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The Conversation: What You Should Know About Mail Theft

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U.S. Postal Inspector warns of mail theft; Hawaii's stamp collectors; Reality Check with Civil Beat: State ineffective in getting farmers on land; What's new at the Hawaii State Archives; Gardening tips from a Molokai homesteader

U.S. Postal Inspector warns of mail theft

Mail theft is up across America and here in Hawaii. But officials fear there are more cases than are reported. Jeff Fitch, U.S. Postal Inspector based in San Francisco, tells us what's going on and how to stay on alert. To report mail theft, go the U.S. Postal Inspection Service website or call 1-877-876-2455. Next week is National Consumer Protection Week and the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs will be hosting a workshop on mail scams on March 5. Click here to learn more.

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Jeff Fitch, U.S. Postal Inspector
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  Hawaii's stamp collectors

Stamp collecting may not be your cup of tea but you can learna  alot from those who do. We reached out to the Hawaiian Philatelic Society, which has been aroundfor more than 100 years in the Islands. Did you know that stamp collecting was a hobby of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who credited it with helping him deal with polio? Wayne Yakuma, president of the Hawaiian Philatelic Society, tells us more about stamps in Hawaii. 

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Wayne Yakuma, president, Hawaiian Philatelic Society

Reality Check with Civil Beat: Difficult process to get farmers into state ag parks

Providing small farmers land is key to producing more local food, but the state's go-to model isn't moving the needle. Civil Beat reporter Claire Caulfield talks about the state's agriculture park program and why it's so hard for some farmers to secure a lease. Click here to read her story at CivilBeat.org.

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Civil Beat reporter Claire Caulfield
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  What's new at the Hawaii State Archives

The pandemic certainly has limited physical access to materials at the Hawaii State Archives as it is operating on reduced hours. We talked to state archivist Adam Jansen about the mission of the repository of some of the most important documents of our Hawaii Nei. Lawmakers are considering HB 1193 to fund capital improvement at the state archives. Click here to see the digital archives.

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Hawaii state archivist Adam Jansen

Gardening tips from a Molokai homesteader

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From mauka to makai - today, we take a closer look at the University of Hawaii's College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. It developed the Agricultural Extension Service in the late 1920s. Its mission is to use science to find the best growing practices for crops and livestock. Glenn Teves has been a UH extension agent for four decades. His family homestead on Molokai is called Puakala Farms. He spoke with The Conversation's Lillian Tsang about the ins and outs of growing food in Hawaii. Click here for the UH Molokai Extension YouTube page. Click here to read Glenn's blog. 

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Glenn Teves, Molokai extension agent, University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

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.
Lillian Tsang is Senior Producer with The Conversation. She has been a part of the talk show team since TC first aired on February 14, 2011. Born and raised in Honolulu, she received her BFA from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her art career melded with radio after her glass-blowing partner, Anthony Borgioli, introduced her to the college radio station, KTUH. Bitten by the broadcasting bug, Lillian went on to produce and host a her own show “Planet of Sound” for almost a decade. It was a fellow KTUH DJ who told her about a job opening at Hawaiʻi Public Radio as an overnight/weekend board operator. She's since transitioned to a full-time day job and happily part of the HPR ʻohana.
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