The Conversation: Wednesday, January 27th 2016
New State Capitol Television System; Smooth Jazz Concert with Michael Paulo; Kanu Hawaii Civic Engagement Initiative; Break the Ice Art Contest
A fact of modern life is the presence of cameras seemingly everywhere capturing daily activities. As of yesterday, there are more than 30 of them with a distinct purpose. The cameras at the Capitol project will capture hearings in 16 House and Senate conference rooms, making it easier for you to watch when you can’t be there. 'Olelo Community Media partnered with Oceanic Time Warner and the State of Hawai‘i to create the video on demand channel, HSPAN (Hawai‘i Statewide Public Access Network) unveiled this week. Chris Lam is the chief operating officer of 'Olelo Community Media and he joined The Conversation to talk about the capitol’s new TV system.
- Intro Music: Muskrat Ramble by Kid Ory and His Creole Jazzband
- Outro Music: This I Dig of You by Hank Mobley
The world of so-called smooth jazz has opened people’s ears to instrumental music in ways that its more hard-core musical cousins never could. It’s a style where melody still rules and the rhythms are clearly defined, so you know when to pat your feet. It’s a genre that has given Hawaii-born saxophonist Michael Paulo world-traveling success and he’s bringing some good friends to town for a weekend concert. Paulo will perform alongside saxophonist Richard Elliot and Guitarist Gerey Johnson on Saturday, January 30th at The Hawaii Convention Center – Liliu Theater.
- Intro Music: Feelin Alright by Michael Paulo
- Outro Music: When A Man Loves A Woman by Richard Elliot
In politics, it’s all about engagement. In Hawai‘i the last 40 years have been a study in voter engagement with our state going from the highest to the lowest voter turnout in the nation. For several years, nonpartisan civic engagement group Kanu Hawai‘i has committed to registering new voters, particularly in historically low turnout communities. This year, the group’s goal is 5000 new voters and that’s just one of its projects. Nicole Brodie is the Executive Director of Kanu Hawaii and she joined us in our studio to talk about some of the organization’s 2016 initiatives.
- Intro Music: Fun to Be Happy by Love Tractor
- Outro Music: Walkin' by Miles Davis
We’ve spoken often about the power of art to inspire social change and there’s no greater need in our world these days than the fight against methamphetamine addiction. The Hawaii Meth Project recognizes that power and is harnessing the energy of students around the state with its Break the Ice Art Contest. Georgianna DeCosta is the Executive Director of the Hawaii Meth Project and she joined us in our studios to talk about the contest. The contest is open to students in grades 7 through 12 and has two categories: traditional/digital art and sticker design. The deadline for entries is February 12th
- Intro Music: The Wedding by The Calm Blue Sea
- Outro Music: Vetus Memoria by God Is An Astronaut