The Conversation: Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

May 21, 2019

Disaster Recovery and Spending; Diversifying Hawaii Island’s Economy; Governor Ige Mulls Bills for Signature

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State and Federal Spending on Disaster Recovery Surges

The bill for disaster recovery has reached new heights following a wild 2018, which saw the loss of some 700 homes to the Kilauea eruption and damage to infrastructure across the state.

Intro Music: Landslide by Beirut

Outro Music: Hilo One by Florent Atem


Chamber of Commerce Advocates for Economic Diversification

Hawaii Island took an economic hit following last year’s natural disasters, and the recovery has been a slow one. Miles Yoshioka is the Executive Officer of the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce. In a recent op-ed he made the case for increasing the Big Island’s economic resilience by expanding the astronomy industry.

Outro Music: You Decide by Tenderlonious, The 22archestra


Civil Beat Reality Check: Green Vehicles

Decisions around immigration made from the White House are having a ripple effect here in the islands. Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Anita Hofschneider explores how a recent proposal could impact public housing.

Intro Music: Weird Fishes by Noordpool Orchestra

Outro Music: Can I Call You Tonight? by Dayglow


Governor David Ige Mulls Bills for Signature

Governor David Ige has one month to let lawmakers know which bills he intends to veto. His staff is currently reviewing other bills for him to sign or for passage without his signature.

Intro Music: Disco Ulysses by Vulfpeck

Outro Music: La-haut by L'Imperatrice