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Shipping operations are continuing uninterrupted to the state. Yet empty shelves are an increasingly common sight in local grocery stores. Toilet paper, cleaning supplies and chicken are just some of the items you may not find at your neighborhood store. So why is that?


Pop quiz. If you live in California and want to ship a a holiday gift to friends in Hawaii and Australia, which do you think will cost more? Unless you shell out for next day air delivery, the answer is likely to be the Hawaii route. The reason is an obscure 1920 U.S. shipping law known as the Jones Act.

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The number one vector for invasive species coming to Hawaii is not well regulated. Hawaii is not unique in the lack of regulation concerning biofouling, which is the transfer of organic marine life on the underside of ship hulls. Much more attention is given to the agricultural products being transported on board those ships.

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Hurricane Lane only recently departed the Hawaiian Islands but other storms, Hurricanes Norman and Oliva, are moving our way.

The Conversation producer Ryan Finnerty takes a closer look at how storms disrupt the all-important ocean shipping industry here in Hawaii. Brad Dechter is the President of the freight company Dependable Hawaiian Express as Hurricane Lane moved through.


Volcano Update, Storms and Shipping; Maui Homeless Strategy; Native Hawaiian Health

The Conversation: Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Sep 28, 2017

Jones Act Waiver; STEM in Space; Japanese Puppetry

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A shipment from Taiwan to Singapore was held up this week in Hong Kong. It’s an unusual case that combines elements of business, diplomacy and the military. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Nine armored personnel carriers are stuck on a dock in Hong Kong.  They were found on a container ship bound from Taiwan to Singapore.  Singapore’s Defense Ministry says the vehicles were used in “routine overseas training” ...adding that the government expects “the shipment to return to Singapore expeditiously.”