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The Conversation: Board of Water Supply on the military housing water crisis; Visiting a forgotten cemetery for smallpox victims

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  • Honolulu Board of Water Supply Chief Engineer Ernest "Ernie" Lau and Water Quality Program Administrator Erwin Kawata address the Navy’s ongoing water system crisis after initial tests confirmed petroleum contaminates | Full Segment
  • The military held town hall meetings over the last two days to respond to community concerns over their tainted water supply. We hear from concerned citizens who attended the Moanalua Terrace and Aliamanu Military Reservation Chapel meetings. | Full Segment
  • Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi talks about issues his administration faces including moving forward with lifting some COVID-19 restrictions — just as the first case of the omicron variant surfaces in the U.S. — and the passage of Bill 40 that will institute a transient accommodation tax, with one-third of the revenue going towards the rail project. | Full Article
  • Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Kevin Dayton joins us for today's Reality Check to examine the passage of Oahu's hotel room tax.| Full Article
  • Historian Nanette Napoleon introduces us to the Honuakaha Cemetery, which honors the Native Hawaiian victims of the smallpox epidemic between 1853 and 1854. The site is located off Quinn Lane, behind the Kakaʻako Fire Station and the old Royal Brewery building and senior housing project on Queen Street. | Full Article
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Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
Savannah Harriman-Pote is the energy and climate change reporter. She is also the lead producer of HPR's This Is Our Hawaiʻi podcast.
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