The Conversation: Friday, June 26th 2015

Jun 26, 2015

Kuamo’o Battlefield Burial Grounds; International Reggae Day Festival; Supreme Court Obamacare Decision; Invasive Fire Ants Update

Kuamo’o Battlefield Burial Grounds: Keola Beamer

Oil painting of Manono and Kekuaokalani at the Battle of Kuamoo Bay in South Kona in 1819
Credit Drena and Brook Parker, and

Something vital is lost when historic sites are allowed to fall apart and historic preservationists operate from an acute sense of their importance to future generations. The battle of Kuamo’o in 1819 signaled a fundamental shift in the lives of Hawaiians (with the abolition of the kapu system) as it offered an object lesson in reconciliation. The site is now the focus of a combined preservation and restoration effort by Aloha Kuamo'o 'Aina and The Trust for Public Land. Keola Beamer is their spokesperson, and he joined the show via phone.

  •  Intro Music:  Tamacun by Brittni Paiva
  • Outro Music:  'Imi Au la '‘Oe by Keola Beamer

International Reggae Day Festival: Uncle Tom Moffatt

Honolulu, along with New York, Ft. Lauderdale/Miami, London, Santiago, and Bombay are among the cities joining in the annual International Reggae Day celebration on July 1st when Kingston hosts the world in a global reggae party in a 24 hour media event. Here in the islands, Tom Moffatt is coordinating the efforts and he joined the show to tell us more.

  • Intro Music:  Declaration of Rights by The Abyssinians
  • Outro Music:  What Them A Do by Black Roots

Supreme Court Obamacare Decision: Anderson Meyer

Attorney Anderson Meyer practices in the areas of commercial litigation, personal injury defense, insurance defense, healthcare, medical malpractice defense, legal malpractice, and constitutional and civil rights litigation. He has lectured on appellate advocacy at the William S. Richardson School of Law, his alma mater, since 2009.

  • Intro Music: Moana's Laundry Basket by Keola Beamer
  • Outro Music: Slackmenco by Makana and Jeff Peterson

Invasive Fire Ants Update: Erin Bishop

Tiny stinging red fire ants are invading Hawaii! They can bite and leave a welt that can last for weeks. But how did they get here and where are they hiding? Erin Bishop of the Oahu Invasive Species Committee joined the program with an update on the latest. She wants everyone to remember that fire ants are everyone’s responsibility and if you want to know more on how to prevent further infestation, free test kits will be distributed to the public this Saturday at 11:45am at the Hawaii State Library.

  • Intro Music: Morning Star by Makana
  • Outro Music: Maluhia by Mamo