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The Conversation: Friday, December 2nd, 2016

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Pushback Against Industrial Composting in Hilo; Preempting Discrimination and Harassment in Hawaii; Behind the Scenes of Big Wave Surfing

Keaukaha Pana`ewa Farmers Association Fight Planned Composting Facility: Bobby Yamada

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Bobby Yamada

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The inclusion of food waste to a Hilo composting facility has generated opposition from some residents

With the growing ethos of a green economy, few people might argue against composting unless it’s a large facility on Hawaii Island. The opposition isn’t only to the facility, but a plan to process more than just green waste. Today, the Keaukaha Pana`ewa Farmers Association is sending a letter to site design company PBR Hawaii and to Big Island Mayor Harry Kim. The association is asking for a complete environmental impact statement saying the already produced environmental assessment is incomplete.

Intro Music: Paddle to the Rising Sun by `Elua Kane
Outro Music: Pu`uanahulu by John Keawe

Actor John Rubenstein 

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John Rubenstein

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John Rubenstein as King Charlemange

Aspiring performing artists soon learn, as they pound the pavement in search of a job, that auditioning is an art in itself. Skills that have taken you years to acquire must be distilled down to a very few minutes where you’re at your absolute best.   Easier said than done, but experienced performers know what to do, which makes workshops like the one John Rubinstein will offer next week so valuable.  John is a Tony award winning actor with more than 50 years of performing experience who also a seasoned director and composer.

Intro Music: Waterfall by The Piano Guys
Outro Music: Beethoven's 5 Secrets by The Piano Guys

Civil Beat Reality Check: Aloha from Standing Rock

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Chad Blair

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Oceti Sakowin camp road. Several Hawaii residents have joined the protest at the Standing Rock Reservation

In the December Dakota winter, protestors at Standing Rock are getting a warm aloha from Hawaii activists. Civil Beat reporter Chad Blair has the ongoing reality check.

Intro Music: Rolling Sea by Vetiver
Outro Music: Overture from 'The Producers' by The Producers Orchestra

State Civil Rights Commission Opposing Trend of Discriminatory Harassment: Linda Hamilton Krieger

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Linda Hamilton Krieger

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and supporters wearing leis at the iconic march at Selma

With mainland reports of discriminatory harassment and intimidation, the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission is hoping to head off any similar incidents here. This week, it issued a call for solidarity among Hawaii residents to stand up for the shared Hawaii values based in the diversity the state represents. But as we heard earlier in the week from contributing editor Neal Milner those with deep-seated and simmering resentments may now feel they have license to act on them. Hawaii Civil Rights Commission Chair Linda Hamilton Krieger joins us now.

Intro Music: Do-Si-So by Peter Bjorn and John
Outro Music: How Much A Dollar Cost by Kendrick Lamar

Behind the Scenes of Big Wave Surfing: Ian Walsh

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Ian Walsh

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Ian Walsh is known for surfing some of largest and most dangerous waves on the planet

Big-wave surfing is about constantly pushing the envelope, harnessing the almost unimaginable power of the ocean at its most ferocious. It’s a world that calls for single-minded dedication and complete concentration, and it’s the subject of a new film about Ian Walsh, and his daredevil friends. The movie is Distance Between Dreams it has its Oahu premiere tonight.

Intro Music: Down By The Water by The Decembrists
Outro Music:  Surfing Drums by Dick Dale

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