The Conversation: Monday, May 14th, 2018

May 14, 2018

East Rift Zone Update; Animal Victims of Eruption; Charter School Evacuation; Mayor Wright Housing Redevelopment

Pu'u O'o Vent with the Kilauea Summit in the background.
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East Rift Zone Update

HPR General Assignment reporter Ku’uwehi Hiraishi has been monitoring the latest news from the Pahoa area, and she’s with us in on the phone today.   

Intro music: Married Life by Michael Giacchino

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Humans Not Only Victims of Kilauea Eruption

The hasty evacuations in the Pahoa area have left animals at risk. Most pets have been rescued, but the challenge has been with thousands of livestock, who have to be taken out of the area by truck.

Outro Music: Jalale Instrumental by Mexican Institute of Sound

Students at Kua o ka Lā Public Charter School upcycled an old school bus into a sustainable, solar-powered food dehydrator.
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Charter Schools Enter Uncharted Territory in Disaster Areas

The emergency closures due to the natural disasters on Kauai and the Big Island have thrust our Charter Schools in unchartered territory. Sione Thompson, head of the Charter School Commission, shares how the schools and their boards have been sent scrambling to deal with the reshuffling during this very busy time.

Outro Music: Dance by Danny Brown

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Civil Beat Reality Check

A lot of new jobs are being created with new stores and restaurants in Hawaii but the challenge is filling and keeping workers in those positions.

Outro Music: Think Differently by Wu-Tang Clan

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Redevelopment of Mayor Wright Housing Complex

The planned redevelopment for the state’s Mayor Wright Homes housing project is moving a step closer to reality. The Kalihi Palama complex calls for 2,448 residential rentals. It will replace the existing 364 units but also will go toward adding badly needed affordable apartments in the urban core.

Outro Music: Dog Years by Maggie Rogers