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The Conversation: Tuesday, September 18th, 2018


Sex trafficking HPR Reporter debrief Ku`uwehi Hiraishi, Title IX film, Rise of the Wahine, Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, HOT fashion show


Sex trafficking HPR Reporter debrief Ku`uwehi Hiraishi

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A just-released study shows that 1 in 11 males buys sex online. It’s being tracked from our zip--808! So it may not just be military and tourists. HPR’s Kuuwehi Hiraishi joins us for a closer look.

Intro music: You Say I'm In Love by Banes World

Outro Music: Hey Good Looking by Blonde Tongues


Kuuwehi Hiraishi

Title IX film, Rise of the Wahine

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Earlier this month, a documentary film entitled Rise of the Wahine: Champions of Title Nine was released with the idea it might reach a new audience and help educators share the story.

We sat down with Dean Kaneshiro to talk about his passion document the fight for equity in athletics and the legacy of remarkable women here in Hawaii--Congresswoman Patsy Mink and school superintendent Donnis Thompson who fought those early battles. Kaneshiro talks about a recent event at the Hawaii Theater to celebrate the recut of the film and its release online.

Intro music: Mr. Moto by The Belairs

Dean Kaneshiro

Reality Check

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There’s an interesting story from Kauai about the life and death of a resident there.

Kauai resident Allan Parachini is a columnist with Honolulu Civil Beat, and he joined us for a debrief.

Outro Music: The Opener by Camp Cope



Reality Check


Hawaii Food and Wine Festival


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Denise Yamaguchi is Chief Executive Officer of the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival, which has events across the state. She has helped to raise more than $2 million for culinary education and agricultural programs. The festival?s mission supports future chefs and helps to create markets for local crops.

Outro Music: Yam Yam by No Vacation




Denise Yamaguchi

HOT fashion show


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Kimono Couture is Anne Namba’s brand. It was born out of a love for antique Kimono and Obi. The fashion designer sat down with us to talk about an upcoming fashion show to raise money for the Hawaii Opera Theater.

This year it’s all about east meets Italy--- with Romeo and Juliet as the inspiration.

She recalls how the fashion show got started.


Anne Namba

Intro Music: I Am The Changer by Cotton Jones

Outro music: Alone at Night by Psychic Rites


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