Island Issues

Medical Cannabis: What are the facts? with Dr. Zain Vally

Hawaii was one of the first states to legalize medical cannabis, in 2000.  Today, finally, the state has approved dispensaries so patients have a way to get the cannabis from a store.  But what ...Read more

Sunscreen: How to protect ourselves AND protect the reef

Dr. Craig Downs of Haereticus Laboratories, who has researched sunscreen and the impact on reefs  will explain, and tell us about studies on the impact of people, too, and Big Island ocean ...Read more

Hawaii County Police Chief Paul Ferreira

Paul Ferreira, after a 32+ year career in law enforcement, was named Chief of Hawaii County Police on December 30, 2016.  We thought this would be a good time to get an update–and we ...Read more

Solar industry on the island, with Marco Mangelsdorf

Marco Mangelsdorf owns Pro Vision Solar, and is considered the “go to” guy to get an understanding of the solar industry on Hawaii Island, and in the state.  He’s also been ...Read more

Pharmaceutical drugs, Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria–impact on Hawaii Island?

It turns out, there are around 80 pharmaceutical manufacturing plants in Puerto Rico–all of which were closed because of Hurricane Maria in early October, 2017.  That has affected the supply ...Read more

Is HELCO prepared in case of emergency?

Hawaii Electric Light Company, or HELCO, is the primary energy provider for the Big Island of Hawaii (there are a small number of folks who are completely self-powered).  IF we have an ...Read more

9-1-1 Service in Hawaii County: who responds, what should we know?

When you are on Hawaii Island and call 9-1-1, who responds?  It’s Hawaii County Fire Department, the only department in the state that handles not just fires but also search and rescue, ...Read more

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim, Part 1 –Jan 28, 2018

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim talks about the North Kona water well situation, the County budget and his willingness to consider streamlining, rat lungworm disease, and more.  We recorded the ...Read more

Mauna Loa Volcano Update, Part 2 with Civil Defense and HVNP

IF Mauna Loa Volcano erupts, Hawaii County Civil Defense will be/should be responsible for notification to the public.  We talk with HCCD Director Talmadge Magno.  IF it erupts, since the summit ...Read more

Rat Lung Disease with Governor’s Joint Task Force

Island Issues host Sherry Bracken spoke with members of the Hawaii Governor’s Joint Task Force on Rat Lungworm Disease,  Vernon Ansdell, M.D., internal medicine specialist and tropical ...Read more