The Conversation: Friday, September 30th, 2016

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Warning Signs in the Construction Cycle; Pioneering Wave Energy in Kaneohe; Mexican Consul General Comes to Hawaii

A bridge over the Honoli'i stream in Hilo
Credit Flickr - Rick Brumble

UHERO Construction Forecast: Building Cycle Approaches Peak: Carl Bonham

Construction cranes
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If you walk around parts of Hawaii, it’s clear many neighborhoods are changing. One of most pronounced areas is Honolulu- with buildings rising in the skyline that weren’t there not that long ago. The construction industry has been doing well and still has a little head room before an inevitable drop off. That’s the big message in the report out today from the UH Economic Research Organization. UHERO director Carl Bonham is back today to look at the details..

Intro Music: 54-46 Was My Number by Toots and the Maytals

Outro Music: Highway (Under Construction) by Gorillaz

Hawaii’s first Music and Multimedia Academy + 4-in-1 Solar Powered Mobile Studio: Keola Nakanishi

Meleana is Mana Mele's new solar powered, mobile recording studio
Credit Noe Tanigawa

We live in a multimedia age, one in which young students are often more thoroughly versed in the language of communication than their teachers. It’s a world that has left print far behind, which is why the Mana Mele project offers students in participating charter schools the opportunity to work in a 4-in-1 Mobile Studio powered by solar energy. We asked project director Keloa Nakanishi what the “four-in-one” refers to

Intro Music: Let Go by The Island Club

Outro Music: Hawai'i Aloha | Song Across Hawai'i | Playing For Change Collaboration by Mana Mele Project

Civil Beat Reality Check: Arbitration

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On one hand, arbitration agreements can help minimize unnecessary lawsuits but on the other, they could hinder a fair outcome for those who feel wronged. For care home residents, signing an arbitration agreement could do more than disadvantage. Civil beat reporter Chad Blair joins us now with a game changer for care home patients.

Intro Music: Construction by Keyright

Outro Music: Going the Distance by Zipper Club

Mr. Gemi José González López, the Consul General of Mexico 

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This election cycle more than others in the past, the relationship between the US and Mexico has taken center stage. As Americans have heard rhetoric about building a wall, arguments over immigration policy, trade and the rise of drug traffic, there seems to be much about Mexico that Americans don’t know. Today, the Consul General of Mexico from the San Francisco office, Gemi José González is in Honolulu to share a little of that information with students at St Andrews Schools. This is his first visit to Hawaiʻi in his official capacity. While visiting our state, Consul General González will meet with city, state and congressional representatives on Oʻahu and the Big Island.

Intro Music: Eres by Café Tacvba

Outro Music: Megalopolis by Rodrigo y Gabriela

Wave energy test site in Kaneohe: Patrick Cross, Specialist at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute

No one who lives in Hawaii needs to be reminded of the power of ocean waves, and we’ve been hearing about their potential as an alternative energy source for years. But they have yet to be harnessed on the kind of scale that would make them an effective source of electricity. That’s changing, though, in part because of the research being done in Kaneohe Bay at the Hawai‘i Wave Energy Test Site, or WETS. Patrick Cross coordinates research at the site and he joins us this morning.

Intro Music: Wake Up! by Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra

Outro Music: Waves by Freddie Joachim