The Conversation: Thursday, October 22nd 2015
Na’i Aupuni; Surfrider Spirit Sessions Art Show; Kauai Make a Difference Day
Tomorrow a federal judge will rule whether the Native Hawaiian election process can continue. Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright heard arguments in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s involvement in a race-based election. But the nonprofit Na’iAupuni which is in charge of the process says there’s no interference from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Attorney Bill Meheula represents Na’iAupuna and he joined the show to talk about the elections.
- Intro Music: Kana'i Aupuni by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
- Outro Music: Papa's ‘?kolehao by Keola Beamer
Artists are always quick to support causes they believe in, and John Koga is one of several who are displaying their work this evening in Honolulu in support of the Surfrider Spirit Sessions. It’s an organization that matches at-risk young people with volunteer mentors, bringing them together and changing their lives through their love of surfing and their respect for the ocean. The event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Pacific Guardian Center in downtown Honolulu.
- Intro Music: Papa's ‘?kolehao by Keola Beamer
- Outro Music: Sapphire by Bonobo
It took 7,000 people, all of them volunteers, to create the small marvel called the Kamalani playground in Kauai’s Lydgate State Park. It’s filled with art created by kids from the local community, along with Hawaiian wood carvings and the ever-popular volcano slide. That was 21 years ago, and the community has been maintaining it ever since. This Saturday, October 24th, the Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park will mark the national Make a Difference Day by sprucing up their creation, and volunteer coordinator Tommy Noyes joined The Conversation to tell us about it.
- Intro Music: She Knows by Manali`i
- Outro Music: Heha Lumahai by Kuana Torres Kahele