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The Conversation: Friday, April 6th, 2018

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Senator Daniel Akaka; Hawaii return on investment taxes; Scottish singer-songwriter, Natalie Clark



  Senator Daniel Akaka

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Hawaii has lost one of its most beloved political figures.   Senator Daniel Akaka died early this morning.   For his 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and his 22 years in the Senate, he was Washington D.C.’s warm-hearted ambassador of the Aloha Spirit

Outro Music: Ku`u Kika Kahilo (My Old Guitar) by Ozzie Kotani

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawaii return on investment taxes

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Hawaii ranked last in a recent Wallet Hub survey that looked at the value taxpayers get for their money. Wallet Hub Policy Analyst Jill Gonzales said that although the quality of most government services in Hawaii is about average, local taxpayers pay more for those services than residents of any other state. Tom Yamachika is President of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii weighs in.

Outro Music: Taxman (Instrumental) by The Beatles

Tom Yamachika

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Few measures trigger the ire of homeless advocates more than so-called sit-lie bills, which many describe as criminalizing homelessness -- but Mayor Caldwell is going all in on the practice, which he now wants throughout the City and County of Honolulu. Pushback is inevitable, and Natanya Friedheim has the story. 

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Scottish singer-songwriter, Natalie Clark

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Natalie Clark is a singer-songwriter who wears her Scottish heritage with pride, and she’s in Hawaii in time for the annual Hawaiian Scottish Festival and Highland Games  -- a celebration of the heritage and history of the Scots in Hawaii. She’s here as the featured artist in that event, and she’s with us in our studio, guitar in hand.  

Intro Music: Scottish Festival by Brandon Feitcher

Natalie Clark

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