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The Conversation: Vacation Rentals on Conservation Land

DLNR Vacation Rental Crackdown; Ala Moana Fall Settlement; Vets Prep for Career in Tech; Kwai Ghost Net Boat; Ghost Net Artist

DLNR Vacation Rental Crackdown

Sam Lemmo heads a division of the Department of Land and Natural resources which is charged with protecting conservation land. But turns out some of that land is being used for commercial ventures-- specifically short term vacation rentals. We talked to Lemmo this week about the crackdown underway.


Sam Lemmo, Administrator for the Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands

  Ala Moana Fall Settlement

The law firm of Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina and Fairbanks is settling its lawsuit against Ala Moana for negligence. It stems from a fatal fall four years ago on Discoverer’s Day holiday weekend, a big draw for shoppers. We spoke with Rick Fried, the lawyer representing the case, for more on the latest developments.


Attorney Rick Fried

Vets Prep for Career in Tech

For today's Reality Check with our partners at Honolulu Civil Beat, reporter Christina Jedra joins us today with a story on vets preparing for tech jobs at Schofield Barracks.

Read the full story here.


Civil Beat Reporter Christina Jedra

  Kwai Ghost Net Boat

The vessel Kwai can often be found docked at Kewalo Basin here on Oahu when it’s not traveling on the open ocean throughout the pacific. This summer the  Pacifc cargo ship was hired to sail out into the gyre to collect marine debris. We talked to owner Brad Ives earlier this year as he was about to set sail to the Kiribas and then to the Cook islands. Later this spring the Kwai will head back out to the gyre.


Brad Ives

Ghost Net Artist

University of Hawaii graduate student Kat Kazlauskas has worked with marine debris collected by Sustainable Coastlines.  “WITHIN, WITHOUT” is the title of her exhibit that opens this Sunday at UH Manoa as she shares with us there is beauty in trash.


Artist Kat Kazlauskas



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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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