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The Conversation: Monday, April 16th, 2018

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Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory
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Future of TMT; Climate Change Resiliency; Treating Trauma; National Volunteer Week

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TMT Board Defers Decision to Relocate

The board of the legally beleaguered Thirty Meter Telescope deferred on a decision to relocate the project to the Canary Islands. The announcement came last week following the passage of a Mauna Kea construction ban by one house of the state legislature. But a move is not off the table.   

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Ed Stone, TMT International Observatory

Intro Music: Forever as the Moon by Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Outro Music: Maps by STRFKR

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Hanalei and other North Shore communities on Kauai experienced severe flooding after heavy rains over the weekend.

Creating Climate Resilient Cities

Communities on Kauai and East Honolulu are struggling to recover from severe flooding. The governor proclaimed Kauai County a disaster area yesterday. The record rainfall is a test of our resiliency as we assess our ability to plan and respond to what is to come. The Honolulu City Council’s budget committee restored money for the Office of Climate Change after much hand-wringing last week. Less than a year after creation, the office is still in startup mode.

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Josh Stanbro, Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability, and Resiliency

Intro Music: Rebirth of Cool by DJ Cam Quartet

Outro Music: Waves by Bahamas

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Civil Beat Reality Check

It’s an adoption deep dive taking a closer look at how practices in Hawaii and Arkansas affecting the Micronesian community. Our partners at Honolulu Civil Beat are launching season three of the Offshore Podcast. Jessica Terrell joins us this morning and shares more behind the story of The Blood Calls.

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Jessica Terrell, Honolulu Civil Beat

Outro Music: Free by G. Love and Special Sauce

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Treating Trauma Across a Lifetime

Treating Trauma and trying to prevent it. That is the focus of a 3-day summit that kicks off tomorrow.  Dr. Robert Geffner is with the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma. He joins us in the studio to talk about why it’s so important to address these issues.

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Robert Gessner

Outro Music: Sunday Driver by David Miller

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National Volunteer Week

This week is National Volunteer Week. Keone Kealoha is Executive Director of Kanu Hawaii.  He says, “Hawaii ranks near the bottom nationally in volunteerism coming in at 45th and at 22% per capita." Kanu Hawaii is helping residents find ways to get involved.

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Keone Kealoha, Kanu Hawaii

Intro Music: Big Yellow Taxi (Instrumental) by Joni Mitchell

Outro Music: Pygmy Love Song by Francis Bebey

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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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