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Affordable Housing; Abstract Magazine; Lava Flow; YWCA

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Friday, September 12th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Affordable Housing: Harrison Rue

Harrison Rue

Back in the 1980’s, the words “affordable housing” appeared in many a campaign brochure, as candidates looked for promises they could make and keep.   It’s not such a popular subject thirty years later, because in all that time, little has changed.   Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s administration is calling for a “game change” in the way affordable housing is defined and in the way it’s delivered.   He and his Community Building Administrator Harrison Rue say their proposal can deliver as many as 4,000 affordable units in the next five years, and Harrison joined the show to tell us more.

Intro Music:  One By One by The Black Seeds

Outro Music: Foggy Mountain by Algernon Cadwallader

Abstract Magazine: James Charisma

James Charisma

Downtown Honolulu is changing fast and taking on a new identity as an art and design center that draws on a variety of cultural models.  So many traditions cross paths there, and young artists are able to draw on influences from Europe to the Mainland to Asia-Pacific, merging them to create something entirely new.  James Charisma is the editor of a culture and lifestyle magazine called “Abstract” that has emerged from this vital downtown scene, and he joined us this morning to talk about it. James Charisma is also a writer, artist, photographer, designer, teacher, and film director. Besides teaching children's art classes and DJing for KTUH FM Honolulu, he serves as the Creative Director of Charisma Industries, a creative design firm specializing in entertainment and the arts.

Intro Music:  Aquarium by Nosaj Thing

Outro Music: Nissim by The Gaslamp Killer

Lava Flow Science: Steve Brantley

Steve Brantley

The lava flow from Kilaue’a volcano is on the move – closer to homes than it has been in years.  At this hour a river of molten rock that stretches 9 miles from its vent is less than a half mile from Kaohe Homesteads.   Steve Brantley of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory joined the show to talk about the science behind lava flows.

Intro Music: Rain in the Ashtray by Mooncake

Outro Music: Sundown Syndrome by Tame Impala

Programs to Empower Women: YWCA’s Candice Wessinger

Candice Wessinger

A celebration tomorrow at the YWCA’s Camp Kokokahi, Kaneohe’s hidden oasis, is a reminder of all the work that organization has done in Hawaii since its founding here in 1900.   The YWCA’s mission has remained consistent down through the years: supporting and empowering women and girls through housing, economic self-sufficiency, professional development, and health and wellness.   Candice Wessinger is the YWCA of O‘ahu’s chief operations officer, and she joined us in studio.  There’s a celebration tomorrow at YWCA Camp Kokokahi: the organization’s 2nd Annual Community Fair.  It runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Intro Music: Jubi by Balmorhea

Outro Music: Flim by Aphex Twin

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