The Conversation: Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Aug 16, 2018

Fire campaign: Look out for wildfires!, Driver’s License Appt System, Sunset Beach Restoration, Girl Scouts of Hawaii

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Fire campaign: Look out for wildfires!

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This has been a wild few weeks. We are talking wildfires...from California to Oahu’s west side, to the Big Island where firefighters are still working to protect special ecological areas, cultural heritage sites from being destroyed. A management team from California which has been helping the National Park Service as most of the blaze is within park boundaries.  This week the Hawaii Wildfire organization is launching a campaign to get the public to take steps now to prevent the start a wildfire.

Intro music:  Respect by Aretha Franklin

Driver’s License Appt System

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Know before you go. That is the way to avoid stress when you have to deal with getting your driver’s license. We have a heart- to- heart with the director of the mayor’s office of information and complaint. Shari Kajiwara says its latest challenge is the no shows now that it’s switched to an appointment system. The no show rate is 30 percent and that adds to more problems for everyone, particularly as thousands of people will see their licenses expire soon.

Intro music: Firecracker Pt. 2 by Charlie Fink

Outro Music: No Shows by Gerard Way

Reality Check

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Now time to check in with our partners at Honolulu Civil Beat. We’ve just got past the Primary but Marcel Honore gives us a preview of what’s going to appear on the General Election ballot.

Outro Music: Story of My Life by Yes Kids

Sunset Beach Restoration

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It’s being hailed as a solution to save Sunset Beach thanks to a private public partnership. Work began yesterday to take down damaged portion of a bike lane eaten away by beach erosion during high waves. Jeanne Ishikawa is the Deputy Director of the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation. She explains what’s involved with the restoration project.

Intro Music: Sleepyhead by Passion Pit

Outro Music: Cyanide Sisters by Com Truise

Girl Scouts of Hawaii

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Now that the Boy Scouts of America have decided to open their doors to girls-- the Girl Scouts are ramping up to make sure families know the difference between the two groups. We sat down with Shari Chang the executive director of Hawaii’s Girl Scouts

Intro music: Soak Up the Sun by YesKids

Outro music: The Weight (Live) by Aretha Franklin and The Band