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Animal-Free Circuses; Greek Festival; Outcome of Primary Elections; "The Underneath"

Monday, August 11th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Animal-Free Circuses: PETA Foundation Counsel, Brittany Peet

Brittany Peet

For anyone who saw the circus in Honolulu on Aug 20, 1994, it was an unforgettable day. There was a spectacle none had counted on: a female elephant mauling her groomer, trampling and killing her trainer, and then running loose in Kakaako, bloody from the gunshots that finally brought her down. Now the Moscow International Circus is scheduled to be in Honolulu this fall and animal rights group PETA says it should not come with animals. Brittany Peet is counsel in the PETA Foundation’s Captive Animal Law Enforcement division and her work focuses on a variety of legal issues concerning animals in entertainment. She also helps coordinate PETA’s animal rescues.

Intro Music:  Cloud Generator by Tycho

Outro Music: Words to that Effect by Hint

Greek Festival in Hawaii: Austin Vali

Austin Vali

The first Greeks to come to Hawaii arrived in the 1830’s, and over the decades a community formed around a hundred or so families and their church - the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Pacific.   That community has since established one of Honolulu’s most popular summer events, the annual Greek Festival.   It’s a celebration of a tight-knit group of people that has held on to its old country traditions far from home. Austin Vali is one of the organizers, and he joined us in our studios.

Intro Music: O Kosmos Ine San Baxes by Bouzouki Kings

Outro Music: Kako Skili by Padelis Padelidis

Reflecting On Primary Election Outcome: Colin Moore

Colin Moore

It was a long night on Saturday. Even by last printout, the Senate race between senator Brian Schatz and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa was undecided - and will stay that way until the Puna residents, unable to vote because of storm damage to their polling places, can vote by mail. But primary night was not so long for Governor Abercrombie. Early on it was clear challenger Senator David Ige had overtaken support and would be the Democratic candidate...a historic point in Hawaii's political history. UH associate professor, Colin Moore, joined the show with a look forward at the general election.

Intro Music: Got Django by Hot Club of Hulaville

Outro Music: Our Hearts of Ruin by Blue Sky Black Death

Kumu Kahua’s “The Underneath” Auditions: Taurie Kinoshita

Taurie Kinoshita

Actors often look for a role they can truly inhabit, and very soon, five of them will  have the challenge of taking on several characters in the same play. Kumu Kahua Theater Director Taurie Kinoshita says they’ll need to be ready to produce quicksilver changes of emotion and rapid-fire shifts of identity… It’s a new Kumu Kahua production. The Underneath is casting now, and we took the opportunity to talk with Taurie about what she’s looking for.

Intro Music: Underneath It All by No Doubt

Outro Music: Before the Skies Were Missing by The Luna Sequence

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