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The Conversation: Thursday, October 11th, 2018

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The Ironman Triathlon; HPR Reporter Debrief; Stories of Change; Cemetery Historian



The Ironman Triathlon

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  2500 of the world’s top athletes are in Kona this weekend for this year’s Ironman competition. Our contributing reporter Sherry Bracken is on the line with us from the Big Island. So Sherry, hard to believe we are marking the 40th anniversary of the race...

Intro Music: Instrumental version of Edward Maya by Stereo Love

Outro Music: Neon Dreams by Michael B, Hannah Jones


Sherry Bracken

HPR Reporter Debrief: Wayne Yoshioka

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  Future Focus is bringing our public schools into the new century. We hear from Wayne Yoshioka about what’s involved with businesses that are having a hard time filling jobs. Are we making the right training available for the next generation?

Intro Music: Who's That Lady? by Isley Brothers

Outro Music: Seven Steps to Heaven by Miles Davis

Wayne Yoshioka

Reality Check

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  As always, we checked in with our online news partners over at Honolulu Civil Beat. Joining us is reporter Stuart Yerton who has been tracking what’s hot these days with Instagram.

Outro Music: Sight For Sore Eyes by GCR

Stewart Yerton











Stories of Change

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  Journalist Gary Kubota has covered news in the islands for  40 decades.

Now he has come out with a book called “Stories Of Change,” thanks to Kokua Hawaii Oral History Project and a ggrant fromthe Hawaii Council of Humanities and the Hawaii People’s Fund. Kubota credits the idea for the book to Lawrence Kamakawiwoole.

He was a leader of the group fighting to save pig farmers from being evicted from Kalama Valley out in East Honolulu. As a teen, Kubota was actually arrested as he took part in one protest. He reflected on how that experience and Kamakawiwioole’s idea came together.

Outro Music: Mele `Uhane by Jeff Peterson & Riley Lee

Gary Kubota

Cemetery Historian

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  Nanette Napoleon sounds French enough. Hawaii’s cemetery historian shares with us she has family ties to French President Napoleon Bonaparte but through his brother Lucien and his time in Tahiti.  But it was a visit to Pere La Chaise in Paris that Napoleon discovered her passion for places for the dead. She had just graduated from the University of Hawaii was on a backpacking trip through Europe when someone suggested she go find Jim Morrison’s grave.

We spent time with Napoleon at the Oahu Cemetery on Memorial Day pouring over the Book of Record looking for the French Connections in the graveyard. She shared her memory of Per La Chaise.

Intro music: Church Bells by Carrie Underwood

Outro Music: Improvisation No. 3 by The Hot Club of San Francisco

Nanette Napoleon

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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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