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The Conversation: Monday, March 19th, 2018

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March for Our Lives, Invasive Species Control, Civic Clubs, Title IX, Esports in Hawaii

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Students at University Laboratory School walked out of class on March 14th in solidarity with school shooting victims.

March For Our Lives Honolulu

Students around the country are planning pro-gun control rallies for this Saturday. Here in Hawaii students from both public and private schools are finalizing plans for similar rallies. Organizers Hayden Hawkins and Imiloa Bourland sat down with us to talk about what’s being organized. Hawkins attends University Lab School. Bourland is from Punahou.

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Hayden Hawkins, Imiloa Borland

Intro Music: Arthur's Song - Instrumental Version by Atmosphere

Outro Music: Flicker - Instrumental Version by Atmosphere

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The coqui frog is one of Hawaii's most conspicuous invasive species due to its loud, high pitched call.

Legislators Consider Tougher Invasive Species Control Measures

Invasive species have been altering Hawaii’s environment since the first human contact, but recent generations have seen new invasives arriving at an ever-increasing rate.  To date there’s has been no single statewide agency to deal with the problem, which is why Senate Bill 2399, which would create a “Hawaii Invasive Species Authority,” is currently being considered.  

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Franny Brewer, Big Island Invasive Species Council

Outro Music: Don't Blink (Instrumental) by Quasimoto

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The Coat of Arms for the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs.

100 Years of Hawaiian Civic Clubs

Next week Monday we celebrate Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole with a state holiday. He is credited with starting the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs which in December marks its 100 anniversary.

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Annelle Amaral, Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs

Outro Music: Hawaii Calls by Herb Ohta Jr. and Bryan Tolentino

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Civil Beat

Civil Beat Reality Check

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard was quick to respond to the national groundswell in favor of gun control by voting, along with a vast majority of her colleagues, on a bill to increase security at schools. Does her vote give us an accurate picture of her record on gun control measures?

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Nick Grube, Civil Beat

Outro Music: Endless Highway by The Band and Bob Dylan

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Hawaii Pacific University Opens Esports Arena

The face of collegiate athletics is changing and someday soon the major sporting events of the year may be played only in the virtual realm; so-called E-Sports. Hawaii Pacific University has become an enthusiastic early adopter of e-sports; last month it opened the state’s first e-sports arena at Aloha Tower Marketplace.  

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John Gotanda, Hawaii Pacific University

Intro Music: Even Better Than The Real Thing by U2

Outro Music: Soul Surfing by Kasket Club

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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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