The Conversation: Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Aug 31, 2017

TAT Explained; History of Honolulu Rail; US-India Relationship

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Transient Accommodation Tax Explained

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HPR reporter Ku’uwehi Hiraishi reviews the history of a tax that was originally proposed at 2 percent in the late 80’s, quickly went to 5 percent and may soon be north of ten percent.

Intro Music: Taxman by The Beatles

Outro Music: Something Here by Day Wave

Historical Perspective on Rail

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Honolulu’s rail project has had a long and convoluted existence. HPR reporter Noe Tangiawa walks us through it and introduces us to a few prominent members of the project’s past.

Intro Music: Opihi Moemoe by Kawika Kahiapo

Outro Music: On The Road Again by Katchafire

Civil Beat Reality Check

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One president’s so-called “dreamer” is another president’s illegal immigrant, as more than 500 young Hawaii residents are learning.  

Outro Music: Electric Indigo by The Paper Kites

State of the U.S.-India Relationship

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Indian Ambassador to Washington Najtev Sarna discusses his country's deepening relations with the U.S. and what that bilateral relationship means for both nations.

Outro Music: Wahine `Ilikea by Cindy Combs

Ohina Film Showcase

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The director of the Ohina Film Showcase is hoping to give a leg up to local filmmakers in Hawaii.

Outro Music: Can't Stop the Feeling by The Piano Guys

MAPA Production of Hunchback of Notre Dame

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Stories of forbidden love, where unlikely heroes are rewarded and love eventually conquers all, live down through the ages for a reason.

Intro Music: Hellfire by The Hunchback of Notre Dame Ensemble

Outro Music: Made Of Stone by The Hunchback of Notre Dame Ensemble