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The Conversation: Friday, March 30th, 2018

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Wildfire Risk; Female Legislators and #MeToo; Made in Hawaii Movie; Hawaii Pickleball League


Credit Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization

Hawaii’s Disaster Vulnerability: Wildfires

Hurricanes and tsunamis get a lot more attention, but wildfires are one of Hawaii’s most common threats. Hundreds of wildfires break out across Hawaii every year. The vast majority of them are human-caused.

Intro Music: Burning by The Whitest Boy Alive

Outro Music: Burning Down The House by Talking Heads

Clay Trauernicht, Pacific Fire Exchange


Credit Wayne Yoshioka

Female Legislators in the Year of #MeToo

Today marks the final day for Speaker Emeritus Joe Souki. He agreed to step down as part of a settlement with the Ethics commission following sexual harassment complaints filed against him by Rachel Wong, one of the Governor’s former cabinet members

Dela Au Bellati

Intro Music: The Keys by Matt Duncan

Outro Music: Empress by Morningsiders


Credit Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat
Civil Beat

Civil Beat Reality Check

The race for Governor is heating up and several of the challengers are teaming up to attack incumbent David Ige.

Chad Blair, Civil Beat

Outro Music: Needle and a Knife by Tennis


Credit Kuleana / Hawaii Cinema
Hawaii Cinema

Kuleana Film Made in Hawaii

Moronai Kanekoa is one of the principal actors in Kuleana, a made-in-Hawaii film that opens in theaters around the state today, and for him, the role has been a rare opportunity. “https://vimeo.com/214635573" target="_blank">Kuleana” allows him to portray his own ancestry -- and to explore issues that will resonate with local audiences.   

Moronai Kanekoa

Intro Music: Highway by Gorillaz

Outro music: Star Eyes by Eddie Kamae


Credit Pickleball Kauai
Competitors play pickleball in Princeville on Kauai.

Pickleball Comes to Hawaii

It’s the fastest growing sport across the US and is quickly getting rooted in places around the globe. Pickleball is a cross between ping-pong, badminton and tennis and uses a whiffle ball. That’s a plastic ball with holes in it and why some call it Pukaball. Catherine Cruz takes us to Kapiolani Park where pickleball diehards are tearing up the courts.

Catherine Cruz

Intro Music: Say No To Love by The Pains of Being Pure At Heart

Outro Music: Stars by Future Generations

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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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