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East Rift Zone Eruptions; Ala Moana Railing Lawsuit; Medical Aid in Dying; Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe at DKIST; Military Joint Concert

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Lava Insurance; Haleakala Solar Telescope; Gender Equity in Schools; Master Artists at HiSam

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Today we sat down to talk about the triple whammy hitting Hawaii Island that consists of lava spewing from below, several earthquakes and noxious fumes in the air. This is the strongest series of events to hit Hawaii in more than forty years. We sat down with seismologist Lucy Jones, U.S. Geological Survey research geophysicist Weston Thelen, and American Red Cross Volunteer Marilani Marcie to get an understanding of what is going on below ground and above ground.

Guests:

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Kilauea Lava Flow Update; Landlord-Tenant Challenges

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Kilauea Lava Flow Update; A&B Land Transition Out of Sugar with Hukilike no Maui; Pacific Biodiesel, Sunflower Farm; Author William Finnegan

Kilauea Lava Flow Update

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2018 Legislative Season Wrap-up; Farm Tour Flooding; Hawaiian Bird Symphony; Innovative Bike Designs

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Homeless Safe Zones Funding; Kauai Recovery Update; Maunalua Heritage Festival; Power of Positive Thinking

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Legislative Session Wrap Up; Hawaii Island Moves to Regulate Short Term Rentals; Containing Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death

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Affordable Housing Initiative; Voter Turnout; Kahua Ranch; Culinary Apprentice Program; Black Snow 

Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory

Future of TMT; Climate Change Resiliency; Treating Trauma; National Volunteer Week

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Advance Health Care Directives; Surfing Meets Snow; Chinatown Walking Tour

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Legacy of Life; American Samoan Sues for Citizenship; Road to Mecca

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Hawaiian Language Project; The Long View; Barbershop 

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Equal Pay Day; "Best Play Ever, Guaranteed!"; Nanakuli Library Opening

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Electric Transportation Plan; Gubernatorial Candidate Forum; Kennedy Theatre’s Nora

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Senator Daniel Akaka; Hawaii return on investment taxes; Scottish singer-songwriter, Natalie Clark

 

Albatross Colony Under Threat from Unlikely Predator

Apr 5, 2018
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A remote atoll within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is home to an extraordinary collection of seabirds. More than 3 million converging on a tiny space: some 1500 acres. It’s the only nesting ground for two seabird species that face an imminent threat from an unlikely source: invasive house mice that attack and kill nesting Black-footed albatross and Laysan albatross.

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Mice Problem on Midway Atoll; Greening Historic Homes; UH Law School for Jurist in Residence Program

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Legalizing Transient Rentals; Increasing Tobacco Restrictions; Blue Planet Energy in Puerto Rico

Little Agreement Over Toxoplasmosis Solution

Apr 3, 2018
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Toxoplasmosis is a parasite-borne infection that can wreak havoc on wildlife, humans with compromised immune systems, and pregnant women. The parasite that causes toxoplasmosis comes from cats, specifically their faces. It has been blamed for the death of at least eight Hawaiian monk seals, the endemic Hawaiian crow, and several other vulnerable bird species. However, there is little agreement over a solution to the problem. The debate largely boils down to one question: should feral cats be eradicated?

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Toxoplasmosis is a parasite-borne infection that can wreak havoc on wildlife and humans with compromised immune systems. The parasite that causes toxoplasmosis comes from cats, specifically their feces. It has been blamed for the death of at least eight Hawaiian monk seals, the endemic Hawaiian crow, and several other vulnerable bird species. It was the subject of a forum this past weekend sponsored by the University of Hawaii Law School. We wanted to continue the conversation about how to manage the situation. 

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Paʻulaʻula o Hipo, the site of Fort Elizabeth, the fort built by Russian trading interests in the early 19th century, is best remembered as the setting for the brief alliance between the Russian-American Company and Kauai's High Chief Kaumualiʻi. But there's more than one story behind what is now a National Historic Landmark.

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Chinese Labor in Saipan; Kauai’s Russian Fort; Kaka’ako Walking Tour; Waikiki the Movie

Wildfires: Hawaii's Overlooked Threat

Mar 30, 2018
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Hurricanes and tsunamis get a lot more attention, but wildfires are one of the state's most common threats. Hundreds of wildfires break out across Hawaii every year. The vast majority of them are human-caused.

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Wildfire Risk; Female Legislators and #MeToo; Made in Hawaii Movie; Hawaii Pickleball League

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Young Brothers President/CEO; Female Crane Operators; PBS Digital Innovator/Educator; Kettle Bells World Record

Shipping Company Prepares for the Next Disaster

Mar 29, 2018
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The vast majority of food and vital goods arrive in Hawaiʻi via cargo ship. The big ships dock in Honolulu Harbor where Young Brothers Shipping then distributes their cargo to ports around the state. A "just-in-time" delivery model means that most shipments go directly from a ship to store shelves, rather than a warehouse. Young Brothers knows how vulnerable island communities are to a disruption of its services and is constantly on alert for the next disaster.

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Hawaii is the most isolated island chain in the world. Home to a permanent population of 1.4 million and tens of thousands of visitors on any given day, Hawaii and its inhabitants are highly dependent on imports of food and fuel from elsewhere in the world. With help potentially days or weeks away and minimal redundancy, Hawaii's systems and people are highly vulnerable to a major disaster. This series explores those vulnerabilities and how the community can become more resilient.

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