The Conversation: Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Apr 21, 2016

Effect of Global Economic Factors in Hawaii; Erhu Virtuoso Tsun-Hui Hung; New Law Enforcement Legislation; Encouraging Young Farmers on Kauai 

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Tourism Impact on Hawaii’s Markets/Economy: Russell Price

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You know the fundamentals: Hawaii tourism is the state’s number one industry and is the bellwether of the Hawaii economy. In the last few years, Hawaii has recorded stellar numbers in visitors and their spending. But with global and US domestic factors showing a decidedly mixed picture, how will oil and gas prices, a strong US dollar, creeping interest rates, and slowing Asian economies affect Hawaii? Visiting Ameriprise Financial senior economist Russell Price joins us now with his view.

Intro Music: Raspberry Beret by Prince

Outro Music: Koke`e by Abrigo `Ohana

HPU Spring Concert feat. Erhu: Jeremy Wong and Tsun-Hui Hung

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Musical combinations between Eastern and Western cultures are always interesting, because until fairly recently, the musical traditions of Europe and Asia evolved in isolation from one another - so tonalities, rhythms, and melodies are radically different. Barriers have come down, though, in the last century or so, as an upcoming collaboration between the Hawaii Pacific University Chorale and International Vocal Ensemble, and Tsun-Hui Hung, a virtuoso of the Erhu, will reveal.

Intro Music: Wings of Wind by Jia Peng Fang

Outro Music: The Fourth Erhu Concerto by Modern Works of Chinese Erhu Concerto

Law Enforcement Bills SB2411, SB2755, SB2196: Aaron Hunger

The bills to improve oversight of police activities are now in the conference committee process. Even before they went to conference, all underwent several revisions. The three bills we’ll look at this morning are the body camera funding and standards bill and the measures to create an independent review board to investigate incidents of officer-involved death and an advisory law enforcement employment standards and training board. Aaron Hunger is a criminal justice professor at Remington College. He is also a former police officer and we’ve asked him into our studio for his read of the current versions

Intro Music: Town Square Theme

Outro Music: Fools by Wild Child

Earth Day Rising Festival: Megan Fox

Farmers market on Kaua'i
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Farming, on the local, sustainable level, might just be the career of the future, with organizations like Malama Kauai working to educate young agriculturalists in a value system that draws from ancient practices as it draws on new technologies. Both will be in evidence on Sunday when Malama Kauai celebrates Earth Day Rising VI, an all-day festival at its community farm in Kalihiwai. Megan Fox is part of the team that’s putting it together

Intro Music: Smoke by Brian Fallon

Outro Music: Planting Trees by Earth Day