The Conversation: Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Jun 1, 2016

Hawaii on the Hill; Celebrating Hemp; Take A Staycation in Honolulu; Making It As A Playwright

A hemp field in Brittany, France
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Hawaii on the Hill: Sherry Menor-McNamara

Hawaii Chamber of Commerce members on Capitol Hill
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For the third year, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii members will converge on Washington DC next week. On the agenda during the two day trip is policy to benefit Hawaii’s businesses along with an event to spotlight home grown industry, products and food. There will be tours of the Capitol with a stop to talk story with Senator Mazie Hirono, the Chamber’s partner and chair of Hawaii on the Hill. But what tangible results will make this trip more than fun in the process of promotion? Chamber of Commerce Hawaii President and CEO Sherry Menor-McNamara joins us now with her list

Intro Music: One Man Parade by Jimmy Borges

Outro Music: Give It Up by The High Divers

Hemp History Week / Hawaii Hemp Institute’s Hemp Fest: Steve Rose

Steve Rose
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Hemp can lay a claim to the title of “World’s Most Misunderstood Weed...” this in spite of its 10-thousand year history, in which it has been used for everything from beer, clothing, and rope to biofuel and animal feed. Steve Rose is President of The Maui Hemp Institute for Research & Innovation, whose nine day Hemp Fest begins this weekend. It’s part of a nationwide Hemp History Week, and Steve’s on the phone with us now.

Intro Music: Mais Ninguem by Banda do Mar

Outro Music: Hemp Cultivation Acoustic by Iya Terra

Honolulu Is 2016’s 10th Best City for Staycations: Jill Gonzalez

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Now a look on the lighter side of life- your time off. Taking a trip - solo or with family - is often a greatly anticipated part of summer. For many people, it’s just not possible every year. That’s no problem if you happen to live in one of the nation’s best cities for a staycation...and on this year’s Wallethub list, Honolulu checks in at number 10. Wallethub spokesperson Jill Gonzalez joins us now...welcome back to the program.

Intro Music: Vacation by The Go Go's

Outro Music: If It A'int Broke by Sonny Cleveland

NYC Playwright/Screenwriter: Susan Soon He Stanton

Susan Soon He Stanton
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Opportunities for artists to fully develop their talent -- and even make a living with it -- are all too rare, but in the right environment, talent will out. Hawaii-born playwright Susan Soon He Stanton, whose play #iambadatthis is currently running at Kumu Kahua, talked with us about what it takes to launch a playwriting career, and the benefits of finding teachers who believe in you at an early age

Intro Music: Tell Me What You Want from Me by Good Old War

Outro Music: Sunday Dress by Tribe of Shrews