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The Conversation: Thursday January 5th, 2017

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Future of OHA; Hawaii Teachers Cleared for Field Trips; Dancing While Pregnant

State Ethics Policy Change for Teachers on Field Trips: Corey Rosenlee

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Corey Rosenlee
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For the past year, Hawaii teachers were precluded from attending field trips without paying their own way.

10 months ago, Hawaii’s teachers were put on notice that they could be in violation of ethics laws should they accompany students free of charge on travel trips.  The State Ethics Commission opinion drew fire from the Hawaii State Teachers Association which fought the decision and won its lawsuit to invalidate the Commission’s advice. This week, the Commission and the HSTA announced an agreement on a policy to allow teachers to chaperone students without putting the teachers in a compromising position. Corey Rosenlee is President of HSTA.

Intro Music: Cabron by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Outro Music: Color Theory by Tea Leigh, Luke Reed

Mama Ensemble: Gwen Arbaugh

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Gwen Arbaugh
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The Mama Ensemble.

Motherhood can derail a performing arts career -- if you let it.   The three dancers in the Mama Ensemble chose, instead, to allow their pregnancy and the birth of their children to inform their art. The result is their new show, which brings together dancers from a variety of disciplines, in a celebration of the event that changed their lives. Gwen Arbaugh is a founding member of the Mama Ensemble.

Intro Music: Things That Hate Us by Atmosphere
Outro Music: Older by Parcels

Civil Beat Reality Check: Kealoha Case

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House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke, left, and Senate Ways and Means Chair Jill Tokuda have the lead roles in shaping the state budget.

Speculation over what happens after President-elect Trump takes office is fueling many a debate, including what impact it may have on Hawaii tourism. And that’s part of the reason the Council on Revenues lowered its project for this year. Civil beat reporter Chad Blair has the reality check.    

Intro Music: Poor Isaac by The Airborne Toxic Event
Outro Music: Uptown Boys by Netherfriends

 New OHA Board and New Chair’s Vision for the Future: Rowena Akana

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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has a mandate to better Native Hawaiians.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has its share of controversies. There are the internal struggles, the issues over self-determinism, and lawsuits involving its Board members. There was a contentious election and a reorganization with a new Board chair. Then this week, the Board voted to buy out the three-year contract of its CEO, only six months after renewing it. We called Board Chairperson Rowena Akana to get her thoughts on OHA.

Outro Music: Toothpaste Kisses by The Maccabees

New Film Aloha Got Soul: Roger Bong

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Local music took on some brave new directions in the 70’s and 80, incorporating influences from all over and giving them an island twist.  We started to hear new age, jazz, and soul music interpreted by a whole new family of artists, one that producer Roger Bong, founder of the record label Aloha Got Soul, is bringing to life in a new documentary film.  He’s on Hawaii Island now, shooting interviews for the work in progress, and he’s on the phone with us now.

Intro Music: Reprimand And Recoil by Justin Thyme
Outro Music: Your Light by Aina

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