The Conversation: Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Jun 16, 2016

Renting to Homeless; French Film Festival in Honolulu; Tackling Ocean Debris; Celebrating Juneteenth

Hilo after the 1960 tsunami
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Finding Land Lords for the Homeless: Kimo Carvahlo

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For over a year the department of housing and urban development has two words regarding homelessness: housing first. The fulfillment of the idea to get a permanent roof over a homeless person’s head and then look to wrap around services depends on actually having a roof. Last year Honolulu held a landlord summit to see what new units might be found. Other similar summits have since happened in Hawaii, but outreach organizations are still looking for landlords. One realtor group is now working with the Institute for Human Services to help. IHS spokesperson Kimo Calvalho is with us now.

Intro Music: The Wave by Kirk whalum

Outro Music: My Body by Young the Giant

French Film Fest: Taylour Chang

Shot from the French film "The Red Balloon"
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Even if you know nothing about French cinema, you have felt its influence… at least since the sixties, American directors have looked to France for inspiration.   It still has a lot to teach us, and don’t be surprised if some of the movies in the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Cinémathèque Française Film Festival turn up as American remakes in a year or so.  The originals are always better, and Taylour Chang, film curator at the Museum, is here to tell us about them.

Intro Music: L'ombre Et La Lumiere by Coralie Clement

Outro Music: On n'a pas Besoin by Paris Combo

Marine Debris and DLNR Study: Nick Mallos

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You may remember earlier this spring, a report by the Hawai‘i Coral Reef Initiative analyzed marine debris washed up around Hawai‘i, mostly on the north and east shores of the islands. What it found was that most of the trash was not a result of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, but came from the carelessness of people in the Pacific Basin. The junk included fishing gear, plastic, wood and household items. Since the report, we wondered what coordinated efforts might be underway to mitigate the trash buildup. We called Nick Mallos,  the Director of Trash Free Seas, a program of Ocean Conservancy. He’s on the line now from Washington DC.

Outro Music: The Ocean by Mike Perry, Shy Martin

Juneteenth: Sandra Shawhan

Juneteenth celebration in Austin, TX circa 1990
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It has been 151 years since the last slave was feed in America; that’s when word of the Emancipation Proclamation finally reached Galveston Texas. The anniversary, known as Juneteenth, is marked in African-American communities throughout the country -- and as President Obama has said, “Juneteenth has never been a celebration of victory, or an acceptance of the way things are. Instead, it’s a celebration of progress. It’s an affirmation that despite the most painful parts of our history, things do get better.”   Sandra Shawhan is the Vice-President of the the African Americans on Maui Association, which will celebrate Juneteenth on Saturday, and she’s on the phone with us this morning.

Intro Music: Juneteenth Recollection by Stanley Cowell

Outro Music: I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free by Nina Simone