The Conversation: Monday, November 26th, 2018

Nov 26, 2018

Local Five Strike Update; Fire Sprinkler Extension Vetoed; Kokua Market in Dire Financial Straits; Pacific And Asian Affairs Council; Reporter Debrief with Kuuwehi

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Local Five Strike Update

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Negotiators for the hotel workers union local five are meeting face to face with Marriott and Kyoya. Talks resumed at ten this morning at the Ala Moana Hotel.

The union rejected management’s offer last week and countered with another proposal. Of the 8 cities that are walked off the job more than a month ago-- only Hawaii and San Francisco are still on strike.

Last night workers held a candlelight vigil in front of the Moana Hotel as clergy prayed with them that hearts would soften during today’s talks.

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Fire Sprinkler Extension Vetoed

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  Following last year’s Marco Polo high rise fire that killed three people, city lawmakers passed a law requiring residential high-rise buildings without sprinklers to schedule professional fire safety evaluations. Condo associations were given a 3-year deadline.

The Honolulu council has since tried to walk back that deadline to 5 years, with an additional 3 years to make necessary safety renovations. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell vetoed that extension, citing concerns over the safety of the public and Honolulu Fire Fighters.

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Kokua Market in Dire Financial Straits


  Eating healthy is all the rage these days – and our options at the grocery store reflect that trend. High-end food stores like the Amazon subsidiary Whole Foods and local chain Down to Earth are expanding. Traditional grocers like Foodland are making room

Kokua Market is Hawaii’s only first and only natural food cooperative. But the market is on the verge of closing its only store due to extreme financial pressure. HPR’s Ryan Finnerty sat down with the Kokua Market’s Board President to find out why.

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Reality Check

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  It’s now time for our segment we call the Reality Check with our partners at Honolulu Today reporter Nathan Eagle has a story about a desperate race to save a handful of native songbirds.

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Pacific And Asian Affairs Council


 The Pacific And Asian Affairs Council has been focused on building young leaders in our region since 1954.

The non-profit group has a focus on international affairs and Hawaii’s place in the Asia Pacific gateway. We sat down recently with Jason Shon who is helping to organize a conference for high schoolers this weekend. It's an effort to help our community understand the many island cultures and political relationships that make up Micronesia.

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Reporter Debrief with Kuuwehi


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The Hokulea’s worldwide voyage is still making ripples with the release of the documentary film One Ocean, One people, One Canoe. Here with us this morning is Kuuwehi Hiraishi to tell us more about the film.

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