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The Conversation: Monday, May 21st, 2018


Economic Impacts of the Volcano; Fast Moving Lava Appears; Agriculture Theft on Hawaii Island; Hawaii Youth Symphony Seeks New Direction


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Hawaii Island Sees Drop in Visitor Bookings

Kilauea’s latest eruptive phase is mainly affecting the area around Puna. But there has been a rash of island-wide cancellations for June and July because tourists mistakenly think the entire state is a disaster area. Some cruise ships are avoiding Hilo and even Kona as a port of call.

Ross Birch

Outro music: You Da Best by S-Type


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Fresh, fast moving lava erupted from fissures near Pahoa on Saturday.

Fresh, Fast Moving Lava Appears in Lower Puna

Lava from Kilauea Volcano crossed over a critical highway and made its way into the ocean over the weekend. Explosions and earthquakes are continuing to shake things up. Safety is still the priority as dangerous gases, ash, and fine glass particles area a threat to those in the immediate area.

Wes Thelen

Intro Music: Came Out A Lady by Rubblebucket

Outro music: Englishman in New York by Sting (Spotify Sessions Version)


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Hawaii County Prosecutor Seeks Continued Funding for Ag Theft Investigator

Last year we did a series of stories chronicling agriculture theft on Hawaii Island. As part of the effort to curtail ag theft, Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth created a new position within his office: Agriculture Crimes Investigator. But funding for that position is running out and the Legislature failed to provide a new appropriation.

Mitch Roth

Outro Music: Hong Kong Garden by Siouxsie and the Banshees


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Civil Beat

Civil Beat Reality Check

United Airlines is experiencing unrestamongst some of its Hawaii staff. Specifically from the only section of workers not represented by a union. That is the subject of a story featured on Honolulu Civil Beat this week.  

Chad Blair

Outro Music: Antena by Bonobo


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New Direction for Hawaii Youth Symphony

The Hawaii Youth Symphony has been instructing and inspiring young musicians since 1964.  Each year, it serves more than 600 students, ages 7 to 18, at 100 schools statewide. Chris Vandercook spoke with Executive Director Randy Wong about the Symphony’s new mission statement:  “Music is a Right, not a privilege.”

Randy Wong

Outro music: The Cello Song by The Piano Guys

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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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