The Conversation: Thursday, August 31st, 2017
TAT Explained; History of Honolulu Rail; US-India Relationship
Transient Accommodation Tax Explained
HPR reporter Ku’uwehi Hiraishi reviews the history of a tax that was originally proposed at 2 percent in the late 80’s, quickly went to 5 percent and may soon be north of ten percent.
Intro Music: Taxman by The Beatles
Outro Music: Something Here by Day Wave
Historical Perspective on Rail
Honolulu’s rail project has had a long and convoluted existence. HPR reporter Noe Tangiawa walks us through it and introduces us to a few prominent members of the project’s past.
Intro Music: Opihi Moemoe by Kawika Kahiapo
Outro Music: On The Road Again by Katchafire
Civil Beat Reality Check
One president’s so-called “dreamer” is another president’s illegal immigrant, as more than 500 young Hawaii residents are learning.
Outro Music: Electric Indigo by The Paper Kites
State of the U.S.-India Relationship
Indian Ambassador to Washington Najtev Sarna discusses his country's deepening relations with the U.S. and what that bilateral relationship means for both nations.
Outro Music: Wahine `Ilikea by Cindy Combs
Ohina Film Showcase
The director of the Ohina Film Showcase is hoping to give a leg up to local filmmakers in Hawaii.
Outro Music: Can't Stop the Feeling by The Piano Guys
MAPA Production of Hunchback of Notre Dame
Stories of forbidden love, where unlikely heroes are rewarded and love eventually conquers all, live down through the ages for a reason.
Intro Music: Hellfire by The Hunchback of Notre Dame Ensemble
Outro Music: Made Of Stone by The Hunchback of Notre Dame Ensemble