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The Conversation: Friday, June 8th, 2018

Tina Mahina

Overtourism in Hawaii; Volcano Photographer Displaced by Flow; Examining Kamehameha’s Legacy; World Ocean’s Day

Managing Hawaii’s Tourism

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Annual visitor numbers are climbing with no end in sight, and many of us are beginning to wonder when enough is enough. Sumner LaCroix is a Research Fellow at UHERO, the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, who has looked at examples of overtourism around the world; we spoke earlier this week about how Hawaii can keep from being overrun.

Sumner La Croix

Hawaii Island Resident/Videographer

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Photographer">Mick Kalber has made a living off of taking pictures of Kilauea Volcano. He didn’t set out to do make it a career, but now he can’t take his eyes off of Madame Pele’s flow. His house is within 600 feet of her path. But going up in a helicopter every day has been his therapy. The lava is under his skin, and he says - in his heart.

Mick Kalber

Civil Beat Reality Check

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A campaign promise? A gag order? That’s what’s swirling around the latest clash over Planned Parenthood. Honolulu Civil Beat’s Courtney Teague joins us with the story on today’s Reality Check.

Courtney Teague

Importance of Conservation

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Today is World Oceans Day, and the Waikiki Aquarium is kicking off a month of celebration and education. An event this Sunday focuses on a precious marine resource few of us Hawaii have ever seen: Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument -- one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. It’s home to over 7,000 marine species, a quarter of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Randall Kosaki is NOAA's Deputy Superintendent of the Monument, and he’s in our studio to tells us about it.

Randy Kozaki

Legacy of Kamehameha the Great

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On Monday we honor King Kamehameha the Great - founder of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Today we sit down with Kainoa Daines to talk about the King’s legacy and importance to the islands. Daines is the Chair of the King Kamehameha Celebration Commission. He represents the Royal Order of Kamehameha and also serves as Chair of the King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade.

Kainoa Daines


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