The Conversation: Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Mar 1, 2018

Proliferation of Double Utility Poles; New Jon Van Dyke Public Archive; Sanctuary Churches; Bhutan Exhibit

Credit John Wehrheim

Waialae Avenue in Honolulu's Kaimuki neighborhood.
Credit Hawaii Public Radio

Proliferation of Double Utility Poles

Several lawmakers are pushing for an end to double utility poles in older neighborhoods across the state.  Hawaiian Electric has a replacement pole program but there’s no requirement for when the old pole has to get pulled out. It may take years.

Intro Music: Fever by The Black Keys
Outro Music: Origins by Tennis

New Jon Van Dyke Public Archive

The late UH law Professor Jon Van Dyke worked on historic and precedent-setting throughout his career in the areas of International law, Human rights, Environmental and Constitutional Law -- most of them cases with a focus on issues specific to the Asia-Pacific region.   His archive is being made available to the public at the Law School this Monday.

Outro Music: Closer (Instrumental) by Approaching Nirvana

Credit Flickr / Patty Mooney

Civil Beat Reality Check

Hawaii taxpayers could end up paying for airfare to send homeless back to the mainland. It is a program the hotel industry is funding now.

Outro Music: Shipwreck by Rich Robinson

Sanctuary Churches

Harris Methodist Church began exploring the idea of being a sanctuary church more than a year ago. Its congregation voted on it last spring, but it was only until this past fall that it openly talked about its new ministry. It includes lending supporting to immigration cases like the one of Maui resident Tania Venegas who was facing deportation.

Outro Music: Pleasure Intellect by Glove

Credit John Wehrheim

East-West Center Gallery’s Bhutan Exhibit

The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan lives in most people’s minds as a kind of fantasy land, an idealized place where personal wealth is measured by one’s happiness: the so-called Gross National Happiness index.    Photographer John Wehrheim, in prolonged visits between 1991 and 2006, set out to balance fantasy with images of daily life: images that are currently on display at the East-West Center Gallery.