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The Conversation: Friday, February 5th 2016

Flickr: Ken Lund

Leveraging Mainstream Resources to Help Solve Homelessness; Hawai‘i: Language MattersPlanned Parenthood; Paint and Pupus Event

Leveraging Mainstream Resources to Help Solve Homelessness: Jennifer Ho

Jennifer Ho

This week we saw a new poll from Civil Beat showing that 90% of registered voters believe homelessness is a major issue. Housing and Urban Development Senior Advisor Jennifer Ho is glad homelessness is top mind and that people are paying attention. She’s in Hawaii from Washington this week for annual meetings. We sat down to continue a conversation we started back in September during our series, Homelessness From the Outside In.  I asked her for her assessment of the Civil Beat poll, about the clear split in the reasons why people want homelessness fixed, and especially the majority who want more enforcement.

  • Intro Music: That's the Way of the World by Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Outro Music: Within Dreams by The Album Leaf

Hawai‘i: Language Matters: David Grubin

David Grubin

Poster for Language Matters with Bob Holman

Most of us in Hawaii today look at the Hawaiian language as a precious heritage, yet it almost went extinct… and that’s not uncommon for indigenous languages around the world.   David Grubin is a documentary filmmaker who is coming to Hawaii for a Merwin Conservancy Green Room event called Hawai‘i: Language Matters, which takes place on February 19th at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.   His documentary film on the subject is called Language Matters with Bob Holman.

  • Intro Music: Pili Aloha by Olomana
  • Outro Music: Ku`u Pua Pakalana by Natalie Ai Kamauu

Planned Parenthood: Chris Charbonneau

Chris Charbonneau

Credit Wikipedia Commons
Planned Parenthood facility in St. Paul, Minnesota

Back in November, the US Supreme Court said it would rule on the restrictions placed on abortion clinics in Texas.  The decision is expected in June. Meanwhile, two abortion opponents who made headlines with last year’s undercover videos have had a reversal of fortune. They were indicted by  the Houston grand jury that was initially  investigating misconduct allegations against Planned Parenthood. Chris Charbonneau is the CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands she joined The Conversation while she’s back in Honolulu this week.

  • Intro Music: Daydream by Tycho
  • Outro Music: Chilled Cream by Blank & Jones

Paint and Pupus Event: Richard Whitman

Richard Whitman

Credit Richard Whitman
Kalalau Valley Kauai (2015) by Richard Whitman. Painting is water soluble oil on Belgian linen canvas

It’s likely that there are more than a few aspiring artists out there who just don’t know where to begin. It’s helpful to have the guiding hand of an experienced painter who knows what materials work best and has put in years of effort translating the beauty of nature to canvas. Richard Whitman is the host of an upcoming Paint and Pupus event in Princeville, Kauai, and he joined the show via phone from his studio to talk about it beforehand.  The event takes Saturday, February 13th at Fish Eye Gallery in Princeville, Kauai.  The gallery will provide a canvas, paint, and all supplies.

  • Intro Music: Henehene Kou Aka by Jesse Tinsley
  • Outro Music: Kaua'i Beauty by Gabby Pahinui
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