Karl Haro von Mogel is a plant biotechnologist and chair of independent science nonprofit Biology Fortified, Inc., based in Wisconsin. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics with a minor in Life Science Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
It’s Wednesday, August 21 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Work vs. Welfare Trade-off: Dr. Keli`i Akina
William Keli`i Akina Ph.D, is President/CEO of Grassroot Institute Hawai`i. He says his mission is to develop the public policy think tank into a society-transforming champion of freedom in Hawai`i and the Asia-Pacific.
Joan Conrow is a longtime Hawaii freelance journalist now based on Kauai. She's reported for the Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Reuters. Her blog is Kauai Eclectic and she says that when it comes to transient vacation rentals, it's not so much caveat emptor for renters as just google a little for law enforcement to find obviously illegal accommodations that wouldn't get a permit.
It’s Thursday, August 15 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Restorative Justice Pt. 1: Frank Garcia
Frank Garcia has been clean, sober and productive for ten years... all following a difficult past with drugs and crime starting at age 17. He has participated in three reentry circles and continues to help other incarcerated people making a transition to life on the outside.
HI Shakespeare Festival “As You Like It”: Owen Bleach
It’s Wednesday, August 14 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Maui General Plan: Dick Mayer
Professor (Emeritus) Dick Mayer taught World Geography and Economics at Maui Community College for 34 years. In 1971, he was appointed to the Maui County Planning Commission. In 2006, Mayor Arakawa appointed Professor Mayer to the Maui Island General Plan Advisory Committee and he continues to serve as its vice-chair.
It’s Tuesday, August 13 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Geothermal Critics Plan Multi-day March: Steven Sparks
Steve Sparks is the co-organizer of the march on HELCO. He has lived on Hawaii Island since 1995 and in Puna since 2001. He is semi retired although he's still is the Business Manager for the Pahoa based Center for Magnesium Education & Research.
It’s Monday, August 12 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Follow-up on Cane Burning on Maui: Irene Bowie
Irene Bowie is the executive director of the Maui Tomorrow Foundation. She is a 33-year resident of Maui and has seen more than a few cane fields burning. Her organization will continue to press for green harvesting.
Bernard Ho is a retired HMSA vice president and in 2007' succeeded Brother Greg O'Donnell as President of Damien Memorial School. That made him the first "lay" president - meaning he was not a member of the Christian Brothers order of monks. Even so, with a 66% jump in coed enrollment and new facilities in the works, the turnaround of Damien just might be just shy of miraculous.
It’s Monday, August 5 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Clearing debris through the DOE for better mental health
Matthew Bassett is the Litigation Director for Hawaii Disability Rights Center, formally the Protection and Advocacy Agency of the State of Hawaii. He has history with the agency - he’s worked for it since 1997... and the focus of his practice continues to be special education.
It’s an aloha Friday, August 2 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Improving education one classroom at a time
Michael Wooten teaches Literature and Writing at James Campbell High School in Ewa Beach. He was a sergeant in the US Army and UC Berkeley graduate. He earned his Master’s in Education from the University of Hawaii and recently started a non-profit Learning First Hawaii.
Barry Scheck, is a Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. He and Peter Neufeld, Co-Founded and Co-Direct the Innocence Project. It uses DNA evidence to exonerate the wrongly convicted and works to bring about reform in the criminal justice system. 311 individuals have been exonerated through post-conviction DNA testing to date.
It’s Tuesday, July 30 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
When the bank says no, two women on a mission could say yes
Denise Albano is half of Food for Thought. She and her business partner, Patti Chang, offer micro loans to deserving individuals and programs who can't qualify for a bank loan. There is a catch- the loans must be for food sustainability.
Sumner La Croix is Professor in the Dept. of Economics and the Global Health and Population Studies Program at the University of Hawai′i Mānoa and is a research fellow with the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization.
Stephanie Seneff, a Senior Research Scientist at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, is sounding the alarm about a perceived link between the use of Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s popular weed killer Roundup, and an increase in reported cases of autism.
It’s Friday, July 19 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.
The place of race in the Deedy case
Justin Levinson is Professor of Law and founding Director of the Culture and Jury Project at the University of Hawaii's William S. Richardson School of Law. Professor Levinson's research focuses on how the human mind operates in the legal context, including in jury selection, decision-making and biases. He is the editor of the book, Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law.
It’s Wednesday, July 17 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
She's starting to turn blue and this time, that's good.
Elyse Petersen is the Founder of Tealet, a startup connecting tea growers and tea drinkers. She works with farmers in Japan, Hawaii and across the U.S. Time as a food scientist with the Peace Corps taught her a lot about food security, natural resource management and sustainable food preservation -- and thanks to Blue Startups, those skills are being bundled with her entrepreneurial venture.
It’s Tuesday, July 16 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.
Solar companies sweating out regular customers?
Henry Curtis is the executive director of Life of the Land. His response to the Civil Beat article about HECO’s claim that solar is making power more expensive for non solar customers is in Civil Beat today.