The Conversation: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Mar 1, 2017

Solving the Arab-Israeli Conflict; Devaluing Maui Coffee; Hate the Con, Love the Con-man  

Coffee farms on Maui, such as this one in Lahaina, are under threat from the coffee berry borer, but also state regulation according to some growers.
Credit Flickr - mikefats Coffee Plantation


Devaluing Maui Coffee: Sydney Smith 

Hawaii coffee has carved out a significant niche in the international coffee market, but that position is tenuous.
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Hawaii coffee growers have worked hard to develop their share of the specialty coffee market. However, that effort has been undermined by the coffee berry borer, an invasive species that first arrived to Hawaii Island in 2010.  In response, the state lowered quality control standards for the farmers, including growers on Maui. That was meant to help the farmers, but Maui Coffee Association President Sydney Smith says that change may hurt more than help.

Intro Music: Cruel City by Augustines

Outro Music: Coffee Lover by Boubou

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Lisa Teichner

Credit Iao Theatre

You can’t cheat an honest man, as the saying goes, and con artists know that all of us have a little larceny in our soul. Because of that, we have a kind of grudging admiration for the clever con artist, the kind of smooth operator who knows his victims want to believe his story. The Theater musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels plays on our inner need to go along with the con. Lisa Teichner is directing the Maui Onstage production that opens this weekend, and she says it’s important that we like the show’s con artists, no matter how dastardly they might be.

Intro Music: I A'int Hiding by The Black Crowes

Outro Music: Kevin (feat. Leon Bridges) by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Civil Beat Reality Check: Daycare Death

Peyton Valiente
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The near death of a toddler at an Ewa Beach daycare stunned parents and lawmakers with a less than best practice investigation. It also brought up a basic question: why weren’t the other daycare parents told about the apparent abuse? John Hill is a reporter with Civil Beat and broke the story.

Outro Music: Island Fever Blues by Jake Shimabukuro

Attempting to Solve the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Bassem Eid

Bassem Eid says that economic development is the only long term solution to the Isareli-Palestinian conflict.
Credit Bassem Eid

Generations of American leaders have tried to shepherd the Palestinian- Israeli peace process since the 1970’s. There have been more successful moments, others far less so. But how much of the current situation rests with the Palestinian leadership? Bassem Eid is a journalist and is the Founder and former director of the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group. He’ s in Honolulu to speak tomorrow night at Temple Emanu-El about the state of Palestinian politics and the prospects for peace.

Intro Music: Palestine Folk Music by Nebuchadnezzar

Outro Music: The Meadow Smiled by El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe

Hypnotherapy Sleep Workshop: Rachel Davies

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Rachel Davies is a Maui-based hypnotherapist who was introduced to her craft when, as a child learning from books, she learned to hypnotize herself.  That experience made her a believer, and she is offering a workshop in how hypnotherapy can help us learn to sleep better.

Intro Music: Class Historian by BRONCHO

Outro Music: Into the Mystic by Simplified