The Conversation: Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

May 9, 2018

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

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Homeowners Insurance in Lava Areas

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Given the latest Kilauea eruption -- what you should know about insurance in high-risk zones? State Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito reviews homeowner responsibilities.

Intro Music: Firewater by The Kilaueas
Outro Music: Kilauea by Jake Shimabukuro

Haleakala Solar Telescope Construction

Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope
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Maui construction crews felt last week’s Big Island earthquake as they worked on the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope on Haleakala. Construction Manager Heather Marshall tells us how crews sprang into action making sure the multi-million dollar investment which is in the final stages of construction was in working order.

Intro Music: Como Me Quieres by Khurangbin
Outro Music: Vanille Fraise by L'lmperatrice

Civil Beat Reality Check

McKinley High School AP Teacher, Jonathan Loomis
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Micronesians are a displaced minority in Hawaii, all too often kept on the fringes of society by barriers of language and culture that close off opportunities for them. Reporter Suevon Lee tells us how schools are working to break down those barriers. To read the full story, visit

Outro Music: Kilauea by Jeff Peterson, Riley Lee, Kenny Endo

The Long View

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Even with all the efforts to bring about gender equity in our schools, a study that compares girls’ and boys’ test scores in math and science shows that those scores begin to diverge early; scores are roughly equal in kindergarten, but it doesn’t take long for boys to surge ahead.  The roots of the disparity go deep, as contributing Editor Neal Milner tells us in today’s Long View.

Outro Music: Darling by Real Estate

Master Artists at the Hawaii State Art Museum

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Many of Hawaii’s artists have created international reputations for themselves --- among them Jean Charlot, Tadashi Sato, Reuben Tam, Satoru Abe, and Madge Tennent.  Their works and those of other master artists were on display this past weekend at the Hawaii State Art Museum. Joyce Okano, President of the Friends of Hawaii State Art Museum, tells us about the inspiration behind the show.

Intro Music: Zebra by Beach House
Outro Music: Queen by Perfume Genius

Kīlauea Volcano Update

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Representatives from the U.S. Geological Survey, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, National Park Service, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, and Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense held a briefing and Q&A session about the current situation at Kīlauea Volcano.  HPR News Director Bill Dorman shares the latest update.