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The Conversation: Wednesday, March 21st, 2018


House Speaker Souki, Abandoned Cars, Ewa Field Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Healthcare, Entangled Whales


House Speaker Souki Resigns: Wayne Yoshioka

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In response to allegations of sexual misconduct, House Speaker Joe Souki is resigning from office. This is part of an agreement with the State Ethics Commission. HPR’s Political Reporter Wayne Yoshioka updates us on the story.

Wayne Yoshioka / Chad Blair

Intro Music: Come Meh Way by Sudan Archives

Outro Music:  Invitation Au Voyage a Interireur (Instrumental) by Capsule


City’s Plan to Remove Abandoned Car: Sheri Kajiwara

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Statewide complaints about junked cars hit a crescendo last year. Lawmakers have been hearing measures to try and solve the problem. Senate Bill 2479, which requires removal of cars within ten days, is getting pushback from the counties. City Director of Customer Services Sheri Kajiwara explains why the bill in its current form would not work.  

Sheri Kajiwara

Outro Music:  All the Nummiest Treats by Moniker


History of Ewa Field Pearl Harbor: John Bond

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Ewa Airfield hanger on fire, Dec. 7, 1941

Marine Corps Air Station Ewa was one of the first military installations hit by the Japanese Empire’s December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. John Bond is a history buff who has made it his mission to remind us of the battle that raged there the morning of December 7. He speaks at “Remembering History: Honouliuli and Ewa Field,” a Japanese Culture Center of Hawaii event this Saturday. 

John Bond

Intro Music: Mr. Moto by The Belairs

Outro Music: Valentine by Esme Patterson


Skyrocketing Health Insurance Costs in Hawaii

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Hawaii’s Insurance Commission Gordon Ito’s job is to scrutinize the rate hikes when health care companies ask for an adjustment. He shares his concerns about the rate at which premiums are rising and says we need to curb costs.

Outro Music: Shine a Light by the C90s

Gordon Ito


Rescuing Entangled Whales

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Tangled whale cut free off Maui

Edward Lyman is the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary’s Large Whale Entanglement Response Coordinator.  He has decades of experience in a rare specialty with more than 100 disentanglements to his credit. He’ll talk about his work tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. at the Maui Ocean Center in Wailuku. It’s free and open to the public

Edward Lyman

Intro Music: The Body Breaks by Devendra Banhart

Outro Music: Reverand Funk by Vibra

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