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The Conversation: Monday, August 27th, 2018

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Kauai County Update, HiEMA Update, Big Island Businesses, Snail Rescue, Kanikapila During Hurricane Lane

Kauai County Update

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Over the weekend, Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa had high praise for county workers particularly the firefighters who managed to prevent even more catastrophic losses to our community.

And also kudos to the Board of Water Supply workers who hiked tough terrain during the height of the storm putting themselves at risk to maintain basic services.

Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho was worried like all of us here on Oahu.

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Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho

HiEMA Update

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FEMA and county officials began going go door- to- door yesterday to assess damage due to the record rainfall and wind related damage.

We checked in with Hawaii Emergency Management ‘s Executive Officer Luke Meyers who just started his new job.

Intro music: Lost Again by Kohala

Outro Music: Instrumentals Volume 1 Part 1 by Arthur Russell

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Luke Meyers

Big Island Businesses

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Things are starting to get back to normal following the wild weather. We spoke with the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce head Gordon Takaki this morning about the resiliency of small businesses to weather the lava fallout and now this latest natural disaster.

Intro music: Autum Leaves by The Instrumentals

Outro Music: I Can't Help Falling In Love by Jason Block

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Gordon Takaki

Reality Check

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We checked in with our partners at Honolulu Civil Beat. Jessica Terrell has a story today about an app that goes beyond a Hawaiian word of the day.

Outro Music: Gypsy Girl Swirl by Steve Pulvers

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Reality Check

Snail Rescue

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Bernice, Emmett and Lonesome George were treated to a downtown Honolulu stay thanks to Hurricane Lane. Not a big deal--but we are talking snails. Endangered ones.

We talked with a Kapaa Hee who works with the state’s endangered snail program who was preparing to spend the weekend snail sitting

Outro Music: The a la menthe by La Caution

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Kapaa Hee

Kanikapila During Hurricane Lane

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Across the state there was a lot of uncertainty and a lot of anxiety as we began to see the floodwaters rise and the fires claim homes on the Big Island and Maui.

On the rest of the islands, many of were wringing our hands worried about getting our share of storm damage. But, HPR’s Kuuwehi Hiraishi shares some of the stress relieving action that was going on.

Outro music: Say Goodnight Instrumental by Reks

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Kuuwehi Hiraishi

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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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