The Conversation: Monday, November 27th, 2017

Nov 27, 2017

Big Island Coffee Bean Theft; Increase in Waikiki Violence; Public Sector UnionsMy Mother Said, Watch Out for Those French Girls

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Big Island Coffee Bean Theft

A mother and daughter duo who run a coffee farm in South Kona has fallen victim to of a string of recent thefts. Hundreds of pounds of raw coffee, worth thousands of dollars, has been taken straight from their trees under cover of darkness

Intro Music: You and Your Heart by Jack Johnson

Outro Music: Beautiful Scars by Blackie and The Rodeo Kings


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Increase in Waikiki Violence

Waikiki has security challenges with a dense population, crowded streets, and a hospitality industry dependent on keeping those streets secure. A recent spate of violent incidents in Waikiki has focused attention on security issues there

Outro Music: Millenium Dodo - Instrumental Version by Atmosphere


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Civil Beat Reality Check

Hawaii’s Senior Senator, Brian Schatz, finds himself in an awkward position -- one that has become a great deal more awkward in recent weeks.   He’s a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics, a position that will soon force him to sit in judgment on his fellow Senator, and fellow Democrat,  Al Franken, among others.

Outro Music: Preludes by Craig Finn


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Public Sector Unions

In Hawaii, when you go to work for the City or County, you sign up as a union member automatically, and pay dues accordingly. Why aren’t workers given a choice?

Outro Music: Two Note Swivel by Talking Heads


My Mother Said, Watch Out for Those French Girls

Local author Dan DeCarlo is in his late eighties, and he’s old enough to remember when a few pennies, earned shining shoes on the street, could set you up for the whole day.  He never lost his sense of the value of a dollar, and the work it took to earn it, over the course of a life that has taken him around the world.

Intro Music: I Feel It Coming by The Weekend, Daft Punk

Outro Music: Beach Party by Air France