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The Conversation: Former Police Commission Chair Weighs In On Reform


Loretta Sheehan on police reform discussion; Art as a tool for community benefit; Artist as innovator and visionary; Local theatre roundup

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Loretta Sheehan on police reform discussion

There's a nationwide discussion on police reform and defunding the police, but what might that mean for Honolulu? Loretta Sheehan was appointed to the Honolulu Police Commission in 2016, served as chair and resigned last month. An attorney and former federal prosecutor, she was on the commission through much of then-HPD chief Louis Kealoha's federal corruption probe. She was the only dissenting vote on Kealoha's $250,000 retirement package. Sheehan talks about the defund the police discussion and takeaways from the federal corruption trial. 

Loretta Sheehan, former Honolulu Police Commission Chair

Art as a tool for community benefit

Roberta Uno is the Director of Arts in a Changing America at the California Institute of the Arts. She was born in Hawaii and continues to be an ally for Hawaii artists and cultural practitioners. She says the frontier for art now is community benefit, and participating in the changes American communities are going through. Click here to go the Arts in a Changing America website.

Roberta Uno, Director of Arts in a Changing America, California Institute of the Arts
Courtesy Solomon Enos

Artist as innovator and visionary

Solomon Enos' paintings are in hotels, offices and private collections all over town. A community artist, Enos has done countless projects with youth and neighborhood groups. His ongoing series, Polyfantastica, is a 40,000 year epic set in Oceania. He share his perspective during our mid-COVID experience.

Solomon Enos, artist

Local theatre roundup

We've got theatres and acting groups all across the islands, and summer productions are normally a big part of life for many families across the state. This year, it's a little different. We hear from Diamond Head Theatre, Hawaii Theatre Center, Kahilu Theatre, Kumu Kahua Theatre, Manoa Valley Theatre and The Actors Group.

Greg Dunn, President and CEO, Hawaii Theatre Center; Deb Goodwin, Executive Director, Kahilu Theatre; Donna Blanchard, Managing Director, Kumu Kahua Theatre

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Noe Tanigawa covers art, culture and ideas for Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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