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The Conversation: Cybercrime Expert on Fraud; Food Security in Isolated State


"Original Internet Godfather" on cybercrime and fraud; Honolulu rail pause at Middle Street; Reality Check with Civil Beat; Emergency Medical Services Week; Climate change and food security documentary

"Original Internet Godfather" Brett Johnson on cybercrime and fraud | Event Link

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A man who knows a thing or two about cybercrime, Brett Johnson, will be featured in an upcoming fraud prevention event hosted by AARP Hawaii. The U.S. Secret Service called him the “Original Internet Godfather" because he once set up criminal systems on the dark web to buy and sell stolen information and goods. He talked to us about the ransomware fuel disruption and fraud during this pandemic. 

Brett Johnson, cybercrime expert

Honolulu councilmember wants the rail to pause at Middle Street | Full Article 

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Civil Beat

Voices to put the pause on Honolulu’s rail project are getting louder as we learn of more problems related to the $12 billion project. Councilmember Heidi Tsuneyoshi, who introduced a resolution calling for a pause at Middle Street, talked about whether the project can afford to build out the last four miles on the planned route. 

Honolulu City Councilmember Heidi Tsuneyoshi

Reality Check with Civil Beat: Former Maui Police Chief hit-and-run investigation | Full Article

The Honolulu Civil Beat had an update on a case involving the former Maui Police Chief leaving the scene after reportedly backing into a parked motorcycle. Reporter Blaze Lovell had the latest.

Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Blaze Lovell

Emergency Medical Services Week

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We tipped our hats this week to emergency medical workers who are always out there caring for our community. Here on O‘ahu, 911 call volumes are on the rise as restrictions are being lifted and life begins to get back to normal. We talked to Dr. Jim Ireland, who recently returned to his job as the Director of Honolulu Emergency Services Department. 

Dr. Jim Ireland, Director of Honolulu Emergency Services Department

Documentary examines food security in our isolated state | Hawaii News Now

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With hurricane season almost upon us, climate change and food security are topics again at the forefront. Green Island Films co-founder and producer Anthony Aalto’s new episode in his “A Climate for Change” series on Hawaii News Now examines food security in our isolated state. Aalto had some strong ideas about what he learned through making a documentary that, at times, scared him. 

Anthony Aalto, producer and co-founder of Green Island Films


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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
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