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The Conversation: Kaneohe Bakery Remembered by Loyal Community

Catherine Cruz

Longtime Kaneohe Bakery closes its doors after nearly 70 years in business; Stop Asian American hate rallies nationwide and locally; Reality Check with Civil Beat; Local artists' perspective on non-fungible tokens

Longtime Kaneohe Bakery closes its doors after nearly 70 years in business

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Over the next few days, we'll be hearing from customers about the tale of two bakeries- a small one and a big one closing after decades in business. It was an emotional day for everyone Sunday as Kaneohe Bakery, run by the Mizota family, shut down for good. Workers gathered in the back parking lot exchanging hugs, former employees stopped by to thank them for being a part of the community for so long, and customers shared how they felt buying their last pies and cakes.

Customers Suzette, Barbara, Sandra, Denise and Ed share their memories of Kaneohe Bakery

Stop Asian American hate rallies nationwide and locally

Credit Johnson Choi

Honolulu joined cities across the country Saturday to march and protest against anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination. O‘ahu resident Johnson Choi has been going back and forth between Honolulu and San Francisco over the last year. He attended the rally in San Francisco's Chinatown and spoke with us about his experience. In cities with higher concentrations of Asians such as New York and San Francisco, the situation is not getting better, Choi said. 

Johnson Choi, head of the Hong Kong Business Association of Hawaii

Reality Check with Civil Beat: The future of OHA Kaka‘ako Makai | Full Article

State lawmakers are trying to figure out what to do with Native Hawaiian trust land near the Kaka‘ako waterfront. Over the last two decades, several proposed building projects and residential developments have been rejected. Civil Beat reporter Blaze Lovell spoke to us about the latest plan to form a panel that would be tasked with identifying land to trade with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for the waterfront.

Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Blaze Lovell

Local artists' perspective on non-fungible tokens

Yesterday we explained exactly what non-fungible tokens are--a certificate of ownership for a piece of digital media. Today we asked local artists their thoughts on using NFTs to sell digital art. Reid Austin, Kamea Hadar and Preston Ha‘o had varying opinions about the practicality and future of NFTs. Hadar also shared his experience putting up digital art as an NFT for a 24-hour auction last week. 

Kamea Hadar, Reid Austin and Preston Ha‘o


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Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Savannah Harriman-Pote rejoined The Conversation in 2021 after interning for Hawaiʻi Public Radio in the summers of 2018 and 2019. She also produces HPR's podcast Manu Minute in collaboration with The University of Hawaii at Hilo. She was born and raised on the Big Island, and she collects public radio mugs.
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