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The Conversation: Constitutional Crisis in Samoa; 11-Year-Old Local Author

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Constitutional crisis in Samoa; The Long View with Neal Milner: Zillow Spike; Reality Check with Civil Beat; Restoring limu along Hawaii's shorelines; 11-year-old author from Punahou School

Constitutional crisis in Samoa as Prime Minister-elect Fiame Naomi Mata’afa locked out of Parliament | Full Article

Who’s in charge in Samoa? The nation was plunged into a constitutional crisis Monday when the woman who won an election last month was locked out of Parliament and the previous leader claimed he remained in charge. We reached out to Line-Noue Kruse, adjunct professor at Brigham Young University and a lecturer at the UH West Oahu, to try and understand the situation. 

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Line-Noue Kruse, adjunct professor at Brigham Young University and a lecturer at the University of Hawaii West Oahu

The Long View with Neal Milner: Zillow spike

We all spent more than our fair share of time at home this past year. Wednesday's Long View explores people who take being a homebody to a whole new level. Contributing editor Neal Milner spoke with us about the meteoric rise of the real estate platform Zillow, and what its popularity says about the dream of homeownership these days.

The Long View on May 26, 2021
Political scientist and contributing editor Neal Milner

Reality Check with Civil Beat: Veteran housing | Full Article

A veterans home being built on land that was initially set aside to build affordable housing was the subject of Wednesday's Reality Check. Deputy editor Kim Gamel had the story.

Reality Check on May 26, 2021
Honolulu Civil Beat deputy editor Kim Gamel

Restoring limu along Hawaii's shorelines and "Year of the Limu" | Full Article 

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Community groups dedicated to restoring limu, or seaweed, along Hawaii’s shorelines are calling on Gov. David Ige to designate 2022 as Year of the Limu. HPR reporter Ku’uwehi Hiraishi joined us to talk about her story.

Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi
HPR reporter Ku?uwehi Hiraishi

11-year-old author of book about native bird threatened by the Rapid Ohia Death disease

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We heard from a young book author named Blake Lee. The 11-year-old fifth grader at Punahou School penned a story entitled “The Brave Little Bird.” It's about how the habitat of a native bird is threatened by the Rapid Ohia Death disease. Blake’s mom Nessa Lee worked to get it published on Amazon. Part of the proceeds will go toward groups working to combat Rapid Ohia Death. 

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11-year-old author Blake Lee and his mother Nessa Lee


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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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