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TOD Workshop; Screenwriter Adam Braff; Whale Research Study; Lee Cataluna's "Flowers of Hawai‘i"

Wednesday, July 16th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Transit-Oriented Development Public Workshop: Harrison Rue

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Harrison Rue

If you live or work in the Honolulu Airport area or Pearl Harbor, you may want to grab a pen and paper and start making a list. The City and County of Honolulu wants your ideas for the transit stations planned for those areas. The Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) is offering several community workshops for residents and businesses to create an Airport Area Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plan. Harrison Rue heads the City’s department of transportation and joined us today for more.

Intro Music: The Crossing by Menahab Street Band
Outro Music: Montego Sunset by Menahab Street Band

“Wish I Was Here”: Screenwriter Adam Braff

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Adam Braff

The new movie “Wish I Was Here” written by Adam Braff and his brother Zach, is very much a family story, both on the screen and behind the scenes. And the story of how it got made is almost a movie in itself.  The brothers knew they would have to protect their script and their story from the machinery of Hollywood, and to that end, they turned to Kickstarter for financing.  It has been quite a ride, but the movie got done they way the brothers wanted it – and that’s an accomplishment in itself.  “Wish I Was Here” opens this weekend, and Adam was on hand today to tell us about it.

Intro Music: Obvious Child by Paul Simon
Outro Music: So Now What by The Shins

Whales as Ecosystem Engineers: Craig Smith

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Craig Smith

You might not think much about the ocean fertilizing habits of great whales. Many researchers didn’t either, until a recent study showed just how important whale poop circulating in currents is to our oceans’ health. Scientists have undervalued the contribution of whales according to the University of Vermont study in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment – in part, they say, because researchers have underestimated how much the decline in the whale population itself has fundamentally altered marine ecosystems. UH oceanographer Craig Smith, co-author of the new study, joined The Conversation by phone this morning.

Intro Music: Can You Get to That by Funkadelic
Outro Music:  Wow by Thomas Newman from Finding Nemo OST

Kumu Kahua Theatre’s “Flowers of Hawai‘i”: Lee Cataluna

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Lee Cataluna

Family stories are ideal material for the dramatist, because the raw materials of drama are never far off in most families. We expect so much of one another, and it’s all too easy to be disappointed – and that’s why it’s so important to learn to forgive. Lee Cataluna’s play “Flowers of Hawai‘i” takes ten different approaches to the family story through a series of vignettes that illuminate both the joys and sorrows of family life.  Lee's play is returning to the Kumu Kahua Theatre for a summer run, and she joined us this morning to chat.

Intro Music: I Learned The Hard Way by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Outro Music:  Hawaiian ‘Ukulele Love Song by Aloha ‘Oe Hawaiian Music

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