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The Conversation: Friday, July 15th, 2016


The Future of Cornea Transplants in Hawai‘i; Hoku Zuttermeister; The Future of SB 2077; Hawaii Performing Arts Festival

The Future of Cornea Transplants in Hawaii: Michael Simao

Michael Simao

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Here’s a situation you probably haven’t thought much about...if you needed an eye transplant, where would you go to find a cornea? In Hawaii, about three quarters of the roughly a hundred and fifty annual eye transplants happen through the Hawaii Lions Eye Bank. But now another organization wants to take over corneal transplant services for Hawaii- and while competition in some businesses may bring better services, in this case the big concern is where the recipients will be - in Hawaii or on the mainland. Michael Simao is the Operations Manager at the Hawaiian Lion’s Eye Bank.

Intro Music: Bringing the World to You by Breaking News

Outro Music: Satisfy My Soul by The Pocket

Hoku Zuttermeister

Hoku Zuttermeister

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H?k? Zuttermeister

HokuZuttermeister has forged a musical career out of keeping traditions alive -- and he’s well placed to do just that, as the heir to styles of music and dance that go back generations, with the distinctive nahenahe mood that is uniquely Hawaiian. He’s bringing his music to our Atherton studio next weekend -- and he’s with us this morning.

Intro Music: Wailau by Hoku Zuttermeister

Outro Music: Kaulana Ni'ihau by Hoku Zuttermeister

The Future of SB 2077: Senator Brian Taniguchi

Senator Brian Taniguchi


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Maui Memorial Medical Center

Come Monday, the Legislature will again meet in a special session. Members will consider Governor Ige’s amendments to the bill providing severance or early retirement benefits to workers laid off from Hawaii Health Systems Corporation. This, as HHSC hospitals on Maui are transitioning to private management under a division of Kaiser Permanente. Governor Ige has already vetoed the original bill; the Legislature has said it will not seek to override it and instead will work with the Governor to redraft the bill. Senator Brian Taniguchi is the sponsor of the original bill.

Intro Music: Maui's Sun Set by The Dead Rocks

Outro Music: Canticle of the Sun by The O'neill Brothers Group

Hawaii Performing Arts Festival: Genette Freeman

Genette Freeman

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To acquire the skills you need in the performing arts, you need to spend a great deal of time alone: putting in your practice time, doing what no one can do for you… but you need something more -- the kind of education and inspiration that only gifted peers can give. That’s the premise of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, which takes students from “very good” to “excellent” and beyond through workshops and performances with artists from around the world. Genette Freeman is its Executive Director of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and she’s with us this morning.

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Outro Music: Just Give Me a Reason by The O'Neill Brothers Group

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