It’s a Friday aloha to May – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Making the Wright decision in housing redevelopment
Drew Astolfi is a faith based community organizer with Faith Action for Community Equity. His focus continues to be affordable housing; He organized the Kukui Gardens group, is helping to complete the sale of the city owned buildings. and is working with Mayor Wright residents on their preferred plan for the project’s redevelopment.
It’s Thursday, May 30 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Patient presents with classic, contagious invoice-itis
George Greene is President and CEO of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii and represents the continuum of care in our state, from providers to hospitals. He is the former Region 9 Director of the American Hospital Association in advocacy and membership relations with hospital executives in Hawaii, California, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and Nevada.
Tony Ching is the Executive Director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority. The HCDA’s Kakaako plan includes low and high rises for mixed incomes and uses including living, work, restaurants, retail, entertainment and green spaces.
It’s Tuesday, May 28 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Just how bad is Urban decay in the tropics?
James Spencer is a UH Associate Professor of Urban & Regional Planning with a joint appointment in Political Science. He’s also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the East West Center. His current research focuses on urbanization in Southeast Asia and the Global South, especially in Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Ethiopia and other parts of Asia and Africa.
It’s Friday, May 24 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
A .03 dunk if you drive drunk
Senator and doctor Josh Green is the Chairman of the Health Committee . He also served in the state House from 2004 to 2008. He came to Hawaii with the National Health Corps to practice in underserved areas. In 2009 he was named Hawaii Physician of the Year. The National Transportation Safety Board wants Hawaii to lower its legal blood alcohol content to .05 and Senator Green says he will introduce legislation to do that next session.
Tom McDonald is the director of social ventures at Kahumana Community in Waianae. The farm offers transitional housing for 120 homeless families and a day program for people with disabilities. It employs and provides job training for the folks in those programs. partial funding comes from its sales, cafe retreat facilities and festivals. The latest happens this Saturday.
Robert Harris is the Director of the Sierra Club Hawaii Chapter. He grew up in Kailua, attended UH from undergraduate days through law school. He serves on several boards and commissions, including the Hawaii State Bar Association and says if necessary, his organization will take the Ho'opili Koa Ridge case all the way to the Hawaii Supreme Court.
It’s Tuesday, May 21 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
A better channel for stormwater discharge
Art Challacombe is the Deputy Director of the Department of Planning and Permitting for the City and County of Honolulu. It's his job to make sure developers adhere to the City’s Land Use Ordinance, construction, development, engineering, and architectural fields.
Buffy Cushman-Patz is the leader of the School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability AKA SEEQS. In 2010, she was awarded the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship. She has taught math and science in public, charter, and independent schools in Hawai'i.
Robert Titzer, Ph.D. researches infant learning. He has taught in public schools in Guam and in California. He’s the creator of Your Baby Can Read. The program is still in litigation with the federal Trade Commission. Meanwhile he’s in Honolulu this week to speak at the United Health Care Baby Expo.
It’s Wednesday, May 15 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
From beach to breach: An ex-teacher graduates law school to change public policy
Zach DiIonno is a former special education teacher. He came to Hawaii through Teach for America and worked for three years at Ilima Middle School in Ewa Beach. When he lost his job, he went to law school to study education policy. He graduated from the William S. Richardson School of Law last weekend and is quite happy to be haole in Hawaii.
Blossom Feiteira is the President of the Association of Hawaiians for Homestead Lands. For 20 years she has helped to build communities with affordable housing and economic development for low-income families, especially for native Hawaiians.
Jun Yang is three months into his job as the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing. He worked as a community organizer for a California grassroots group on affordable housing and low-income development. In 2008, Jun Yang moved to Honolulu to become the lead organizer for the Faith Action for Community Equity.
It’s Wednesday, May 8 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
The “War To End All Wars” War Memorial war continues
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell was born in Waipahu and raised in Hilo before leaving Hawaii to study Urban Planning and Economics at Tufts University. He came home to attend the UH Law school, was Managing Partner at Ashford and Wriston and since 2002 has been in public service. How to serve a public divided over the future of the Natatorium is the issue no mayor has been able to answer in 45 years
Jerry Yudelson is often called the "Godfather of Green," He’s one of the world's first green building consultants, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design trainers - and writers about sustainable development. He advocates for the transformation of buildings and cities into more sustainable urban places, with fewer adverse impacts on the natural world...which is why he's in Honolulu this week to speak at the Build and Buy Green Conference on Friday.
Peter Whiticar has been chief of the STD/AIDS Prevention Branch of DOH since 1994. He serves on the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) Executive Committee. The organization administrates HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis healthcare, prevention, education, and supportive service programs funded by state and federal governments.
Donald Yonomine is a member of UNITE HERE Local 5 and has worked within Kaiser Permanente for 21 years, now in the engineering department. His wife is also a Local 5 member and worker at Kaiser. Local 5 represents about 1,900 workers employed by the HMO at 21 facilities on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island. Donald has participated in both stop work and take action teams – the first staged last month and the second one yesterday, which Kaiser administrators continue to say will have no impact on their reorganization plan for the Honolulu urgent care clinic.
Dan Burden is the director of innovation and inspiration, of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, the organization he co-founded. He has spent the better part of 40 years advocating, teaching and designing sustainable communities. In 2008, Time magazine called him one of the six most important civic innovators in the world -and he's back in Honolulu this week for a series of community meetings.
Sharon Y. Moriwaki is the associate director of the Social Sciences Public Policy Center at UH Manoa. She’s also the facilitator of the legal interventions in the family court working group. The Working Group represents over 20 public and non-profit organizations and individuals helping the court to advance the interests of families and kids needing child custody evaluations. The Working Group says HB 1137 does that - we'll see what the legislature does with it at today's floor vote.
US District Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi serves the District of Hawaii She was an Obama nominee and from 2010-2011, she was the presiding judge of the pilot program for the District of Hawaii’s Reentry Court. The program's team - public defender, prosecutor, probation officer and judge - work with high-risk offenders who are reentering the community from federal prison. The goal is to reduce recidivism, improve public safety, and help offenders lead productive and law-abiding lives.
Harvey Gerwig is President of the Hawaii Rifle Association. It was established in 1857. Its goals are the preservation of the Second Amendment and the advancement of sports involving shooting. The HRA is the State Affiliate of the National Rifle Association...and later today we may see which perspective - the NRAs or the HRAs - persuades lawmakers about the necessity of SB69.
It’s Thursday, April 25 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Ag to go or ag to grow food?
Ashley Lukens is the Vice President of the Hawaii Food Policy Council and a PhD candidate studying alternative food systems in the Department of Political Science at UH Manoa. She is also a Sea Grant Graduate Trainee, documenting the impact of shifting land use practices and has been following two potentially game-changing bills that could alter the balance of how Hawaii feeds itself.
It’s Wednesday, April 24 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Misconduct conducts bad cops to the door
Darryl Perry is the Chief of the Kauai Police Department. He previously commanded the Juvenile Division, the Narcotics/Vice Division, and the Criminal Investigations Division, all after retiring from the Honolulu Police Department. He was born and raised on Kauai.
Matt DiGeronimo is the Senior Managing Director of Smith Floyd Mergers & Acquisitions. He also hosts the firm's weekly radio show on KGU AM. HB634, the bill to compel a new owner to keep existing employees in businesses with over 100 staffers, is in conference today.
Leilei Shih is on the Executive Committees of Surfrider Foundation and Sierra Club O'ahu. She's also the Chair of Capitol Watch Hawaii, a portal into the Hawaii legislative process for those interested in following environmental bills. Several environmental bills are still moving, including SB15 SDHD 2 is in conference this morning.