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The Conversation: Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

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Update on Maui Hospitals; “Music From Then and Now”; Homelessness on Maui; Hawai‘i Singers in New England

Transfer of Maui County Hospitals to Kaiser: Dr. Ronald Boyd

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Ronald Boyd

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Maui Memorial

It may be a little clearer, but the injunction delaying the transfer of Maui County hospitals still stands. The three financially beleaguered hospitals including Maui Memorial are run by the quasi-public Hawaii Health Systems Corp. They were to pass into the hands of a division of Kaiser on July 1. Union rancor over the deal landed it in court and now it may be the end of summer before the transition completes. To continue our look at how life on Maui is changing, Dr Ronald Boyd is the Chief of Staff at Maui Memorial Medical Center.

Intro Music: I Won't Lie by Brownout

Outro Music: Kiho`alu by Dennis Pavao

"Music From Then & Now,"James Ramos

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James Ramos

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Honolulu Gay Men's Choir

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Honolulu describes itself as “the first and only openly gay musical organization in the State of Hawai‘i [whose] mission is to sing, perform, and celebrate the voices of men and to be a proud and visible part of the LGBTQ community in Hawai‘i.” Its summer concert is coming up, and James Ramos, president of the chorus, is on hand to tell us more.

Intro Music: Heart It Races by Dr. Dog

Outro Music: Water Song by Hot Tuna

Homelessness on Maui: Maude Cumming

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Maude Cumming

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With Housing and Urban Development funds moving to organizations focused on creating permanent housing, many groups in Hawaii providing temporary shelter are now scrambling. On Maui, that directive is at odds with the preference of Mayor Alan Arakawa who in past has told us he favors increasing temporary shelters. All this week, we’re looking at how life on Maui is changing and although there is wide appreciation for mitigating homelessness on Maui as on other islands, there seems to be a lack of unified vision to do it. Early this morning we called Maude Cumming- she’s the Chair of Bridging The Gap, the Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care for the neighbor islands. I asked her whether HUD’s focus is making Maui options easier - or more difficult.

Intro Music: Michigan and Again by The Accindentals

Outro Music: Ballad of Oregon by River City Extensions

Hawai‘i Choral Singers in New England: Miguel Felipe

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It’s a challenge for any musical organization: a 13 day tour with a dizzying schedule of concerts formal and informal, workshops and clinics, and even a prison visit; but that’s what the Voices of Aloha, a 25-voice choir, is doing right now.     Dr. Miguel Felipe is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at UH, and he joins us by phone from Burlington, Vermont.

Intro Music: Sea of Love by Langhorne Slim, Jill Andrews

Outro Music: Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B Minor BMV 232: IV. Laudamuste

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