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Gender Change on Birth Certificates; Vocal Teacher; Charter School Bills; Pukoko


Tuesday, March 24th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Gender Change on Birth Certificates: Rebecca Copeland

Rebecca Copeland

Rebecca Copeland is a solo practitioner who concentrates her law practice in the areas of appeals. She's an Oahu Director of the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Board, a Board Member of the City and County of Honolulu’s Zoning Board of Appeals, and a Board Member of the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation.  She is also the mother of a transgender teen, and is advocating for HB631, the Transgender Birth Certificate Bill, on behalf of Equality Hawaii, the state’s largest political, social justice, and advocacy organization for the LGBT community and its allies.

  • Intro Music:  Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me!
  • Outro Music:  True Trans Soul Rebel by Against Me!


Vocal Teacher: Dolly Kanekune

Dolly Kanekune

Do you have a singer inside you hoping to be released?   Many of us do, but we’re held back from singing anywhere but the shower by a lack of confidence, a lack of technique, or possibly both.  Dolly Kanekune is a Kauai-based vocal coach who helps students overcome those internal barriers and learn to sing out. She’s teaching group singing classes at Kauai Community College, and she joined the show via phone to tell us more about them.

  • Intro Music:  Oo Ee Oo Ee ‘?‘? by Peter Faint
  • Outro Music:  Vocal Chords by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Charter School Bills: Lynn Finnegan

Lynn Finnegan

Several bills still advancing in the legislature focus on charter schools. Many of them look at the issues of closure and options for students and facilities involved in a school closure, repurposing of other facilities and making the probationary period for a charter school teacher the same as any other DOE instructor. There could also be a charter school facilities funding working group created within the department of education to advise on charter school facilities funding. The head of the Hawaii Public Charter Schools Network, Lynn Finnegan, is watching those bills and others and she's on the line now.

  • Intro Music:  Be Comfortable, Creature by Explosions in the Sky
  • Outro Music: Federica by Do Make Say Think

Pukoko: Wayne Moniz

Wayne Moniz

Historical fiction can do much to fill in the blanks in factual accounts, especially when you think about the day-to-day lives of people affected by changing events.   Maui author Wayne Moniz has written a novel that looks at native Hawaiian participation in the American Civil War through the eyes of an imagined character, and in the process, given us a fresh look at a forgotten chapter of history.   He’s on the line to talk about Pukoko: A Hawaiian in the American Civil War.

  • Intro Music:  Marching Through Georgia by Jay Ungar, Matt Glaser, Molly Mason, Peter Amidon
  • Outro Music:  Cheer Boys Cheer by The New American Brass Band
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