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Cesspools on Kauai; Biennial "Chain of Fire"; Maui Initiative; Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle


Tuesday, October 21st – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Cesspools on Kauai: Joan Conrow

Joan Conrow

It might have sounded like a good idea, require purchasers of existing homes to change from a cesspool system to septic tanks. Especially in a state where tens of thousands of homes still rely on cesspools. But the Department of Health proposal drew fire from realtors who say the proposed requirement could put a damper on homes sales. There’s also part of the proposal geared to new development. Now with a look at how the controversy is playing out on Kauai, where there are some 14 thousand homes with cesspools, we talked to journalist Joan Conrow.

Intro Music: Now Hear My Meaning by Ray Brown

Outro Music: Aphasia by The Budos Band


Biennial “Chain of Fire”: Isabella Ellaheh Hughes

Isabella Hughes

A biennial art exhibition carries with it the weight of expectation. Traditionally, biennials put a host city on the world’s cultural map and bring together the best work from an entire region of the world.  Honolulu will host its first such art show in 2016, but a prologue exhibition is about to open, bringing together works from along the Pacific Chain of Fire.  


Intro Music:  Fables of Faubus by Charles Mingus

Outro Music: Maiden Voyage by Herbie Hancock




Maui Initiative: Dr. Lorrin Pang

Dr. Lorrin Pang

You know this one to be true GMO acrimony draws fire from both sides. Especially as Maui County Voters are being asked to decide whether  there should be a temporary moratorium on  GMO cultivation. Yesterday we heard what one economist says would result if the measure passes. Today physician Lorrin Pang looks at what he says we should all be paying attention to - the cost to our health.


Intro Music: Thumbstring by Ray Brown

Outro Music: Tired of Fighting by The Menahan Street Band


Lani-Kailua, Outdoor Circle, WCC Plant Program: Betsy Connors

Betsy Connors

People who plant their own gardens will tell you: there’s something healing about it.  Successful plant cultivation calls for attention to detail, an understanding of Nature’s workings, and, above all, patience.  The members of Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle have felt its effect in their own lives, and are sharing its benefit through a program for inmates at the nearby Women’s Community Correctional Center “Learning to Grow…”   Betsy Connors is one of the originators of the program.


Intro Music: Beautiful Life by M?kua Rothman

Outro Music: Kailua Bay by Jack Scholze

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