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The Conversation: Wednesday, September 23rd 2015

The Long View; Hawaii Star Ball; UH Law School Energy Justice Program; Sen Yet Young

The Long View: Neal Milner

Neal Milner

Hawaii has the distinction of being the only school system in the country to have a statewide centralized school district. It’s administrated by a single board of education and although there have been efforts in the past to decentralize it, nothing has come of it. In our continuing series, The Long View, contributing editor Neal Milner looks at the latest work from University of California Berkeley sociologist, Bruce Fuller, and why there may be more myth surrounding the decentralization of charter schools than reality.

  • Intro Music: Autumn Almanac by The Kinks
  • Outro Music:  Autumn in New York by Chet Baker

Hawaii Star Ball: David Alvarez

David Alvarez

The world of ballroom dancing is a worldwide subculture that’s about keeping elegance alive, where the emphasis is on grace of movement and effortless displays of skill.   It’s also a highly competitive world, as audiences are reminded this week at the Hawaii Star Ball, an international event that comes to town once a year. David Alvarez is the organizer of the Hawaii Star Ball, which runs through tomorrow at the Sheraton Waikiki Resort and Spa.

  • Intro Music: The Bat by Johann Strauss II
  • Outro Music: Cheek to Cheek by Sarah Vaughan

UH Law School Energy Justice Program: Shalanda Baker

Shalanda Baker

Opinions from the Governor, the consumer advocate, and other officials in the public sphere have already weighed in on the proposed merger between NextEra and Hawaiian Electric Industries. According to those in the newly formed Energy Justice program at the UH law school,  there’s not enough community listening. The group is looking to remedy that this weekend when it completes its first three listening sessions in communities on Oahu’s North Shore. Professor Shalanda H. Baker is the Faculty Advisor to the Environmental Law Program and the Founding Director of the Energy Justice Program at the William S. Richardson School of Law. The meetings to get North Shore community  input on the proposed NextEra and Hawaiian Electric Industries merger happen this Saturday at 11am at Kahuku High School, and on Sunday, September 27th,  at 2pm at Sunset Beach Elementary School.

  • Intro Music: Autumn Leaves by Bill Evans
  • Outro Music: Lalibela by Caribou

Chinese Revolutionary Air Force, Sen Yet Young: Leigh-Wai Doo

Leigh-Wai Doo

He’s a son of Hawaii few of us have ever heard of, but he’s a national hero in China and a key figure in that country’s entry into the modern world.   Sen Yet Young was a pioneer of aviation in the newly minted Republic of China, a key ally of Dr. Sun Yat Sen, and one of those fascinating figures in history we only learn about when we dig a little deeper.   Leigh-Wai Doo has helped organize a photo exhibit that revives some of those lost memories of Sen Yet Young, The Father of the Chinese Revolutionary Air Force.   The exhibit is free, open to the public, and runs through September 30th at the Hawaii State Library, Capitol District.

  • Intro Music: An Autumn Moon Over The Palace Of Han Dynasty by Gao Zicheng
  • Outro Music: Anthem of Republic of Taiwan Air Force - ??????
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