The Conversation: Friday, May 22, 2015

May 22, 2015

Minimum Wage in Hawaii and Nationwide; Art Opening on Kauai; HSTA Elections; Workshop at Golden Lotus

Minimum Wage in Hawaii and Nationwide: Larry Geller

For a moment, think about what salary you need to cover just the basics of your life. Now think about what would happen if you were making minimum wage. On the mainland many low income workers have been doing more than thinking about what they make and what they need to cover the basics. The fight for 15 movement has been growing, with victory this week in Los Angeles. By 2020, the minimum wage there will be 15 dollars an hour. Meanwhile in Hawaii, our minimum wage is set to grow to $10.10 by 2018. Larry Geller, The editor of Disappeared News, says that even if it were to take effect today, it would still leave us behind.

  • Intro Music:  Take the "a" Train by Beegie Adair
  • Outro Music:  Far Wells, Mill Valley by Charles Mingus

Art Opening on Kauai: Daniel Finchum

Haena Sunset by Daniel Finchum
Credit Daniel Finchum

Daniel Finchum is a Kaua’i artist whose first solo exhibition opens tonight at the Kaua’i Society of Artists Gallery in Lihue at the Kukui Grove Mall.  The reception begins at 6 p.m. this evening and the show runs until May 29th.

  • Intro Music:  Blues Walk by Lou Donaldson
  • Outro Music:  Creation by El Michel's Affair


HSTA Elections: Corey Rosenlee

You may have heard that there was impropriety surrounding the election of officers in Hawaii's teacher union. The candidate who would have won had the results been accepted by the HSTA board agrees there was impropriety - just not in the way it has been characterized by HSTA. Corey Rosenlee has announced he's ready to go to court over the union's action to redo the election. We sat down earlier to talk about it.

  • Intro Music: Volare by Oscar Peterson Trio
  • Outro Music: Alfie's Theme by Sonny Rollins


Workshop at Golden Lotus: John Dore

John Dore will offer a workshop this evening and tomorrow at the Golden Lotus Studio in Kapa’a, Kaua’i.   The subject is “Restoring ‘Lost’ Soul – Return to Full Health – Constellations, Jung and Knowing.”

  • Intro Music:  Heaven And Earth by Kitaro
  • Outro Music: Pockets of Peace by Xavier Rudd