HPR Produced Talk Shows

The Conversation: Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Mar 15, 2018

Waimanalo Land Lease; Mail-In Voting; Waikiki Liquor Laws; Chef Vivian Howard

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan talk to the Boy Scouts not only about including girls in the troops, but evolving the Makahiki into the Onizuka Day of Exploration.

The Onizuka Day of Exploration, or O.D.E., combines STEM exhibits and VEX Robotics giving the Boy Scouts and attendees a day to experience Science and Technology.

Ryan Finnerty

30 Meter Telescope Update; Community Para-Medicine Program; Fake News on Social Media; Local Students Walkout


Diplomatic Thaw on the Korean Peninsula; 17 Minutes/17 Lives; New Animal Quarantine Rules

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Hawaiʻi has one of the highest rates of liver cancer in the United States. But why? Well, one reason might be coming from our food, and there are local experts very concerned about it. Next time on The Body Show, Dr. Kathy Kozak will talk to Dr. Wei Jia from the University of Hawaiʻi's Cancer Center about what needs to be done to help combat this potentially preventable disease. 


Unpermitted vacation rentals have been blamed for everything from sky-high housing prices to overcrowded hiking trails. But what is really going on with Hawaii’s short-term rental market? How many properties are permitted for vacation rentals? And how many are actually being used that way?

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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.


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


Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan will learn about the upcoming Maui Energy Conference; now in its fifth year. They will find out how the conference has helped policy makers and businesses pave the path to the state's goal of achieving 100% clean energy by 2045. 

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

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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.

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Parents are often the first ones to know when something just isn't right with their child. But what should they do next? Next time on The Body Show, Dr. Kathy Kozak will talk about a new neurodevelopmental center that will bring all the experts together at the same time to help. 


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

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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

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan will hear about the long running AT&T Hackathon and its unique relationship with the University of Hawaiʻi.

The AT&T Hackathon brings together students from UH and gives them the opportunity to stretch their imagination and build some cool applications. 

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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Want to know the best way to get moving if you haven't been in a while? What if you have arthritis or Parkinson's or a condition that affects your balance? Well, the gym can still be an option for you. Next time on The Body Show, Dr. Kathy Kozak talks with an expert abotu how a personalized exercise routine, considering your medical condition, might just be for you.

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After last week’s mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida students, parents, and officials across the nation are all proposing steps to prevent future incidents. What should be done here in Hawaii? Our panel addresses school safety and some of the proposals improving security.

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Biki Bikes Expansion; Zen Camera Book; Volunteer Assistance for HPD in Domestic Violence Disputes; Restaurant Tip Pooling

Hawaii Technology Development Corp.

  Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan invited Robbie Melton, Executive Director of HTDC back to the show to talk about the future of the Mānoa Innovation Center.

They'll find out how the relationship between the Hawaiʻi Technology Development Corporation and the University of Hawaiʻi is affecting the operating budget of the center.

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On Tuesday, Governor David Ige released a roadmap for reforming the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. Failures of management, protocol, and technology came to light following an incoming ballistic missile alert issued in error by that agency on January 13th. Our panel breaks down the details of that reform plan and assesses its tenets.


Toby Clairmont, former Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Executive Officer

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DOE on Gun Safety and Shooter Drills; Big Island Solar Update; DoD Report on False Missile Alert


It has been just over a month since the State of Hawaii erroneously issued an incoming missile alert. A report from Deputy Adjutant General Kenneth Hara about how to move forward is forthcoming. So today we assembled a panel of experts to address Hawaii’s disaster readiness. What did the January 13 missile alert teach us? What changes need to be made?

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SNAP Under Threat; Epigenetics and Health; Girls in STEM; Guitarist Andy Kimbel

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan will hear about a new co-working space off the beaten path in Wahiawa.

The new space is called Pineapple Crate and is located in Whitmore Village. Entrepreneurs now have a business friendly place outside of urban Honolulu. 

Catherine Cruz

Monster Homes; Synthetic Experiences and Pop Culture; Local Study on Depression; International Graduate Student Conference

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Hotel Workers Union on Cell Phone Use; Transforming American Healthcare; Hawaii State Board on Geographic Names; Hawaii Theatre for Youth’s Kinolau

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Less than two months into 2018, ten people have already died from drowning on Maui. Our panel today explores issues of ocean safety including lifeguard staff size, visitor outreach, training, and more.