The Conversation: Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Aug 3, 2018

JANUS Decision, Super PAC Spending, Monk Seal Pup, Wave Glider Drone

A Hawaiian monk seal pup named Kaimana, who was born on Oahu's Kaimana Beach in 2017.
Credit Anthony Quintano / Flickr

HGEA President Randy Perreira.

Local Unions Eye Lawsuits in Wake of Janus Decision

The Hawaii Government Employees Association represents close to 28,000 active members, as well as more than 12,000 retirees. It is closely watching the outcome of lawsuits filed on the mainland by some groups looking to claim back dues following the recent decision by the US Supreme court. That ruling, tied to first amendment arguments, allows public employees to opt out of paying union dues altogether.

Intro Music: Food Deserts by Civil Wars

Outro Music: Carry the Zero by Built to Spill


Credit Wayne Yoshioka

Local Super PAC Spending Published

This week the Campaign Spending Commission published a report detailing the 2018 expenditures of political action committees, or Super PACs, in Hawaii. HPR Political Reporter Wayne Yoshioka has been pouring over campaign spending records.

Intro Music: Dean Town by Vulfpeck

Outro Music: Someday We’ll All Be Free by Chris Henry



Graduation at Kamalani Academy.
Credit Emily Dugdale

Civil Beat Reality Check

It was a tough first year for one Oahu charter school. Despite efforts to build a culture of collaboration, Kamalani Academy faced a multitude of challenges with staff turnover and figuring out exactly how the school should be run.

Outro music: Yuudachi by Hiromitsu Agatsuma



A Hawaiian monk seal pup named Kaimana, who was born on Oahu's Kaimana Beach in 2017.
Credit Anthony Quintano / Flickr

Rescued Monk Seal Recovering on Hawaii Island

This week community leaders on Molokai renewed the call to protect our endangered Hawaiian monk seal population.

It followed the discovery of the death of yet another of endangered marine mammal on the Friendly Isle. Since 2009, officials say 8 seals have been killed. The most recent case involved a seal that was just a year old.

Outro Music: Black Market by Weather Report


The Wave Glider is a configurable platform designed to support a wide variety of sensor payloads. Data are transmitted to shore via satellite, and the continuous surface presence means that data can be delivered as they are collected.
Credit Liquid Robotics, Inc.

Underwater Drone Assists in Lava Observation

In news from the Big Island, the lava going into the ocean has provided a proving ground for Liquid Robotics, a Boeing Company. It created something called a Wave Glider that is has allowed scientists to gather data from offshore waters.

Intro Music: On the Other Share by Liu Xing

Outro Music: Lingus by Snarky Puppy