The Conversation: Friday, May 13th, 2016
Bee Health in Hawaii; Amazing Hawai‘i Comic-Con; Tax Breaks for Organic Farmers; Ka’u Coffee Festival
Outlook for Bees in Hawaii: Michael Kliks
For years, you’ve likely heard that Hawaii’s bees are under siege- from varroa mites, colony collapse, and habitat degradation. Concern over a lack of bees hasn’t caught up with reality according to Michael Kliks. After his stint as a honey producer, he’s now a bee manager and pollination expert and say the bees are doing just fine. That doesn’t mean they don’t have threats - and these days that means the small hive beetle and humans. Dr. MichaleKliks is with us this morning with an update on the bees
Intro Music: Last Nite by The Strokes
Outro Music: Wild Honey by U2
The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con: Jimmy Jay
Asking anyone with a dominant nerd geek gene when they first became aware of comic books is a bit like asking when they first became interested in breathing air. Back in 1986 our next guest’s Mom handed him a twenty at the San Diego ComicCon and said “Make it last.” He's made it last thirty years so far. Jimmy Jay’s bringing the Amazing ComicCon to the Hawaii Convention Center next weekend and he joins us by phone.
Intro Music: Evening Call by Project Pablo
Outro Music: Wonder Woman Theme, Season 2
Tax Breaks to Hawaii Organic Farmers: Sean Anderson
Getting the USDA certified organic designation can be a costly process - and it’s why some farmers who ostensibly farm organically say they just can’t afford to pursue the paperwork. But after this legislative session, they have some help. Hawaii is poised to become the first state to offer would-be organic farmers a big break - up to 50 thousand dollars in tax credits. Sean Anderson is just the kind of farmer who would take up that deal should Governor Ige approve or allow it to become law. And that could mean a a whole lot more green to grow the organic produce consumers want.
Intro Music: You Think I don't Know by Charles Bradley
Outro Music: No No No by Beirut
Ka`u Coffee Festival: Chris Manfredi
Not so very long ago, when you mentioned coffee from the Fiftieth State, folks from the Mainland and the rest of the world immediately thought of Kona coffee. But now, coffee grows on Kauai, Oahu, Maui and Moloka’i as well as Hawaii’s Kona District. But there’s another Hawaii Island coffee growing district besides Kona-- And it’s winning world class awards-- Hawaii Coffee Association Director Chris Manfredi joins us with a look at the brew from Ka’u.
Intro Music: Honey by Moby
Outro Music: In My Coffee Shack by Kalapana Bay Pat Rocco