Island Issues

United States Senator Brian Schatz

We talked story with US Senator Brian Schatz, home in Honolulu on the summer recess.  We recorded on Thursday, August 17, 2017, by phone, with Sen. Schatz in his Honolulu office. Many topics:  ...Read more

Jim Rizzuto – Memories

Jim Rizzuto: fishing writer (West Hawaii Today, the Monday column, since 1970!), author (several books on fishing and lures), former math teacher and counselor at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, ...Read more

Hawaii County Fire Dept and the Daniel Sayre Foundation

Hawaii County Fire Chief Darren Rosario gives an update on all things fire, rescue, lifeguards, and medical, while Laura Mallery Sayre and Dr. Frank Sayre and Chief  talk with Island Issues host ...Read more

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

Water: Keith Okamoto, head of Hawaii County Department of Water Supply

Keith Okamoto is head of Hawaii County Department of Water Supply–a semi-autonomous department that supports itself through water use fees.  With a requirement that North Kona water users ...Read more