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2014 was a record year for tourism in Hawai‘i. As the global market for hospitality continues to develop, specialty areas are emerging. And some of those are not likely to involve Hawai‘i. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Hawai‘i abolished the death penalty back in 1957—two years before statehood. But capital punishment will come under closer examination this week in Indonesia. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Drug policy and the death penalty are causing diplomatic disruption in Indonesia this week. Brazil and the Netherlands have both recalled their ambassadors to Jakarta after citizens of those countries were executed over the weekend. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Teams are working to recover the wreckage of the Air Asia plane that went down in the Java Sea. The investigations continue into what happened, on a Southeast Asian flight path that may not be familiar to many Americans. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute. 

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  In less than three weeks, Hawaii’s minimum wage will be going up to $7.75 an hour—fifty cents higher than it is now. By January 2018, the minimum wage in the state will be $10.10 an hour.  A much different level of a minimum wage was the focus of demonstrations this week in Indonesia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute. 

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This Thanksgiving holiday marks one of the busiest travel periods of the year. If you or someone you love has spent time in the air this holiday season, you may be interested in the recent experiences of the new president of Indonesia. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Gasoline prices in Hawaii continue to fall, part of a nationwide trend. The website gasbuddy.com says the statewide average this week is just under 4 dollars a gallon.  But in one Southeast Asian nation, gas prices are going the other way. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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The latest figures from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority show that visitor spending and arrivals are both up slightly from a year ago. But when it comes to the Asia Pacific tourism market, Hawai‘i faces increasing competition. And some of it is coming from an unexpected place. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Jakarta has never really been a tourist hub.

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  Hawai‘i Island is not the only place where elections lasted a bit longer than usual this summer. In Indonesia, there was a challenge to presidential election results and now that’s been resolved. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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  There’s a winner in the Indonesian presidential election held earlier this month. The governor of Jakarta won a narrow victory over a retired Army general. But the man who came in second place is not giving up. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  It will be more than a week before the official results are in for Indonesia’s presidential election. In the meantime, each of the two candidates is claiming victory, and the rest of the country is waiting. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  This is an election week in the world’s third-largest democracy. More than 187 million people in Indonesia will be eligible to vote in that country’s presidential election tomorrow. It’s a race that’s drawn a lot of international attention and may produce some surprises. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Elections have changed the leadership of a number of Asia Pacific countries in recent months from Australia to India.  And now campaigning is underway to choose the president of the world’s third-largest democracy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism expects modest growth across the state this year. D-BEDT’s latest forecast calls for 2.6 percent growth this year, just a bit slower than the growth rate for the overall U-S economy. Growth is faster than that in Asia, but it’s slowing down in certain parts of the region. HPR’s bill dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  There are less than three weeks left in the current session of Hawaii’s legislature. Elsewhere on the political calendar, primary elections are scheduled for this August, and the general election is in November. This summer is also election season elsewhere in the Pacific---Indonesia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  If you’re listening to the news from home or in your car this morning/this afternoon, you may not be headed out of town for the holidays. This is one of the busiest travel times of the year—with all the delays that can go with it. But one case in Indonesia takes airport nightmares to a whole new level. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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When former Hawaii resident Edwin Snowden releases government documents, the headlines generally focus on U-S intelligence operations. But his activities are also causing ripples elsewhere—including Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on the latest twists in today’s Asia Minute.

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A dozen years ago, Miss Hawaii took part in the Miss World Pageant. This year, Miss World USA is from California—but all of the contestants are facing some unusual challenges this month in Indonesia. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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The United States is selling half a billion dollars of helicopters to Indonesia. News of that deal comes as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel continues his travels in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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While the wet weather across the islands is only expected to last a matter of days…longer lasting rains are disrupting a favorite crop in Asia. The coffee crop in Indonesia has been hit with wet weather that’s lingered for two months. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Auto sales continue to be strong in Hawaii—reflecting a national trend. Across the country, car sales were up 9% last month compared to a year ago. When it comes to future sales, more automakers are looking at a particular country in Southeast Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Auto companies around the world are increasing their production of more environmentally friendly vehicles. And one country in southeast Asia is taking steps to become a center for factories producing “green” cars HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The week in Asia begins with a tale of two contrasting economies. Ratings agencies weighed in on the Philippines and Indonesia last week, and came to two different conclusions. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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