The Conversation: Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Apr 17, 2018

Kauai Flooding Update; 2018 National Health Security Preparedness Index; Volunteer Week; Electric Buses

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Kauai Flooding Update

Following the weekend flooding, the Hanalei District – including Wainiha and Haena, faced heavy damage. The Hanalei River became swollen, and many neighborhoods and farmlands flooded. Emergency rescue crews evacuated 152 people by helicopter, 121 by bus and others by water. Currently, it is an active search and rescue effort.

Intro Music: Melatonin by A Tribe Called Quest  

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2018 National Health Security Preparedness Index

A new emergency readiness report was released today that ranks states across the country. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that Hawaii fell short of the national average but overall did make good progress since the last review. The report looked at six areas and out of those areas, Hawaii ranked higher in healthcare delivery than other states.

Outro Music: Canto De Ossanha by Jurassic 5

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Civil Beat Reality Check

Hawaii lawmakers are looking to expand the definition of drugged driving and keep driving under the influence of marijuana illegal. The expansion of drugged driving could add kava to the list of substance that could cause impaired driving.

Intro Music: You're So Good To Me by Cochemea Gastelum

Outro Music: Pilots by The Polar Dream

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Volunteer Week

Across the state, various nonprofits were gearing up to mark Volunteer Week. Today, we talked to Donovan Kanani Cabebe, the project manager with the AmeriCorps VISTA program.

Outro Music: Moanalua by Ozzie Kotani

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Electric Buses

A new type of bus has hit the streets of Oahu, and it is electric. The state is trying out various types and brands, and this month, the second type of electric bus was tested on the island. The state will test another, different version at the airport terminal.

Outro Music: Gone Fishing by Jake Shimabukuro