The Conversation: Thursday, July 2nd 2015
HB207, Native Hawaii Rights Training; Vietnamese Cinema Series; HECO’s Proposed Solar Taxes; Hawaii Performing Arts Festival
A law that went into effect yesterday is designed to ensure that everyone who serves State government does so with a full understanding of Native Hawaiian rights, as taught by the Office if Hawaiian Affairs. OHA will now administer a course that members of state councils, boards, and commissions will be required to take. Representative Kaniela Ing, the bill’s sponsor, is the Chairperson of the House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs, and he joined the show via phone to go over the bill.
- Intro Music: Opihi Moemoe by Kawika Kahiapo
- Outro Music: Kaulana Na Pua by Ledward Ka'apana
Vietnam’s National Cinema Department has a mission to launch its film industry into the forefront of Southeast Asian cinema, and is headed on a tour of the US, starting right here in Honolulu. Six critically acclaimed and commercially successful films will be presented, some for the first time out of Vietnam. Where might one have a chance to see one of these movies? Well, the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theater, of course. With titles such as The Children of the Village, Jackpot, Scandal, The Prince and the Pagoda Boy, Lost Eyes and more, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Film Curator Albie Algar joined the show in-studio to tell us more.
- Intro Music: Mua Lua Chin by Pam duc Thanh
- Outro Music: Ly tinh nhu' by Truong Thi Quynh Hanh
A Hawaiian Electric Proposal now before the Public Utilities Commission is described, by HECO, as “recommendations for new customer options and programs to support continued growth of rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems in Hawaii,” but an industry organization called the Alliance for Solar Choice is calling it an effort to tax the sun and place an unfair tax burden on customers. It’s a case where two entities with the same stated goal are very far apart, and Robert Harris, Director of Public Policy for Sunrun, is on hand to sort it all out.
- Intro Music: Forgot About Love by SolarFlare, Jazz Bailey
- Outro Music: Shiloh Sky by Sentinel
Genette Freeman co-founded the Hawai'i Performing Arts Festival in 2005 with Artistic Director Val Underwood and has served as Executive Director since then. A former lead singer in several rock bands in the 70’s she knows about performance, and from July 5th to the 27th, she will help the next generation find their groove.
- Intro Music: Vivaldi Concerto for 4 Violins from HPAF 2014
- Outro Music: HPAF Rehearsal of Schumann's Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Opus 47, Mvt. III