The Conversation: Arts Organizations Evolving During COVID-19 Crisis

May 8, 2020

In this Aloha Friday episode, it's all about the arts and food! The Honolulu Museum of Art and Bishop Museum's plan for re-opening after the Governor's shutdown order is lifted, how the public can help after our local longline fishing industry crashed, a check-in with Maui County's foodbank, and great tips for cooking while quarantined.


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This past January, the Honolulu Museum of Art welcomed a new Executive Director, Halona Norton Westbrook. She was looking forward to connecting with the community, then the coronavirus hit, presenting quite the challenge for a first time museum director.


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Melanie Ide, President and CEO of Bishop Museum, has led Hawaii's museum of natural and cultural history since January 2018. She shared how her organization has managed to stay afloat and avoid layoffs.


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Hawaii people love seafood, but it's easy to forget the value of fishing to Hawaii's food distribution. Eric Kingma, Executive Director of the Hawaii Longline Association, shared how despite promised federal and state aid not materializing, the public could still be an important part of keeping the sector alive.

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Demand for food on O'ahu has reached unprecedented levels during the coronavirus pandemic. Is it the same on the neighbor islands? Maui Food Bank Executive Director Richard Yust talks about hunger in Maui County and how much the need for food has increased.

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Kapiolani Community College Chef Instructor Grant Sato shares shopping tips for quarantine cooking. Among them: how to stretch a pound of hamburger and how to enjoy ripe avocados longer.