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The Conversation: We Talk Good Food and Thoughtful Art

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Demand increases at Hawaii Food Basket; Shangri La expands its online resources; Recommendations for the upcoming Art Summit; Illnomadic talks influences, collaborations; A guide to grocery shopping in Chinatown
 

Demand increases at Hawaii Food Basket

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This week, Kristin Frost Albrecht, Executive Director of the Hawai'i Island's Food Basket, was helping with an Ohana food drop in Waimea. They have had to scale up operations exponentially in order to meet skyrocketing demand over the last year.

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Kristin Frost Albrecht, Executive Director of the Hawai'i Island's Food Basket

 

Shangri La expands its online resources

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Tobacco heiress Doris Duke fell in love with Islamic culture and art on her round-the world honeymoon. Stopping in Honolulu on her way home, Duke decided to house her collection here, in an Islamic style setting on Diamond Head. After Duke's death, her collection and home opened to the public as the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture, and Design. Leslee Michelsen is Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at Shangri La. While the museum is closed, you can find exhibitions and resources online, included its new 8 x 8 exhibition showcasing Hawaii artists.

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Leslee Michelsen is Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at Shangri La

The 8 x 8 exhibition was organized well before Covid-19 hit, and it's part of a longer term redirection, according to its Executive Director, Konrad Ng.

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Executive Director of Shangri La Konrad Ng

Recommendations for the upcoming Art Summit

Great curators pull artists and ideas together to shape our understanding. The Hawai'i Contemporary Art Summit '21 runs next week, February 10th-13th. Two curators — Josh Tengan, an independent curator working with the Pu'uhonua Society and the Arts and Letters Building in Chinatown, and Drew Kahu'?ina Broderick, the gallery director at Kapi'olani Community College — give us their recommendations for what to see.

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Curators Josh Tengan and Drew Kahu'?ina Broderick

Illnomadic talks influences, collaborations

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Navid Najafi at Shangri La

Hawai'i's rich spoken word heritage is still thriving, and we're joined by one of its practitioners. Educator Navid Najafi goes by the MC name Illnomadic. He was just hired as Learning Programs Coordinator at Shangri La and talks about new opportunities and his recent collaborations.

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Artist and educator Navid Najafi

 

A guide to grocery shopping in Chinatown

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Martha Romero with her son, Reynaldo

If you live on O’ahu and do not shop in Chinatown, there’s a chance you are paying too much. Martha Sanchez Romero is the chef/owner of Mercado de la Raza, a Latin American grocery store on Beretania Street. She shops in Chinatown every week to make salsas, tamales and other items for the store. 

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Martha Sanchez Romero, chef and owner of Mercado de la Raza

Ready for the weekend? Noe Tanigawa is going to try an arugula gimlet. Cheers!

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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