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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.

Waikiki The Film

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

Wildfires: Hawaii's Overlooked Threat

Mar 30, 2018
National Park Service / nps.gov

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.

National Park Service

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
Joseph Boivin / Young Brothers

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.

Wikimedia Commons

Resiliency of Healthcare Systems; Tariffs & Trade; Surviving School Shootings; Technology in Education

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In Hawaiʻi, there is a lot that ties the state to the Asia-Pacific. Part of that is geography, but it's also culture and economics. Although Hawaiʻi doesn't export much in the way on physical goods, the trade policy set in motion by the Trump Administration could have ripple effects for the Aloha State. Dr. Adam Posen, President of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, shared his perspective on trade issues with The Conversation.

Wikimedia Commons

Port Disaster Vulnerability; Youth Suicide Prevention; Mobile Hygiene Buses; Historic Home Preservation

Spearheading Cesspool Issues with County Task Forces

Mar 27, 2018
Septic Advisor

There are almost 90,000 cesspools across Hawaiʻi releasing 53 million gallons of untreated sewage into the ground each day. The State of Hawaiʻi is trying to wean residents off them, and part of that effort could be the creation of County-level task forces to spearhead the transition.

Master Sgt. Joshua L. DeMotts / U.S. Air Force

Disaster Vulnerability; Cesspool Task Force; Challenges of Low Unemployment; Emotional Learning

USDA / Flickr

Strategy for Opioid Epidemic; New HI-EMA Leadership; Future of Social Security; Saxophonist Boney James

Tom Mirenda

OHA Situation, STEM Education and Research in Okinawa, AARP President, Author and columnist for Orchids Magazine

NOAA

House Speaker Souki, Abandoned Cars, Ewa Field Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Healthcare, Entangled Whales

Wayne Yoshioka

An Update with HPD's New Police Chief, Susan Ballard

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region

Invasive species have been corrupting Hawaiʻi's environment since the first human contact, but recent generations have seen new invasive species arriving at an ever-increasing rate. To date there's been no single statewide agency to deal with the problem, which is why state lawmakers are considering Senate Bill 2399. The measure would create a "Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Authority."

U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr

March for Our Lives, Invasive Species Control, Civic Clubs, Title IX, Esports in Hawaii

The Conversation: Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Mar 15, 2018
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Waimanalo Land Lease; Mail-In Voting; Waikiki Liquor Laws; Chef Vivian Howard

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March is national social work month. It’s one of the toughest jobs out there: high stress, low pay, and long hours. Here in Hawaii, the Child Welfare Services program just received failing grades across the board for the second time. Today’s panel examines the state of social work in Hawaii.

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Red Hill Lawsuit; Invasion of Privacy Suffered by the Poor; Trees for Hawaii’s Future Growing our Urban Forest; Hawaii Symphony Orchestra’s Latin Pops Revolution Show

Public Domain Pictures

Auditing State Government; Rethinking South Point Management Practices; Politics of the Korean Conflict

Regulating Emotional Support Animals

Mar 6, 2018
Molly Hayden / U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs

Dogs in service vests are an increasingly common sight in public spaces. But it may surprise you to learn that there is little legal regulation over the training and certification of service dogs and emotional support animals. Lawmakers here in Hawaiʻi are considering a bill that would begin to change that.

Molly Hayden / U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs

Dogs in service vests are an increasingly common sight in public spaces. But it may surprise you to learn that there is little legal regulation over the training and certification of service dogs and emotional support animals. Lawmakers here in Hawaii are considering a bill that would begin to change that.

Wikipedia

Animal Crimestoppers; Captive Insurance Market; Art World Escape; Arabian Nights

Changing Workplace Etiquette

Mar 2, 2018
U.S. Army

Many of the sexual harassment scandals that have surfaced through the #MeToo movement have occurred in the workplace. The movement shows no signs of going away, and that means workers of both genders need to refine a kind of workplace etiquette that can't be misunderstood.

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Changing Workplace Etiquette; Collecting Tourism Data; Past and Future of Nuclear Weapons; Masters of the Currents

John Wehrheim

Proliferation of Double Utility Poles; New Jon Van Dyke Public Archive; Sanctuary Churches; Bhutan Exhibit

U.S. Air Force

Medical Aid in Dying; Tracking Invasive Species; Changing Demographics and Elections

Catherine Cruz

The Honolulu City Council is wrestling with a half a dozen versions of a bill to slow the growth of so-called “monster homes.” Today we sit down with to talk about a proposed moratorium and to understand what is wrong with our land use laws, and why enforcement is such a problem. 

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