The Conversation: Friday, August 26th, 2016

Aug 26, 2016

Outlook for Wahiawa General; Musical Tour of South America; Affordability of Public Universities; Hawaiian Land Trust

Hawaiian squirrel fish at French Frigate Shoals
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Wahiawa General Hospital Update: Rep. Marcus Oshiro

Save Our Hospital volunteers
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  What’s the value of a community hospital? That was the central question during the last legislative session about a hospital with a long history on Oahu’s North Shore.  Wahiawa General had already been sliced and diced, losing certain units and many jobs. Hospital supporters had asked for 6 million dollars over two years to continue the restructuring to keep the hospital open and able to treat 20 thousand people annually. In the end, it received 2.5 million dollars from lawmakers but now four months later, what is the future looking like for Wahiawa General?

Intro Music: Every Night is Friday Night [Without You] by Old 97's

Outro Music: Hospital Beds by Cold War Kids

Atherton Concert: Sandy Tsukiyama with Daniel Dickey

Daniel and Sandy
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  All music is a journey, but a concert coming up this weekend will get very specific, by highlighting the wide range of music you hear as you travel in Latin America.    Daniel Dickey is a longtime student, and performer, of those many styles, and he and vocalist Sandy Tsukiyama will present A Musical Journey from Mexico to Argentina this weekend in our Atherton studio.

Intro Music: Colombia Es Amor by Pedro nel Martinez

Outro Music: Cumbre by Charangos de Oro

Are Public Universities Still Affordable? Dan Meisenzahl

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  University of Hawaii students returned to class this week paying more for their tuition than students paid a decade ago...an average of 4 thousand dollars more. They’re not much different from public college students across the country. A ProPublica study out yesterday shows that from 2000 to 2014, the average cost of in-state tuition and fees for public American colleges rose 80 percent. At the same time, the median American household income dropped by 7 percent. While Hawaii’s tuition hike doesn’t place it in the top 10 public colleges which have dramatically increased tuition, it’s still a daunting situation for families whose household income has remained veritably flat. We called UH spokesperson Dan Meisenzahl

Intro Music: DW Theme

Outro Music: They Want More by Ages and Ages

Hawaiian Islands Land Trust: Ku'ulei Kuala'au

Everywhere you go in Hawaii, the land has a story to tell, and those stories are best heard during a brisk walk in the great outdoors.   The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust builds awareness of the need for environmental stewardship by getting people out to those places where you can see, hear, and feel the the story of the land… Ku‘ulei Kuala‘au helps put together the Trust’s Talk Story on the Landogram on Maui

Intro Music: Star Eyes by Eddie Kamae

Outro Music: Kalena Kai by Keola Beamer