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The Conversation: Friday, June 12th 2015

Jason Miller

LIFT Project; 1st Annual Sailor Jerry Festival; EPA on Red Hill Fuel Tank; Sara Davis Buechner

LIFT Project: Ma Ry Kim

Ma Ry Kim

Yesterday a group of architects announced a new community service project. They have redesigned buses otherwise scheduled for recycling as shelters for Oahu’s chronically homeless. The Mayor’s Office on Housing Executive Director Jun Yang worked with the architects hoping a community organization will take if from here.  Ma Ry Kim is the Principal and Design Director of Group 70 International and is spearheading the pro-bono project. She joined the show to tell us more about the project.

  • Intro Music:  The Proposition by The Budos Band
  • Outro Music:  Waiting by Nomo

1st Annual Sailor Jerry Festival: Jason Miller

Jason Miller

The pioneering tattoo artist Sailor Jerry, born Norman Keith Collins in 1911, honed his craft on the fringes of society and Honolulu’s Chinatown was his beat.  Back in his heyday, tattooing still had a whiff of the forbidden and that spirit is kept alive by the downtown Honolulu artists and performers at this evening’s Sailor Jerry Festival.   Jason Miller is putting it all together, and he joined us this morning.

  • Intro Music:  Sailor Jerry by Quimby Mountain
  • Outro Music:  Sailor Jerry Rum by Faraway Boys


EPA on Red Hill Fuel Tank: Jared Blumenfeld

Jared Blumenfeld

You probably remember that 18 months ago the Navy’s underground fuel storage facility at Red Hill leaked 27,000 gallons. Since then we’ve been told that the groundwater that services much of Honolulu from Moanalua to Hawaii Kai is safe. Early this month, the EPA and State Department of Health announced an agreement with the Navy to do a feasibility study over the next 2 years and to upgrade the World War 2 era tanks over the course of 20 years. Yet on the front page of today’s Star Advertiser is a headline stating that the Board of Water Supply feels the situation “poses a serious threat.” I sat down with EPA Region 9 director Jared Blumenfeld and asked him if that’s sending a mixed message.

  • Intro Music: Kwame by Ebo Taylor
  • Outro Music: Discontinued by Nomo

Piano Recital: Sara Davis Buechner

Sara Davis Buechner

A concert pianist takes the stage with a sense of obligation to the composer as well as to herself and a successful performance is a marriage of both composition and interpretation. Sara Davis Buechner is well suited to find that balance when she offers the premiere performance of a work she has commissioned for herself.   She’ll be playing composer Yukiko Nishimura’s  “Ten Etudes for Piano (2009 – 11)"  tomorrow in our Atherton Performing Arts Studio. She joined us in-studio prior to that to give us a preview.

  • Intro Music: Rhapsody in Blue by Sara Davis Buechner
  • Outro Music: Second Rhapsody by Sara Davis Buechner
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