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The Conversation: Monday, October 15th, 2018

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Hotel Workers/Union/Striking/Mediation; HPR Reporter Debrief; Farmers Markets as Small Business Incubators; Equal Win Pay for Women Surfers





Hotel Workers/Union/Striking/Mediation

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  It’s been a week since 8-thousand workers at Marriott Hotels walked out on strike at 8 cities around the country. Here in Hawai‘i, 27-hundred workers are walking the picket lines outside 5 hotels managed by Marriott and owned by Kyo-Ya.  They are demanding higher wages, protections against sexual harassment, and automation.

There have been several labor disputes in Hawaii’s hotel industry over the past 30 years. The largest strike against local hotels in recent history was in 1990 - when 75 hundred workers from the union Local 5 picketed 11 hotels. That strike lasted 3 weeks.

Every strike is different, takes a toll on both sides. Since Local 5 is on the picket line again, we wanted to find out what happens behind the scenes during a strike. We get some background from HPR’s Ryan Finnerty.

Intro Music: Bike Dream by Rostram

Outro Music: Queen by Perfume Genius

Marriott Strike

HPR Reporter Debrief: Peace Corps No Longer in Micronesia

Credit Department of Defense

  The Peace Corps was founded 57 years ago.  But HPR’s Kuuwehi Hiraishi is here this morning to talk about why it’s ended its program in Micronesia.

Intro Music: USA For Africa We Are The World by Karaoke PH

Outro Music: Safe and Sound by Vitamin String Quartet

Kuuwehi Hiraishi

Reality Check

Credit Cory Lum

  As always, we checked in with our online news partners over at Honolulu Civil Beat. The focus--an alarming number of cases of police shootings in just a few weeks. Reporter Terri Langford joins us with the story.

Outro Music: I Will Not Forget by Albion Place





Reality Check

Farmers Markets as Small Business Incubators

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  Farmers markets are flourishing across the state. Want to break into the scene and show the fruits of your labor?

An upcoming workshop will spell out the ABC’s of setting up your small business.

We sat down with Dina Brown is a regular at the market at Kapiolani Community College and also and a member of the West Oahu farm Bureau. She explains what’s in store.

Outro Music: Havana by Camila Caballo/ Sing King Karaoke

Dina Brown

Equal Win Pay for Women Surfers

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  Equality on the waves? The World Surf League announced last month that it will offer the same prize money amount to women, that is paid to male surfers.

From Los Angeles, we spoke with Jessi Miley Dyer, the Deputy Commissioner for the World Surf League’s Women’s Tour about the League’s decision.

But not everyone agrees the move means parity. Big wave surfer Fred Hemmings has a different view about equality on the waves.

Intro music: Brodie Street by Mako Road

Outro Music: 666 by Sugar Candy Mountian

Surf Equality

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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 ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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