The Conversation: Friday, April 27th, 2018

Apr 27, 2018

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

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Black sand beach in the Lower Puna District of Hawaii Island. Puna is home many properties available for short term rental, with very little regulation.
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Hawaii County Council Moves to Regulate Short Term Rentals

Hawaii County is the last jurisdiction in the state without some form of restriction on temporary vacation rentals. This week County Councilmembers introduced a measure that would regulate how and where properties can be rented short term.

Intro music: Dern Kala by Khruangbin

Outro Music: Emmylou by First Aid Kit

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2018 Legislative Wrap Up

The 2018 Legislative Session is winding down. HPR Political Reporter Wayne Yoshioka gives us a wrap up of what passed, what died, and which bills are still in committee.

Intro music: Anything New by Bibio

Outro Music: Nakamarra (feat. Q-Tip) by Hiatus Kaiyote

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Civil Beat Reality Check

An important court decision is coming up on the Louis and Katherine Kealoha case; the former police chief and his City Prosecutor wife face a variety of conspiracy charges along with at four co-defendants, and federal prosecutors want them tried all together. Their alleged co-conspirators are pushing for separate trials, and a judge will decide next week whether they get their wish.

Outro Music: Box Full of Letters by Wilco

Browning crowns in ohia trees is a sign of Rapid Ohia Death.
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Understanding Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death

Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death has devastated Hawaiʻi Island forests since 2014.   It kills quickly, begins with few outward signs, and can be spread easily by hikers. Local scientists have been working with colleagues as far away as South Africa and Iowa to study the species of fungi that causes the disease and there are some signs of hope that this killer of native forests can be contained.

Intro Music: Go On by Jack Johnson

Outro Music: Saltwater by Geowulf

Alexis Dascoulias, right, directing.
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Of Mice and Men on Stage

Nobel Prize-winning novelist John Steinbeck probably understood the heart and soul of America during the Great Depression as well as anyone. His novella Of Mice and Men has survived for generations by reminding us that even the losers among us have their dreams to pursue.  

Intro Music: Sunflower by Of Mice and Men

Outro Music: Calm Grey by Blazo