The Conversation: Thursday, August 25th, 2016
USGS Study of Black Band Coral Disease; Production of "The Best Man"; New Rules for Interacting with Spinner Dolphins; Community Gardening
For several years we have heard from UH researchers that runoff and underwater discharge could be contributing factors in the death of corals around Hawaii. This month, the US Geological Survey studied Kauai’s Na Pail coast to gather evidence and while it is at the moment not conclusive, researchers are still looking at groundwater discharge as at least one of the reasons behind coral failure. Christina Kellogg is an Environmental Microbiologist with St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
Intro Music: Goin Back to Okinawa by Ty Crooder
Outro Music: Chapel Song by Augustines
Today’s Democratic and Republican nominating conventions are carefully stage-managed affairs, but back in 1960, when Gore Vidal wrote his play “the Best Man,” they were an anything-goes proposition, with the possibility of sudden shifts of momentum that could make or break a political career. The nomination is up for grabs in his play, and its Hawaii premiere production is an opportunity to get an insider’s view of the rough-and-tumble that goes on behind the scenes.
Intro Music: Pavlo by Karma Wears White Ties
Outro Music: Hail to the Chief (Rock Version) by Didier Rachou
Imagine you live in, say, Kansas City and dream of a Hawaii vacation. One that includes swimming in the ocean with a mammal you’ve only seen in media or maybe in a zoo. it’s a compelling reason many visitors come to Hawaii and one promulgated by Hawaii tourism. But that could change with proposed new rules over the distance ocean swimmers would have to maintain with spinner dolphins to safeguard the dolphin’s resting and family time, the proposal was released this week and is now up for public comment...but at its core, the proposal also asks a basic question: should human seek contact with dolphins. Ann Garrett is Assistant Regional Administrator for the Protected Resources Division of NOAA Fisheries' Pacific Islands Regional Office
Intro Music: DW Theme
Outro Music: Drop In by Honoka & Azita
If the sustainable agriculture movement is to succeed -- and there’s every reason to believe it’s doing just that -- it has to succeed on the ground level: in individual communities. In Puunene, Maui, the nerve center is the Hāliˊimaile Community Garden, which has more than 100 plots of land available. Lori Feroldi is its secretary/treasurer and one of the volunteers who keep it going
Intro Music: It's Real by Real Estate
Outro Music: Gardening At Night by R.E.M.