An estimated 12,000 people have come to Hawai‘i in search of a better life, primarily from the Marshall Islands and Chuuk, which were affected by U.S. nuclear tests. Many find themselves on government aid or living in homeless encampments on Oahu. How can people displaced by U.S. nuclear tests prosper in Hawai‘i?
INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I will air at a special time, 9:00 pm, immediately following PBS HAWAI‘I PRESENTS The Land of Eb, a fictional film about the head of a Marshallese family, who is struggling to sustain his family in Hawai‘i. Mahealani Richardson hosts the conversation.
The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands has long been criticized for mismanagement, especially in delays and inconsistencies in its mission of providing homestead land to eligible native Hawaiians. Mahealani Richardson moderates a discussion that asks: How Can the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Better Serve Its Beneficiaries?
Development on the ‘Ewa Plain and in Central Oahu has created controversy over whether agricultural lands should be rezoned for housing projects. Proposed housing projects point toward building communities that help create jobs and provide housing for Hawai‘i residents. Agriculture can help increase Hawai‘i’s locally grown food stock, while also preserving open space. Does one use better meet the needs of our state than the other? Housing or Agriculture: Which Does Hawai‘i Need More? Mahealani Richardson hosts this discussion on INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I.
How Valuable Are Our Native Forests?
Hawai‘i’s native forests have been harvested for wood and cleared to make room for agriculture and development. Those that have survived still face attack from alien species that threaten to choke out and replace indigenous plant-life. What’s being done to restore Hawai‘i’s forests and protect them for the future? Mahealani Richardson moderates the discussion.
The opening of the Hawai‘i state Legislature is less than two weeks away. What challenges will newly elected Governor David Ige face? Will the changes in leadership in the state House and Senate make the legislative process any smoother? Daryl Huff moderates the discussion.
A statewide initiative is asking voters whether public funds can be appropriated for the support of private preschools. On the next INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I, hosted by Mahealani Richardson, representatives from each side of the statewide preschool initiative will present their respective points of views.
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The contest to become Hawai‘i’s next governor on November 4 is shaping up to be a horserace with no clear frontrunner. On the next Insights, Mahealani Richardson will host our round-table discussion of the issues among the four candidates vying to be Hawai‘i’s eighth governor: Republican Duke Aiona, Libertarian Jeff Davis, Independent Mufi Hannemann and Democrat David Ige.