The Conversation: Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Aug 8, 2018

Community Mental Health Needs; Hawaii’s Republican Party; Creating a Smart City; Honolulu’s Ka Iwi Coast

Awawamalu Beach, Ka Iwi Coast
Credit Noe Tanigawa

Recovering from Natural Disasters

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Hurricane Hector is flirting with our southeast shores. You might be thinking, "Just what we need, another disaster."  How are weather weary residents coping? We sat down with Child and Family Service (CFS) President & CEO Karen Tan to talk about how we are supporting our community’s mental health needs.

CFS has created a Volcano Resource and Relief Guide and backpack comfort kit to use in their work with Hawaii Island families, especially children.  Learn more at 

Intro Music: I Dreamt I Saw You In A Dream by Sunbeam Sound Machine

Outro Music: Days Gone by P E B

Status of Hawaii’s Republican Party

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We are counting the days to the Primary Election. It is this Saturday folks. Our contributing editor Neal Milner in studio this morning to talk about the Grand Old Party and how Republican candidates are faring in 2018.

Intro Music: The Riddle by Nik Kershaw

Outro Music: Move by Saint Motel

Civil Beat Reality Check

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You could call it the pause that refreshes. That sums up our Reality Check segment with our partners at Honolulu Civil Beat. To read reporter Brittany Lyte’s full story, visit

Outro Music: Hamburgers by Elliot Smith, Neil Gust

West-Java Governor Elect Ridwan Kamil

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“Smart Cities” use technology to connect citizens and government. One example is Bandung--the third largest city in Indonesia. The mayor who brought a technology upgrade to the city has just been elected to be the next Governor of West Java. Ridwan Kamil is in Honolulu as part of an event at the East West Center--the “Smart Cities Thought Leaders Forum.” He talked with Bill Dorman about what it means to be a “Smart City” in 21st century Asia.  

Outro Music: One Day (Vandaag) by Bakermat

History of the Ka Iwi Coast

Credit Noe Tanigawa

It’s been 4 decades since community groups rallied to preserve the views along east Honolulu’s scenic highway. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa shares the history of the Ka Iwi Coast and the contributions of the community efforts to preserve it.

You can visit these websites to learn more about the Ka Iwi Coast:
Livable Hawai`i Kai Hui
Maunalua Fishpond Heritage Center 

Intro Music: Love On The Weekend by John Mayer

Outro Music: Hanauma by Kawai Cockett