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King Street Bicycle Track; Lecture on David Douglas; Arizona Memorial Ticketing; "Ruined"

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Monday, September 8th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

King Street Bicycle Track: Mike Formby

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Mike Formby

The law says motorists should treat bicycles in traffic the same as other cars, yielding right of way, maintaining a safe distance… In practice, it’s often something else entirely, and most bicyclists in urban Honolulu are quick to hop on the curb rather than challenge a half-ton of motorized steel. A new pilot program to yield an entire traffic lane to bicyclists – and take one away from drivers – is sure to stir up the discussion about bicycle safety in the city, and Mike Formby, Director of the City’s Department of Transportation Services, has probably heard most of the arguments by now. He joined the show this morning to share his thoughts. More info.

Intro Music:  Can't Fish by Pete & The Pirates

Outro Music: Bike Lanes (Coming) by Jazz Combustion Uprising

Big Island Historical Figure, David Douglas: Bob Oaks

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Bob Oaks

Nineteenth-Century Hawai’i was a virtually untouched world of opportunity for naturalists.   We can only imagine what Hawai’i Island must have looked like to David Douglas -- a botanist, geologist, and collector, originally from Scotland, whose short life came to an end on the Hamaku’a Coast in 1834.   By then, he had documented and categorized plant life throughout Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest.   Historian Robert Oaks is telling the story of his life – and his mysterious death – tonight at Hilo’s Lyman Museum, and he joined the show with a preview.

Intro Music:  Lei 'Awapuni by Bob Brozman and Ledward Kaapana

Outro Music: The Death of a Paradigm by If These Trees Could Talk

Arizona Memorial Ticketing Controversy: Will Caron

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Will Caron
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Arizona Memorial

The Arizona Memorial - the sunken battleship that honors the memory of the 1,177 crewmen who were killed in that attack - is the state’s most popular visitor attraction, and people wait on long lines for free tickets.   But many of those tickets have apparently been set aside for tour companies that charge a substantial fee for their services, according to an internal investigation by the National Park Service. Corrections to the policy have been announced, but are they enough, and what does the policy say about the operations of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument?    Will Caron, an editor at the Hawaii Independent, is one of many who have raised that question, and he joined us this morning.

Intro Music: Don’t Look Away by The Helio Sequence

Outro Music: Where Do We Go by Blue Sky Black Death

UH Kennedy’s “Ruined”: Lillian Jones

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Mama Nadi (Lillian Jones) prepares Sophie (Denali Lukacinsky) for work in the brothel in Kennedy Theatre's production of "Ruined," premiering September 17 at 8 pm.

It’s all too easy for us to close our eyes to the unimaginable, especially if it’s far away.  That could certainly be said of the ongoing chaos in the so-called Democratic Republic of the Congo, which for years has been the scene of some of the most vicious conflict on the face of the earth.   Much of the suffering is inflicted by men on women – and perhaps it takes more than the recitation of grim statistics to make us understand the pain of that far-off world.   “Ruined,” a new production at the University of Hawai’i’s Kennedy Theater, gives us a snapshot view of the tragedy, and Lillian Jones (who plays Mama Nadi) joined the show this morning to talk about it.

Intro Music: Where Do We Go by Blue Sky Black Death

Outro Music: Mimi by Mapumba

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