of Hawaii County's open space and cannot ever be developed.  From the Big Island, Sherry Bracken explains.

Puna and Kona Light Displays Pau

Dec 31, 2013
abc15
abc15

  

 Tomorrow, New Year's Day, is often a day when families put away their holiday decorations and lights.  For at least two Big Island residents, tomorrow is Day One of a multi-day cleanup.  From Hawaii Island, Sherry Bracken reports.

Mochi Pounding in Wailea

Dec 26, 2013
Akiko Masuda
Akiko Masuda

 Mochi pounding is a New Year's tradition throughout Hawaii.  On the Big Island, one very small village has embraced the tradition and turned it into an event that attracts hundreds.  HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Waimea Middle School
Waimea Middle School

 

   The voyaging canoe Hokulea and its sister ship Hiki'analia are preparing to depart on a worldwide voyage starting next May.  One critical part of the planning involves food and water.  HPR's Sherry Bracken talked on Hawaii Island with two navigators about some of those basic trip preparations.

Waimea Middle School Uses Hokulea as a Model

Dec 19, 2013
Waimea Middle School
Waimea Middle School

  

  Hawai'i’s voyaging canoes are a link to the past of those who first settled our islands.  But they’re also a tool for today’s students to learn not just about Hawai'i’s earliest residents but about how to practically apply today’s classwork.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked to a navigator about how he’s been working with one Big Island school

Hawaiian Homelands Health Center Breaks Ground

Dec 17, 2013
Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

  

  A health center on Hawaiian Homelands property in Kona is one step closer to becoming a reality.  It's been a dream since 2005, and now ground has broken on the site.  The blessing means the new health center will be one of just a few on Hawaiian Homelands property.  Sherry Bracken has the story.

Annual Christmas Bird Count on Hawaii Island

Dec 12, 2013
UH Ecology-Evolution-Conservation biology Dept.
UH Ecology-Evolution-Conservation biology Dept.

 

   Starting this Saturday, and going for three weeks, thousands of people around the country will take part in what's known as the Christmas Bird Count. The first on Hawaii Island is Saturday near the old Kulani Prison.  While over the years, the native bird population has declined, there is some positive news.  From the Big Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Kulani Prison Warden Named

Dec 11, 2013
State of Hawaii
State of Hawaii

 

  It's been more than four years since Hawaii Island's Kulani Prison closed, in an effort to cut government spending.  The facility will reopen next summer--and the new warden is already on the job.  From Hawaii County, Sherry Bracken reports.

Hawaii County Bans Cigarette Sales to Under 21s

Dec 10, 2013
hawaiicountymayor.com
hawaiicountymayor.com

 

 

   If you're under 21, it's about to get tougher to buy smoking products in Hawaii County.  The Big Island is the first in the state to pass a law restricting cigarette sales and more.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story.

Mayor Billy Kenoi Signs GMO Bil

Dec 6, 2013
Flickr / Hawaii County
Flickr / Hawaii County

 

The use of genetically modified organisms in food crops is a controversial topic around the islands.  Hawaii County has been debating the issue for about six months--and now the Mayor has reached a decision.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has the details from the Big Island.

Hawaii Meth Project Goes Statewide

Dec 5, 2013
Hawaii Meth Project
Hawaii Meth Project

 The Hawaii Meth Project's three staff members and hundreds of volunteers are spending this week talking to students at schools throughout the state.  Tomorrow, they'll be at Pahoa Intermediate and High School.  From the Big Island, Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

 

Hawaii County's Mayor believes the time is now    to start borrowing money to improve parks, roads, and sewers.  And the County Council's Finance Committee agrees.  From the Big Island, Sherry Bracken reports.

New Food Rules May Affect Feeding Programs

Dec 3, 2013
The Food Basket
The Food Basket

The State Department of Health is proposing changes to food sanitation rules.  They're holding public hearings statewide to get input on the 172 pages of new regulations. The Department is concerned with food safety.  But there may be consequences for nonprofit agencies, including on the Big Island, that feed those who need help.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken reports.

Hawaii Island Holiday Festivities Begin

Nov 28, 2013
Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

With today being Thanksgiving, the holiday season is now officially underway.  Communities around Hawaii Island area are ready to go, with big plans for their festivities.  HPR's Sherry Bracken gives us a preview.

Kona Woman Gets Diabetic Alert Dog

Nov 27, 2013
Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

 The use of service dogs is becoming more prevalent.  But it's not always obvious why somebody has a service dog.  Now, a Big Island woman has a dog who uses his nose to help ensure she doesn't die from what's called an invisible disability.  HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Keauhou Bay Moorings Plan Controversy Widens

Nov 26, 2013
Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

  The State Department of Land and Natural Resources wants to increase the number of moorings in Keauhou Bay on the Kona coast from the existing 9 to 16.   Bay users have expressed concerns about overcrowding in the narrow bay and about lack of community input on the project.  And now, another organization is weighing in with its concerns.  From the Big Island, Sherry Bracken has the story.

Pohakuloa Training Area Talks Trash

Nov 20, 2013
Cpl. Ben Eberle
Cpl. Ben Eberle

Trash is a fact of life.  And any actions that reduce trash are likely to get attention, especially on an island.  And that includes on the Big Island--and the military that uses Pohakuloa Training Area. HPR's Sherry Bracken talked with PTA's commander.

Dog Psychologist Visits Waikoloa

Nov 19, 2013
Flickr / rollanb
Flickr / rollanb

It's not at the top of the list of the problems of humanity, but dogs that won't stop barking can be annoying. Since the start of this year, Hawaii County Police have responded to 90 calls involving nuisance, barking, or aggressive dogs.  And it's enough of a problem in Waikoloa that Waikoloa Neighborhood Watch has reached out for help.  As HPR's Sherry Bracken explains, they've called in a dog psychologist.

Ironman Triathlon on TV

Nov 14, 2013
IRONMAN
IRONMAN

This weekend, television viewers around the state and around the country will get a look at the Ironman Triathlon World Championship.  The broadcast will not only recap the Hawaii Island event, it will also highlight the personal struggles of several athletes.  Sherry Bracken has the story.

Depleted Uranium at Pohakuloa Training Area

Nov 13, 2013
Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

Pohakulo Training Area on the Big Island is the largest military training base in the Pacific.  It was created in 1943 to train Marines going to Iwo Jima.  It continues to serve several branches of the military.  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently announced it would be granted a license for depleted uranium already present on the base.  HPR's Sherry Bracken talked to PTA's commander.

Memorial Set for Mrs. Teshima

Nov 12, 2013
Bob Fewell
Bob Fewell

Hawaii Island will pay its respects this week to a woman who was one of the oldest members of the island community.  The family of Shizuko Mary Teshima, known by most as Grandma Teshima, have set a memorial for Friday.  For the Big Island, here's Sherry Bracken.

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