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The Conversation: Hawaii Ties To The Presidency


Kawaiahao Church Iwi; Niihau Dialect; Ex-Governors Fear For Hawaii's Future; Truman’s Aloha Shirts; Presidential Ties to Hawaii

Kawaiahao Church Iwi

A major development in a decade long dispute over iwi at Kawaiahao Church. Remains of some 600 sets of remains or iwi that were dug up during construction of a church hall remain in the basement - but for how much longer?

Kamuela Kala’i, Bill Haoli


Niihau Dialect

February is National Indigenous language month and here in the islands we honor the Hawaiian language - Olelo Hawaii. HPR’s Kuuwehi Hiraishi joins us with a look at this lesser known dialect.

HPR reporter Kuuwehi Hiraishi

Ex-Governors Fear For Hawaii's Future

Our reality check today with Honolulu Civil Beat has a story centering around fears for the future through the eyes of four Hawaii Governors. Political and opinion editor Chad Blair joins us this morning.

Read the full story here.

Civil Beat Politics and Opinions Editor Chad Blair


Truman’s Aloha Shirts

Kristen Stalling is the Museum Curator of the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site in Independence, Missouri, which includes the home he shared with his wife, Bess. It includes over 60 sport shirts - four of them aloha shirts from Hawaii manufacturers. She spoke with The Conversation’s Jason Ubay about the collection.

Kristen Stalling, Museum Curator of the Harry S Truman National Historic Site

Presidential Ties to Hawaii

Earlier, we heard about President Truman’s fondness for Aloha shirts. We continue to explore  Presidential ties to Hawaii. Pearl Harbor’s chief historian Daniel Martinez visited the Truman museum and was surprised to learn of that Hawaii connection.

Daniel Martinez, chief historian of the Pearl Harbor National Memorial

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