The Conversation: Friday, September 14th, 2018

Sep 14, 2018

Nuuanu Dam; Disaster Fatigue; Exploring New Lava Delta; Pioneering Scientist Returns to Hilo

Credit Department of Planning and Permitting / City and County of Honolulu

Credit Kirk Caldwell / Instagram

Reservoir Level Spurs Emergency Response

At 10 am Thursday morning the Honolulu Board of Water Supply began notifying Oahu residents that one of its reservoirs was reaching dangerous levels. The reservoir in question is held in place by an earthen dam that sits uphill of thousands of homes.

Nu’uanu Reservoir #1 sits just off the Ewa side of Pali Highway behind the Oahu Country Club. It’s not one of the larger reservoirs in the area, but it still holds millions of gallons of water above dense residential neighborhoods.

Intro Music: Yegelle Tezeta by Mulatu Astatke

Outro Music: E'tazalt El Gharam by Majida El Roumi

  

Aircrews from the Oahu-based 25th Infantry Division assist Kauai County first responders during severe flooding in April.
Credit 25th Infantry Division / U.S. Army

Are Hawaii Residents Experiencing Disaster Fatigue?

It’s been a stressful year for residents of Hawaii. We started with an erroneous incoming ballistic missile alert. Then Kilauea began erupting, followed closely by flooding on Kauai and Oahu. Next, there were wildfires on Hawaii Island and Maui. In the past month, there have been two major hurricane scares. Are Hawaii residents experiencing disaster fatigue?

Intro Music: Sage and Spirit by Grateful Dead

Outro Music: Atrocity Exhibition by Joy Division

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Civil Beat Reality Check: Bullying Lawsuit

The Hawaii Department of Education has agreed to pay $10,000 to settle a two-year-old lawsuit alleging school officials did nothing to address recurring sex-based harassment against two students on the Big Island.

Outro Music: Slack Key Lullabye by Ledward Kaapana, Mike Kaawa

Jennifer Doudna.
Credit Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen / Flickr

Pioneering Gene Scientist Returns Home to Hilo

Biochemist Jennifer Doudna has rocked the science world with her research unlocking the mystery of gene editing. A Hilo High school graduate, she now has her own laboratory at UC Berkeley. In 2014 she won a $3 million dollar prize for breakthrough science for discovering how to edit genes.

Intro Music: Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain by Willie Nelson

Outro Music: Storm by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

The Exploration Vehicle (E.V.) Nautilus.
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Undersea Research Vessel Explores New Lava Delta

Scientists on board the research vessel, the Nautilus, sought refuge from tropical storm Olivia in South Point on the Big Island

We talked to Geologist Chris German with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute about the unexpected opportunity to collect data on the newly formed lava delta during a lull of the volcano.

Intro Music: Zuki by Jonti

Outro Music: Rules by Khurangbin