The Conversation: Wednesday, July 1st 2015

Jul 1, 2015

Bill 38 (Plastic Bag Bill) Loopholes & Background; Artists of Hawai‘i 2015; Possible Veto of Sex Trafficking Bill; Word on the Street

Bill 38 (Plastic Bag Bill) Loopholes & Background: Suzanne Frazer

Plastic Bags
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A law that a lot of people on O’ahu have been waiting for goes into effect today: Bill 38 bans most types of plastic bags in the City and County of Honolulu, but there are exceptions. Those exceptions are troubling to Suzanne Frazer, the Co-founder of Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i (B.E.A.C.H.).   She joined the show to talk about the lengthy effort it took to get us here and potential effect of loopholes in the bill.

  •  Intro Music:  Blackjack by Donald Byrd
  • Outro Music:  Sack O' Woe by The Mar-Keys


Artists of Hawai‘i 2015: Healoha Johnston

Contemporary art is not created in a vacuum. Local, national, and even global issues can affect our daily lives, perceptions, and how we view the world. It’s that inspiration which artists use as a canvas to showcase their emotions about the world around them. Curator Healoha Johnston knows what makes art happen, and she joined the show to talk about the  of the Arts of Hawaii exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art. The exhibition opens up tomorrow.

  • Intro Music:  In The Middle, Pt. 1 by James Brown
  • Outro Music:  Militant March by Curtis Mayfield

Possible Veto of Sex Trafficking Bill: Kathy Xian

As we were reminded in yesterday’s Civil Beat discussion of Governor Ige’s planned vetoes, Hawaii remains the only state without a sex trafficking law.    The governor has said the bill, as written, is untenable, with loopholes that could make law enforcement’s job more difficult.   That’s troubling to Kathryn Xian of the Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery, who worked long and hard for the passage of SB 265.

  • Intro Music: March 4, 1831 by Balmorhea
  • Outro Music: Awaiting Elemental Meltdown by The Six Parts Seven

Word on the Street:  Dr. Jonas Vibell 

Lots of people have ideas on how to help the homeless, but some cities have taken a very innovative approach, and thanks to senior editor Dr. Jonas Vibell, Honolulu ranks among them. Offering an opportunity for local artists, writers, designers, and editors, the Word on the Street is a locally sponsored magazine that those in need can use to empower changes in their lives. Dr. Jonas joined the show via phone to share his take on how a hand up may be a better long term solution than a hand out.

  • Intro Music: Clearing Life by The Appleseed Cast
  • Outro Music: Wonder Reeling by Sentinel