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The Conversation: Wednesday, May 9th, 2018


Lava Insurance; Haleakala Solar Telescope; Gender Equity in Schools; Master Artists at HiSam

Homeowners Insurance in Lava Areas

Credit US EPA

Given the latest Kilauea eruption -- what you should know about insurance in high-risk zones? State Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito reviews homeowner responsibilities.

Intro Music: Firewater by The Kilaueas
Outro Music: Kilauea by Jake Shimabukuro

Haleakala Solar Telescope Construction

Credit Catherine Cruz
Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope

Maui construction crews felt last week’s Big Island earthquake as they worked on the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope on Haleakala. Construction Manager Heather Marshall tells us how crews sprang into action making sure the multi-million dollar investment which is in the final stages of construction was in working order.

Heather Marshall

Intro Music: Como Me Quieres by Khurangbin
Outro Music: Vanille Fraise by L'lmperatrice

Civil Beat Reality Check

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Civil Beat
McKinley High School AP Teacher, Jonathan Loomis

Micronesians are a displaced minority in Hawaii, all too often kept on the fringes of society by barriers of language and culture that close off opportunities for them. Reporter Suevon Lee tells us how schools are working to break down those barriers. To read the full story, visit CivilBeat.org.

Suevon Lee

Outro Music: Kilauea by Jeff Peterson, Riley Lee, Kenny Endo

The Long View

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Even with all the efforts to bring about gender equity in our schools, a study that compares girls’ and boys’ test scores in math and science shows that those scores begin to diverge early; scores are roughly equal in kindergarten, but it doesn’t take long for boys to surge ahead.  The roots of the disparity go deep, as contributing Editor Neal Milner tells us in today’s Long View.

Neal Milner

Outro Music: Darling by Real Estate

Master Artists at the Hawaii State Art Museum

Joyce Okano, President of the Friends of the Hawaii State Art Museum
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Many of Hawaii’s artists have created international reputations for themselves --- among them Jean Charlot, Tadashi Sato, Reuben Tam, Satoru Abe, and Madge Tennent.  Their works and those of other master artists were on display this past weekend at the Hawaii State Art Museum. Joyce Okano, President of the Friends of Hawaii State Art Museum, tells us about the inspiration behind the show.

Joyce Okano

Intro Music: Zebra by Beach House
Outro Music: Queen by Perfume Genius

K?lauea Volcano Update

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Representatives from the U.S. Geological Survey, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, National Park Service, Hawai?i Volcanoes National Park, and Hawai?i County Civil Defense held a briefing and Q&A session about the current situation at K?lauea Volcano.  HPR News Director Bill Dorman shares the latest update.


Bill Dorman

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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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