The Conversation: Monday, May 25th 2015

May 25, 2015

WalletHub Military Retirees Study; Historic Cemetery Preservation Workshop; Blaisdell Memorial Project and Rededication; Echoes of Dat Red Guitar

WalletHub Military Retirees Study: Jill Gonzalez

Think retirement and you probably picture the stage of life for someone well over age 70. But in the military, retirement can come much earlier than that. In fact, 44 is the average age of a military retiree, and that can bring a different set of criteria for choosing the best place to live. Consumer and small business financial site WalletHub recently evaluated the best states for military retirees. We called spokesperson Jill Gonzalez and talked about why the age of military retirement is such a significant factor.

  • Intro Music:  National Emblem March by Edwin Eugene Bagley
  • Outro Music:  Pacific Assault Main Theme by Christopher Lennertz

Historic Cemetery Preservation Workshop: William Chapman

Dr. William Chapman is the Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, which is hosting a free week-long workshop on Preserving Historic Cemeteries during the first week of June. 

  • Intro Music:  Varberg by U137
  • Outro Music:  Let Me Keep This Memory by U137

Blaisdell Memorial Project and Rededication: Tanya Harrison

Blaisdell Arena at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center
Credit Wikipedia Commons

It's one of those places you might pass by even if you're among the culturally inclined. The Neal Blaisdell Center has been around a long time and most people know it as the place to hear the Symphony, enjoy opera, see the ballet or shows visiting Honolulu. What they don't know is the original intent of the Center's dedication. But Tanya Harrison isn't most people. In the course of other research, she found out the NBC had originally been dedicated as a war memorial. Tanya Harrison came into our studio and we talked about what made her want to bring the rest of us back to that point.

  • Intro Music: Kusanagi by ODESZA
  • Outro Music: Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (Main Theme) by Michael Giacchino

Echoes of Dat Red Guitar: Lee Tonouchi

Lee Tonouchi is the author of Echoes of Dat Red Guitar, which opens Thursday and runs until June 28th at Kumu Kahua Theater in downtown Honolulu. He’ll have a talk-story with the audience after the June 5th performance.

  • Intro Music:  Landvetter by Moonlit Sailor
  • Outro Music: Red Barn Slack Key by Uji 'Oma'oma'o
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