US-Cuba Relations; Rocket Workshop; Pahoa Lava Flow Update; Therapeutic Riding Sessions

Dec 19, 2014

Friday, December 19th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Changing US-Cuba Relations: Prof. Ayesha Nibbe

For over 50 years, the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba could be described with many words... normal might not be one of them. This week, President Obama announced he intends to open formal diplomatic ties with Cuba. That's drawing two opposite reactions and not much of either based on current firsthand knowledge according to HPU assistant professor Ayesha Nibbe. Her academic interests aside, she has significant personal ties to the island which put her in regular contact with daily life in Cuba. She made two extensive visits in 2009 and last year and she joins us this morning to provide thoughts on the recent groundbreaking developments.

Intro Music: Hit The Track by Ska Cubano

Outro Music: Linda Guajira by Mongo  Santamaria

            

Rocket Workshop: Cole Santos

The world of rocket science is generating renewed interest lately. Only yesterday India launched its largest-ever rocket into space and with private enterprise getting into the act there’s an increasing possibility that some of us may see a Mars mission in our lifetime.  It’s an exciting time to learn about rocketry and instructor Cole Santos is offering a workshop next weekend that will take novice rocketers from build to launch. The workshop takes place Saturday, December 27th, 2014 at the Kihei Elementary School (across the street from Kihei Community Center) starting at 10 am.

Intro Music:  Rocket Man by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

Outro Music:  Love Like Rockets by Angels & Airwaves

                    

Pahoa Lava Flow Update: Brady Metcalf

Six months into the lava flow, Pahoa Marketplace may soon feel its impact. At Last night's community meeting residents and business owners were told lava could reach the Marketplace sometime around next Wednesday.  The leading edge is about half a mile from the shopping center and just under a mile from the intersection of Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road. Yesterday, residents also heard from Governor David Ige following his tour of the lava flow, schools, and Pahoa Marketplace merchants.  He has pledged state support for the community but what the community will need is to be determined by what actually happens and when. Amid that uncertainly, many business owners are trying to stay open as long as they can. Brady Metcalf would be one of them. He is the co-owner of Pahoa Auto Parts and he joined the show to provide an update on the situation.

Intro Music: Even After All by Finley Quaye

Outro Music: Grape Juice City by Ratatat

                 

Therapeutic Riding Sessions Maui: Chrissy Stout

Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Credit Haku Baldwin Center

Ideally, the holidays are a celebration of the best in ourselves, and that’s something most of us discover through what we do for others.   Volunteers often tell you the rewards they got back from a little selfless effort make it all worthwhile.  That’s a dynamic you see played out again and again at places like the Haku Baldwin Center in Upcountry Maui, where volunteers take children with special needs, aged 2 to 18 years old, for rides on horseback.  The therapeutic riding sessions have a healing effect on all concerned and program Assistant Director Chrissy Stout joined the show to tell us more.

Intro Music: Aloha Mele Kalikimaka Ia ‘Oe by Hookena

Outro Music:  Silent State Optimizer by Leech

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