The Conversation: Friday, May 4th, 2018

Kilauea Lava Flow Update; A&B Land Transition Out of Sugar with Hukilike no Maui; Pacific Biodiesel, Sunflower Farm; Author William Finnegan

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Kilauea Lava Flow Update

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First, we checked in with Ku`uwehi Hiraishi on the Big Island for an update on the unfolding events following yesterday’s Kilauea eruption and the evacuations of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivision

Intro music: Punahele by Leonard Kwan, Raymond Kwan

A&B Land Transition Out of Sugar: Hukilike no Maui


A coalition of Maui community groups turned out for  a shareholders meeting of Alexander and Baldwin recently.  Hukilike no Maui came together in response to A&B’s closure of Puunene, the last sugar mill in the islands.  The group is proposing that five thousand acres, or 15% of A&B’s Maui land holdings, be used for affordable housing, agriculture, and conservation

Outro Music: Ready/Problems by boy pablo

Pacific Biodiesel, Sunflower Farm: Kelly King

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Pacific Biodiesel’s sunflower farm has been a colorful addition to the Valley Isle’s landscape. It’s been years of trial and error, not just here on Maui, but on Oahu and the Big Island.

Intro music: Horseriding by Moniker

Civil Beat Reality Check


Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife Katherine are now facing two separate trials, by order of a federal judge -- one for bank fraud, another for conspiracy charges.   In today’s Reality Check from Civil Beat, reporter Stewart Yerton looks at what this means for the co-defendants.

Intro Music: These Days by Alex Bleeker

Author William Finnegan


What are the ethics of travel writing? In the age of social media, is anything off limits? New Yorker magazine Staff Writer William Finnegan addresses that question on a panel discussion at the Hawaii Book and Music festival this weekend.

Outro Music: Pipeline by Stevie Ray Vaughn, Dick Dale