The Conversation: Thursday, May 10th, 2018

East Rift Zone Eruptions; Ala Moana Railing Lawsuit; Medical Aid in Dying; Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe at DKIST; Military Joint Concert

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East Rift Zone Update: Bill Dorman

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Although Kilauea’s volcanic activity has paused at all 15 fissures, there are growing concerns about the ongoing eruption. Officials are concerned about hazardous fumes and the risk of explosions in the area.  HPR News Director Bill Dorman has been monitoring the latest news from the Pahoa area.

Intro music: Porcelain by Moby

Ala Moana Railing Lawsuit

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Honolulu City Councilman Trevor Ozawa introduced Bill 17 after a rusted railing ended the life of one man and critically injured a second at Ala Moana Shopping Center. However, the bill has come up against stiff opposition and has not advanced. The issue is back in the spotlight as a lawsuit has now been filed against General Growth Properties on behalf of the families of the two men involved in the fall at the popular shopping mall.   

Outro Music: 22nd Street by Sting and Shaggy

Medical Aid in Dying

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Medical aid in dying becomes law in Hawaii on January 1, designated as the “Our Care, Our Choice Act.” Opponents fought hard against it, and Kat West, national director of policy and programs for Compassion & Choices Hawai‘i the passage of the bill is only the beginning of a public education program.

Intro music: Melting Lights by Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Outro Music: Empire Reprise (feat. Sam Beaubien) by House Shoes

Civil Beat Reality Check


We have been hearing a lot about vacation rentals-- but the issue takes a different turn in light of the recent floods on Kauai. That is the subject of our reality check from our partners at Honolulu Civil Beat.

Intro Music: Hold On by Alabama Shakes

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Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe at DKIST

The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope under construction on the summit of Haleakala is said to be on track for opening next year. DKIST, as scientists call it, is the largest solar telescope ever built

Outro Music: Coconut Boogaloo by Medeski, Martin, and Wood

Military Joint Concert


Some of the most highly skilled musicians in Hawaii are members of its military bands, and once a year, Hawaii’ based bands from the Air Force, the Marine Corps, Army, and Navy combine for a free concert. Tech Sergeant  Ryan Leatherman is the Public Information Officer, and an ensemble member of, the United States Air Force Band of the Pacific, and he told us about plans for the show. 

Outro Music: In the Mood by Glenn Miller & the Army Air Force Band