Savannah Harriman-Pote

Producer, The Conversation

Savannah Harriman-Pote rejoined The Conversation in 2021 after interning for Hawaiʻi Public Radio in the summers of 2018 and 2019. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, during which time she worked for WMHC and Mount Holyoke News. She has also worked with the audio documentary series Outer Voices and National Geographic. Savannah produces HPR's podcast Manu Minute in collaboration with The University of Hawaii at Hilo. She was born and raised on the Big Island, and she collects public radio mugs. 

Purple Maiʻa

Indigenous solutions to climate change; Reality Check with Civil Beat; Pacific Islanders in Communications celebrates 30th anniversary; Restoring a Kaua‘i church organ

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Criticisms of the Honolulu rail; Foster care system facing challenges; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Vaccinating young teens; Resuming LDS missions; 60th anniversary of the Peace Corps

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Encouraging Hawai‘i Island residents to get vaccinated; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Tourism industry; Initiative to reduce waste and create jobs in Hilo; Teacher Appreciation Week

Manu Minute: The Growing Flock of Saffron Finches

Apr 28, 2021
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

Saffron finches are native to South America and were introduced to the islands around 1965. Special thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for today's field recordings.

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Fewer students living on college campuses may help keep them safe from the coronavirus, but sexual violence remains a topic of discussion at the University of Hawaii.

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Raising awareness of sexual assault at the University of Hawaii; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Latest from state legislature; Art educators leave their legacy; Local bookstore celebrates; Comedian Tumua Tuinei on local style humor

Manu Minute: The Many-Named ʻAukuʻu

Apr 21, 2021
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

The ʻaukuʻu, also known as black-crowned night heron, is found throughout the world's wetlands. As their name implies, these birds have black "crowns "that run down their backs.

Special thanks to Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for today's field recordings.

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Honolulu rail project seeks more federal funding; Workshop for Hawaiian Heritage Music Series; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Kauai Police Chief Todd Raybuck; Hana Hou: Hawai‘i honors the efforts of healthcare workers


The Hawaii Housing Authority opens the waitlist; The Long View: Fact-checking and fake news; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Federal funding and the Honolulu rail; Manu Minute rebroadcast

Rep. Kaiali'i Kahele

Expanding and funding vaccine access for rural communities; Mental health repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Parents on the return to the classroom; A new book tracks the history of beer in Hawai‘i

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Senator Mazie K. Hirono's new book "Heart of Fire" and her thoughts on race and gender; The Honolulu rally to stop Asian American hate; Reality Check with Civil Beat; Loyal customers remember Love's Bakery on its last day in business; Manu Minute introduces us to the ‘akikiki; The Long View w/Neal Milner

Manu Minute: 'Akikiki of Kaua'i

Mar 31, 2021
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ˊAkikiki, also known as Kauaˊi creepers, are an endangered forest bird endemic to the island of Kauaˊi.

Catherine Cruz

Longtime Kaneohe Bakery closes its doors after nearly 70 years in business; Stop Asian American hate rallies nationwide and locally; Reality Check with Civil Beat; Local artists' perspective on non-fungible tokens

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Former Congresswoman Pat Saiki's new book and thoughts on race and gender; Small-scale farmers and access to local food; Non-fungible tokens, what exactly are they?

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The latest scramble to vaccinate people before COVID-19 variants spread; Combatting crime in Waikiki as tourists return; Reality Check with Civil Beat; Tobacco Trust Fund's possible elimination; Manu Minute introduces us to the mōlī, the Laysan albatross

Manu Minute: The Long-lived Laysan Albatross

Mar 24, 2021
Alex Wang

Special thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for today's field recordings.

Mōlī, or Laysan albatrosses, breed in large numbers across the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, with nearly a million birds counted on Midway island alone.

Steven Businger

The push to vaccinate hospitality workers; Maui healthcare workers honor those lost during the pandemic; An innovative renewable plastic project kicks off on the Big Island; UH Mānoa professor Steven Businger on Hawai‘i's status as rainbow capital of the world

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Mobile vaccine clinics roll out in high risk communities; The Long View with political analyst Neal Milner; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Defects on the rail project; Protecting the native i'iwi bird; Manu Minute with Dr. Patrick Hart; Local students help storm water runoff project

Manu Minute: The Yellow-Fronted Canary

Mar 10, 2021
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

The yellow-fronted canary is native to sub-Saharan Africa, where they populate open woodlands and  grasslands in great numbers. Not to be confused with the Saffron finch, these small birds only grow to be about four or five inches in length and have grey markings on their head and wings.

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Common Cause on automatic voter registration; Scott Miscovich on expanding COVID testing nationwide; Reality Check with Civil Beat: School superintendent not renewing contract; State of local businesses from the eyes of Oahu Auctions; Talk story with Sonia Lo of Lanai's Sensei Ag

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YMCA, CrossFit on new phase of COVID reopening plan; Iolani School expands summer boarding program; Reality Check with Civil Beat: No community gardens on Oahu's Waianae Coast; Talk story with new CEO of American Red Cross of Hawaii; Ma`i Movement fights period poverty and inequities

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The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Director Ann Perreira-Eustaquio answers questions about the backlog of unfulfilled unemployment claims; Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Stewart Yerton discusses potential Hawaiian Airlines' layoffs; the head of Local Five talks efforts to vaccinate hotel employees; and U.S. Postal Inspector Jeff Fitch dishes on recent postal scams and how to avoid becoming a victim.

Manu Minute: 'Elepaio, the Flycatcher

Mar 3, 2021
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

Hawai'i 'elepaio are native species of Flycatcher - as their name suggests, they spend most of their time catching flies and other tasty insects "on the wing," or midflight.

Manu Minute: The Long-legged Ae'o

Feb 24, 2021
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

The ae'o, also known as kūkuluae'o, or Hawaiian stilt, is an endangered waterbird found only in the Hawaiian islands. 


New grants seek to expand telehealth throughout the state; Reality Check: how the pandemic has exacerbated our teacher shortage; Rental assistance program rolls out for Native Hawaiians; Perseverance rover hunts for ancient life on Mars

New grants seek to expand telehealth throughout the state

Manu Minute: The Clever ΄Alalā

Feb 18, 2021
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

Let's be honest — a black crow is not a typical mascot for a tropical paradise. But the native 'alalā, or Hawaiian crow, is deeply intertwined with the ecosystem of Hawai'i.

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New scooter company Go X discusses cautious launch; Danny and Allen Castro, ten years later; Reality Check: Makers of blood-thinning drug Plavix fined $834 million over undisclosed health risks; Frank De Lima shares his latest musical parodies on aging, COVID-19

New scooter company Go X discusses cautious launch

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Decorating the tree is among our most treasured Christmas traditions. But these iconic holiday centerpieces may be harboring some harmful critters.

"Pests species — lizards, slugs, wasps, that kind of thing," said Franny Brewer, the Communications Director for the Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC).

Manu Minute: 'I'iwi, the Scarlet Honeycreeper

Oct 27, 2020
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

This is the first in a series of stories about Hawaiian songbirds, their environment and their conservation. They are based on "Manu Minute," a new weekly segment on HPR's The Conversation. Have a question about Hawaiian birds or a comment on this series? Call our talkback line at 808-792-8217 and leave us your comment or question, name and email address, or email us at with the subject line "Manu Minute."