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The Conversation: Update on Invasive Fire Ants

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Treating Maui sites for invasive Little Fire Ants; Naming Hawaiian birds; 2 Hawaii inmates who died in Arizona prison had COVID; Oahu civilian recounts Pearl Harbor attack

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  Treating Maui sites for invasive Little Fire Ants

The Maui Invasive Species Committee is actively working eight sites where Little Fire Ant has been reported on the Valley Isle. We talked to Lissa Stroheker and Brooke Mahnken of the Maui Invasive Species Committee about the snapshot treating 150 acres in a remote area of Nakihu. Find more information at StopTheAnt.org and at the Hawaii Department of Agriculture website. If you have seen Little Fire Ants, report it at 643pest.org or by calling 643-PEST.

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Lissa Strokheker and Brooke Mahnken, Maui Invasive Species Committee

Naming Hawaiian birds

You would think that Native Hawaiian birds would have Hawaiian names - but those names may have died out over time. A nomenclature naming committee has been tasked with proposing names for some of our native species. There is a list of four birds and one type of sedgegrass that are in line for new native names. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs cultural specialists are helping to host a webinar to get public input. Click here to learn more and register for the the Dec. 8 webinar.

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Hoku Pihana

2 Hawaii inmates who died in Arizona prison had COVID

Weeks of quarantine and lockdowns have failed to stop the spread of COVID-19 in a privately run Arizona prison where more than 1,000 Hawaii inmates are being held, and authorities acknowledged that three Hawaii prisoners who died there this fall tested positive for the respiratory disease. Civil Beat Reporter Kevin Dayton tells us about the new details that surfaced last week. Click here to read his story at CivilBeat.org.

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Civil Beat Reporter Kevin Dayton
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  Oahu civilian recounts Pearl Harbor attack

So often when we commemorate the fateful attacks on Pearl Harbor Naval Base that plunged the nation into war so many years ago, we hear from the servicemen who set off to fight the war. Today, we hear from Kaimuki resident Mildred Ho. She was just 14 when the war broke out, and she was able to see firsthand the spectacle of the attack and the ways it affected territorial Hawaii in the ensuing years. The recording has been provided by the University of Hawaii's Center for Oral History, which conducted the interview last year.

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Mildred Ho

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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