The Conversation: Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
Native Hawaiian Small Business; Eclipse Chasers; GMO Advocacy in the Philippines; Southern Soul Music
If you’re a small business owner, you know it takes a certain temperament to manage risks with the potential for profit. And there are the businesses skills of planning, marketing, accounting, and everything that an entrepreneur is expected to do to launch a company and keep it growing. But are there necessary cultural insights in teaching those skills. The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement believes so and will soon begin a course that mixes business and cultural skill sets. MichalleKauhane is the President and COE of the Council and on the phone now.
Intro Music: Way to go!! by Ryo Natoyama
Outro Music: Aloha Ka Manini by Blayne Asing
It’s not hard to understand how people can become obsessed with solar eclipses; they speak to something primal within us, and remind us of our very small place in the universe. Nelson Quan, a filmmaker who honed his skills at Hawaii’s Academy of Creative Media, has made a documentary about one scientist who tracks eclipses wherever they might occur, documenting them in a series of extraordinary photographs. The story is told in Nelson’s film “Chasing Shadows,” and he’s with us this morning.
Intro Music: Second Chance by Peter Bjorn and John
Outro Music: No Sunlight by Death Cab For Cutie
On Kauai, the often voiced opinion is that the island and GMOs don’t mix. But this week, residents heard a different story from a visiting Catholic priest. Father Emmanuel Alparce - Father Noli as he is known- served as the executive director of his diocese’s Social Action Center, which responds to issues such as poverty and hunger, human rights, gender equality, sustainable agriculture, protection of the environment, and climate change. His work led him to explore and eventually embrace biotechnology as an effective means to mitigate hunger and poverty and improve the lives of millions of farmers in his country.
Intro Music: Lake Shore Drive by Aliotta Haynes Jerimiah
Outro Music: Pane Mai by Pierre Grill
America hasn’t always appreciated its roots music… For decades, the music of black America was sold on so-called “race records…” and country music was mostly heard on small rural radio stations. But the music that grew right out of the earth has an enduring quality, and younger artists in the so-called Americana movement, who live at the junction of country music and the blues, are giving it new life. Two of them, Luther Dickinson and Anders Osborne, are with us this morning.
Intro Music: Shining (Spacedust) by Luther Dickinson and Anders Osbourne
Outro Music: Dyin’ Days: Luther Dickinson & Anders Osborne