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This Taiwanese erhu player's home pandemic project led to a full-fledged album

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Sun Hui
A screenshot from her music video for "Butterfly Rain."

When the pandemic shut the doors on international travel, Taiwanese transplant Sun Hui used music to connect with her family. Unable to return home for her annual visit, she promised her family she'd share recordings of herself playing the erhu, a two-stringed spike fiddle.

Her solo home project soon grew wings and turned into a full-fledged album featuring Hawaiʻi musicians. The Conversation caught up with the Nā Hōkū Hanohano winner to learn about the erhu and her new album "Can't Help Falling In Love."

Sun Hui and Pierre Grill will be joined by Bobby Ingano, Wade Cambern and Li-Duen Clark for a Chinese New Year concert next Tuesday, Feb. 1 at the Blue Note in Waikiki. Click here for more information.

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This interview aired on The Conversation on Jan. 27, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Lillian Tsang is the senior producer of The Conversation. She has been part of the talk show team since it first aired in 2011. Contact her at
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