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The Conversation: Planning 2021 Honolulu Marathon; Hawaii Youth Poet Laureate


Planning 2021 Honolulu Marathon; Reality Check with Civil Beat; Hawaii Youth Poet Laureate; Pacific Island Ethnic Arts Museum; Kanaka Maoli Sundance Fellow

Planning an in-person 2021 Honolulu Marathon 

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Governor David Ige dropped the mask mandate for everyone while outdoors. Now, organizers of major sports events are moving into high gear. We spoke with Dr. Jim Barahal, head of the Honolulu Marathon, about planning the marathon, with or without participants from Japan. Early kama‘aina registration starts June 1.

Jim Barahal
Dr. Jim Barahal, president and CEO of the Honolulu Marathon

Reality Check with Civil Beat: Hawaii State Hospital | Full Article

"Four years ago, the Hawaii State Hospital made international headlines after patient Randall Saito walked out of the psychiatric facility, caught a taxi and flew to Maui and then California before he was even reported missing," reporter Anita Hofschneider wrote. She joined us Thursday to tell us more about a new 144-bed facility. 

Reality Check
Civil Beat reporter Anita Hofschneider

First Hawaii Youth Poet Laureate shares her poem

Credit Courtesy Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Hawaii has a new youth poet laureate - its first, in fact. The Maui Arts and Cultural Center held the inaugural ceremony last weekend, joining a wave of cities across the country to dole out this honor. Winner Lua Bowman, a junior from Punahou School, spoke with us about the honor. 

Lua Bowman
Lua Bowman, first Hawai‘i Youth Poet Laureate

Virtual exhibit "Pasifika Transmissions" connecting artists to island cultures

For ten years now a little museum in Long Beach, California has been home to Pacific Island artists and their work. It’s been described as a hale, a gathering place for far flung artists looking to connect with each other while they are thousands of miles away from their home island. We spotlight a mostly virtual exhibit entitled "Pasifika Transmissions" which connects artists with an artifact from their home or from another island culture. Micki Davis and Kiki Rivera told us all about it.

Micki Davis and Kiki Rivera
Micki Davis and Kiki Rivera of Pasifika Transmisions

Local filmmaker accepted as first Kanaka Maoli Sundance Fellow

As Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month comes to a close, we turned the spotlight on Hawaii filmmaker Bryson Kainoa Chun. He was the only Kanaka Maoli selected to participate in the Sundance Institute’s 2021 Native Directors and Screenwriters Labs. We sat down with Chun to find out the significance of the selection, and to get his perspective on inclusion in the film industry.

Bryson Chun
Hawaii filmmaker Bryson Kainoa Chun

Listen to Chun's complete interview below:

Bryson Chun - Full Interview
Complete interview with Hawaii filmmaker Bryson Kainoa Chun


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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.
Russell Subiono has been with Hawai‘i Public Radio since 2019. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, TV, and radio. He got his start at HPR as a Production Assistant on The Conversation from 2016-2017. Prior to his return, he spent two years as a producer at KITV4 Island News, where he oversaw Hawai‘i’s only hour-long evening broadcast. He also served as HPR’s Fund Drive Producer for two years before returning to The Conversation as Executive Producer. In the moments when he’s not working at the station, you can find him visiting donut shops, making top-5 lists, and developing comedy videos that never get made.
Savannah Harriman-Pote rejoined The Conversation in 2021 after interning for Hawaiʻi Public Radio in the summers of 2018 and 2019. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, during which time she worked for WMHC and Mount Holyoke News. She has also worked with the audio documentary series Outer Voices and National Geographic.
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