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The Conversation: Tuesday, July 10th, 2018


Flood Relief Programs, Puna Real Estate, Reality Check, Hawaii/Paris Series, Local Musical Comedy

Update on Kauai and Oahu flood relief programs: FEMA

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The federal government is allowing those affected by flash flooding in Kauai and East Honolulu to apply for grants and low-interest loans to rebuild. The deadline is August 27th. Joining us in the studio is Dolph Diemont, FEMA’s federal coordinator for the flood relief program.

Intro Music: Baba O'Riley by The Who

Outro Music: Kauai Beauty by Gabby Pahinui

Dolph Diemont

Puna Real Estate

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The Hawaii Island real estate market, like so many other things there, has been disrupted by the Kilauea eruption that has destroyed hundreds of homes. Displaced homeowners are besieging an already crowded real estate market -- even as they pay close attention to geologists’ maps of the volcano’s rift zones. HPR’s Hawai’i Island reporter Sherry Bracken has been talking with realtors in the Puna district and brings us the story.

Intro Music: Paniolo Medley by Ken Emerson

Sherry Bracken


Reality Check

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Five Office of Hawaiian Affairs seats are up for election this year, and as the agency continues to be mired in tales of infighting and ethical scandals, many observers wonder if a shakeup is needed. Civil Beat reporter Anita Hofschneider has the story in today’s Reality Check.

Outro Music: Vieux Montmartre by Paris Cafe Society

Reality Check

Hawaii/Paris Series

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It is only the third time a Paris Halau put island songs, dances, and chants in the spotlight in the City of Lights. We were along to document the events, and all this month we’ll be showcasing some of the ties between Hawaii and Paris.

Outro Music: Backyard Hula by Halau Mele

Hawaii Festival in Paris

The Princess and the Iso Peanut at MVT

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Michael Ng is a theatre actor, director, and teacher. He directed the current Manoa Valley Theatre production of Lisa Matsumoto's "The Princess and the Iso Peanut" playing now through July 22nd.

Intro Music: Ease Yourself and Glide by Parsley Sound

Outro Music: Walking Lightly by Junip 

Michael Ng

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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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