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Hawaiʻi Book and Music Festival is a celebration of the written word, mele and more

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The Hawaiʻi Book and Music Festival has been informing and entertaining the local community for more than a decade and a half. Saturday kicks off a month-long celebration of the written word and mele. In the past, you would see the tents start to be erected on the grounds of Honolulu Hale in May for a two-day, in-person event. Now, 75 virtual events will take place throughout October. The Conversation talked to organizer Roger Jellinek about expanding the free festival to include a diversity of ideas.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Sept. 29, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at
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