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The Conversation: Monday, April 2nd, 2018

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Waikiki The Film
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Chinese Labor in Saipan; Kauai’s Russian Fort; Kaka’ako Walking Tour; Waikiki the Movie

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Department of Labor Fines Over Illegal Chinese Labor

The US Labor Department recently moved to recover $14 million from a Chinese company on behalf of workers brought over to the tiny island of Saipan to work on a casino and who were short-changed in their pay.

Bloomberg News broke the story detailing hardships the workers endured on the job site after a number of injuries and a death of a worker caught the attention of federal authorities.

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Sophia Yan, Associated Press

Intro Music: Riders on the Strom by The Doors

Outro Music: Rebirth of Cool by DJ Cam Quartet

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A digital reconstruction of Kauai's Fort Elizabeth.

Reexamining Kauai’s Russian Fort

Pa?ula?ula o Hipo, the site of Fort Elizabeth, the fort built by Russian trading interests in the early 19th century, is best remembered as the setting for the brief alliance between the Russian-American Company and Kauai’s High Chief Kaumuali?i. But there’s more than one story behind what is now a National Historic Landmark.  

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Peter Mills

Intro Music: Ole by Judy Roberts

Outro Music: Hele On To Kauai by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

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Civil Beat Reality Check

The federal investigation that evolved from an alleged mailbox theft in 2013 has become the most wide-ranging corruption case in Hawaii history. Civil Beat’s Nick Grube provides an update on the case of Louis and Katherine Kealoha.

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Nick Grube, Civil Beat

Outro Music: Is This How You Feel? by The Preatures

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Kaka’ako Walking Tour

Kaka’ako’s urban skyline quickly changing. It is fast becoming an edgy gathering place with new eateries and a lot of luxury high rises. But Kaka’ako has a rich history and some landowners are incorporating the past into the design of the emerging community. April is Architecture Month and a walking tour of Kaka'ako is planned as a part of it.

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Aki Yoshida

Outro music: We Reign by Wages

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Waikiki Moves Away from Surf and Sun

The story of life in Hawaii, as it is lived by the people who actually live here, is one that rarely makes the silver screen. Director Christopher Kahunahana’s first full-length feature film is called Waikiki and it’s a deliberate challenge to the clichéd view of life in the islands.

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Chris Kahunahana

Intro Music: Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You by the Black Crowes

Outro Music: Hawaiian Sunset by Jerry Byrd

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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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