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The Conversation: Friday, September 7th, 2018

West Maui Hospital Foundation

Supreme Court Nominee; West Maui Hospital; Historic Kaka’ako Building; Sierra Club Anniversary

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Senator Hirono on Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings

A high stakes battle playing out in our nation’s capital.  Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono sits on the committee that is holding the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Today marks the fourth and final day of the very contentious proceedings and following a line of questioning about the nominee’s emails that shed some light on his thinking about race and in particular issues that affect our island state.

Intro Music: Time of the Season by Jake Shimabukuro

Outro Music: Blue Skies by Noah and The Whale

Mazie Hirono

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Funding Stalled for West Maui Hospital Project

Despite receiving approval from the state in 2009, a community hospital development project in West Maui has struggled to obtain funding for the past 9 years. That is a big deal for a community where it can take as long as two hours to reach the nearest hospital.

Intro Music: The Facts by Afta-1

Outro Music: Bosa Nova U.S.A by The Dave Brubeck Quartet

Brian Hoyle

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Civil Beat

Civil Beat Reality Check: Rail Lawsuit

The firm that’s delivering the driverless train cars and communications system for Honolulu rail has a “mega-substantial” claim against the city for the years of delay plaguing the project, city leaders disclosed Thursday.

Outro Music: Lost in Emotion by Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam

Reality Check

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Teddy Roosevelt, left, stands with John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, in Yosemite Valley, 1906.

Sierra Club Hawaii Marks 50 Years of Advocacy

The Sierra 50th-anniversary big milestone with its 50th anniversary celebration this weekend.

An event Friday night at Kualoa Ranch is to showcase local green businesses, as Hawaii as an island state has committed to lofty sustainability goals in an effort to become more self-sufficient.

Intro Music: Heart and Soul by Huey Lewis and the News

Outro Music: Sunday Morning Feeling by Alejandro Escovedo

Michael Brune

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The Dearborn Chemical Company Warehouse was built in 1928 on Ward Avenue, between Waimanu and Kawai’ahao Streets.

Kaka’ako Warehouse Preservation

We hear a lot about high-rises in Kaka’ako. But today HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has more behind the decision of a new property owner to buck the trend to go high-- and stay with a low rise building.

Intro Music: Kauoha Mai by Sol Hoopii

Outro Music: You'd Be Surprised by Orrin Tucker

Wayne Yoshioka

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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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