KĀKOU – Hawai‘i’s Town Hall

Air date: Thurs., Oct. 5, 8:00 pm


“Fake News.” “Trolling.” “Social media bubbles.” These are new additions to our society’s vocabulary and are often blamed for the increasing division among us today.


But should we be pointing fingers? As individuals, do we prefer our own version of the truth? And for that matter – is the truth overrated? For most of us who think there can only be one truth, it’s an outrageous question. A Buffalo Springfield song from the 60’s could have been ahead of its time by declaring, “Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong.”


In Hawai‘i, more than 90 percent of adults spend time on social media. Most have a selected a mix of preferred media outlets and “friends” with whom they enjoy sharing almost everything. This makes for a very comfortable community of engagement. It’s a customized community that we can hold it in the palms of our hands.


Is it time for us to come together, face-to-face, and actually listen to each other? Reach out beyond our “friends” to try and understand someone else’s “truth”? Or, at least, agree to disagree without completely disrespecting another person’s opinion?


KĀKOU – Hawai‘i’s Town Hall will take on this subject of “truth” by hosting a diverse community of people for some old-school engagement. Face-to-face, civil conversations in real time.


“Kākou” – we’re all in this together.



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