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The Conversation: Wednesday, December 16th 2015

The Long View with Neal Milner; Beginning Hula Classes on Kauai; From the Farm with Neal Conan; Thomas Chapin, Night Bird Song

The Long View: Neal Milner

Neal Milner

Since the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, we’re getting more lessons about how communities cope after tragedy… and the recent climate summit is also reminding us that climate-related disasters like floods and droughts are likely. So what are the factors that make communities more effective in countering the effects of attacks and natural disasters? Contributing editor Neal Milner had a look at some of the research of recovery and he joined The Conversation to go over it.

  • Intro Music:  Kwame by Ebo Taylor
  • Outro Music: Her Comforting Touch by Dorena

Beginning Hula Classes on Kauai: Ann Petrovits

Ann Petrovits

The world of hula is one that welcomes new converts and its rapid spread around the world is ample evidence of that.  But how do you get started?  Many adults who want to learn may wonder if they can catch up with people who have danced hula all their lives, and that makes them ideal candidates for a beginning hula workshop being held tomorrow on Kauai.   Ann Petrovits is a member of Hui Hula o Kehaulani, the halau that’s running the workshop, and she joined the show to tell us how she became a dancer. The workshop takes place tomorrow from 10 a.m. -11:30 a.m. in the Tahiti Nui Luau Room, Hanalei, Kauai.

  • Intro Music:  Hula Blues by Hiram Olsen, Robert Bates, and Hawaiian Luau Party Band
  • Outro Music:  Hanalei Moon by Dennis Pavao

From the Farm: Neal Conan

Neal Conan

Last Saturday, 196 countries reached agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference outside of Paris. News Analyst Neal Conan covered that meeting for us with a special eye on Pacific Island nations. Conan is a regular contributor to HPR with the Pacific News Minute. It's part of his ongoing radio career now originating from his Hawaii Island macadamia nut farm.

  • Intro Music:  Fun to Be Happy by Love Tractor
  • Outro Music: Grand Guignol by Bajofondo

Musical Documentary Thomas Chapin, Night Bird Song: Stephanie Castillo

Stephanie Castillo

Artists are often taken from us too soon, but if they’re lucky, their legacy can endure.   Thomas Chapin was a jazz saxophonist who honed his skills in the classic jazz environment of the Lionel Hampton Band and went on to blaze his own trail as an avant-gardist before his life was cut short by leukemia.   Hawaii documentary filmmaker Stephanie Castillo, his sister-in-law, has made a film called Thomas Chapin, Night Bird Song to keep his memory alive. There will be sneak preview screenings at Fresh Cafe in downtown Honolulu on January 4th at 7 p.m. Click here to see the trailer.

  • Intro Music:  Radius by Thomas Chapin
  • Outro Music:  One Man Blues by Thomas Chapin
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