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Town Square, hosted and produced by Beth-Ann Kozlovich, provides an interactive forum for political, social, educational and cultural issues of local, national and international importance. Often the conversation includes guests and participants from outside Hawaii, giving access to newsmakers and those yet to make news. Discussions are lively and almost always, civil.






738 Kaheka St. Honolulu Hi, 96814 (808) 941-3689


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?

Duration: 00:54:19

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.

Duration: 00:54:14

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.

Duration: 00:55:39

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.

Duration: 00:58:59

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.

Duration: 00:54:40

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.

Duration: 00:54:40

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

Duration: 00:54:43

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.

Duration: 00:54:58

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.

Duration: 00:54:16

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.

Duration: 00:54:40

Town Square: Beach Erosion

Hawaii is known for beautiful beaches, but many around the state are disappearing. That includes Hawaii’s most famous beach, Waikiki, which attracts millions of visitors each year and billions of dollars for the local economy. Many other beaches around Hawaii are also threatened. Today's panel examines the problem of coastal erosion in Hawaii and what, if anything, can be done to solve it.

Duration: 00:54:24

Town Square: Hemp in Hawaii

Food, construction, and cosmetics are just some of its uses. But some still fear hemp is too much like its cannabis cousin marijuana while others are actively working to get hemp off the US Drug Enforcement Agency’s Schedule 1 list. Has hemp’s time finally come?

Duration: 00:54:36

Town Square: Oahu's Plastic Bag Ban

This year, the Honolulu City Council is attempting to tighten loopholes in its plastic bag ban, but advocates of the ban say the Council is not being proactive enough. Changes to the current ban would jettison the compostable bag from the loophole of reusable bags and mandate a fee for bags at the point of sale. Bill 59 is set for its final hearing next week but we'll talk about it today on Town Square.

Duration: 00:58:59

Town Square: Future of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra

The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra is marking its 5th year and as it looks toward its sixth season, there are still challenges. Some are not unlike what faced its earlier incarnation, the Honolulu Symphony, which shuttered in bankruptcy in 2010. The reasons were many. Tiffany Hill writing for Honolulu Magazine put it this way: In the end, it was the perfect storm: dropping ticket sales, increasing debt, bad blood between the board and the union, a sour economy and a reorganization plan that...

Duration: 00:59:01

Town Square: Addiction Treatment

Few conditions are more stigmatized in American society than addiction. The era of widespread opioid addiction has blown the lid off many preconceived notions about addiction and addicts. Today on Town Square our panel discusses best practices in addiction treatment, recovery and the overlap of substance abuse and mental illness.

Duration: 00:58:59

Town Square: State of Mental Health Care

Alzheimer’s affects 1 in 10 Americans over age 65 or about 5.5 million people. The number of American adults 18 and older with any form of mental illness in a given year is 1 in 5 or 43.4 million people. Today on Town Square we’ll look what it will take to create parity in dollars, focus, and understanding of physical and mental illness.

Duration: 00:58:54

Town Square: 2017 Legislative Session Wrap

The 2017 legislative session at the Hawaii State Capitol was a rollercoaster ride. In this edition of Town Square, our panel will take a look at which bills survived the session to become law, ones that died on the vine and issues left unresolved.

Duration: 00:59:01

Town Square: Temporary Vacation Rental Regulation

Two bills currently at the legislature allow transient accommodations brokers to register as tax collection agents and have explicit requirements regarding the general excise and the transient accommodations taxes. Today on Town Square we’ll consider the bills in detail.

Duration: 00:58:59

Town Square: Sit and Lie Ban Expansion

This week, a Honolulu City Council committee approved a bill to expand the ordinance banning sitting and lying on public sidewalks. If the entire council agrees, the sit-lie ban could soon come to parts of Iwilei and Kalihi. Several businesses located in the Kalihi area are calling for the ban to be expanded, but opponents have said the measure criminalizes homeless people and unwillingly forces them into shelters. Today's panel includes the President of a longtime Kalihi retail business,...

Duration: 00:59:00

Town Square: Equal Pay Day

Next Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, the point in the year to which women have to work to equal what their male counterparts earned as of December 31st. With decades of pay inequality still haunting working women and families, is the annual focus really helping to bridge the gender gap or is it just a moment blip on the calendar? From the days of the Equal Pay Act in 1963 and including the 2009 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, has federal legislation made a substantive difference in increasing pay...

Duration: 00:58:59

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