The Conversation: Thursday, January 7th 2016

Jan 7, 2016

BioTrackTHC’s Medical Marijuana Seed to Sale Tracking Contract; Disney in Concert; Okinawan Military Base Follow-Up; Lawai International Center

BioTrackTHC’s Medical Marijuana Seed to Sale Tracking Contract: Patrick Vo

Credit Flickr: Mark - eggrole

Next Tuesday, would-be medical marijuana licensees will get their chance to apply. The application period for the eight licenses will run until January 29th. Already in place is the company which will track the medical marijuana from seed to sale, giving real time inventory and activity data to the Hawaii Dept of Health. The contract for the software system was awarded to Florida-based BioTrackTHC shortly before the end of the year. CEO Patrick Vo joined The Conversation to tell us more.

  • Intro Music: Wide Open by The Chemical Brothers feat. Beck
  • Outro Music: Backyard Quiz Theme by Jon de Mello

Disney in Concert - Tale As Old As Time: Richard Kaufman

Richard Kaufman

Richard Kaufman is a kind of musical gypsy as a guest conductor for orchestras around the world.  It’s a job that calls for a great deal of preparation, often with short notice and little rehearsal time.  Richard has an additional specialty: synchronizing the orchestra’s performance to motion picture images projected on a screen.  All his skill will be brought to bear this weekend when he becomes the guest conductor for the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time.  The show takes place at the Blaisdell Concert Hall on Friday, January 8th at 7:30pm and Saturday, January 9th at 2 pm.   

  • Intro Music: Fireflies from The Good Dinosaur by Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna
  • Outro Music: Tale As Old As Time by Helena Blackman, London Music Works


Okinawan Military Base Follow-Up: Ann Wright

Earlier this week, we talked about the opposition to the building of a Marine base in Okinawa, where there are already dozens of military bases. Shortly afterward, Retired Col. Ann Wright contacted us that she was back home in Honolulu and that one of her recent stops had been Okinawa. The former Army veteran and career diplomat became an activist after her resignation from the government in opposition to the war in Iraq in 2003. We periodically check in with her about her activities and she joined the show with her thoughts on a potential military base in Okinawa.

  • Intro Music: Water by Ra Ra Riot
  • Outro Music: Dandelion by Dorena

Lawai International Center: Lynn Muramato

Those of us who are city dwellers may forget that there are places in Hawai‘i with complete serenity, where you can tune in to the sound of the wind and feel a connection to the spirit within.   The Lawai International Center on Kaua’i is described as “a gathering place for all people to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen, to feel what cannot be touched, to know peace and to receive the true spirit of Aloha.”    The Lawai Valley has been home to shrines from Hawaiian, Taoist, Buddhist, and Shinto traditions, and the center continues in that ecumenical spirit.  Lynn Muramoto is the board president, and she joined the show by phone to tell us more about the center. Shakuhachi Grandmaster Riley Lee wil perform two concerts of shakuhachi, the ancient ceremonial Japanese flute, at the Center’s Hall of Compassion on January 16th.

  • Intro Music: Inochi No Sharin by Riley Lee
  • Outro Music: Soaring by Jeff Peterson and Riley Lee