The Conversation: Monday, June 6th, 2016

Jun 6, 2016

Mayor or Manager for Maui?; Streetlight Cadence; Maui's Changing Demographics; An Original Play on Vivaldi

Kahakuloa Head, Maui
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Maui Mayor or Maui Manager? Mike White

Kalana O Maui County Building in Wailuku
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  If you live in or visit Maui periodically, you know the Valley Island is undergoing change. There’s the new build out around the airport, the closure of HC & S, and a question of what will happen to its workers and the land….also whether condos are coming to the Makena resort scheduled to close in July. And then there’s the transition of Maui hospitals from the state to Kaiser. Meanwhile Maui’s population continues to grow. The many changes on Maui are on our agenda this week, starting with an effort to get the question on the November ballot of whether Maui should have manager instead of a mayor. Before the weekend, it was again considered by the Maui County Council. Councilmember Mike White joins us now.

Intro Music: Stayling Alive by The Whigs

Outro Music: Wona by Mumford and Sons, Baaba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg

Streetlight Cadence: Jesse Shiroma

Streetlight Cadence
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Street performers learn a lot, in a short time, about how to connect with an audience. It’s a few feet away, often vocal in its appreciation or lack of it, and quick to depart when attention lags. Waikiki became a launching pad for Streetlight Cadence, whose distinctive brand of alternative pop music has found ever-growing success.  The band is back in the islands for a tour, and accordionist Jesse Shiroma is on hand to tell us more.

Intro Music: I Need You Tonight by Streetlight Cadence

Outro Music: Rooftops by Streetlight Cadence

What’s Happening On Maui? John Harrison

Kahalui, Maui
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Longtime Maui residents say you can’t help but see - and feel - the changes in the island. In the last 50 years, Maui’s population has quadrupled and the forecast in the next 50 shows tens of thousands more will call Maui home. But for now, who exactly is on Maui - where are the transplanted residents coming from? To answer the question of Who’s on Maui, we called John Harrison, the Program Director for Research & Analysis at the Maui Economic Development Board. He’s also been a Maui resident for almost 20 years and he’s on the line now.

Intro Music: Body Show Theme

Outro Music: Talk by DJ Snake and Georgia Maple

Ginny Morgan - Breakfast with Vivaldi

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  How do you reconstruct the personality of a great artist and bring him to life on stage? That’s the challenge Ginny Morgan took on with her play ‘Breakfast with Vivaldi,’ which takes us into the world of the prolific composer, virtuoso violinist, and sometime priest Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, eighteenth-century baroque maestro.  She’s a performing musician herself, a harpist, and she’s on the line with us now.

Intro Music: Talk by DJ Snake and Georgia Maple

Outro Music: Code Name Vivaldi by The Piano Guys