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The Conversation: Friday, September 21st, 2018


POW/MIA Ceremony, 100th Anniversary of Australian & US Forces Allies, Go for Broke film, Monster Home Bills, HPD Spreads Aloha With Lip Sync Challenge




POW/MIA Ceremony


Credit U.S. Air Force

A ceremony marking the occasion National POW/MIA Recognition Day took place today at the National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

For families of two men--Army Master Sergeant Charles McDaniel and Army Private First Class William Jones it’s a big day.

The remains of the men  American servicemen were returned to US soil by North Korea in August. Sergeant McDaniel’s son Charles is in Hawaii to mark the occasion.

HPR’s Ryan Finnerty spoke with the POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s Johhny Webb to learn how the two fallen Americans were identified.

Intro music: Nocturnal Waltz by Johannes Bornlof

Outro Music: Kebnekajse by Karin Borg


Johhny Webb



100th Anniversary of Australian & US Forces Allies


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Who would you say is the United States’ closest international ally? You could make a case for Britain or Canada, but many Australians would argue that their country is America’s closest partner.

This summer marked the 100th Anniversary of the first time Americans and Australians went to war together. Australia’s Ambassador to the United States was in Honolulu this week to commemorate the occasion and celebrate the US-Australia relationship. HPR’s Ryan Finnerty was at the ceremony and tells us the story of how that relationship began.

Intro music:  Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival


Joseph Hockey

Reality Check

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Our online news partners, Honolulu Civil Beat, gave us the reality check today with a story about a young Hawaii man who was injured on a train ride earlier this year. Brittany Lyte had an update on the story.

Outro Music: Australia by The Shins




Reality Check


Go for Broke film


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Go for Broke” is the locally produced film saving the story of the highly decorated military unit made up of Japanese Americans during WWII is getting screen time at Pearl Harbor. It will be featured at The Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum as part of museum day! We talked with producer Stacey Hayashi about what it was like finally finishing the project that’s been close to her heart for almost two decades.

Intro Music: Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman

Outro music: In the Mood by Glenn Miller

Stacy Hayashi

Monster Home Bills


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Monster homes and their scofflaw builders are still rearing their ugly heads. The Honolulu City Council moves to rein those who defy inspectors. HPR's Wayne Yoshioka has the story.

Intro Music: The Calling by Ilhan Ersahin

Outro music: Gumball Machine Weekend by Yppah


Wayne Yoshioka

HPD Spreads Aloha With Lip Sync Challenge

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It may brighten your day if you take a few minutes and check out the Lip Sync Challenge started earlier this summer.Some say its the kinder gentler side of law enforcement--but hey--that’s okay.

Honolulu’s finest jumped in this week, spreading a little aloha with some help from the Manao Brothers. Don Faumoina often is on overnight beat patrol officer in Downtown, but for the past few months, he’s been wearing a producer cap spearheading a project to showcase the talents of the Honolulu Police Dept. The Honolulu Police Department is currently accepting over 100 applicants for officers within the state.

Don Faumoina

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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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