The Conversation

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Whether you live in our state or far from our shores, you’ll know what’s happening in Hawaii with a daily hour of locally-focused discussions of public affairs, ideas, culture and the arts. Guests from around the block and around the world provide perspectives on life in the islands and issues that have not yet reached Hawaii. 

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It’s Thursday, September 26 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Driver’s License Exam Discrimination Lawsuit: Gavin Thornton

It’s Wednesday, September 25 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

  Undercovered Mexican population in Hawaii: Monisha Das Gupta

Monisha Das Gupta is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies at the College of Social Sciences at UH Mānoa. She is the coauthor of Newcomers to the Aloha State: Challenges and Prospects for Mexicans in Hawai‘i. It’s a project of the Washington DC based Migration Policy Institute and the University of Hawaii.

It’s Tuesday, September 24 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Landscape Industry Utilizing Native Species: Chris Dacus

Chris Dacus has been practicing landscape architecture since 1987 and has been a resident of Hawaii since 1993. He is the current state landscape architect for the State Department of Transportation Highways Division and is responsible for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of 2,500 miles of state roadsides. He has served on the Hawaii ASLA board since 2004.

It’s Monday, September 23 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Critical State of Hawaii's Unfunded Liabilities: Keli'i Akina

It’s Friday, September 20 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Honolulu Harbor Molasses Clean-up: Adam Teekel

Adam Teekel is the state On-Scene-Coordinator for the Honolulu Harbor molasses spill incident.  He has been working for the Hawaii Department of Health for seven years, first with the radiation branch and now for the Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response Office as an Environmental Health Specialist.

It’s Thursday, September 19 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

UH Manoa Fall 2013 Freshman Increases: Dr. Francisco Hernandez

It’s Wednesday, September 18 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Keeping Keiki’s Eyes in Focus: Dr. Steven Rhee

  Dr. Steven Rhee is an accomplished eye surgeon at the Hawaiian Eye Center, specializing in cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, advanced corneal surgical techniques, and refractive surgery such as LASIK™.  

Piano Studio Celebrates 50th Anniversary: Ernie Chang

It’s Tuesday, September 17 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Āina Forum on Native Land Rights & Kuleana: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Professor Emerita of history and ethnic studies at California State University-East Bay, is part of the three-day ‘Aina Forum that begins today and runs through Thursday at UH Mano’a.

It’s Monday, September 16 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Incubators Changing Business in HI: Carey Bennett

Carey Bennet is the co-founder of Happy Hour Pal  --  a comprehensive guide to all things happy hour.  Her company was selected to be part of Blue Startups’ Fall 2013 cohort.  

2013 Law Film Festival: Robert Thomas

It’s Friday, September 13 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Wings Without Borders: David Hyrenbach

Dr. David Hyrenbach is an Assistant Professor of Oceanography at Hawaii Pacific University is the inaugural speaker of Science Pub Hawaii, a monthly meet up to discuss timely topics of the scientific variety.

Hawaii Pops Orchestra:  Jo Dee Messina

It’s Thursday, September 12 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Syria Conflict: Prof. Jairus Grove

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.

Teaching Kids Post 9/11: Marion Lyman-Mersereau

It’s Tuesday, September 10 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Hawaii's Senior Hunger: Lyn Moku

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.

Aloha Festivals 2013: Aunty Momi Cazimero

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 Friday, September 6 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Council On Revenues: Chris Grandy

Economist Chris Grandy is a member of the State Council on Revenues. He’s Director and Associate Professor of the Public Administration Program at UH Manoa.  

Hanafuda Intergenerational Tournament: Wil Tottori

It’s Thursday, September 5 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Constitution and America's Military Might: Brien Hallett

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.

Hawaii Woodshow, Na La`au o Hawai`i: Andy Cole

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.

Lens = Brush, Camera = Canvas...: Vincent Versace

It’s Thursday, August 29 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

9th Circuit Court Ruling, Act 163: Louis Erteschik

It’s Wednesday, August 28 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Nuuanu Garden Co-op: Andrew Dedrick

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.

It’s Tuesday, August 27 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

National AARP Talks Social Security: Cheryl Matheis 

  Cheryl Matheis is policy strategist and senior counsel with AARP and heads the national conversation to engage Americans about the future of Social Security and Medicare.

Artsong Appreciation: Gary Hickling

Gary Hickling is the host of Singing and Other Sins, which airs Sunday nights at seven on HPR1.

Deedy Hung Jury: Ken Lawson

It’s Monday, August 26 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Discussing Honolulu Budget: Ann Kobayashi

Budget Chair Ann Kobayashi represents District 5 on the Honolulu City Council. She and the Honolulu City Council will continue to grapple with the shortfall announced last week to the budget.

Brothers Under the Same Sky: Gary Pak

It’s Friday, August 23 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Good Beginnings Alliance Poll: Jacce Mikulanec

Jacce Mikulanec is the Policy and Community Partnerships Director of Good Beginnings Alliance.

The Nanjing Massacre, Poems: Wing Tek Lum

Wing Tek Lum is the author of The Nanjing Massacre: Poems, published by Bamboo Ridge Press. He’s doing a series of readings around O’ahu in September, starting a week from Sunday at UH-Mano’a.

Maui Special-Ed teacher, Justin Hughey

The Conversation - Thursday, August 22nd

Kauai GMO, Part 1: Karl Haro Von Mogel

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.

Hawaii Pops: Steve Jones

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.

Saving Earth in the Age of Man: M. Sanjayan

It’s Tuesday, August 20 – From HPR2

MDVIP Business Model: Dr. David John

Dr. David John is now converting his former practice to MDVIP. The personal wellness-focused program operates in 39 states and is for members only.    

John Nichols: Artist

John Nichols’ art is part of a current exhibit at Honolulu Country Club called “Good Things Pouring In.”   The show runs until the end of September.

Rainwater Catchment: Billy Kniffen

How We Discuss Race, A Korean Cinderella, Nahenahe Singing

Aug 19, 2013

It’s Monday, August 19 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

How We Discuss Race: J. Stanford Parker

J. Stanford Parker AKA Bootsie was the first African-American writer hired to write for the Redd Foxx television comedy “Sanford.” He’s the screenwriter for the Jamie Foxx film “Booty Call” and the former head writer of “The D.L. Hughley Show,” among many other film and television credits. He remains active as a screenwriter, with several projects in the works.

HTY’s “A Korean Cinderella:” Alvin Chan

It’s Statehood Day, Friday, August 16

Kauai Home Rentals: Joan Conrow

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.

Atherton Concert: Dion Scott AKA Boogie

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