The Conversation: Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Oct 25, 2018

OHA Race; Medical Aid in Dying; Greek Festival; Aging with Humor

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OHA Race Heats Up But Some Candidates Struggle With Name Recognition

The State Ethics Commission is holding a hearing to decide whether an Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee violated ethics laws. It comes just weeks before voters head to the polls. A number of trustees are up for re-election this year. We take a look at the challenges of filling the board seats in a race that has traditionally not seen high voter participation.

Intro Music: Bones by Crumb

Outro Music: Les Choristes by Betty The Shark

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Healthcare Providers Prepare for Medical Aid in Dying

Hawaii’s Death with Dignity law is set to go into effect January first. The law allows terminally ill patients to request a lethal prescription to voluntarily end their lives. Including Hawaii, there are now 5 states plus the District of Columbia that allow medical aid in dying.

Outro Music: Dear To Me by Electric Guest

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Civil Beat Reality Check: Rail Funding

The Federal Transit Administration required the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit to commit another $44 million of funding for Oahu’s commuter train project. If the funds aren’t available by mid-November, it could spell big trouble for the project.

Outro Music: On the Wing by Anchorage

Aging with Humor


As screen star Bette Davis said, aging is not for sissies. It is the subject and moniker of a humorous theater production that played to a sold-out crowd recently at the Manoa Valley Theater. The show features a series of monologues that challenge the myth that older adults are “over the hill with one foot in the grave.”

You can buy tickets for the show here

Outro Music: Saturn by The Olympians

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Hawaii’s Greek History

Hurricane Lane put a damper on the annual Greek Festival last month, but it’s rescheduling got us to wondering about the history of the community here in the islands. We were glad we did.  Honolulu’s Peter Kaye reminds us of the rich history of the small but hearty band of Greek immigrants that you may not have known about.

Intro Music: Zorba Dance by Mikis Theodorakis

Outro Music: Servikos by Thodoros Polykandriotis, Vassili Spiliopoulos