The Conversation: Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Aug 10, 2016

Long View; Chile Pepper Festival; The State of Affordable Housing on Kaua’i

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Long View: Neal Milner

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With all the emphasis on national politics right now, it could be easy to feel a loss of control or importance over the big issues that could shape the country. But for most people, it’s the place where they live that shapes their lives…their neighborhoods. People in Hawaii often identify themselves by which neighborhood they call home and while those identifiers might be used by other people to stereotype folks, recent research shows more substance to the effects of neighborhoods. Even in the age of globalization with the ability to quickly keep contact outside of the place near you, neighborhoods matter.

Intro Music: Wondering Where The Lions Are by Bruce Cockburn

Outro Music: Soul Music by Restaurant Music Academy

Chile Pepper Festival: Pam Boyar


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There are as many varieties of chile peppers as there are ways to prepare them, and Hawaii’s ideal growing climate has spawned a number of intrepid growers and chefs who love what chiles can do to spice up a meal… This Saturday offers an opportunity to learn just how detailed a study of the humble chile pepper can get; there’s a chile pepper festival in town, and its organizer, Pam Boyar, is with us this morning.

Intro Music: Spicy Sauce by Corpse Grinders

Outro Music: Walk-Don’t Run by The Ventures

The State of Affordable Housing on Kaua’i: Debra deLuis


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You can’t live in Hawai‘i without knowing that the state has an affordable housing shortage. Island to island, counties are trying different ways to narrow the gap -even a little. On Kaua‘i today, the Planning Committee of the County Council will take up a bill to change zoning requirements to add small units to the Līhu‘e community. Bill 2627 is in its second draft and would allow an easing of restrictions and give support to the construction of additional rental units on properties that meet proposed requirements. Debra deLuis is t is an active member and officer of Kaua‘i Community Alliance, a collaborative working together to end homelessness and create sustainable housing options on Kaua`i and in the State of Hawai`i.

Intro Music: Kauai by The Harmony Group

Outro Music: She Wore Diamond by Kilauea