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Invasive Mangrove; Doug Fitch; VA Reforms; Ocean Stewards

Friday, June 6th – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Menehune Fishpond Invasive Mangrove: Mason Chock

Mason Chock

In the struggle to preserve Hawaii’s native environment from invasive species, it’s too often a case of too little, too late…  but there will always be people who won’t give up hope.  Alekoko, Kauai’s iconic Menehune fishpond, one of the state’s most threatened sites, has been all but overgrown by invasive mangroves... Mason Chock is one of many on the Garden Isle who are fighting to save a little piece of Hawaii history.   He joined us on the phone this morning.

Intro Music: Blue Skies by The Surf Dawgs

Outro Music: Endless Summer by Ken Emerson & Friends

Slack key guitarist: Doug Fitch

Doug Fitch

Raised in a rural mountain area, our next guest has been a performing musician since the age of 8! Drawn to the slack key tradition by the music as much as the people and the natural surroundings of the outdoors, singer songwriter Doug Fitch tries to paint a beautiful sonic picture with his playing style. He’s a regular at the Royal Hawaiian and Ko’olina Beach resort, and is here in the studio to debut a song titled Guardian Angels from his latest album.

Intro Music: Nanea Kau Maka I Ka Le’ale’a by Doug Fitch

Outro Music: Guardian Angels by Doug Fitch

VA Reforms and Next Steps: Vic Craft

Vic Craft

When the recent furor erupted over the treatment of veterans at VA facilities around the country, many civilians were shocked - but a great many veterans wondered why it had taken the nation so long to address so many glaring issues… Author and veteran Vic Craft is one of them.   After the recriminations have died down, there’s a difficult task ahead, and we had Vic on hand to help us sort it all out.

Intro Music: Morir Ahogada by Linda Guilala

Outro Music:  Minutes From Somewhere Else by Moonlit Sailor

Inspiring Next Generation of Ocean Stewards: Tre Packard

Tre Packard

The ocean plays a vital role in our lives here in the islands, and this year, to celebrate the first World Ocean’s day, the environmental nonprofit Pangeaseed and the Honolulu Museum of Art have partnered together to present a multimedia festival bringing together environmentalists, filmmakers, scientists,  ocean enthusiasts, and more starting today through next week at the Art School, and the Doris Duke Theater. Festival co-founder Tre Packard joined the show to tell us more.

Intro Music: Ergo Squad Box by Ellis Island Sound

Outro Music: “Gone Surfin” by Gary Hoey

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