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The Conversation: Wednesday, January 13th 2016


PHOCUSED Update; Hartman/Coltrane Concert; Honolulu County Legislative Package; MACC's New Cultural Programs Director

PHOCUSED Update Before The Legislative Session: Scott Fuji

Scott Fuji

The year has changed but for the community advocacy group PHOCUSED, its legislative agenda this year looks a lot like what it supported last time around. PHOCUSED is the acronym for Protecting Hawaii’s Ohana, Children, Under-Served, Elderly and Disabled. Many in those categories also fall into one of the top priorities for this legislative session, homelessness. But affordable housing isn’t all that the Executive Director of PHOCUSED sees in the mix.  Scott Fuji joins us now with his organization’s agenda. PHOCUSED is a non-profit advocating in the health and human services sector with an emphasis on affordable housing and homelessness as well as issues pertaining to Hawaii’s children, elderly, and at-risk youth.

  • Intro Music: Talking Backwards by Real Estate
  • Outro Music: Inside Out by Spoon

Hartman/Coltrane Concert: Robert Pennybacker

Robert Pennybacker

Saxophonist John Coltrane was fast becoming a lion of the jazz avant-garde when he took an unexpected turn in his career: a 1963 album of standards and show tunes with vocalist Johnny Hartman.   Both artists had a knack for getting to the heart of a ballad, and the album, recorded in a single day, is a masterpiece that continues to inspire. Robert Pennybacker and the Honolulu Jazz Quartet are preparing a concert in tribute to that classic recording, and Robert’s with us this morning. Robert Pennybacker and the Honolulu Jazz Quartet will perform the music from the John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman album, recorded in 1963, at Medici’s on Friday, January 22nd.

  • Intro Music: But Not For Me by John Coltrane
  • Outro Music: You Are Too Beautiful by John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman

Honolulu County Legislative Package: Ernie Martin

Ernie Martin

Every year, each Hawai‘i county puts together its wish list for the legislative session. Those can be for separate county driven initiatives or for inclusion in a joint package from the Hawaii State Association of Counties.  For that package, all four counties must approve each measure. The complement of bills this year includes a bill to clarify county zoning authority on single-family properties used for residential purposes as opposed to vacation rental. It’s one of six bills plus a resolution the Honolulu City Council wants approved. Council Chairman Ernie Martin joins us now.

  • Intro Music: Jumble Sale by Quantic and The Western Transient
  • Outro Music: Occasional Magic by Yppah

MACC’s New Cultural Programs Director: Kahulu Maluo

Kahulu Maluo

We benefit so much from the works arts organizations do in our community, much of it unseen. It’s about creating environments for artists to give of their best, bringing them to the public, working behind the scenes to ensure that the arts can thrive.  Kahulu Maluo has worked at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, doing just that as the MACC Programs Manager, and she’s moving into a new position as Cultural Programs Director. She’s on the line with us this morning. Kahulu Maluo is also the kumu hula of H?lau Kamaluokaleihulu.

  • Intro Music: Nordeste by Quantic and The Western Transient
  • Outro Music: By Hook Or By Crook by Ikebe Shakedown

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