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The Conversation: Thursday, July 26th, 2018


FEMA Missile Alert, Housing Solutions in Maui, Reality Check, Lloyds of London Lawsuit, Plant Cam

FEMA missile alert effect on Disabled community

Credit The New York Times

Six months after the infamous false missile alert, Francine Wai of the Disability and Communication Access board joins us to discuss the efforts to improve communications with members of the disabled community during disasters.

Intro Music: Bumpin' On Sunset by Wes Montgomery

Outro Music: Joog by The Meters


Francine Wai

Disaster Conference for Non-English Speakers

Credit Daniel Ramirez

The Office of Language Access is hosting a one-day conference to determine how we can do a better job at serving those with limited English skills during natural and manmade disasters. The office was first created in 2007 to help serve a large cross section of immigrants throughout the islands. We talked with the director of the office, Aphirak Bamrungruan, about the needs of these members of our community.

Intro Music: Story of My Life by Kondor

Outro Music: Final Eclipse by The Comet is Coming


Aphirak Bamrungruan

Reality Check

Credit Lorie Shaull

Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Chad Blair joins us for today’s Reality Check on the escalation of attack ads as we draw nearer the August gubernatorial elections.

Outro music: Don't Wanna Fight by The Alabama Shakes

Reality Check

Lloyds of London lawsuit

Credit Phillip and Lanell Haysmer
Phillip and Lanell Haysmer, former residents of Leilani Estates

At present, almost 700 homes have been destroyed by the months-long Kilauea eruption. Many more have been abandoned due to unsafe conditions and lack of access. Some residents have been receiving payouts from their homeowners’ insurance to cover damage. But others are not so lucky. The Conversation’s Ryan Finnerty tells us about one couple who is suing their insurance company.

Outro Music: Howling Around My Happy Home by Daniel Norgren

Ryan Finnerty

Endangered Plant Live Cam

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For the past year, all eyes have been on a rare plant high up in the Waianae mountains; its growth has been live-streamed 24/7. Lucas Fortini with the US Geological Service Pacific Islands Ecosystems Research Center sat down to talk about this groundbreaking project, which is being showcased at the Conservation Alliance Conference.

Intro Music: Visions by Hosannas

Outro Music: Big Log by Robert Plant

Lucas Fortini

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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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