The Conversation: Monday, May 23th, 2016

45 minutes ago

Economic Outlook for Hawaii; #iambadatthis; 11th East-West Philosophers' Conference; Honolulu Jazz Quartet

Telespiza Cantans on Laysan, Northwest Hawaiian Islands
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UHERO County Economic Forecast: Dr. Carl Bonham

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Hawaii’s economy is, and always will be dependent on outside forces our physical isolation and the importance of tourism to the local economy mean we need to keep a close eye on trends far from home as well as those close at hand. That’s the business of UHERO, the University of Hawaii’s Economic research organization, which has just released a county-by-county report on the state’s economy. Dr. Carl Bonham is the UH Economic Research Organization's Executive Director, and he’s with us this morning.

Intro Music: Michael Franti and Spearhaed

Outro Music: Rainbow by G. Love & Special Sauce

Kumu Kahua Theatre Presents Generation-Defining Comedy #iambadatthis: Shawn Thomsen

Kirstyn Trombertta and Shawn Thomsen
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The words Kumu and Kahua translate to “original stage” and for the past 45 years, this local theater has provided theatrical opportunities for expression of local community lifestyles both contemporary and historical. Hashtag I am bad at this is their latest offering, tracing current trends in communication and the fallout from an overdependence on technological devices, including the smartphones we all know and love. Shawn Thomsen is in the studio he’s an accomplished local actor and a member of this latest production.

Intro Music: Don't Look Away by Helio Sequence

Outro Music: Johnny Appleseed by Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros

Changing Our Environments/Other Issues Related to Place: Roger Amos

The philosophies of East and West developed for centuries without much awareness of one another -- ether of their differences or their similarities. As a result, the differences run deep, and the East-West Center has led an effort to enhance the dialogue between them. Each has much to learn from the other. The Center is the site of the 11th East-West Philosophers’ Conference, which begins tomorrow on the UH Campus with more than 300 participants from some 40 countries. For UH Chinese Philosophy Professor Roger Ames, it’s the culmination of a 38-year career at UH, and he’s on the line with us now.

Intro Music: Body Show Theme

Outro Music: The General Specific by Band of Horses

Honolulu Jazz Quartet celebrates 15th Anniversary: John Kolivas

The Honolulu Jazz Quartet: Dan Del Negro, Tim Tsukiyama, John Kolivas and Von Baron
Credit John Kolivas

15 years of playing together in the Honolulu Jazz Quartet has made the music of this unique group famous not only in Hawaii but also throughout the west coast. Bassist, composer and founder John Kolivas is the studio, here to preview his groups anniversary celebration.

Intro Music: Speed Trap by Honolulu Jazz Quartet

Outro Music: Ole Buddy by Honolulu Jazz Quartet