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The Conversation: Monday, December 28th 2015


Climate Change Conference in Paris; Gandhi Sculpture; Community Response to Ma‘alaea Plantation; Yin Yoga

Climate Change Conference in Paris: Anu Hittle

Anu Hittle

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change agreement in Paris this month has been lauded for its passage, but fulfilling it  will comes down to the actions of people worldwide. What that means for Hawaii is the basis of an ongoing conversation that visiting East West Center scholar Anu Hittle has been having with her students. Anu Hittle joined The Conversation with some of what they have been talking about since their returned from the summit.

  • Intro Music: Monday Meters by The New Mastersounds
  • Outro Music: Exitus – Instrumental by Chet Baker

Gandhi Sculpture: Kim Duffet

Kim Duffet

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Kapiolani Park has a dull gray sheen and you might easily have walked right by it.   That’s a concern for the Friends of the Gandhi Statue in Waikiki, who have asked Hawaii sculptor Kim Duffet to lead a project to give the statue a bright new patina, more likely to catch the eye. It’s being done with the permission of the original sculptor, mainland artist Steven Lowe, and Duffet joined the show to tell us more about the effort.

  • Intro Music: Nata Raaj by Debashish Bhattacharya
  • Outro Music: Tolstoy Farm from Satyagraha by Phillip Glass

Community Response to Ma‘alaea Plantation: Lucienne De Naie

Lucienne De Naie

For years, two community organizations on Maui thought they were part of the process to bring more low density housing to the island… and much of it was to be affordable. But this month, the Ma’alaea Community Association and the Maui Tomorrow Foundation filed suit against Maui County and the developer of the proposed project, the fast tracked Ma’alaea Plantation. The groups say the heart of their frustration is that little of what was discussed in the development meetings showed up in the final environmental assessment. Lucienne De Naie is a longtime community activist and joined the show via phone to comemnt. De Naie is a founding member of Maui Cultural Lands, Inc. and the Maui Coastal Land Trust. She works as free-lance journalist, grant writer, and historical researcher. She also serves on many local non-profit boards and is Vice-Chair of the Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter.

  • Intro Music:  Got Django by Hot Club of Hulaville
  • Outro Music: The Recital That Never Happened by Khruangbin

Yin Yoga: Sookie Kunst

Sookie Kunst

Yoga is a kind of blanket term for a variety of different pathways, and its Western version can often seem far removed from its East Asian origins, but there’s little argument about its benefit to body and mind.   Some people, looking for a point of entry into yoga practice, might consider yin yoga, a gentler approach to the practice.   Sookie Kunst teaches yin yoga on Maui, and we asked her to fill us in. She offers Yin Yoga sessions every Friday at 8 a.m. in Waipuilani Park in Kihei.

  • Intro Music:  Detroit Twice by El Michels Affair
  • Outro Music: Orinoco Flow by Subsonica Orchestra
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