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The Conversation: Thursday, October 8th 2015

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Kyo-Ya’s Shoreline Exemption Revoked; Human papillomavirus (HPV) Awareness; HCDA Reflective Glass Issues; Hispanic Heritage in Hawaii

Kyo-Ya’s Shoreline Exemption Revoked: Donna Wong

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Donna Wong

A Supreme Court ruling on a proposal by a Waikiki developer, which rejected a shoreline variance for a 308-foot hotel that have encroached nearly 3/4 of the way into a 100-foot shoreline height setback, could sound a note of caution for developers as it offers hope for grass-roots efforts to keep runaway development in check.    Donna Wong, Executive Director of Hawaii’s Thousand Friends, was part of that effort, and she joined the show by phone to comment.

  • Intro Music:  Only With You by Alliance
  • Outro Music:  Space Song by Beach House

Human papillomavirus (HPV) Awareness: Dr. Debbie Saslow

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Debbie Saslow

HPV or Human papillomavirus causes cancer in both men and women. A vaccination to prevent the effects of exposure to this virus has been developed, but is still underutilized in Hawai‘i with recent rates found to be 34% of girls and only 15% of boys fully immunized according to the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Debbie Saslow, director of cancer control prevention from the American Cancer Society, joined the show to tell us more about why we need to improve our efforts to vaccinate boys and girls.

  • Intro Music:  Burnin Love by Dido
  • Outro Music:  What Am I Supposed to Do by Kero One

HCDA Reflective Glass Issues: Bob Crone

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Bob Crone

In just under an hour, the Hawaii Community Development Authority will hold a public hearing on a petition from the developer of a Kaka’ako property, the 801 South Street Project, to allow the developer to bypass the so-called “glass rule,” which regulates the amount of glass reflected from the 400-foot structure as well as the “heat island” effect: the way a glass-enclosed building can heat up the surrounding area.   It raises questions about the nature of urban architecture in a rapidly expanding high-rise environment, and we asked architect Bob Crone, who made a career in urban planning, to weigh in.

  • Intro Music:  Human – Tin Tin (Out Mix) by Pretenders
  • Outro Music:  The Girl With the Bassoon by Helmut Eisel, Jem

Hispanic Heritage in Hawaii: Nancy Ortiz

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Nancy Ortiz

Tracing back to the 1800’s, the Hispanic influence can be found all around the islands embodied in the Hawaiian paniolo culture, and in musical influences, culinary arts, and more. President Obama has stated “America’s Hispanic community has woven unique threads into the diverse fabric of the our country and played an important role in shaping our national character as a people of limitless possibility.” Nancy Ortiz was one of the first organizers of an event to celebrate the Hispanic Heritage in Hawaii aimed at sharing this colorful, musically talented culture with all of us.

  • Intro Music: Mujer Latina by Thalia
  • Outro Music: La Vida Es Un Carnaval by Celia Cruz
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Dr. Kathy Kozak is the host of The Body Show. Mondays at 6:30 p.m. on HPR-1.
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