Island Issues

Wastewater with Bill Kucharski, head of Hawaii County Department of Environmental Management

Wastewater:  invisible til there’s a sewer break, but it’s a costly item to address.   And the State has outlawed all cesspools in the state, which means outlawing around 50,000 ...Read more

Solid Waste, Garbage, Recycling, Composting in Hawaii County

Our guests:  head of Hawaii County Department of Environmental Management Bill Kucharski and Puna Councilmember Eileen O’Hara, who heads the Council’s Committee on Environmental ...Read more

Sean Pagett, aka Peaman … Part 2

Sean Pagett, graduate of Konawaena High, former sports columnist with West Hawaii Today, swim-and-run event organizer, continues his discussion with Island Issues host Sherry Bracken.  We talk ...Read more

Sean Pagett, aka Peaman Part 1

For 30 years, Sean Pagett has sponsored “Peaman Events,” swims and runs that start in the water just off Kailua Pier.  Sean has had an interesting and challenged life–a near ...Read more

Gov. David Ige

Hawaii Governor David Ige and Island Issues host Sherry Bracken talked about a range of issues:  Thirty Meter Telescope, Mauna Kea, Honokohau Harbor, a UH Regent for East Hawaii,  Hilo Medical ...Read more

Astronomy on Mauna Kea: Doug Simons of Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope

Doug Simons, Director of Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, talks about astronomy atop the mountain, why Mauna Kea is the best of anyplace for astronomy–even better than Chile and other ...Read more

Film and TV on Hawaii Island: Justin Finestone, Hawaii Island Film Commissioner

Film, television, new media, print on Hawaii Island:  how important is it?  What kind of economic impact does it have?  Justin Finestone, Hawaii County Film Commissioner, talks with Island ...Read more

Tankman: Iconic Photo Explained, and More, with Photojournalist Jeff Widener

On June 5, 1989, one of the best-known photos of all time (as noted by Time Magazine and several media outlets) is a photo taken by then-Associated Press Photographer Jeff Widener — that lone ...Read more

Pohakuloa Training Area: Lt Col Christopher Marquez and Dr. Robert Cherry (Depleted Uranium Monitor)

Pohakuloa Training Area is a 134,000-acre Army training facility at the top of Saddle Road, a critical part of military training for all the services.  Lt. Col Christopher Marquez, the commander, ...Read more