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The Conversation: Friday, April 20th, 2018

Catherine Cruz

Enforcing Building Codes; Excellence in School Leadership; Radio for the Blind; You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown



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Councilmember Goes After “Monster Home” Violators

City enforcement of zoning and building laws has been a chronic problem. After one local contractor, Brilliant Construction, continued building after receiving an order to stop, Councilmember Ikaika Anderson is trying to get tough.

Ikaika Anderson, Honolulu City Council

Intro Music: 1976 by RJD2

Outro Music: Rainy Streets by Blue In Green


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Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award Winner

Kipapa Elementary School Principal Corinne Yogi won big last night. She was named winner of the Masayuki Tokioka excellence award in School Leadership. She wins $25,000 in prize money that was presented by the Island Insurance Foundation.

Corinne Yogi

Intro Music: Cuban Swing by Will Magid

Outro Music: Supernova by The Motet



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Volunteer reader Muriel Seo.

Radio Reading for the Blind

We close out our look at Volunteer opportunities across the state with a story about the Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled. It provides services for only a fraction of the thousands of people across the state who are either born blind or have lost their vision later in life.


Outro Music: Peace Blossom Boogy by The Babe Rainbow


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Civil Beat

Civil Beat Reality Check

We still are fretting over how to pay to complete construction on Honolulu’s Rail project, but there continue to be questions about how to pay for the train system once it’s operational. Honolulu Civil Beat’s Marcel Honore gives us our Reality Check.

Marcel Honore, Civil Beat

Outro Music: You Did by Chuck Prophet



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National Volunteer Week

As we close out Volunteer Week we checked in with Lisa Maruyama who heads the Hawaii Alliance for Non-Profit Organizations about why volunteers are needed more than ever. There’s been lots of handwringing about the federal budget and while non-profit budgets were spared deep cuts this year, the groups realize they have to be smarter and more efficient and they need to take better stock of their volunteers.

Lisa Maruyama, HANO

Intro Music: 50 Lashes by Floating Action


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You're a Good Man Charlie Brown cast.

You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

Many generations in America know about the Peanuts gang. These beloved characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz found life onstage with Clark Gesner’s 1967 musical comedy “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Pro Arts Playhouse in Kihei shares the production with audiences this weekend.

Ally Shore

Intro Music: Linus and Lucy by Vince Guaraldi Trio

Outro Music: You're a Good Man Charlie Brown medley by Pro Arts Playhouse ensemble

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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.
Lillian Tsang is the senior producer of The Conversation. She has been part of the talk show team since it first aired in 2011. Contact her at ltsang@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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