The Conversation: Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Aug 15, 2017

ACA Rate Hikes; Kahala Beach Easement; Economic Value of the Arts

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Affordable Care Act Rate Hikes Requested by HMSA, KP: Gordon Ito

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Amid widespread confusion about the impact of the Affordable Care Act, and uncertainty about its future, Hawaii’s principal health care providers are asking for double-digit increases in their premiums.

Intro Music: Man I Need by Jagwar Ma

Outro Music: Good Old Days by Emapea

Kahala Resort Easement Over Public Land: Richard Turbin

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Although the Kahala Hotel & Resort has withdrawn a request for an easement to use state public shoreline for commercial enterprises, the question is raised: where should the line be drawn on the use of public land?

Intro Music: Kawika by The Sunday Manoa

Outro Music: Mc Hale by 1000 Gram

Civil Beat Reality Check

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In the aftermath of a marathon public hearing that included some sharp questioning from State lawmakers, we still don’t know how Honolulu’s troubled rail project is going to be funded.

Outro Music: Oh Devil (feat. Devin Di Dakata) by Electric Guest

Economic Value of the Arts: Randy Cohen

Americans for the Arts Vice President Randy Cohen.
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You don’t often hear the arts spoken of as a driver for the economy, but they have an impact far beyond what you might expect.

Outro Music: Rainy Streets by Blue In Green

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot: Mark Branner

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Judas Iscariot was never put on trial; he had his own conscience to torment him. But what if he had? That’s the question asked by a play coming to Hawaii.

Intro Music: American Goldwig by Blitzen Trapper

Outro Music: La Lucha by The Motet