It’s Wednesday, September 11 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Living In America Post-9/11: Prof. Carlos Juarez
Carlos Juarez is a professor of political science at Hawaii Pacific University, where he specializes in diplomacy and international relations.He has been a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico and to the Czech Republic, and travels extensively.
Lyn Moku is the director of Lanakila Meals on Wheels, Hawaii's largest and only island wide meal provider for seniors. Annually the organization serves over 200 thousand meals and sees senior hunger up close.
It’s Monday, September 9 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Pesticide Expert Testifying on Bill 2491: Caroline Cox
Caroline Cox is Research Director of the California-based Center for Environmental Health. She has served as an advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on pesticide policy, and she has Kauai connections . Her grandfather was an engineer who helped build the breakwater at Port Allen, and her father grew up on the McBryde sugar plantation. Today she’s back on Kauai to testify in support of Bill 2491.
It’s Wednesday, September 4 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Huffington Post Hawaii Launch: Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington launched the Huffington Post in May 2005, and today in partnership with Civil Beat is unveiling Huffington Post Hawaii. The parent Huffpost captures the attention of more than 75 million unique global visitors every month and last year the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
UH Kennedy Theatre’s BIG LOVE: Karissa Murrell Myers
It’s Tuesday, September 3 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Behavioral Health Community Summit: Dr. David Brown
Dr. David Brown is the U.S. Army's Director of Psychological Health for the Pacific region. He and about 450 Behavioral Health professionals serve more than 470 thousand beneficiaries throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim. Dr. Brown came to the Pacific from the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he was the lead Clinical Psychologist and subject matter expert for suicide prevention.
It’s Monday, September 2 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Same Sex Marriage Bill: Governor Abercrombie
The question that's been hanging over the weekend: will we or won't we decide the issue of same sex marriage now. Governor Abercrombie submitted a draft of a bill to recognize it...and is weighing whether to call a special session or wait until the legislature reconvenes next January.
It’s Friday, August 30 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Honolulu Budget Shortfall: Mayor Kirk Caldwell
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.
Andrew Dedrick is the owner and executive director of Geobunga, a grower of water plants and a local resource for landscapes and hardscape. He hosts free weekend workshops where gardening topics range from sustainable living and organic farming, to water plants and bamboo, rock gardens and container gardening.
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.