The Conversation: Thursday, June 11th 2015

Jun 11, 2015

  Homelessness; It’s Only A Play; From the Farm; Joker

Homelessness: Jenny Lee

Two days ago, the Kapalama Canal saw more comings and goings than it has in recent weeks. Crews collected the belongings of the homeless people living along the canal and cleaned up. The crew were enforcing Honolulu's stored property ordinance. Hours later, the homeless people returned. The cycle is ordinary and costly and according to the City, the weekly price tag to enforce the law is $15,000. Jenny Lee, Public Policy Director for Hawai`i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, believes that the funds to create temporary housing at Sand Island could be better used.

  • Intro Music:  Dee Dee (Live) by Ornette Coleman Trio
  • Outro Music:  The Only Moment We Were Alone by Explosions in the Sky

It’s Only A Play: Joe Moore

There’s so much work that goes into the production of a Broadway play, and so much anxiety attached to the opening night – when good reviews can mean job security and adulation for years to come and bad ones can plunge you to oblivion. It’s an ideal setup for comedy and the playwright, Terrence McNally, knows whereof he speaks. In its original version, the show that became “It’s Only a Play” closed out of town.   It went on to become a Broadway hit, full of delicious theatrical inside humor.   Now it’s making a trans-continental leap to the Hawai’i Theater with Joe Moore and a cast of well-known local players.

  • Intro Music:  Minor Madness by Eric Johnson
  • Outro Music:  Four Brothers by The Big Band Orchestra

From the Farm: Neal Conan

Kamehameha Statue in Kohala
Credit Neal Conan

Neal Conan has added organic macadamia nut farmer to his list of credits. It's far from his city radio life at NPR. We talk about how he combines both lives in our weekly conversation from the farm.

  • Intro Music: Photograph by Eddie Vedder
  • Outro Music: Kalena Kai by Keola Beamer

Auditions for Joker at Kumu Kahua Theatre: Wil Kahele

Wil Kahele, director at Kumu Kahua Theatre in downtown Honolulu, will hold auditions for the theatre’s 45th season opener, Joker by Yilong Liu. The auditions will be held on Saturday and Sunday June 20th and 21st.  He’s also going to lead an audition workshop on Saturday, June 13th at 2 p.m.

  • Intro Music: Hawaiian Soul by Danny Caravlho
  • Outro Music: I'll Remember You by Danny Caravlho
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