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The Conversation: Friday, March 4th, 2016


Endangered Species; Net Send-Off; HCDA decision to Nix Kakaako School; Goddess of Love

Illegal Trafficking of Endangered Species: Jeffrey Flocken

Jeffrey Flocken

There is a lot of ivory in Hawaii.  Following New York and California, Hawaii is the third largest market. For several years, animal rights activists have tried to ban sales of ivory in Hawaii and this legislative session it may happen.  But that is only part of the issue as we’ll talk about now with Jeffrey Flocken, the national director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), which is a member organization in the coalition of conservation organizations, who are in Hawaii to celebrate National Wildlife Day and bring attention to the issue of illegal trafficking in endangered species, their parts and the products made from them.

  • Intro Music: Better When I'm Dancing by Meghan Trainor
  • Outro Music: Take My Soul by Thievery Corporation

Surfrider Foundation Kauai Net Send-off Party: Barbara Wiedner

Barbara Wiedner

Kauai Surfrider Beach Net Patrol

Fishnets washed up on a beach make a pretty ugly sight, and you could hardly ask for a more potent symbol of the way we mistreat our ocean resources.  Over the last sixteen months, members of Kauai’s Surfrider Foundation have gathered ten tons of netting from the island’s beaches, a mess they’re saying good riddance to with a Net Send-Off party on Saturday, 03/05.  Barbara Wiedner is an organizer of Surfrider Foundation & Malama Na ‘Apapa’s Net Recycling Celebration, Saturday Morning, 03/05 at Restore Kauai on Lehua Street in Kapaa.

  • Intro Music: Butterfly Nets by Bishop Allen
  • Outro Music: Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride by  M. Keali'i Ho' Omalu, Kamehameha School's Chorus

HSTA Input on HCDA Decision to Nix Kaka'ako School: Corey Rosenlee

Corey Rosenlee

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Kaka'ako In the Distance

In the revamping of Kaka’ako, building geared to both ends of the economic spectrum (lower income rentals to luxury condominiums) could mean a lot of kids moving into the neighborhood.  Shops, the Ala Moana Beach, plus the waterfront park will be close by but what about a neighborhood school? For the moment that looks like it will not happen. This week, the HCDA board unanimously voted not to include a public elementary school as part of the affordable rental development.  Their reason: it would be unfair to the companies which competed to produce the original plan.  We wondered how that decision sat with the state teacher’s union HSTA president Corey Rosenlee.  Corey is a national board certified social studies teacher at Campbell High School. A graduate of Kaiser High School and the University of Hawaii (B.A.; M.E.T.), he has been teaching for 18 years. He is also the proud father of a public school student.

  • Intro Music: Mallet Quartet: III. Fast by Steve Reich, Third Coast Percussion
  • Outro Music: Song for Liliu (Queen Lili`uokalani) by Henry Kapono

Goddess of Love Workshop: Claudia Yates

Claudia Yates

Does every woman have a goddess inside her?  If so, how can she draw upon its energies to feed her life?  Claudia Yates, energy psychologist, has given that particular quest a lot of thought; she’s leading a Goddess of Love workshop Saturday, 03/05 on Kauai at the Golden Lotus Studio in Kapa’a, Kaua’i.

  • Intro Music: Top of The World- Imagine Dragons
  • Outro Music: Teach Me How Love Goes- Kris Allen
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