The Conversation: Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Aug 18, 2016

Experienced Teacher Turned Down by DOE; Learning Polynesian Wayfinding; The Future of A&B Land on Maui

Hokule'a
Credit hokulea.com

Teacher’s Experience Applying for DOE: Patricia Wells

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  Earlier this week, we spoke with Hawaii State Teachers Association president Corey Rosenlee about the proposal to give DOE leaders a raise. In our conversation he talked again about the hundreds of classrooms without a teacher or one qualified to teach the subject for which they were assigned Afterward we heard from a woman who questioned how earnest the DOE really was in hiring qualified teachers.  She was one with a valid out of state teachers certificate good through July 2019. It lists her certification in six areas: Biology, English, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Elementary Education K-6, Physical Education and Reading. and she has a master’s degree. She told us she wasn’t hired.

Intro Music: Superstition by Stevie Wonder

Outro Music: I Knew You by Seeing Hands

Apprentice Navigator: Austin Kino

A Polynesian navigational aid show wind and swell directions and island locations

  There’s only one way to learn the skills of the ancient Polynesian wayfinders, and that’s the way it has been taught for centuries: through apprenticeship -- a day-to-day immersion, learning by doing. Austin Kino is an apprentice navigator, with a voyage aboard the Hokule’a behind him, and true to the master-and-apprentice tradition, he’s passing his skills along to younger people.

Intro Music: Maiden Voyage by Bobby Hutcherson

Outro Music: Star of Gladness (Hokule`a Hula) by Herb Ohta, Jr. & Jon Yamasato

A&B Update: Sugar Plantation/East Maui Streams: Christopher Benjamin

HC&S Sugar Mill on Maui
Credit Flickr - Justin Ennis

  This year had barely started when the parent company of Maui’s HC&S sugar plantation, Alexander & Baldwin, announced it would close by year’s end. 675 plantation employees would lose their jobs...and so might vendors who depend on HC & S. As to the land, the company said it was looking at a transition to diversified agriculture. During the legislative session, A & B also announced it would restore flow to some East Maui streams for taro farmers...just about the time a water rights bill moved into conference. The bill moved into law in June...allowing a holdover of a current water lease permit while the final dispensation the lease was pending. With four months left in the year until H C & C closes, there are still many questions unanswered, we asked A & B’s CEO to join us to talk about some of them

Intro Music: Town Square Theme

Outro Music: Country Moon Pt. 1 by New Madrid