The Conversation: Thursday, July 16th 2015
ATBC Scientists Concerned About Kaho'olawe Island Restoration; The Deadbeats; Bill 53; Ukuleles for Peace
Later this morning, the scientists from the Association of Tropical Biology & Conservation will bring their largest-ever conference to a close. Before they leave Hawaii, they're issuing a statement about the status of Kahoolawe. Dr. José Fragoso is a Senior Scientist in the Biology Department at Stanford University. He is also the Co-Chair of the Conservation Committee and he joined the show to go over some of what their statement will cover.
- Intro Music: Keep Your Eyes Ahead by The Helio Sequence
- Outro Music: Pailolo by Keola Beamer
It may seem hard to believe, but rock ‘n’ roll was once dismissed as a passing fad, even while it was taking over the culture. Hip-hop seems to be going through the same cycle and by now there’s no doubt that it’s here to stay. High time, then, for it to be featured in one of our HPR Atherton concerts. The Deadbeats, who will be in our studio this weekend, bring influences from performance art and poetry to their work and group founder and emcee Harumi Jerome joined us in studio for a chat.
- Intro Music: You Love What by The Deadbeats
- Outro Music: Streetlights by The Deadbeats
Four months ago, it looked like any reference to housing development in Malaekahana was off the table, but now, it’s showing up in a bill by introduced by Honolulu City Council Chairman Ernie Martin. It’s part of the revised Koolau Loa Sustainable Communities Plan. We talked with Councilman Ikaika Anderson who has opposed housing development in Malaekahana and asked him if the reintroduction of housing development in the area came as a surprise.
- Intro Music: Human – Tin Tin (Out Mix) by Pretenders
- Outro Music: Never Alone, Always Lonesome by Dorena
The ukulele has been much on our minds this week, as hundreds of players from around the world converge on Roy Sakuma’s ukulele festival on Sunday. We talked with Roy yesterday about the current global reach of the humble ukulele and this morning we looked at it as a tool to promote peace. That’s how the members of “Ukuleles for Peace” see it. They’re from Israel and eight of them are Muslims and four of them are Jews, and they have seen what music can do to break down barriers among people. Siwar Mansour, one of the group’s founders, joined us in our studios.
- Intro Music: Grandma's Groove by Jake Shimabukuro
- Outro Music: We Are Playing Our Ukuleles for Peace by Ukuleles for Peace