Island Issues

Ocean Health with Dr. Drew Harvell — Part 1

Dr. Drew Harvell is a professor at Cornell University, studying marine health, and also working with the Kohala Center here on the island.  She’s studied corals and marine life including ...Read more

Women in Astronomy with Jessica Dempsey of East Asian Observatory and student Mailani Neal

Island Issues host Sherry Bracken talked with Jessica Dempsey, Deputy Director of the East Asian Observatory on Hawaii Island, and Mailani Neal, a Kona born-and-raised girl now a senior getting her ...Read more

Trash Talk, Part 2 with Bill Kucharski, Hawaii County Dept of Environmental Mgmt, and George Hayducksko, Recycling Coordinator

In Part 1 (aired Jan. 27, 2019), we talked with Hawaii County Dept. of Environmental Management chief Bill Kucharski and County Recycling Coordinator George Hayducksko about the Hilo and ...Read more

Let’s Talk Trash! with Bill Kucharski, Hawaii County Dept of Environmental Mgmt, and George Hayducksko, Recycling Coordinator

In Part 1 of a two-part interview, Bill Kucharski, Hawaii County Dept. of Environmental Mgmt. Director, gives host Sherry Bracken and listeners an update on the Hilo and Kona landfills, and options ...Read more

HELCO, the Big Island’s primary electric provider, with Pres Jay Ignacio and incoming Pres Sharon Suzuki

The summer 2018 lava flow took out 940 HELCO customers, destroyed facilities, and disrupted power formerly being provided by Puna Geothermal.  Where does HELCO stand relative to restoring power, ...Read more

Tiana Steinberg Community Cares PLUS Hawaii County Council Chair Aaron Chung and Vice Chair Karen Eoff

Island Issues host Sherry Bracken shares Part 2 of the discussion with County Council Chair Aaron Chung and Vice Chair Karen Eoff–about what should be done about a Council member who ...Read more

Hawaii County Council Chair Aaron Chung and Vice Chair Karen Eoff

Hawaii County Council Chair Aaron Chung (Hilo) and Vice Chair Karen Eoff (Kona) talk with Island Issues host Sherry Bracken about plans and priorities, from the Puna lava flow recovery to how funds ...Read more

Julius Thomas III, from the musical Hamilton

Julius Thomas III is in the touring company of the award-winning musical Hamilton, and will  primarily be playing Alexander Hamilton in the current tour.  His career has included performing in ...Read more

A Red White and Blue Air Force Christmas with Blake Shelton

Air Force Tech Sgt Harry Kibbe interviews Blake Shelton, and plays songs from Blake’s Christmas album. Note, the promised interview, Walter Kunitake of Kona Japanese Civic Association, is ...Read more

The Japanese in Hawaii: 150 Years

The first intentional Japanese arrived in Hawaii in 1868 (there were some ships that accidentally strayed off course). Island Issues host Sherry Bracken talks with Arnold Hiura of the Hawaii ...Read more