The Conversation: Monday, November 6th, 2017

Nov 6, 2017

Shortage of Certified Dialysis Centers; Electricity Rates Compared to Oil Rates; Pono Politics; Maui Brewing Co.

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Shortage of Certified Dialysis Centers

Some 168,000 Hawaii residents suffer from chronic kidney disease, with 4-thousand people needing dialysis treatment on any given day.  With 700 new dialysis patients added each year, treatment facilities struggle to keep up, and run into a logjam as they await Department of Health certification.

Intro Music: Bus Rider by John Swihart

Outro Music: Shvartze Flamen, Vayser Fayer by Black Ox Orkestar

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Electricity Rates Compared to Oil Rates

Depending on which island you call home, anywhere from 60 to 75 percent of your electricity is generated by the burning of oil. In 2008 the price of a barrel of crude oil hit a record setting high of $147. That's a long way from the current price of $55 per barrel, so why is Hawaii's electricity still so expensive?

Intro Music: Cumbia Sobre El Mar by Quantic Presenta: Flowering Inferno

Outro Music: Yegelle Tezeta by Mulatu Astatke


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Civil Beat Reality Check

There’s an epidemic of absenteeism in Hawaii’s schools, one that’s especially troubling at Waianae Intermediate, where 40 percent of students might be absent on any given day.   The school’s efforts to combat the problem center on home visits and Family Court intervention.

Outro Music: Baby by Devendra Banhart


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Pono Politics

Many of Hawaii’s institutions have benefited from the lessons of the host culture, and there are many lessons to be had.    Pre-contact Hawaiians had strong ideas of kuleana, or responsibility, along with an effective mean of dispute resolution: ho’oponopono.   The Pono Policy Academy is an effort to restore public trust in the political process by bringing some of those values and practices back.

Outro Music: Cabron by Red Hot Chili Peppers


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Maui Brewing Co.

A dozen years ago, Maui Brewing came to life as a new entry to the tiny world of craft brewing in Hawaii. Today that brewing world is not so tiny, and neither is Maui Brewing. 

Intro Music: Equinox by John Coltrane

Outro Music: Love and Death by Ebo Taylor