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The Conversation: Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

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Legalizing Transient Rentals; Increasing Tobacco Restrictions; Blue Planet Energy in Puerto Rico

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Full-house rentals in residential areas, like this one in Ewa Beach, are being targeted by Mayor Caldwell.

Honolulu Mayor Calls for Legalization and Regulation of Transient Accommodations

The failure of counties to enforce zoning codes has added to the state’s housing crisis with a staggering number of runaway illegal vacation rentals. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is proposing to try and fix that broken picture by legalizing Bed and Breakfasts, with operators paying higher taxes and penalties for violations.

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Outro Music: Waves by Bahamas

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Blue Planet Energy battery system delivered to Corozal, Puerto Rico, powering clean water pump.

Local Energy Group Returns from Puerto Rico

Blue Planet Energy, a Honolulu-based provider of off-grid energy storage systems, is just back from Puerto Rico, where the company has been aiding in the rebuilding of Puerto Rico’s energy grid.  

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Chris Johnson, Blue Planet Energy

Outro Music: Pohakuloa by Moses Kahumoku

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Sandbags were used to protect the Kamehameha Highway near Kaaawa in March.

Civil Beat Reality Check

Hawaii’s roadways were constructed when sea level rise was unimaginable, but today our ocean-side, low-lying highways are already feeling the effects of global warming. The Department of Transportation is estimating the cost of repair at $15 billion over several decades.

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Outro Music: Me and a Memory by Shotgun Rider

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Tobacco Restrictions Considered at the Legislature

Lawmakers are taking up two bills today, one making the University of Hawaii a tobacco-free zone and another to restrict access to e-cigs to those under 21. The Hawaii Public Health Institute supports both measures.

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Jessica Yamauchi, Hawaii Public Health Institute

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Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
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