The Conversation: Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Apr 26, 2016

Hawai‘i as a Sinkhole State; Maui’s Sugar Ditch Kids; Neal Conan; Common Ground Dance Festival

A view across the Ka'iwi Channel from Molokai
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Hawaii Taxpayers Not Getting Truthful Financial Information: Sheila Weinberg

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  Hawaii and Alaska are often viewed as having a lot in common, they’re far from the mainland and now they are also far from each other financially. A report out today shows Alaska with a $52,000 surplus for each of its taxpayers while Hawaii taxpayers shoulder a burden of $28,000. That’s one of the comparisons drawn from the State Data Lab, a project of Truth in Accounting. Its founder and CEO is CPA Sheila Weinberg and when we talked early today, I asked why they call Hawaii a sinkhole state

Intro Music: Your Song by Billy Paul

Outro Music: Piano Fire by The Navins

Maui's Sugar Ditch Kids’ Quest for Olympic Glory: Julie Checkoway

Bertha Ching, an original member of the Three Year Swim Club
Credit Tori Eldridge

American history is filled with stories of people who overcame limitations, refusing to stay within assigned boundaries… For young Japanese-Americans in Hawaii in the 30’s and 40’s, there were more than enough of those, but there’s not much that real determination can’t overcome. It took an inspired, and unconventional, coach to take a group of  young swimmers on Maui all the way to the Olympics, and author Julie Checkoway, author of “The Three-Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui’s Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory,” is on the line to share their story.

Intro Music: Edge of Nowhere by Pacific

Outro Music: Insomniac Olympics by Blockhead

From the Farm: Neal Conan

The presidential front runners are looking to land knock outs in the north east today, a growing alliance between Australia and Japan suffered a serious blow and the meaning of deflate-gate. Yes, it's one of the stories on the mind of news analyst Neal Conan this week. He joins us, as he dies most Tuesdays, from his Mac nut farm on the Big Island.

Intro Music: DW Theme

Outro Music: Fireflies by Lights & Motion

Common Ground Dance Festival: David Ward

From the Common Ground Dance Festival
Credit Trisha Barker

If there’s a universal language in this crazy world, it’s the language of dance; we’re at a moment on history when dance styles are being merged as never before. In his capacity as Director of Dance at Seabury Hall on Maui, is putting together a dance program that brings together Jazz, Modern, Ballet, Hip-hop, Musical, and Contemporary styles, to music that ranges from the Brandenburg Concerto to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!”

Intro Music: Let's Dance by David Bowie

Outro Music: Nicky 'First One' by Lafayette Afro Rock Band