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The Conversation: Red Hill Fuel Leak; HART Rail Report Uncovered

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Red Hill facility fuel leak; Confidential rail report uncovered; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Police review board; Renovating housing policy; International adoptions amid pandemic

Sierra Club on recent fuel leak at U.S. Navy's Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility | Full Article

The Navy said the 1,000-gallon spill was contained and did not leave the facility. The Sierra Club said the spill underscores the threat of future spills and the risk to our drinking water. Attorney David Kimo Frankel represented the environmental group in a hearing earlier this year. He argued against giving the military a permit to operate the facility that the Navy claimed is critical for national security. 

David Kimo Frankel, attorney for the Sierra Club of Hawai'i
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Confidential Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation rail report uncovered | Rail Report | Full Article

Thanks to a state Uniform Information Practices Act request from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a rail report that HART tried to keep confidential is on the table for all to see. The HART board is analyzing 27 alternatives to the original plan. We heard from Keli'i Akina about why it's important that the broader community know about those alternatives. 

Keli‘i Akina
Keli‘i Akina, head of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Reality Check with Civil Beat: Law Enforcement Officer Independent Review Board | Full Article

Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Blaze Lovell told us about a board tasked with reviewing police killings in the state. "The board, which has not met publicly since January 2020, has only completed one case — the Big Island officer-involved shooting of a murder suspect in 2018," he wrote.

Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Blaze Lovell

Renovating housing policy | Virtual Event Link


With so many different factors involved and such a large section of Hawaii’s population affected, the state’s leaders are always on the lookout for housing solutions. That’s part of the purpose behind a virtual discussion on renovating housing policy tomorrow by the Hawaii Community Foundation and the University of Hawaii. One of the guests, Stanford economist Rebecca Diamond, is a specialist in housing and inequality. 

Rebecca Diamond, Associate Professor of Economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business

International adoptions amid pandemic

The pandemic triggered a change for Hawaii International Child, which modified its focus as borders shut down and international adoptions grinded to a halt. There are a few countries that are making exceptions and allowing cases that were in the pipeline to continue. We talked to Kristine Altwies, CEO and Executive Director of A Family Tree, about resuming adoptions. 

Kristine Altwies, head of A Family Tree (formerly Hawaii International Child)


Tomorrow we continue the conversation about the alternatives for the rail project. What are your thoughts? If you have any comments or feedback, let us know by calling the Talkback Line at (808) 792-8217, or recording a voice memo on your smartphone and sending it to

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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
Russell Subiono is the executive producer of The Conversation. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, television and radio. Contact him at
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