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The Conversation: Final Interment For USS Arizona

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Kauai Vacation Rentals Update; Kauai Drug Bust; Dillingham Field Controversy; Alakai Development; USS Arizona Interment

Kauai Vacation Rentals Update

All  this week  we are looking at how different counties are cracking down on illegal vacation rentals. We focus on the Garden Isle today.  Kauai, along with other neighbor islands, has seen an increase in illegal rentals exasperating a housing crunch. But, Kauai officials believe  that their partnership with a high-tech vacation rental enforcement firm has helped deter illegal operators from starting back up. The Conversation’s Harrison Patino spoke with Kauai County Planning Director Ka’aina Hull on the Department’s ongoing efforts to contain illegal vacation rentals.

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Kauai County Planning Director Ka'aina Hull

 
 
Kauai Drug Bust
In the wake of controversy surrounding the arrest of Kauai County Councilman Arthur Brun's over his involvement in a drug trafficking ring, HPR's Casey Harlow brings us a debrief on the Garden Isle scandal.

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HPR Reporter Casey Harlow

 

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Dillingham Field Controversy
In our Reality Check segment with Honolulu Civil Beat we take another look at a controversy simmering out on Oahu’s North shore. In particular Dillingham Field and the future of the General Aviation facility. Reporter Marcel Honore joins us this morning.

Read the full story here.

 

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Civil Beat Reporter Marcel Honore

 

Alakai Development

Not everyone is in position to buy a home, but we all need a place to live. The demand for rentals is an issue across the state. Today we look at a new project - a mix of affordable and market units starting to take shape out on Oahu’s west side. It is called "The Element." Jon Wallenstrom from Alakai Development stopped by yesterday afternoon to talk with us.

 

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Jon Wallenstrom of Alakai Development

 

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USS Arizona IntermentOut in a cemetery in Nebraska yesterday, the family of Pearl Harbor veteran Don Stratton laid to rest in a family plot. He was one of just three remaining veterans of the battleship Arizona. Stratton and his surviving ship mates are opting to be buried with family. Just a few months ago, the National Park service took part in what many thought would be the last interment on the sunken memorial. But following that event another family reached out to inquire about another interment. The Chief Historian of Pearl Harbor Memorial Park Dan Martinez was surprised when Rachel Yo-sava-vitch, the daughter of veteran and navy sailor Harvey Milhorn contacted him about her father’s wish to be interred with the men who died on December 7th.

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Pearl Harbor Chief Historian Dan Martinez

 

 

Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
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