Island Issues

Julius Thomas III, from the musical Hamilton

Julius Thomas III is in the touring company of the award-winning musical Hamilton, and will  primarily be playing Alexander Hamilton in the current tour.  His career has included performing in ...Read more

A Red White and Blue Air Force Christmas with Blake Shelton

Air Force Tech Sgt Harry Kibbe interviews Blake Shelton, and plays songs from Blake’s Christmas album. Note, the promised interview, Walter Kunitake of Kona Japanese Civic Association, is ...Read more

The Japanese in Hawaii: 150 Years

The first intentional Japanese arrived in Hawaii in 1868 (there were some ships that accidentally strayed off course). Island Issues host Sherry Bracken talks with Arnold Hiura of the Hawaii ...Read more

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim: climate change, zoning, lava recovery, health…and more!

Island Issues host Sherry Bracken spoke with Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim at his Hilo office about his health, climate change, building roads in Puna, zoning, and more!  This online version is ...Read more

Miracle at Sea: Pilot Sydnie Uemoto and mom Andrina Uemoto–what did the family know, and what was the rescue like

This is probably the MOST compelling Island Issues ever–the story of the rescue of downed pilots Sydnie Uemoto and David McMahon after 20 hours in the ocean off the Kona ...Read more

Miracle at Sea: Part 1 with Sydnie Uemoto –landing in the ocean and swimming for Kona

In July, 2016, pilots Sydnie Uemoto, then 22, (born and raised in Kona) and David McMahon, then 26, were flying from O’ahu to Kona when their plane had complete engine failure.  Sydnie ...Read more

Hawaii’s Lieutenant Governor-Elect, Dr. Josh Green

Dr. Josh Green, former Hawaii State Representative and State Senator, is the State’s first Lieutenant Governor-elect from the Big Island.  He’ll be sworn in on December 3, serving with ...Read more

Vaping–a Youth Crisis on the Big Island, with Hawaii Public Health Institute

Vaping, according to the FDA’s statement on September 11, 2018, is an epidemic among young people.  It turns out, vaping is dangerous for young people…and we learn how from Hawaii ...Read more

Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth, Part 2

In Part two of a two-part interview, Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth talks more about the tragic situation of the killing of Officer Bronson Kaliloa–with shocking information about his ...Read more

Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth, Part 1

Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth, in Part 1 of a two-part discussion, talks about his office’s priorities, child abuse, how the prosecutor handles police misconduct cases, privacy rights, ...Read more