The Conversation: Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Dec 28, 2017

Tiny Homes on Kauai; Hawaii Technology Development / 80/80 Initiative; Climate Change/Hawaiian Fishpond Aquaculture; Aloha Harvest

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Tiny Homes on Kauai: Robin Puanani Danner

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Robin Puanani Danner is the Chairman of the Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly. We’re checking back with her to see how the Homestead Housing Authority’s tiny homes pilot project has been doing.

Into music: Bus Rider by John Swihart

Outro Music: Kom Terug by Spinvis

Hawaii Technology Development / 80/80 Initiative: Sandy Park/Robbie Melton

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The High Tech Development Corporation has been working toward the 80/80 initiative---acting as an incubator to hatch new businesses to help create jobs that will help keep out best and brightest here at home or attract Hawaii transplants back to the islands. Robbie Melton, Executive Director, joins us to explain. 

Intro music: Cyanide Sisters by Com Truise

Outro Music: Come On Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners

Reality Check: Civil Beat

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It’s been a long time coming but renters will now get the chance to share the benefits of solar tax credits. It was originally limited to property owners. Stewart Yerton talks about his story and the lastest solar developments.

Outro Music: Fleur Tropicale by Francis Bebey

Climate Change/Hawaiian Fishpond Aquaculture: Dr. Rosie Alegado  

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We have seen a resurgence by the Native Hawaiian community to protect the remaining fish ponds in the islands. Now, new research is shedding light on what needs to be done as the cultural resource is under threat by climate change.

Outro music: New Track by Francis Bebey

Aloha Harvest: Kuulei Williams

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Kuulei Williams is the executive director of Aloha Harvest. The non-profit shares its goals for the upcoming year and an upcoming milestone.

Intro music: Canned Tomatoes (Whole) by Courtney Barrnett

Outro Music: Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People