Island Conversations

Island Conversations #52–a new budget approach? Hawaii County Council members Sue Lee Loy and Ashley Kierkiewicz

Can the Hawaii County Budget process be done differently?  Sue Lee Loy and Ashley Kierkiewicz, Hawaii County Council

Island Conversations #51–Japanese come to West Hawaii, with Walter Kunitake

Kona coffee farmer Walter Kunitake talks with Island Conversations host Sherry Bracken about the Japanese who left

Island Conversations #50–the Japanese in Hawaii, with Arnold Hiura of the Hawaii Japanese Center

The first Japanese arrived in the State 151 years ago.  Arnold Hiura of the Hawaii Japanese Center in Hilo spoke

Island Conversations #49–Kona Hospital CEO Jay Kreuzer

Kona Community Hospital CEO Jay Kreuzer talks with Island Conversations host Sherry Bracken about Kona Hospital,

Island Conversations #48–Mayor Harry Kim plus Prosecutor Mitch Roth announces mayoral run

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim and host Sherry Bracken conclude their conversation, talking budget, adding more people

Island Conversations #47–Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim

Island Conversations host Sherry Bracken and Mayor Harry Kim talked on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 in his Hilo office.  He

Island Conversations #46–HELCO’s plan for North Kohala with Kevin Waltjen, HELCO Mgr for Hawaii Island

North Kohala is served by one transmission line that goes over Kohala Mountain Road, Hwy 250.  When it

Island Conversations #45–Ironman finisher Roderick Sewell, with mentor Rudy Garcia-Tolson (both double amputees!)

Roderick Sewell was the first above-the-knee double amputee to finish Ironman Triathlon World Championship (ie Kona,

Island Conversations #44–Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth

Island Conversations host Sherry Bracken talks with Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth about foster kids being

Island Conversations #43 –PTA helps Hawaii Island Food Basket

Pohakuloa Training Area just trained 1500 troops–and their leftover food, 2500 pounds of it, is being donated

Island Conversations #42 — Upcycle Hawaii with Mattie Mae Larson

With Hawaii County no longer recycling plastics, what’s to be done?  Entrepreneur Mattie Mae Larson started

Island Conversations #41 — Medical Aid in Dying, with Dr Norm Goody and Dr Charlotte Charfen

In January, 2019, the Medical Aid in Dying law, went into effect in Hawaii, and is formally called the Our Care Our

Island Conversations #40 — Black Fire, White Fire–the Kona Beth Shalom Torah

The West Hawaii Jewish congregation Kona Beth Shalom has custody of a Torah that was created more than 250 years ago,

Island Conversations #39 (Bonus)–Hawaii County Police are seeking new recruits

Hawaii County Police Sgt. Jason Grouns tells Island Conversations host Sherry Bracken about being a Hawaii County

Island Conversations #38–Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce with Benson Media

There’s a brand new Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, Hui ‘Oihana, here on the Island of Hawaii.  We

Island Conversations #37–Recyling: big changes

As of October 16, 2019, Hawaii County will only recycle cardboard, brown paper bags, and glass.  At some

Island Conversations #36–Little Fire Ants

Little fire ants!  EEEK!  They’re on the Big Island, more on the East side, spreading to the West, East, and

Island Conversations #35–Ironman Triathlon, with Race Director Diana Bertsch

Ironman Triathlon World Championship comes to Kona, on the West side of the Big Island, on Saturday, October 12. 

Island Conversations #34–Keahuolu Courthouse Kona Judiciary, with Chief Justice Mark Rechtenwald

Kona’s brand new Keauolu Courthouse Judiciary Complex was formally opened and blessed on Tuesday, October 1,

Island Conversations #33 — Hilo Medical Center Part 2, with Dan Brinkman, CEO plus memories of KTA Superstores’ Chairman Barry Taniguchi

Island Conversations host Sherry Bracken continues the conversation about Hilo Medical Center’s capabilities