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The Conversation: Friday, March 16th, 2018

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New Sprinkler Laws; City Council Shake-Up; Snorkel Safety; From Bach to Bowie


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New Sprinkler Laws for Honolulu

Honolulu has a new sprinkler law in place - 8 months after the deadly Marco Polo fire. Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed two bills into law yesterday afternoon. They do not mandate sprinkler installation but do provide tax breaks to encourage installation.  At the signing, Mayor Caldwell expressed his desire to one-day see a mandatory sprinkler law.

Jane Sugimura

Intro Music: Slack Key Soquel Rag by The Doobie Brothers

Outro Music: Kohala No by Jim Kimo West


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The Hawaii State House of Representatives.

Halfway Update of the Legislative Session

The legislature is just past the halfway point.  Today Hawaii Public Radio’s political reporter Wayne Yoshioka joins us in the studio with a check on how some of the more controversial bills are faring.

Wayne Yoshioka

Intro Music: Ghost Town by The Specials

Outro Music: The Day Before by Questions


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Civil Beat
Mike McCartney, the governor’s chief of staff, apologized to the audience at the neighborhood board meeting for the mixed signals sent by state officials.

Civil Beat Reality Check

The future of the homeless camp near the Waianae boat harbor is still very much in questions even though the governor says no sweeps are imminent. Today on our Reality Check we are joined by Honolulu Civil Beat’s Natanya Freidheim.

Natanya Friedheim

Outro Music: Minor Swing (Chocolat Soundtrack) by Rachel Portman


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Snorkel Safety Workshop

The recent spate of drownings across the state has brought together key people from the state and the counties to try and to address what if anything we can do to keep our visitors and residents safe in the water.

Ralph Goto

Outro Music: Aurora by Aydio


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Star Dust: Complexions Ballet

From Bowie to Bach. A 16- member ensemble is in town for a contemporary arts event.  Its an adventure in dance-- an eclectic mix of the classics that Hawaii audiences will get a chance to experience. We sat down with  Desmond Richardson -- dancer, co-founder and co-artistic director of Complexions Ballet to talk about what’s on tap.

Desmond Richardson

Intro Music: Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie

Outro Music: Let's Dance by David Bowie

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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
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