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Description: Before I left to Hawaii, I learned that the National Radio Project received
a PRX reversioning grant and the show they picked was WATER. NRP asked me to check in with the folks from my first story and see how things had progressed.
Apparently, people including the Mayor of Maui’s aide, Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees, and Maui council people had listened to the Maui water story I produced for Making Contact. The pairing of that story with international water issues supported efforts to take control of the water out of the former sugar cane companies hands and put it back into public hands.
Production Notes: Once again, I met some interesting people and visited locations I’ve only driven by previously. I got to listen in at a water commission hearing where I worried that I would have to chase down Avery Chumbley for an interview. (Instead, he and his representation were a no show.) I interviewed the Mayor after seeing him at the King Kamehameha Day parade.
But my most interesting interviewee was Duke Sevilla. A local boy spoke in thick pidgin over the phone. He said he’d pick me up and take me to his home where a sacred spring once ran. When I told him where I stayed, he said, “Do you know me?!” His father ran a store right next to our house and he knew my grandpa!
I felt very confident about this piece and was able to submit it with minimal edits.
Broadcast History: Making Contact during International Water Week
Winner of the 2007 Society of Professional Journalists Award for Investigative Journalism, Broadcast