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The Conversation: Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Sumaira Abdulali

Sand Mining, Big Island Agriculture, Reality Check, Maile Documentary, Eli Trio

Sand Mining on Maui

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A six-month moratorium on sand mining on Maui expires today. Lance Collin is an attorney who represents the community group Malama Kakanilua, which seeks to stop sand mining and development on Hawaiian burial grounds.

Intro Music: Back to the Chicken Shack by Jimmy Smith

Outro Music: San-Ho-Zay by Freddie King 

Lance Collins

Big Island Agriculture Pt. 2

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Maureen Datta of Adaptations, Inc. offers her insight on the impact of volcanic eruptions on Big Island farmers.  Adaptations Fresh Feast is a CSA that supplies subscribers with fresh, local produce.

Intro Music:  Procissao by Gilberto Gil

Outro Music: Two Fish and Elephant by Khruangbin


Maureen Datta

Reality Check

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Suevon Lee has a story today about the demise of a charter school on the Big Island and its effect on the Kau district, which has limited educational choices.

Outro music: Ali Baba by Louie Ramirez

Reality Check

Maile Documentary

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Natalie Froussard produced a documentary focusing on the Maile’s cultural significance to Hawaii.

Outro Music: Maile Swing by Genoa Keawe

Hawaii/France Series

Ian O’Sullivan et al. Eli Trio Atherton

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Violinists Nancy Shoop-Wu and Duane Padilla and classical guitarist Ian O’Sullivan, have taken followed varied musical paths since their years studying music at Yale -- but they have their years of study in common.  Their upcoming Atherton concert will offer a showcase of those varied musical disciplines, performing as Eli 3.0 in salute to their alma mater.  

Intro Music: The Night Marchers by Ian O'Sullivan

Outro Music: Lele Noa by Nancy Shoop-Wu

Eli Trio

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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
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