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The Conversation: Thursday, March 29th, 2018


Young Brothers President/CEO; Female Crane Operators; PBS Digital Innovator/Educator; Kettle Bells World Record


Young Brothers President/CEO

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We are never immune from disasters, natural and manmade, and Hawaii’s isolation creates added challenges to any disaster response. In a disaster, much of the responsibility for keeping goods flowing among the islands would fall to Young Brothers, the interisland cargo company, whose President and CEO Joseph Boivin.

Intro Music: When It Was Wrong by the California Honeydrops

Outro Music: Coffee Cold by Galt McDermot

Joseph Boivin


Female Crane Operators

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They are the construction tower cranes that dot the skyline when the construction industry booms and it’s a rare sight to have a woman in the cab anywhere in the country. There are only four female crane operators in Hawaii in a predominately-male dominated field. Pono Okimoto is one of them, a member of Operating Engineers #3 who is working her way up to break that glass ceiling

Outro Music: Go Back feat. Damon Albarn by Tony Allen

Pono Okimoto


Civil Beat Reality Check

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Musical chairs for a familiar face, a different political party and maybe a different office.

Chad Blair joins us this morning.

Outro Music: New York New Dog by Sure Sure

Reality Check


PBS Digital Innovator/Educator

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Each generation is more media-savvy than the last, and today’s high school students are growing up in a world where an understanding of all forms of communications media, be it radio, television, online, media, or print, is essential.   Leah Aiwohi is a teacher at Kaua‘i High School whose’s specialty is media literacy and whose methods are hands-on. She is one of 30 educators from across the country selected for the first PBS Digital Innovator All-Star Program.    

Intro Music: Cruise Day by SDIB

Outro music: Overture by The Full Monty Orchestra

Leah Aiwohi


Kettle Bells World Record

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It was not a fitness goal when these women started. They are between 50-76 years old and just wanted to stay healthy. However, their coach Johnny Sarich who is from Canada inspired them. He holds a world record for hauling a wheelbarrow loaded with more than 8,000 pounds of bricks-- 243 feet. Under the guidance of Sarich and team leader Brenda Wong Yim this attempt to set a new record became a new fitness challenge.

Intro Music: Love Ko To by Jasmine Trias

Outro Music: Touch The Sky by Anand Bhatt

Brenda Wong

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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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