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The Conversation: Monday, February 1st 2016

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Government Bills; Starting OverHPV Vaccine and SB2316; Hula Hoike Kaua`i

Government Bills: Brian Black

Brian Black

Every year at the Legislature, there are the bills that are driven by top of mind issues. Each session, too, there are the bills that deal with government itself and for a look at those bills, Brian Black, the executive director of the Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest, joined The Conversation. As always, he has his list of the good and the bad public records and open meetings bills and the ones he says need work.

  • Intro Music: Sunshine by Fukuyama
  • Outro Music: Germinating Seed by Tea Leaf Green

Starting Over: David Dinner

David Dinner

The writer’s life can be a lonely one, where self-confidence can be hard to come by.   That self-confidence can be eroded by the rejection letters that always seem to accompany one’s early efforts, but as writer David Dinner reminds us, it’s what you do after you’ve gotten that letter that really matters.   He has written a blog entry called Starting Over on the online Writer’s Life Newsletter, and he joined the show to tell us more about it.

  • Intro Music: Island T?t? by Surf Dudes
  • Outro Music: Eyes Wide Open by Gotye

HPV Vaccine and SB2316: Dr. Lee Buenconsejo-Lum

Dr. Lee Buenconsejo-Lum

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the human papillomavirus is widespread in the US.  More than 14 million new infections are annually reported. At some point in their lives, it’s estimated that 50% of sexually active men and women will get HPV and the HPV vaccine could stem that infection rate. Soon Hawaii could join the few states that mandate it with SB2316 scheduled for healing tomorrow.  Dr. Lee Buenconsejo-Lum is an Associate Professor with the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at UH JABSOM and is presently the Department Vice-Chair. She joined the show via phone to share her thoughts.

  • Intro Music: Got Django by Hot Club of Hulaville
  • Outro Music: Winds of Change by Ilya Santana

Hula Hoike Kaua`i: Leilani Rivera Low

Leilani Rivera Low

The world of hula thrives on competition and it’s an environment that allows kumu hula and their dancers to perfect their art… but not every performance needs to be forged under that kind of pressure.    Kumu hula Leilani Rivera Low’s annual hula hoike, going strong for more than 20 years, celebrates the accomplishments of her dancers and links what they do to the traditions of the Polynesian Triangle.  Halau Hula o Leilani will present their Hula Hoike this Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Kauai War Memorial.

  • Intro Music: I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons
  • Outro Music: Keiki Hula by Genoa Keawe & Her Hula Maid
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