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The Conversation: Arts Organizations Evolving During COVID-19 Crisis

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In this Aloha Friday episode, it's all about the arts and food! The Honolulu Museum of Art and Bishop Museum's plan for re-opening after the Governor's shutdown order is lifted, how the public can help after our local longline fishing industry crashed, a check-in with Maui County's foodbank, and great tips for cooking while quarantined.

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This past January, the Honolulu Museum of Art welcomed a new Executive Director, Halona Norton Westbrook. She was looking forward to connecting with the community, then the coronavirus hit, presenting quite the challenge for a first time museum director.

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Halona Norton Westbrook, Executive Director, Honolulu Museum of Art

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Melanie Ide, President and CEO of Bishop Museum, has led Hawaii's museum of natural and cultural history since January 2018. She shared how her organization has managed to stay afloat and avoid layoffs.

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Melanie Ide, President and CEO, Bishop Museum

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Hawaii people love seafood, but it's easy to forget the value of fishing to Hawaii's food distribution. Eric Kingma, Executive Director of the Hawaii Longline Association, shared how despite promised federal and state aid not materializing, the public could still be an important part of keeping the sector alive.

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Eric Kingma, Executive Director, Hawaii Longline Association

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Demand for food on O'ahu has reached unprecedented levels during the coronavirus pandemic. Is it the same on the neighbor islands? Maui Food Bank Executive Director Richard Yust talks about hunger in Maui County and how much the need for food has increased.

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Ed Yust, Executive Director, Maui Food Bank

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Kapiolani Community College Chef Instructor Grant Sato shares shopping tips for quarantine cooking. Among them: how to stretch a pound of hamburger and how to enjoy ripe avocados longer.

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Chef Grant Sato, Chef/Instructor, Kapiolani Community College

Noe Tanigawa covers art, culture, and ideas for Hawai'i Public Radio. Noe began working in news at WQXR, the New York Times' classical station in New York City, where she also hosted music programs from 1990-94. Prior to New York, Noe was a music host in jazz, rock, urban contemporary, and contemporary and classic Hawaiian music formats in Honolulu. Since arriving at HPR in 2002, Noe has received awards from the Los Angeles Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists Hawai'i Chapter, and an Edward R. Murrow Regional Award for coverage of the budget process at the Hawai'i State Legislature. Noe holds a Masters in Painting from UH Mānoa. She maintains an active painting practice, and has recently returned from a 2015 residency with the U.S. Art in Embassies program in Palau. Noe is from Wailupe Valley in East O'ahu.
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