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The Conversation: Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

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Auditing State Government; Rethinking South Point Management Practices; Politics of the Korean Conflict

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State Auditor Releases Reviews of OHA, HTA

The State Auditor’s most recent report flags a failing documents system and short-staffing at the Public Utilities Commission. Another flagged a communications breakdown in the Department of Health as well as problems with the state energy office. But it’s the findings of two agencies-- the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Hawaii Tourism Authority that Les Kondo is particularly concerned about.

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Les Kondo

Intro Music: Jazzy by Emapea

Outro Music: Clear (feat. Mothica) by Pusher

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Visitors and residents drive a constant stream of vehicle traffic along a series unimproved roads out to Papakolea, the Green Sand Beach, at South Point.

DHHL Considers Stricter Rules at South Point

For years the Department of Hawaiian Homelands has struggled with what to do with Ka Lae and the situation isn’t getting better. It is considering an entrance fee and building a road to get access to a remote area at South Point on the Big Island that is becoming more popular with visitors and residents.

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William Aila

Outro Music: Joan of Arc by Ricky Reed

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Civil Beat Reality Check

Goat hunting by helicopter. It’s something the state land and natural resources started to do to manage the feral goat problem in our watersheds out in the Waianae mountains. But some leeward coast hunters aren’t happy about it.

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Chad Blair

Outro Music: Cold Outer Space by Eraserland

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Politics of the Korean Conflict

Is the Trump administration gearing up for war? That is the question on the mind of Jairus Grove. He is the Director of the Hawai'i Research Center for Future Studies and is taking part in a public forum on Saturday called “The State of the North Korea Crisis for Hawai’i.”

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Jairus Grove

Intro Music: Coffee Cold by Galt MacDermot

Outro Music: Benny by Mauno

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Fun Home from Manoa Valley Theatre

A stage musical doesn’t have to be a “musical comedy.”  The genre was created as feel-good entertainment, but it has been evolving for generations now.   Manoa Valley Theater is bringing “Fun Home,” a decidedly modern musical, with difficult subject matter, to the stage.

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Bree Peters

Intro Music: Alive by The Green

Outro Music: Infinity by Axel Wernberg

Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
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