The Conversation: Monday, June 13th, 2016

Jun 13, 2016

Native Hawaiians In Support of TMT; Aloha International Piano Festival; Chair of the Hawai‘i LGBT Caucus on Orlando Shooting; Cabaret on Kauai

A memorial for victims of a mass shooting at a Orlando, FL night club

Native Hawaiians Support TMT: PUEO Keahi Warfield

Concept art of the Thirty Meter Telescope planned for Mauna Kea
Credit Flickr - Kashif Pathan

The opposition we usually hear to the Thirsty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea comes from Native Hawaiians. But one group is quick to show that this is really a matter of some but not all. A recently-formed nonprofit known by its acronym PUEO which stands for Perpetuating Unique Educational Opportunities Inc. filed a motion to intervene in the contested case. Later this week, a hearing in Hilo will decide which groups will be included. On the line now is the Board President of PUEO, Keahi Warfield.

Intro Music: Dominos by Peter Bjorn and John

Outro Music: Jamz by Sales

Aloha International Piano Festival: Lisa Nakamichi

Credit Wikimedia Commons

The world of the concert pianist is a highly competitive one, where even the youngest artists have to adapt to the demands of performing in an environment where they are judged critically at every step long the way.   It’s an environment designed to foster excellence, and it does, but it does demand the kind of temperament that can withstand pressure.  It’s a world that Lisa Nakamichi knows well, as a performing artist herself and as organizer of the 11th Annual Aloha International Piano Festival and Competition, which is bringing pianists from all over to Hawaii.  She’s with us this morning.

Intro Music: Over The Rainbow by The Piano Guys

Outro Music: Sakura Sakura by Lisa Nakamichi

A Hawaii Perspective on the Orlando Shooting: Michael Golojuch

Michael Golojuch
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In the aftermath of yesterday’s shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, communities around the nation have been offering their condolences and support. That includes from ours- the Hawai‘i LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii called it a Hate Crime and staged a vigil last night at the Honolulu Hale. Implicit in the messages of solidarity, is also the question of how communities will respond in practice as well as principle. Michael Golojuch is the chair of the Hawai‘i state LGBT caucus. He joins us by phone now.

Intro Music: Body Show Theme

Outro Music: Crystal Ball by Community Radio

Kauai’s Singing Ministers Present Their Love Journey in an Evening of Cabaret: Rita Andriello

Rita and Patrick
Credit Rita Andriello

Nothing tells a love story like a good cabaret act, especially if the performers are telling the story of their own lives.  That’s what Rita Andriello and Patrick Feren have done with Love Notes Cabaret: A Musical Journey of the Heart.  They are the Spiritual Directors of the Center for Spiritual Living Kauai in Kapaa, and Rita’s on the line with us now.

Intro Music: Stargazer Theme

Outro Music: You're Just In Love (I Wonder Why) by Rita Andriello and Patrick Feren