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The Conversation: Thursday, March 15th, 2018

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Waimanalo Land Lease; Mail-In Voting; Waikiki Liquor Laws; Chef Vivian Howard

Hawaiian Group Clashes with State Over Waimanalo Land

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A group of Native Hawaiians claiming to be descendants of King Kamehameha I is headed for a clash with the state --the second time in two years.  The group had been evicted from a 5 acre parcel in Waimanalo, after a judge threw out their claims and blocked them from filing frivolous suits. The land is in an Agricultural park which the state has unsuccessfully tried to lease out for almost a decade and when the group moved in

Intro Music: Marginal Over by Wilderness

Outro Music: Things Have Changed by Freshlyground

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Laura Thielen

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Voting by Mail Initiative Advances

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Over the past several years, local community groups have pushed through reforms to modernize Hawaii’s election system. Online and same-day voter registration were their first targets, both of which are now a reality in Hawaii. Their next goal? Voting by mail.

Intro Music: Heiwa - Peace by Hiroshima

Outro Music: Margerine Melodie by Stereolab

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Janet Mason

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Civil Beat Reality Check

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We’ll get an update on a planned sweep of the Waianae encampment out near the Waianae Boat Harbor. Jessica Terrell is been tracking the situation out there and has more on the about-face by the state.

Outro Music: Soul Rebel by Bob Marley & The Wailers

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Reality Check

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Armed Forces Control Board

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The military has a special unit called the Armed Forces Disciplinary Control board that tracks among other things where its members are arrested for DUI and have gotten into trouble. It met yesterday to address the growing concern about hotspots that could lead to taking action making those establishments OFF-LIMITS

Outro Music: Drive My Car by Soulive

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Ken Phillips

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Les Dames d’Escoffier hosts Roots Run Deep

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Vivian Howard, of the PBS show a Chef’s Life, talks with us about her love of cooking. She’s in town for Roots Run Deep, Les Dames d’Escoffier’s scholarship fundraiser that features Chefs Ed Kenney and Vivian Howard. It runs this Sunday at Mari’s Gardens in Mililani from 4 to 7 pm. Learn more on The Conversation’s Facebook page.

Intro Music: Every Party Has a Winner and Loser

Outro Music: Marko I Shantel by Shantel

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Vivian Howard

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Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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