Island Issues

Mayor Candidate Harry Kim

We have a major election on August 13, 2016, with 13 candidates vying to be Hawaii County Mayor.  If any candidate gets more than 50%, they will be elected; if not, the top two vote getters go on ...Read more

Drugs? An Update from Vice Lts. Sherry Bird and Mark Farias

Hawaii County Police Lieutenants Sherry Bird (Area 2, West Hawaii) and Mark Farias (Area 1, East Hawaii) gives us the latest on illegal drug use, who uses, what they use, what police are doing to ...Read more

Volcano Update with Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Scientists Tina Neal, Tim Orr

Kilauea and Mauna Loa are Hawaii Island’s most active volcanoes.  Chief Scientist at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Tina Neal updates us on seismic activity at Mauna Loa and the implications ...Read more

KTA Superstores Part 2 with Barry and Toby Taniguchi

Part 2 of our conversation with Barry and Toby Taniguchi of KTA Superstores continues with discussion of the local product focus, Derek Kurisu, leadership, challenges, regulation. Air Date:  May ...Read more

KTA Superstores: Barry and Toby Taniguchi

Fewer than 2% of Hawaii’s businesses are 100 years old–KTA Superstores, a Big Island business, is one.  This is Part 1 of a two-part conversation with the grandson and great grandson ...Read more

Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth

Mitch Roth was elected Prosecutor in 2012, with a promise to look at cold cases with a new eye.  He’s doing that for both murder and sexual assault cases.  We learn more about that and ...Read more

Darryl Oliveira: Emergency Prep Update AND Aloha!

Former Hawaii County Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira, after 3+ years heading up Hawaii County Civil Defense, is now officially retired.  We talked on April 29 to get his final update, and let us say ...Read more

Rapid Ohia Death

A horrible disease is threatening Hawaii Island’s 800,000 acres of ohia forests, which make up the bulk of our watershed and provide habitat for birds and other native species.  Ohia is the ...Read more

Mayor Billy Kenoi; State of the County in April, 2016

Mayor Billy Kenoi may be having some legal challenges right now, but is still the Mayor until December 5, 2016.  We ask whether he plans to resign; about the budget, capital improvement project ...Read more

Hawaii Department of Ag Chair Scott Enright, Part 2

Hawaii Island resident Scott Enright became Chair and Director of State Department of Agriculture under Gov. Neil Abercrombie and was reappointed by Gov. David Ige.  Scott talks more about ...Read more