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The Conversation: Hawaii Democrats Prep For Presidential Primary

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Primary Plans for Hawaii's Democrats; Why Recycling Events are Cutting Hours; Lions Club Collects Glasses and Hearing Aids for the Needy; Documentary Focuses Traditional Navigators of the Solomon Islands

Primary Plans for Hawaii's Democrats

This week heads were shaking over the Democratic Caucus in Iowa. Glitches in a new system of reporting results. Organizers point to an app that muddled the process. All eyes will be on New Hampshire next week as the party polls its members on who they supporrt for president. But what about hawaii? Kate Stanley, the interim head of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, joins us in studio and tells us about its new Party Run Presidential Primary. As for Hawaii's Republican Party, it has a caucus set for March -- but that has been cancelled as all of its votes will go to support President Donald Trump.

Kate Stanley, Interim Head of the Democratic Party
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 Why Recycling Events are Cutting Hours

At a recent going green event held at Castle High School in January, there were longer lines because the window for dropping off e-waste and other items is now reduced down to two hours. Previous events were open half or all day. We talked to Rene Mansho, who has been behind the recycle drive events for the past 17 years. She says the tightening is due to manpower, though demand for such events is still high. Click here for more information on Going Green events.

Rene Mansho

Reality Check with Honolulu Civil Beat: Hawaii contributions flow to PAC supporting Sen. Susan Collins

A Honolulu-based company that received an $8 million contract for defense work in Maine appears to be linked to a mysterious campaign donation made to a super PAC backing U.S. Sen. Susan Collins in her bid for re-election. Click here to read the rest of the story by Nick Grube.

Honolulu Civil Beat Reporter Nick Grube

Lions Club collect glasses and hearing aids for the needy

For close to a hundred years, the Lions Club has been working to save sight and to prevent blindness. Alice Kubo talked with use recently about the launch fo its eyeglass and hearing aid drive. Lions in Sight collects used eyeglasses year round. Drop off eyeglasses at any Walmart Vision Center and over 300 businesses who are collecting used eyeglasses for the Hawaii Lions. Click here to go to the Hawaii Lions website for more information and a list of donation locations statewide.

Alice Kubo


Credit Vaka Taumaka Project

 Documentary focuses on traditional navigators of the Solomon Islands

"We, The Voyagers" is a film of traditional navigators from the Solomon Islands. It's a different tale than the Hokulea, and the renaissance of steering by the stars. The documentary debuted on the Big Island and will have a screening on Kauai this weekend. The director of the project is Kauai anthropologist Marianne "Mimi" George. She tells us about the project to document the voyaging traditions of ethnic Polynesians in a remote part of the Pacific. The next screening is this Saturday at the Namolokama Canoe Club in Hanalei, Kauai. Click here to go to their website and find out more.

Anthropologist Marianne "Mimi" George

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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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