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The Conversation: Monday, September 28th 2015

Kaeo R.

Technology Park in Kakaako; Hawaii Curling Olympian; El Nino Pacific Exacerbates Coastal Hazards; Through the Eyes of Kaua`i Youth Photo Exhibit

Technology Park in Kakaako: Robbie Melton

Robbie Melton

If you build it, will they come?   The High Technology Development Corporation has announced plans for a Kakaako Technology Park that are nothing if not ambitious, with an announced goal of creating 80,000 jobs, each paying $80,000 a year or more, by 2030. That would be nothing less than a tectonic shift in Hawaii’s economy, and HTDC Executive Director Robbie Melton joined us in our studio to tell us how she hopes to make it happen.

  • Intro Music: Dreams by Beck
  • Outro Music:  Tutti Frutti by New Order

Through the Eyes of Kaua`i Youth Photo Exhibit: Marion Paul

Marion Paul

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, on the Garden Isle of Kauai, a new group called Keiki to Career Kauai, or K2C, is hoping to inspire 6th to 12th graders with an opportunity to hone their digital photography skills and enter a photo exhibit by answering two essential questions. What do you want to see more of in Kaua‘i; and what would you like to see less of? Keiki to Career Coordinator Marion Paul joined the show via phone to tell us more.

  • Intro Music: Red Lights by Holy F**k
  • Outro Music: Time Stands Still by Cut Copy

El Nino Pacific Exacerbates Coastal Hazards: Patrick Bernard

Patrick Bernard

As the little-understood El Nino weather pattern leads to dramatic warming of Pacific waters, scientists bring together what information they can to understand its effects.    Patrick Bernard is coastal geologist with the US Geological Survey who is the lead author of a new study that predicts storms and extreme coastal flooding and erosion in populated regions across the Pacific.

  • Intro Music: Got Django by Hot Club of Hulaville
  • Outro Music: Cream On Chrome by Ratatat

Hawaii Curling Olympian: Jessica Schultz

Jessica Schultz

Curling is often referred to as “chess on ice.” An official Olympic sport since 1998, it hails from medieval Scotland, and requires athleticism, strategy, good sportsmanship, and most of all, a lot of strength. Each curling stone, or rock, is made of granite and has to meet specific standards, weigh between 38 and 44 pounds, have a circumference of 36 inches, and a height of at least 4.5 inches. In fact, the requirements are so strict you might not be surprised to hear that almost all of the stones come from one of 3 quarries in the world. Here to tell use more about Hawaii’s connection to the sport of curling is Olympian Jessica Schultz. 

  • Intro Music: Punching In A Dream by The Naked and Famous
  • Outro Music: Lovely Allen by Holy F**k
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