The Conversation: Friday, April 15th, 2016

Apr 15, 2016

State Education Budget; Art from Trash; Hula Honeys

A Hawaiian monk seal after volunteering at the HPR pledge drive
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What’s in the Education Budget: Jim Shon

Hawaii State Legislature
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The hot list for the legislature had several issues you can probably name... but, it seems education wasn’t one of them. One look at the budgets from both the House and Senate, and the cuts from the Governor’s requests for education funding are readily apparent, And although the reasoning behind each chamber’s reassessment come from slightly different perspectives, the result so far appears to show  a simple fact: this time around education just isn’t on the priority short list. To take a look at what made it and what didn’t to this point, Hawaii Education Policy Center Director, Jim Shon

Intro Music: Back to School Again by Bill Wyman

Outro Music: Rather Never Know by Bronze Radio Return

Art of Trash Maui: Jennifer Cox


The idea of making art from trash used to be an outlandish one but now it’s almost main stream, with exhibits at contemporary galleries that might make you think you’d wandered into a storeroom. For the folks at Malama Maui Nui, the use of found materials to make art has a practical as well as an ornamental function - and a message for us all. Malama Maui Nui and Sharing Aloha are currently running their annual ‘Art of Trash’ show, and Jennifer Cox is on the line to tell us about it.

Outro Music: Mess is Mine by Vance Joy

Hula Honeys: Ginger Johnson

The Hula Honeys

If your memories of small-kid time go back to Territorial Days, you can be forgiven for waxing nostalgic. It was a simpler and certainly less crowded Hawaii that’s kept alive in the music of the period. The easy-swinging hapahaole tunes played on guitars, ukulele, and standup bass. Happy memories of that music led Ginger Johnson and her friends to form the Hula Honeys

Intro Music: Slack Key Hula by Kahua

Outro Music: Ku`u Sweetie by Natalie Ai Kamauu