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The Conversation: Friday, August 28th 2015


Cane Burning; Storefront Church; Fluctuating Stock Market; Pacific New Media Photography Talks

Cane Burning: Rick Volner

Rick Volner

On Maui, the practice of cane burning consternation has turned to anger.  A community group took it to the courts with a lawsuit filed earlier this summer and more recently, an injunction.  Director of the Department of Health and Alexander & Baldwin, LLC, the parent company of Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company, are named as defendants. The premise of the legal challenge is a violation of public trust by disregarding public health according to the group Stop Cane Burning.  But HC&S  takes a different view and general Manager Rick Volner joined the show in our studios to talk about them.

  • Intro Music: The Bamboos Theme by The Bamboos
  • Outro Music:  Turn and Burn by The Budos Band

Storefront Church: Kathy Bowers

Kathy Bowers

Playwright John Patrick Shanley’s characters are often in conflict with one another and with themselves. His plays are dramas of ideas with characters whose internal struggles mirror our own. Storefront Church, a new production of the Actors’ Group that opens next week in Honolulu, is described by the playwright as a “mortgage crisis” that brings about a spiritual crisis. Kathy Bowers is the director and she joined the program to tell us more about her production. Storefront Church runs September 4th through 20th at the Brad Powell Theatre in Iwilei.

  • Intro Music: Turn On Me by The Shins
  • Outro Music: The Sticks by The Budos Band

Fluctuating Stock Market: David Hunter

David Hunter

On Monday, American stock markets plunged. The Dow alone opened with a historic drop of over 1000 points and over the week, financial folk have been trying to help the rest of us make some sense of it and the markets' movements in the global context. We called David Hunter, Professor of Finance at the University of Hawai‘i at M?noa’s Shidler College of Business, for his take on the situation.

  • Intro Music: By Hook or By Crook by Ikebe Shakedown
  • Outro Music: Discontinued by Nomo

Pacific New Media Photography Talks: Vince Versace

Vince Versace

Vincent Versace is the author of From Oz to Kansas: Almost Every Black & White Technique Known to Mankind and Welcome to Oz 2.0: A Cinematic Approach to Digital Still Photography with Photoshop. He will be conducting two workshops this weekend for Pacific New Media.  Today and tomorrow he’ll be talking about how to light with a single light source: the sun. He’ll also be doing another workshop on printing with Photoshop on Sunday.

  • Intro Music: The Jerk by The Haggis Horns
  • Outro Music: Hard Steppin by Ikebe Shakedown
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