The Conversation: Friday, April 20th, 2018

Apr 20, 2018

Enforcing Building Codes; Excellence in School Leadership; Radio for the Blind; You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

Credit Catherine Cruz


Credit Catherine Cruz

Councilmember Goes After “Monster Home” Violators

City enforcement of zoning and building laws has been a chronic problem. After one local contractor, Brilliant Construction, continued building after receiving an order to stop, Councilmember Ikaika Anderson is trying to get tough.

Intro Music: 1976 by RJD2

Outro Music: Rainy Streets by Blue In Green


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Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award Winner

Kipapa Elementary School Principal Corinne Yogi won big last night. She was named winner of the Masayuki Tokioka excellence award in School Leadership. She wins $25,000 in prize money that was presented by the Island Insurance Foundation.

Intro Music: Cuban Swing by Will Magid

Outro Music: Supernova by The Motet


Volunteer reader Muriel Seo.
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Radio Reading for the Blind

We close out our look at Volunteer opportunities across the state with a story about the Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled. It provides services for only a fraction of the thousands of people across the state who are either born blind or have lost their vision later in life.

Outro Music: Peace Blossom Boogy by The Babe Rainbow


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Civil Beat Reality Check

We still are fretting over how to pay to complete construction on Honolulu’s Rail project, but there continue to be questions about how to pay for the train system once it’s operational. Honolulu Civil Beat’s Marcel Honore gives us our Reality Check.

Outro Music: You Did by Chuck Prophet


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National Volunteer Week

As we close out Volunteer Week we checked in with Lisa Maruyama who heads the Hawaii Alliance for Non-Profit Organizations about why volunteers are needed more than ever. There’s been lots of handwringing about the federal budget and while non-profit budgets were spared deep cuts this year, the groups realize they have to be smarter and more efficient and they need to take better stock of their volunteers.

Intro Music: 50 Lashes by Floating Action


You're a Good Man Charlie Brown cast. Ally Shore is in the black tee next to Linus.
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You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

Many generations in America know about the Peanuts gang. These beloved characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz found life onstage with Clark Gesner’s 1967 musical comedy “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Pro Arts Playhouse in Kihei shares the production with audiences this weekend.

Intro Music: Linus and Lucy by Vince Guaraldi Trio

Outro Music: You're a Good Man Charlie Brown medley by Pro Arts Playhouse ensemble