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The Conversation: Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

USMC Lance Cpl Adam Montera

Vacation Rental Reaction, RIMPAC Amphibious Assault, Arboretum Centennial, Hawaiian Oli

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Kailua and Lanikai are two of the areas most impacted by the rise of temporary vacation rentals.

Reaction to Vacation Rental Proposal

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell last week announced his plan to tackle the problem which has been festering for close to 30 years.

The bills he introduced call for allowing bed and breakfast units in all neighborhoods across the island while cracking down on whole-home rentals with stiff fines.

Intro Music: Big Chief by Professor Longhair

Outro Music: Jam Man by Chet Atkins

Vacation Rentals


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Amphibious Assault Vehicles, or AAV's, land at Pyramid Rock Beach after launching from the HMAS Adelaide.

Multinational Beach Assault Marks Conclusion of RIMPAC

The 2018 Rim of the Pacific exercise wraps up this week. The final exercise was a beach assault that brought together ships, aircraft, and marines from 11 different nations. The Conversation’s Ryan Finnerty was on hand to witness the operation and brought back this report.

Outro Music: Aqua Abyss by PEB



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Reality Check

After trailing Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa in a May poll, Governor David Ige, now leads by 9 percentage points among likely primary voters.

Outro music: Down in the Willow Garden by Billie Joel and Norah Jones

Reality Check


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H?lau Hula o Akaunu & Kumu Hula Manaikalani Kalua in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Hawaiian Oli Chant

The magic of a native Hawaiian chant, what’s called an oli is remarkable when you look at the broad range of emotion it covers. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa shares some insight about the cultural practice.

Oli sources:
Dr. Silva sent the recording of himself and the recording of Namakahelu Maka’ena, the last chanters of Moanalua Valley.  
The recording of Ka’upena Wing is from YouTube, posted by Ryan Souza in 2016. 
The recordings of Mary Kalena Pukui are from an album of Hawaiian Drum Chants

Outro Music: Wai O Ke Aniani by Ray Kane

Noe Tanigawa

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Lyon Arboretum in Honolulu.

Lyon Arboretum Centennial

After near death, a rare endangered plant is now being regrown at a micro-propagation lab at the Lyon Arboretum. It’s essentially an Intensive Care Unit for plants. The arboretum itself is turning 100 this weekend.

Intro Music: The Sun Beams by Corey Fujimoto

Outro Music: Plant by Triathalon

Rakan Zahawi

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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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