Legislative Session Wrap Up; Hawaii Island Moves to Regulate Short Term Rentals; Containing Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death
Hawaii County Council Moves to Regulate Short Term Rentals
Hawaii County is the last jurisdiction in the state without some form of restriction on temporary vacation rentals. This week County Councilmembers introduced a measure that would regulate how and where properties can be rented short term.
Intro music: Dern Kala by Khruangbin
Outro Music: Emmylou by First Aid Kit
2018 Legislative Wrap Up
The 2018 Legislative Session is winding down. HPR Political Reporter Wayne Yoshioka gives us a wrap up of what passed, what died, and which bills are still in committee.
Intro music: Anything New by Bibio
Outro Music: Nakamarra (feat. Q-Tip) by Hiatus Kaiyote
Civil Beat Reality Check
An important court decision is coming up on the Louis and Katherine Kealoha case; the former police chief and his City Prosecutor wife face a variety of conspiracy charges along with at four co-defendants, and federal prosecutors want them tried all together. Their alleged co-conspirators are pushing for separate trials, and a judge will decide next week whether they get their wish.
Outro Music: Box Full of Letters by Wilco
Understanding Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death
Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death has devastated Hawaiʻi Island forests since 2014. It kills quickly, begins with few outward signs, and can be spread easily by hikers. Local scientists have been working with colleagues as far away as South Africa and Iowa to study the species of fungi that causes the disease and there are some signs of hope that this killer of native forests can be contained.
Intro Music: Go On by Jack Johnson
Outro Music: Saltwater by Geowulf
Of Mice and Men on Stage
Nobel Prize-winning novelist John Steinbeck probably understood the heart and soul of America during the Great Depression as well as anyone. His novella Of Mice and Men has survived for generations by reminding us that even the losers among us have their dreams to pursue.
Intro Music: Sunflower by Of Mice and Men
Outro Music: Calm Grey by Blazo