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The Conversation: Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Edmund Garman

Dignity on Wheels Program; KDEN’s Music Man; 2016 Point in Time Count; Maui Fishpond Community Work Day

Dignity on Wheels Program (aka LIFT): Eliot Bu

Eliot Bu


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Anyone looking for a job is often tethered to a computer, scouring job openings, creating and sending resumes, and checking for responses. And usually job applications want an address usually that means a home. But for people without homes, having access to a simple thing like a mailbox or a shower is more frustrating. Eliot Bu and team members Ma-Ry Kim, Reid Mizue and Ryan Sullivan are seeking to change things with the program, Dignity on Wheels (aka LIFT).

Intro Music: Blues Harmonica Rock by Lars-Luis Linek

Outro Music: Wakey!Wakey!: Homeless Poets

KDEN’s Music Man: Suzi Bond

Suzi Bond

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Harold and the Pick a Little Ladies

Even a con man can go straight, with love to motivate him… that’s part of the message of the enduring musical “the Music Man,” but who needs a message, when the show has plenty of ensemble dancing, some great songs, and a surefire story? Suzi Bond has all of the above to work with as she puts together the Kilauea Drama & Entertainment Network production. She and a huge cast are hard at work, with an opening next week, and she’s on the line from Hawaii Island.

Intro Music: The Music Man Overture by Herbert Greene Orchestra

Outro Music: Seventy Six Trombones by Robert Preston

2016 Point in Time Count Report: Jennifer Stasch

Jennifer Stasch

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Point in Time Count Press Conference

At a press conference yesterday, the report on Hawaii’s Point in Time Count was formally released by Partners in Care -Oahu's Continuum of Care and Bridging The Gao. The top line results show a four percent overall increase in homelessness in our state. It’s the fifth consecutive increase over five years showing a twenty-eight percent rise in homelessness since 2011.

Intro Music: When I was Your Man by The O'Neill Brothers Group

Outro Music: Homeless (Instrumental) by Nassiri

Maui Fishpond Community Work Day: Joylynn Paman

Joylynn Paman

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Fishpond Canoe Tour on Shore

The fishponds of pre-contact Hawai’i were a kind of engineering miracle, ingeniously put together, using available materials, with a design that could last for generations. People built to last in those days, and you can learn a lot from their example. You can get an excellent object lesson in sustainability, aquaculture, and the ways of old Hawaii by taking part in one of the Maui Fishpond Association’s Community work days.

Intro Music: Comenbackhome (live) by Breaking news

Outro Music: Maui's Sunset Instrumental by The Dead Rocks

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