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Tern Island Assessment; Elderly Care; Yes on 4; NEST Sculpture

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Tuesday, September 9th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Tern Island Assesment: Jared Blumenfeld

Jared Blumenfeld

The remote islands to the North and West of Hawaii, and the ocean that surrounds them, offer stunning examples of Nature’s abundance in a vast and relatively unpopulated corner of the earth.  If only that were the whole story – but it’s not.  The area is home to the infamous Pacific Garbage Patch, where the plastic bags, fishnets, and industrial chemicals we discard collect in an ugly mass.  It collects on the beaches of Tern Island, where migratory seabirds gather by the millions. That’s why a new Environmental Protection Agency study of the Island, located 550 miles Northwest of here, is especially valuable. Jared Blumenfeld has been the Regional Administrator for the EPA Pacific Southwest Region since 2009, and he joined the show to talk about the new assessment.

Intro Music:  Young Blood by The Naked And Famous

Outro Music: Where The Sun Beats by Blue Sky Black Death

Elderly Care Issues: Dr. Kuhio Asam

Dr. Kuhio Asam

One thing is certain in life... we’re all getting older. We’ve all read recently that the senior population is growing and will continue to grow. So how can we ensure that the cost of their kupuna care stays within reason and that we maintain their quality of life? Dr. Kuhio Asam is the Executive Director of the King Lunalilo Home and he joined the show to offer an answer.

Intro Music:  Semper by Dorena

Outro Music: Swords From Driftwood by Blue Sky Black Death

Yes on 4: Deb Zysman

Deb Zysman

Deborah Zysman is the Executive Director of Good Beginnings Alliance.  The Alliance and the Children’s Action Network are coordinating the campaign for “Vote YES on 4 – Pre K for Keiki” which is an effort to pass ballot question #4 on the 2014 general election ballot. Passage would amend our state constitution to allow the legislature to contract with community preschools to offer preschool to four year olds in Hawaii.

Intro Music: Happy To See You by Yppah

Outro Music: When My Time Comes by Dawes

"NEST" Sculpture in Kakaako: Sally Lundberg

Sally Lundberg

Credit PRESENT Project
NEST Education Designer Bryan Welch and workshop participants are inspired by the way birds construct their nests from found materials.

Sally Lundburg says  “history, culture, place, and belonging” are important themes to her work, and she has a variety of ways to express them.   The Hawaii Island-based multimedia artist is on O’ahu to take part in a unique arts residency project called PRESENT.   It’s aimed at creating a kind of educational “nest” for young artists. Learn more about her work at www.lesfilterfeeders.com

Intro Music: Birds by Menahan Street Band

Outro Music: Earthboy by Diiv

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