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Foam Bill; Maui Chamber Orchestra; Hurricane Preparedness; Ukulele Mele

Thursday, August 7th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Foam Bill: Stuart Coleman

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Stuart Coleman

For a while now, the Honolulu City Council has been wrestling with whether to tell restaurants and other food establishments to find another way to send you home with leftovers or your plate lunch. Those one-use foam containers are cheap and easy, but Stuart Coleman of the Surfrider Foundation might argue that would depend on how you define cheap and easy...and why he says there is more movement in the council to get the foam container ban passed. Stuart Coleman joined the show via phone to comment.

Intro Music:  Sky High Lee by Cities of Foam

Outro Music: Backyard Quiz Theme by Jon de Mello

Maui Chamber Orchestra: Robert Wills

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Robert Wills

It must be daunting to get a large-scale musical performance off the ground, especially for an inaugural performance.  We may never be able to calculate how many man- and woman-hours of work went into tomorrow evening’s debut of the Maui Chamber Orchestra and Maui Masterworks Choir -- and maybe it doesn’t matter, because showtime is at hand.   Robert Wills is the orchestra’s conductor and musical director, and he joined The Conversation by phone.

Intro Music: Chopin Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in G Minor, Op. 8: Scherzo: Con moto, ma non troppo by Yo-Yo Ma, Pamela Frank, Emanuel Ax

Outro Music: The Marriage of Figaro by My Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Hurricane Preparedness: Shelly Kunishige

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Shelly Kunishige

By now, the state's civil defense is hoping you're prepared for the storm duo barreling toward the big island. Hope is the operative word. For years they've warned we were due for another Iniki-like hurricane...and now we have two, Iselle and Julio,heading for us. We also have a lot of construction and other circumstances that may be making preparations more challenging. Shelly Kunishige is the Public Information Officer for Hawaii State Civil Defense and she joined the show to talk about what can be done to prepare and what we can expect from the storms.

Intro Music: Human – Tin Tin (Out Mix) by Pretenders

Outro Music: Beach Foam by Future Islands

Ukulele Mele Beginner Instruction on Maui: Mele Fong

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Mele Fong

Ukulele may be the perfect starter instrument: small, light, playable, and versatile.  No matter what style of music you want to end up playing, chances are the ukulele will offer you a painless way to get started.   Mele Fong is a Maui ukulele instructor who has plenty of experience in getting people under way on Hawaii’s signature instrument, and she joined the show via phone.

Intro Music: The Lochs of Dread by Brittni Paiva

Outro Music: Tropical Delight by Herb Ohta Jr.

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