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The Conversation: Wednesday, September 5th, 2018


Volcano Update, Storms and Shipping; Maui Homeless Strategy; Native Hawaiian Health

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??hi?a growing on a barren lava field dating from 1986, formerly the village of Kalapana, Hawaii. The myrtle in this picture, taken in 2009, may have since been covered over—fresh flows in 2010 partially re-covered the area.

Uncertain Calm at Kilauea

Over the past several months, the destructive eruption of Kilauea claimed some 700 structures and displaced entire communities. The lava activity has also opened the doors to research never before collected with the help of drones and undersea robotics.

USGS Volcanologist  Wes Thelen explains what is behind the pause in the lava eruption and what may come next.

Wes Thelen

Intro Music: 1979 by Antoine Dufour

Outro Music: Here Too Far by Beta Radio


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Container Ship Sofie Maersk Docked At Honolulu Harbor Hawaii.

Shipping Industry Unfazed by Storm Activity

Hurricane Lane only recently departed the Hawaiian Islands but other storms, Hurricanes Norman and Oliva, are moving our way.

The Conversation producer Ryan Finnerty takes a closer look at how storms disrupt the all-important ocean shipping industry here in Hawaii. Brad Dechter is the President of the freight company Dependable Hawaiian Express as Hurricane Lane moved through the islands.

Brad Dechter

Intro Music: Found Grace by Steve Pulvers

Outro Music: Sunflower Blues by John Fahey


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Civil Beat Reality Check: Supreme Court Confirmation

The battle over the next Supreme Court justice is playing out as we move into the second day of confirmation hearings. That is the focus of the reality check with Honolulu Civil Beat’s Nick Grube.

Nick Grube

Outro Music: Another Way by Nobel Oak


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Lee Thompson is the Director of Operations for Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center in Wailuku. Thompson keeps order, supervises maintenance, and teaches classes in how to care for a residence. He's seen here in front of one of Ka Hale A Ke Ola's inviting housing units.

Pursuing Better Outcomes for Homeless on Maui

An outreach organization on Maui is throwing out the rule book when it comes to addressing the problem of homelessness on the Valley Isle. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa explains the paradigm shift underway.

Noe Tanigawa

Outro Music: Smoothie Song by Nikel Creek


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Kupuna Care Program Coming to an End

A kupuna care program offered by Arcadia and a group called Na Puu-wai and that was in place on Lanai for 12 years is ending. That has launched a new relationship with Johns Hopkins University. Na Puu-wai’s executive director Kamahana- Hokulani Farrar was in Honolulu yesterday and sat down with us to talk about what’s in store for the island community.

Kamahanahokulani Farrar

Intro Music: Sweet Oblivious Antidote by Perpetual Groove

Outro Music: Nights Off by Siriusmo

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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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