Chris Vandercook

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It’s Wednesday, May 29 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

So whose Kaka’ako is it, anyway?

Carl Bonham is the executive director and co-founder of the UH Economic Research Organization and is Professor of Economics. He’s also a member of the State of Hawaii Council on Revenues.

A painter’s path to a parallel universe

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.

It’s Thursday, May 23 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

How ya gonna keep them down on the farm? Produce produce

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.

It’s Wednesday, May 22 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Keeping up the fight to keep Ho'opili out

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.

Beauty is in the ear of the be-hearer

It’s Monday, May 20 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Sustaining the sustenance of sustainability

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.

It’s Friday, May 17 – From HPR2, It’s The Conversation

Bookish babies with glad intent

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.

It’s Monday, May 13 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Permit us to discuss revoking revocable permits

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.

It’s Friday, May 10 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Can a community organizer better organize this community?

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 Thursday, May 9 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Teaching new meanings for mobile home

Teacher David Gardner, speaking with me earlier this week with an end of the year update about his choice of homelessness over debt. 

Escaping the fourth wall: a mouthy mystery talks back

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

It’s Tuesday, May 7 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

A visit from Jerry the Green Giant

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.

It’s Monday, May 6 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

A highly inappropriate gift for Mother's Day

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.

It’s Friday, May 3 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Healthcare workers making a point with the presence of the absence

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.

It’s Thursday, May 2 –From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

City feet meet complete streets

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.

It’s Wednesday, May 1st - From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

A more transparent shade of opaque

It’s Tuesday, April 30 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Moving beyond the lesson from Solomon

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.

It’s Monday, April 29– From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.

Former inmates take door  number two.

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.

It’s Friday, April 26 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.  

An NRA HRA shoot out

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.

Sowing sustainable seeds of hope

Legally bound: a labor saver sticks new owners with old staff

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.

Culture clashing women report conflict

It’s Monday, April 22 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

An Earth Day look at the legislature

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.

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