The Conversation: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

May 3, 2016

Every Student Succeeds in Hawaii; Getting Hawai’i Girls into STEM; Neal Conan on Primaries and the Pacific; Making Kapa

Ulupalakua Ranch, Maui
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Governor’s Team, Every Student Succeeds Act: Darrel Galera

Signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act
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For the better part of this century- states have been trying to make the 2002 federal law, No Child Left Behind work...until last December. That was when a bipartisan measure- the Every Student Succeeds Act became the latest reauthorization of the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In short, it gave back most of the authority over education systems to each state. How that will change Hawaii’s K-12 schools is now the job of the Governor’s ESSA team.

Intro Music: Old Thing Back by Matoma, The Notorious B.I.G. Ralph Tresvant, Ja Rule

Outro Music: A Strange Education by The Cinematics

STEM-Innovation, Development of Problem-Solving for HI Keiki: Leslie Wilkins 

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Take the centuries old learning technique of master teaching apprentice hands on, and apply that to every high tech electronic skill, starting with kids in the classroom. That, in essence, is the STEM approach to learning. STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This weekend, the seventh annual STEM Conference happens on Maui-- A good forum for exploring how hands on high tech education is encouraging our Keiki, Women In Technology Project Director Leslie Wilkins joins us from Maui this morning.

Intro Music: Make a New Dance Up by Hey Ocean!

Outro Music: Stem by Lower Dens

From the Farm: Neal Conan

Today, Indiana could mark the last stand of the Stop Trump movement...voters seem set to push the New York billionaire to the edge of the republican presidential nomination...meanwhile, Bernie Sanders continues to vow to take his campaign to the floor of the democratic convention...and then there is a tragic story of despair in the Pacific island nation of Nauru where two asylum seekers set themselves on fire to protest Australia's immigration policies. Those are the stories on the mind of News Analyst Neal Conan this week and he joins us now from his Mac Nut farm on the Big Island

Intro Music: Calamity Song by The Decemberists

Outro Music: Your Boyfriend's Girlfriend by Pale Spectres

The Perpetuation of Kapa: Dalani Tanahy

Beating kapa
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  Imagine being told that knowing how to make cloth essential to your culture is a lost art-- That all the people who know the techniques are long dead and gone-- And now imagine this bad news is told to you in 1870! That’s exactly what happened then. Hawaiian Kapa making was a lost art. But over a century later, love, determination, research and hard practical efforts brought it back to life, and today it thrives again. We’re glad to have one of the most dedicated practitioners of kapa making, Dalani Tanahy, joining us by phone this morning. This month she will be at the National Museum of the American Indian for the Hawaii Festival which will celebrate the arrival of Hokule`a and her crew in Washington DC.

Intro Music: Super Concert String 4 by Kanilea Ukulele

Outro Music: Moanalua by Ozzie Kotani