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The Conversation: Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Catherine Cruz

Labor Protests, Feather Cloak in Burned Museum; Impact Fees; New Release from Jake Shimabukuro


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Unions Protest on Labor Day

Hotel workers in Waikiku as well as on the mainland took to the streets in an effort to flex their political muscle.

In San Francisco, police arrested 75 people during yesterday’s rally in front of Marriott’s Union Street hotel. In Boston, workers staged a sit-in on a city street-- though there were no arrests.

A similar effort was tried in Waikiki but United Here workers ended up gathering on Kakalaua across from the Waikiki Marriott where union leaders announced they will take a vote to strike on September 10th.


Intro Music: 80's Life by The Good, the Bad & the Queen

Outro Music: Girl by Notis Mavroudis


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'Ahu 'ula, feather cape from Hawaii, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

Status of Hawaiian Feather Cloak Unknown After Brazilian Museum Fire

Over the weekend, a fire engulfed Brazil’s national museum. Since news of the fire blaze broke, it was revealed that a Hawaiian feather cape was one of the artifacts housed there. The cape was a gift from King Kamehameha II on his first trip abroad as sovereign.


Intro Music: Moonlight Shadow by The Instrumental Pan Pipes Band


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The 2016 explosion occurred in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology building.

Civil Beat Reality Check: Do Aloha Shirts Win Elections?

The fate of a lawsuit filed by a researcher severely injured in a lab accident may come down to what her employment status was at the University of Hawaii Manoa.

Thea Ekins-Coward was a postdoctoral fellow when the explosion occurred in 2016; she filed a lawsuit against UH claiming negligence in 2017.


Outro Music: A Live Injection by The Upsetters


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New Units in Urban Core to be Charged School Impact Fee

Scores of new high-rises are planned for Oahu’s urban core. Starting October first anyone who develops a unit that could impact schools in the area will be assessed an impact fee of $3,800.


Intro Music: Mudfootball by Jack Johnson

Outro Music: Dance of Maria by Elias Rahbani


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New Album from Jake Shimabukuro

Mention Jake Shimabukuro’s name and the idea of explosive talent comes to mind. We sat down with him last week as he debuted his latest album-- his 15th. He has two young children 3 and 6 now and he recalled that he first put his fingers on an ukulele when he about their age.


Intro Music: Jake Shimabukuro: Grandma's Groove

Outro Music: Time of The Season by Jake Shimabukuro

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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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