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Town Square: Revising Versus Commemoratting History

Today on Town Square, we'll look at the function of tangible memories of America's slave past and in our state, reminders of the annexation of a kingdom. Are we trying to revise history to make it less painful and more palatable or are we losing the physical remembrance of events not to be repeated?

Town Square: Hawaii's New School Superintendent

Hawaii's new Statewide Superintendent is officially on the job. Dr. Christina Kishimoto joins us to discuss her vision for public education in Hawaii and challenges such as a shortage of bus drivers, a maintenance backlog, and early childhood education.

Town Square: Hawaii's Energy Future

Hawaii's path to a clean energy future has been decades in the making and it continues to takes turns and twists. By now you probably know that in 2015, the state became the first in the nation to require a 100% renewable energy standard. Today on Town Square, we'll look at the road to Hawaii's renewable energy future and what portfolio may comprise it.

Town Square: State of Public Education

A new school year is about to start, and in Hawaii, it will be the first school year to incorporate new guidelines under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Today on Town Square we'll host a conversation on the state of public education in the Aloha State.

Town Square: Political Engagement Among Women

Americans are focusing more on politics now than before the last presidential election. The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center shows 52% of Americans are paying more attention to politics since the election of President Trump. That statement is especially true if you're an American woman: 58% of women say they are more attentive to politics compared to 46% of men. Today on Town Square we're looking at the Pew study through a local lens.

Town Square: Condo Fire Codes

In the wake of the 2017 Marco Polo condo fire, it has come to the public's attention that many of Honolulu's high rise residential buildings do not have sprinkler systems. Fire officials said that had there been a sprinkler system in place, the Marco Polo fire would have been doused in a matter of minutes. Today on Town Square we'll look more closely at the fire code, the sales implications for condos without sprinklers and how high rise residences without sprinklers might get them.

Town Square: Governor Ige

Today on Town Square, we'll talk with Governor Ige about the bills he gave the boot and his expectations for the special legislative session later this summer to tackle the ever escalating cost of rail. We'll also talk about next year's reelection bid and issues that put Hawaii at odds with the Trump administration. Intro music: Toastman's Wave by Jake Shimabukuro

Town Square: Cyber Security

They have different mechanisms and names Wannacry, Petya, and ExPetR. Whatever they're called, the destructive global sabotage of PCs by ransomware and wiper attacks that started this summer all amount to the same thing: breached information, work stops and huge headaches over what to do about it. Today on Town Square we'll look at cyber security in and out of Hawai'i. We'll find out who is trying to do what to mitigate the latest round and to try to prevent the next one.

Town Square: Leadership Changes at Hawaii Community Foundation

Hawaii Community Foundation is one the most significant non-profit organizations in the local community. After 19 years of stewardship, Kelvin Taketa will be stepping as CEO of HCF on July 1st. Today on Town Square, Kelvin Taketa and his successor Micah Kāne are in the studio to discuss their organization's past, present and future.

Town Square: Hawaii Heatwaves

Heatwaves in Hawaii A study coordinated by UH Manoa put the world's heatwave future somewhere between bad and terrible. As much as seventy-four percent of the world's population will be exposed to fatal heat by 2100 according to the study. Even with aggressive action to reduce carbon gas emissions, the lethal heatwaves of recent years are forecast to escalate and affect 48 percent of the world's human population.

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