The Conversation: Artists, Organizers, Educators Look At How We Talk To Each Other

Mar 5, 2021

Anti-Asian violence on the rise; Bishop Museum exhibit explores scientific racism; Finding Ohana's young star; Printmaker Steven Kean; Just Futures conference; Hawaii school counselor of the year

Over the past year, San Francisco Bay Area has become a hotspot for violence against Asians-Americans; of the 2,808 incidents of violence that the online tracker Stop AAPI Hate has recorded during the pandemic, over 700 hundred incidents occurred in the Bay Area. The Asian Pacific Environmental Network is looking at the diverse needs of the AAPI community, and Bay Area-based poet Terisa Siagatonu lends her insight to the conversation.

Bishop Museum's ReGenerations exhibit
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Dr. Jillian Swift is the Archaeology Curator for the Bishop Museum. She co-curated their latest exhibition, (Re)Generations: Challenging Scientific Racism in Hawai'i, which dissects the Bishop's history of institutional racism through the collected works of 20th century anthropologist Louis Sullivan.

Netflix's Finding Ohana hit the small screen last month to much celebration. Kea Peahu, who stars as Pili in the film, stops by tell us what's next on her horizon.

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We make a quick stop by the Downtown Art Center to talk to printmaker Steven Kean. Kean is a surfer, and he takes inspiration from the motion of the waves when crafting his wood carvings. You can see his work on display at the Polu Art Gallery in Haleiwa and online here.

Peyton Gillespie, a senior at Maui Preparatory Academy, is one of the organizers of the Just Futures Summit, which aims to foster youth engagement in civic processes. Their virtual conference launches tomorrow, and you can register here.

Kaala Elementary School counselor Jon Morikawa was recently recognized as the 2021 American School Counselor Association's Hawaii School Counselor of the Year. Morikawa lives in Mililani but has spent his career in Wahiawa.