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The Conversation: Documentary spotlights toxic chemicals in Okinawa's water; New program hopes to stem teen suicide

MCCS Okinawa hosts green tea seminar
Cpl. Janessa Pon/III Marine Expeditionary Force /
A student adds hot water to steep tea leaves during a green tea seminar Nov. 22, 2016 on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Janessa K. Pon)
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  • Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Thomas Heaton looks at the Hawaiʻi Department of Education's plans for a centralized kitchen to improve school lunches in today's Reality Check | Full Story
  • Hawaiʻi Pacific Health's Behavioral Health Chief Dr. Bart Pillen shares details about his new Teen Resilience Program aimed at stemming teen suicide | Full Story
  • State Film Commissioner Donne Dawson and Emmy-winning casting director Katie Doyle shed light on why Hawaiians weren't cast in lead roles for Jason Momoa's television series "Chief of War," and highlights the progress Hawaiʻi's film industry has made | Full Story
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