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Saturday, November 18, 2017

As Native Americans Face Job Discrimination, A Tribe Works To Employ Its Own

When he started working as a bartender a few years ago in Seattle, Howie Echo-Hawk says he began experiencing discrimination. First, a bar manager told him to get a respectable haircut. "I had a Mohawk, which is the traditional style of my people and I wore it because of that," he said. Echo-Hawk is a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. Rather than argue, Echo-Hawk cut his hair. Then, a few months later, he broke his ankle and had to take some time off. "When I finally came back to work, one of the managers their told me: 'That's what happens when you Indians get your firewater,' " he said. "And so, I filed a complaint very quickly, and basically put in my two weeks notice." About a third of Native Americans say they have experienced discrimination in the workplace when seeking jobs, or when getting promotions or earning equal pay, according to a new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Slightly more said..

Roundup Of The Week: Taxes, Sexual Harassment And Russia In The Politics Podcast

It was an unusually busy week on Capitol Hill. The House passed the tax bill , largely along party lines. Now it's on to the Senate, where Republicans are tacking on a rollback of the Obamacare individual mandate. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before Congress — again — and says his story about Russia contacts during the Trump campaign "has never changed." Another committee held hearings on the issue of sexual harassment on the Hill. That hearing was planned even before the new allegations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore , the Republican nominee for Senate in Alabama, and now against Sen. Al Franken , D-Minn. Listen to the full roundup on the NPR Politics podcast. Here are the highlights Susan Davis on taxes : "Getting the first version of the bill through the Senate is seen as the most critical hurdle. Because there is broad confidence that if they can do that, they can get a bill out of conference, and they can get that bill to president Trump's desk — yes,..

Senate May Approve Drilling In Alaskan Wilderness With Tax Bill

For all the negative headlines that 2017 have generated, Republicans are on the cusp of accomplishing two major policy goals that have eluded them for decades, at the same time. The Senate could soon approve oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with its bill to overhaul the nation's tax code. ANWR has long held an outsized symbolic role in the tug-of-war between environmental protection and the desire to increase domestic oil and gas drilling. In that regard, you could argue, it was the original Keystone XL Pipeline — an issue activists on both sides could rally, fundraise and organize around. Legislation opening up a portion of ANWR for leasing cleared a key Senate hurdle this week, when the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved it on a 13-10 vote. The measure is tied to the budget process that Republican leaders are using to advance the tax overhaul, which means the bill would only need 51 votes – not the usual 60 – to advance in the ful..

Toilet Signs Are Mysterious And Mirth-Inducing

You are in a foreign country. And things are certainly looking a bit foreign. Do you sit or squat? Can you toss toilet paper down the bowl or hole? Let the signs guide you. That is, if you can understand them. Doug Lansky, author of the Signspotting series of books, knows how toilet etiquette signs can be mysterious, misleading and hilarious. His books include all types of funny warning and advice signs, but the topic of toilets is especially popular. Lansky, who gave up a job offer at the New Yorker to travel the world, has seen his share of terrifying toilets. The worst? "A second-class Indian train toilet. The train is shaking, there is no light and it's pretty clear everyone else has missed the target too. Plus, it's your standard messy hole in the floor, but underneath it's just train tracks whipping by. You have to be a really confident squatter." Ew. Goats and Soda asked Lansky to share some thoughts on funny toilet signs around the world. Copyright 2017 NPR. To s..

Winds Fluctuating as Old Front Approaches

Winds are expected to weaken into the weekend with a weak cold front forecast to bring a band of clouds and showers through the islands starting late...

If Parents In Taiwan Are OK With Their Kids’ Sex Ed Class, Why Are...

Two dozen third-graders wiggle in their seats. Their attention is on their teacher — up front. He has a question for them: How many know about condoms? About half of the class raise their hands. The students are fixed on his talk — a lesson on sexual education and gender equality. Everyone inside the classroom in Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second largest city, is captivated with this lesson. It's the people farther away — across the small island nation — that are not happy about this. The class was captured in a 3-minute public TV station's coverage of the 80-minute course, in which the teacher wrote down "sexual intercourse behaviors between same-sex and opposite-sex" on the chalkboard. Students practiced using condoms on dildos. The coverage early this year was intended to showcase the class as an example of school children respecting gender differences and protecting themselves from sexually transmitted diseases. But soon after the segment aired, complaints about the class s..

Swell Expected This Weekend

Swells are trending down overall into the weekend. On Sunday a reinforcing northerly swell is forecast to fill in late Saturday, peak Sunday...

Nathan Aweau

KAPA Hawaiian FM morning personalities Jaz and Ka’ea welcomed Nathan Aweau to the KAPA Cafe. Nathan is a multi-award winning musician and singer. He was formerly a member of the Hoku award-winning groups, Ka’eo and The Ali’i’s. In 2001, his album “E Apo Mai” won “Male Vocalist of the Year”, “Song of the Year” and “Contemporary Hawaiian Album of the Year”. Nathan is currently touring and plans to release his new album next year. He will be performing at the 15th Annual ‘Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Festival, which takes place this weekend (Nov 16th-18th) at the Kahilu theatre.

Chef Paul

KAPA Hawaiian FM morning personalities Jaz and Ka’ea welcomed Chef Paul to the KAPA Cafe. Chef Paul has been with the Palamanui West Hawaii Culinary Program for 17 years, and is the chef instructor and coordinator. Palamanui will be having a culinary festival/fundraiser on Saturday, Dec 2nd at 5:30 p.m. It takes place at the courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, and includes live music and a silent auction.

Bridging the Gap ~ November 16th, 2017: Friday Sessions

It's Friday, so I'm weaving in and out of upbeat songs, leaning heavily on Mexican folk coming out of California . Tickets to Monday's Valerie June show can be found HERE. Follow Me on Facebook Shoot Me an Email Listen To Mixes on Soundcloud or Mixcloud Support Hawaii Public Radio Online Tickets for the Atherton can be found at hprtickets.org Upcoming Live Sets: ~Saturday Sunsets at Hula's (Last Saturday residency)- Saturday November 25th 4-7pm ~La Hiki at The Four Seasons Ko Olina 6-9pm ~Soulgasm w/ Jeremy Sole (KCRW) at Bar 35- Friday December 15 th , ~Four Seasons Pool Bar- December 22 nd & 23 rd (Tenative) ~Silent Disco Wanderlust Oahu- Friday March 2 nd Set List:

Oregon Man Dies, Fell Ill While Snorkeling at ‘Āhihi-Kina‘u

The snorkeler was brought to shore after reportedly experiencing a medical emergency in waters at the ʻĀhihi-Kinaʻu Natural Area Reserve.

Police Seek Help to ID Body Recovered in April

The Maui Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying the body of male that was found on April 23, 2017 in a field above Kaiwahine Street in Kīhei.

WANTED: Mathias Wanted on Arrest Warrants

The Maui Police Department is asking for public assistance in locating Lee Mathias who is wanted for several arrest warrants.

Black Friday Specials, Deals and Hours on Maui

Maui Now breaks down all the deals and hours for Thanksgiving and Black Friday across Maui

‘Īao Valley State Monument to Re-Open Nov. 22, Ahead of Schedule

ʻĪao Valley State Monument will reopen on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, following completion of a second phase of slope stabilization to the stream areas in the park that were damaged by a massive flood event in September 2016. The park was originally expected to reopen by Dec. 16, 2017.

Bluegrass icon Peter Rowan returns to Hawaii and HPR’s ATC

Musician Peter Rowan is back in the Aloha State, with dates tonight at the Doris Duke Theatre in Honolulu and Saturday at the MACC . His history goes back to the late 50's Boston club scene, to working with bluegrass icon Bill Monroe , to experiences with Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead , and his latest My Aloha recordings. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence spoke with him ahead of his shows. Hear the complete new interview: MORE PETER: Hear Peter's 2015 interview with Dave.

Mayor Seeks Removal of Water Director, Dave Taylor

Maui Director of Water Supply Dave Taylor has been placed on paid administrative leave while Mayor Alan Arakawa seeks his removal as head of the department.

Rep. Gabbard Votes Against Republican’s Corporate Giveaway Tax Bill

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawai‘i-02) voted against HR1, the Republicans’ version of the tax reform bill, which passed today in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 227-205 and now moves to the Senate for consideration. This disastrous tax bill would provide permanent massive tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest Americans, providing minor temporary relief and eventually raising taxes for millions of hardworking low-income and middle class families, Rep. Gabbard’s press releases stated. While adding over $1.4 trillion to our nation’s already-reckless deficit, the bill eliminates numerous individual deductions that serve our most vulnerable populations, including our students, teachers, elderly, veterans and more, the press release said. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said: “There’s no question our tax code needs serious reform, but the tax bill passed by the House today is not the way to achieve it. I voted against this legislation that increases our national deficit by ov..

Helping Hand – Homeward Bound 5k Institute for Human Services Benefit 2017

This week Helping Hand welcomes back Claire Cutler, one of the hosts of the Homeward Bound Thanksgiving 5k to end homelessness in Hawaii . It benefits area homeless service provider IHS, the Institute for Human Services . Hawaii is home to the worst homeless crisis anywhere in the United States per capita. Open to individuals and families of runners, joggers and walkers, it happens in Honolulu Thanksgiving morning at 7 a.m. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with event co-host, Punahou School student Claire Cutler. Helping Hand is a weekly feature airing statewide on HPR1 stations as part of our afternoon drive broadcast of All Things Considered, and then appearing online here, where all of our Helping Hand segments are archived . Every week, Helping Hand puts the spotlight on an organization, topic or event that offers assistance to the disabled and others among the most vulnerable. Contact Homeward Bound 2017: Website: homewardboundhawaii.org Email: homewardbound

Hawai‘i Volcano Activity Update: Nov. 16, 2017

View looking southeast along the long axis of the lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u at Kīlauea’s summit. The lava lake is about 260 m (285 yd) long and 200 m (220 yd) wide. HVO/USGS image, March 31, 2017. This past week, Kīlauea Volcano’s summit lava lake level fluctuated with summit inflation and deflation, ranging about 102 to 157 feet below the vent rim. On the East Rift Zone, the 61g lava flow remained active downslope of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, with scattered breakouts on the coastal plain. The 61g flows do not pose an immediate threat to nearby communities. Mauna Loa is not erupting. A few small-magnitude earthquakes occurred beneath the summit caldera and upper Southwest Rift Zone, mostly at depths less than three miles, with a few more on the volcano’s west flank at depths of three to eight miles. GPS measurements continue to show deformation related to inflation of a magma reservoir beneath the summit and upper Southwest Rift Zone. No significant changes in volcanic gas emissions were measured. ..