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The Conversation: Tuesday, July 14th 2015


The Peace Boat and Disaster Response; Bastille Day Music; Importance of Being Prepared for School and Ready to Learn Campaign; Asians and Pacific Islanders and the Civil War

The Peace Boat and Disaster Response: Robin Lewis

Robin Lewis

Robin Lewis is the International Coordinator for Peace Boat's Disaster Relief Volunteer Center. His focus is international humanitarian response, disaster risk reduction, and UN-related projects. Mr. Lewis led international teams after the 2011 tsunami in Japan and was the Peace Boat’s field coordinator in disaster relief projects in Nepal, Vanuatu, and the US. The Peace Boat will be leaving Honolulu this week for its return trip to Japan and will return next year.

  •  Intro Music:  Jiving 'Round by The Bar-Kays
  • Outro Music:  A Calf Born In Winter by Khruangbin

Bastille Day Music: Adela Chu & Cheryl Bartlett

Adela Chu

It’s probably fitting that Bastille Day should come ten days after our own independence day celebration because the French Revolution, like others around the world, drew inspiration from America’s successful expulsion of its colonial masters.   It’s a good day to celebrate the best ideals of that revolution - liberty, equality, and fraternity - with music, and that’s what Adela Chu and her band Espiritu Libre have planned for tonight.  She’s joined the show with a couple of her musical cohorts to give us a preview.

  • Intro Music:  Can Can by Pierre Legendre
  • Outro Music:  La Marseillaise by Django Reinhardt

Importance of Being Prepared for School and Ready to Learn Campaign: Jan Harada

Jan Harada

Look on the sign in front of public schools and you'll probably see the announcement of the first day of class. While that may be good news for most parents, for a lot of them, a new school year brings the question of how to pay for everything their children need. In Hawaii, 75,000 kids - about 40% of all students - need help paying for school lunches and basic school supplies. How do the numbers compare to last year's? Jan Harada, President and CEO of Helping Hands Hawai‘i, joined the show to provide a comparison.

  • Intro Music: Messie Bessie by Shirley Scott
  • Outro Music: Classy Penguin by The Books

Asians and Pacific Islanders and the Civil War: Dr. Justin Vance

Justin Vance

Asians and Pacific Islanders and the Civil War

Dr. Justin Vance is a professor of history at Hawaii Pacific University.  He and Anita Manning are co-authors of the chapter on Pacific Islanders in the book Asians and Pacific Islanders and the Civil War, which they’ll be discussing on July 17th at 5:45 p.m. at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.   Park Historian Daniel Martinez will moderate.

  • Intro Music: Camp and Field Duty Calls for Fifes and Drums by Eastman Wind Ensemble
  • Outro Music: Old 1812 by Eastman Wind Ensemble
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