The Conversation

‘Ōlelo Could Be Banished to ‘Digital Siberia’

Feb 2, 2018
Max Pixel

Spectrum Hawaiʻi, formerly Oceanic Time Warner, will shuffle the channel lineup as part of its plan to switch its signal from analog to digital. It says that switch result in increased broadband speeds and more HD channels. But local station ‘Ōlelo may be left out in the cold.

Should Hawaii Be Able to Send a Missile Alert?

Feb 1, 2018
U.S. Pacific Command

The former administrator of what used to be called State Civil Defense agrees the top brass had to step down. He supports closer coordination with the Pacific Command, but doesn’t think the Pentagon should take control of the alerts and bypass the state agency.

Ala Wai Dredging Plan

Jan 31, 2018
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Honolulu’s Ala Wai is ranked as one of the most polluted waterways in the country. The State of Hawaii has a plan to clean it up that just received a green light.

Hawaiʻi Prepares for Flu Season

Jan 30, 2018
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This year’s flu season has been especially severe on the Mainland United States, with multiple deaths reported. Cases there are peaking, which means peak flu in Hawaii is still a few weeks away.

Skiing Hawaiʻi’s Pineapple Powder

Jan 30, 2018

Hawaii probably isn’t first in mind when picking a destination for a ski trip. But with some careful preparation and a little bit of luck you can ride the pineapple powder. The Conversation's Producer Ryan Finnerty takes us there.

Japan and Hawaiʻi's Special Relationship

Jan 29, 2018
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In recent years, Japan’s government has sponsored an outreach program called “Walk in U.S., Talk in Japan.” Retired Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki led this year’s delegation and spoke with HPR's Bill Dorman.

Growing Hawaii’s Education Economy

Jan 24, 2018
University of Hawaii at Manoa

The Study Hawaii Consortium is working to grow Hawaii’s international education market into a billion dollar industry.

Honolulu's 2018 Point In Time Count

Jan 23, 2018
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The Point-In-Time Count survey of Oahu’s homeless population is happening this week. The count is the basis for all homeless policy for the year.

Economics of Home Solar Batteries: Affordable For Now

Jan 22, 2018
Zeiss Battery

It is currently very difficult to hook up a home solar system to the electrical grid in Hawaii. One way to get approval is to install a battery system, but their cost can be a major barrier. A federal tax credit helps to take some of the sting out of that cost, but it won't last forever.

U.S. Air Force
U.S. Air Force

Military Role Emergency Management; Getting Ahead When You Can’t Save; Immigration Debate Impacts in Hawaii; Local Civic Engagement

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Opening Day at the Legislature; 125 Years Since the Hawaiian Overthrow

Marco Polo, 6 Months Later

Jan 13, 2018
Catherine Cruz

Firefighter Stories from Marco Polo

Jan 12, 2018
Catherine Cruz
Catherine Cruz

The Honolulu Fire Department recently released internal audio communication tapes that document how firefighters approached the deadly seven-alarm fire last summer. An HFD Captain, who was on the scene, helps us interpret the tapes and explains the challenges crews faced.

Improving Hawaiʻi's Dental Health

Jan 11, 2018
Brian Hutchinson Birch / Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute
Brian Hutchinson Birch / Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute

The last three national surveys of oral health have given Hawaiʻi a failing grade. Dr. Gavin Uchida is the new director for the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health. He is charged with creating a strategic plan to improve oral health across Hawaiʻi and is conducting a series of talk-story sessions to gather public input.

Closing the Door Could Save Your Life

Jan 10, 2018
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One of the most effective fire safety techniques is also one of the most simple: closing your bedroom door.

Black Market For Diabetic Test Strips

Jan 5, 2018
Bodytel / Flickr
Bodytel / Flickr

Glucose test strips for diabetes patients can cost between $15-20 per day. This has led to the rise of a secondary market in the strips, which are sometimes obtained illegally.

Art in Surveillance Culture

Jan 3, 2018
Jonathan McIntosh / Flickr

An upcoming series of films and workshops at the Honolulu Museum of Art called Classified looks at the ways we have surrendered our privacy and asks what we can do about it.

Preschool Open Door Program Open for Enrollment

Jan 3, 2018
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Low and moderate-income families in Hawaii can tap a state subsidized program to give their keiki a head start in early learning.

Agricultural Product Travel Restrictions

Dec 26, 2017

There is a growing list of what you can and cannot bring on the airplane-- particularly when it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables that may bring some unexpected hitchhikers.

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Kula Agricultural Park; Art and Science of Interpretation; Arts at Mark’s Board Changes

The Conversation: Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Jul 25, 2017
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Drought, Water Usage Challenges on Maui and Big Island; Memoir of a Christian Abortion Provider; Asia Pacific Dance Festival

The Conversation: Friday, July 21st, 2017

Jul 21, 2017
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Assessing of the Asia Pivot; Maui Health System; Tsunami Warning Funding

The Conversation: Monday, July 17th, 2017

Jul 17, 2017
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Battling Invasive Species; Costs of Climate Change; Remembering a Death at Pearl Harbor

The Conversation: Monday, June 5th, 2017

Jun 5, 2017

2017 Hurricane Season; Public Beach Access Controversy; Red Hill Fuel Tanks

The Conversation: Monday, May 1st, 2017

May 1, 2017

HART Recovery Plan; New Strategies for Dyslexic Students; ‘A Few Good Men’ On Stage

The Conversation: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Apr 19, 2017
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Dire Funding Challenges for Wahiawa General; Housing Affordability Nationwide; Miles Electric Band

The Conversation: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Apr 18, 2017
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March for Science; Clean Transportation Benchmark; Photographing South Asia

The Conversation: Monday, April 17th, 2017

Apr 17, 2017
Kerry Ach

Best Practices in Child Abuse Cases; Geospatial Data Portal; Remembering Kindertransport

The Conversation: Friday, April 14th, 2017

Apr 14, 2017
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Federal Funding Restrictions to Family Planning; Dog Attacks in Kakaako; Designing a Sustainable Future

The Conversation: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Apr 12, 2017
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Redefining Manufacturing; Navy Sexual Assault Prevention; From Refugee to Jazz Fame