The Conversation: Monday, October 24th, 2016

Oct 24, 2016

Balancing Development and Culture; Choosing a Candidate Made Easy; History Through the Arts

Street art in Honolulu's Kaka'ako neighborhood
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KANU Hawaii Candidate Game Helps You Pick a Candidate: Nicole Brodie

Choosing a candidate can be daunting with so many options in some races. KANU Hawaii's Candidate Games makes it easy.
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If you’re registered to vote, and haven’t already walked or sent in your ballot, KANU Hawaii wants you to spend a little time on their website. The community group recently launched a game to help voters separate what they think you know about local candidates from what candidates have actually said about issues.  You choose the answers you like - they aren’t attached to the candidate who gave them - and at the end, the game shows you your preference. Nicole Brodie is the Executive Director of Kanu Hawai`i and she’s here with all the details.    

Intro Music: It Feels Alright by Washed Out
Outro Music: United Nation by Steppin Razor

Finding Kukan Documentary: Robin Lung 

Robin Lung
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The best documentary films are often detective stories, where an overlooked story from history is brought to life in rich detail. It’s the kind of story Robin Lung knew she had when she learned of Li Ling-Ai, a Chinese woman born in Hawaii and the uncredited producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary “Kukan”. That documentary was filmed at great risk inside China during the relentless attack by the Japanese Empire. Robin’s film is about the restoration, and rediscovery, of a forgotten chapter in cinema and Second World War history. It’s called “Finding Kukan”.

Intro Music: Like A Mighty River by St. Paul and The Broken Bones
Outro Music: Can't Let Go, Juno by Kishi Bashi

Civil Beat Reality Check: What to do with Feral Cats?

Feral cats now number 300,000 on Oahu alone and a population that size has environmental implications
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Talk to your friends and neighbors about this next topic, and you won’t find much common ground...and that’s exactly what Civil Beat found in its latest poll about what to do about feral cats. Chad Blair joins us with the reality check.

Intro Music: 110th Street by
Outro Music: Shiny Things by The Pellys

Balancing Development and Culture: Sig Zane

Can a neighborhood culture be preserved in Kaka'ako brisk development has been underway for several years?
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If you’ve walked through Oahu’s Kaka’ako area, you know the place looks a lot different these days. Look around and you’ll see high rise and mixed use buildings under construction for a planned neighborhood, with residential units, shops and restaurants.  The identity that’s also emerging isn’t happening by accident. The Ward Village project of the Howard Hughes Corporation is leaving the sense of place to Hilo artist Sig Zane. Late last week, he was in Honolulu and we sat down to talk about the changing visual character of Kaka’ako and how he makes both peace and art through the development.

Outro Music: Wiliwili Wai by Atta Isaacs

Aulii, The Last Menehune of Nuuanu Valley: Malia Kaai-Barrett

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Opera will be kept alive as long as there are voices to sing it and composers and librettists willing to keep the art form fresh with new material. The Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus is supplying the willing voices, and composer Herb Mahelona the original material, for Aulii, the Last Menehune of Nuuanu Valley, a youth opera sung in the Hawaiian language. The Chorus has a landmark performance coming up, and Malia Kaai-Barrett, its General Manager, is with us in our studio

Intro Music: Little Darling by Sweet Crude
Outro Music: Menehune Beach Bum Boogie