The Conversation: Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Aug 16, 2016

Pay Raise for DOE Administrators; 2016 Greek Festival; From The Farm; Ho’olaule’a In Hana

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Pay Raises for DOE Administrators: Corey Rosenlee

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  This morning the Board of Education will consider a request from Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. Her reasoning to give 20 leadership members a 4 point 5 percent pay raise is to be consistent with the adjustment given to educational officers as of July 1; and to recruit and retain quality senior leaders... the deputy superintendent, six assistant superintendents and 15 complex-area superintendents. The total amount involved would amount to a little more than 143 thousand dollars. So how are teachers reacting to the ask?

Wallet Hub Bullying Index: Jill Gonzales

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  Some news that may bring a little relief to a lot of parents and kids: in the Wallethub list ranking bullying, Hawaii is in the bottom 10. Jill Gonzalez is Wallethub spokesperson and joins us now with the details.

Intro Music: Drinkee by Sofi Tukker

Outro Music: Dream Seeker by Keiko Matsui

2016 Hawaii Greek Festival: Regina Mass

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The first Greeks came to Hawaii in the 1830’s, aboard whaling ships.   That was the origin of one of Hawaii’s most closely knit immigrant communities… one whose members have stayed in close touch with one another ever since. For 35 years now, Hawaii’s Greek families have put on a festival that has become an end-of-summer tradition; Regina Mass is one of its volunteer coordinators.

Intro Music: Tsifteteli by Elenis & Athanasiou

Outro Music: Baidouska by Greek folk Orchestra

From the Farm: Neal Conan

Bring back the Cold War. After yet another week of mistakes, Donald Trump proposes ideological tests for immigrants and visitors to the United States...another set of emails reinforces doubts about Hillary Clinton...and Russia expands its role in the Middle East...those are some if the stories on the mind of News Analyst Neal Conan this week

Intro Music: Deutsche Welle Theme

Outro Music: We Reign by Wages

Hana Cultural Center 18th Annual Ho’olaule’a: Harolen Kaiwi

View of the Hana Highway
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  There’s no place quite like Hana, and it’s likely that its isolation, combined with the spirit of the community, will keep its unique qualities alive for a long time to come.  Like all places that lie at the end of a long and winding road, it has developed its own character without undue influence from the outside world, and the things that make Hana special are being celebrated this weekend at the Hana Cultural Center & Museum’s 18th Annual Ho’olaule’a.   Harolen Kaiwi is one of its organizers

Intro Music: Smooth Sailin by Leon Bridges

Outro Music: East Sise Slack Key by Kawika Kahiapo