The Conversation: We Talk Good Food and Thoughtful Art

Feb 5, 2021

Demand increases at Hawaii Food Basket; Shangri La expands its online resources; Recommendations for the upcoming Art Summit; Illnomadic talks influences, collaborations; A guide to grocery shopping in Chinatown

Demand increases at Hawaii Food Basket

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This week, Kristin Frost Albrecht, Executive Director of the Hawai'i Island's Food Basket, was helping with an Ohana food drop in Waimea. They have had to scale up operations exponentially in order to meet skyrocketing demand over the last year.


Shangri La expands its online resources

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Tobacco heiress Doris Duke fell in love with Islamic culture and art on her round-the world honeymoon. Stopping in Honolulu on her way home, Duke decided to house her collection here, in an Islamic style setting on Diamond Head. After Duke's death, her collection and home opened to the public as the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture, and Design. Leslee Michelsen is Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at Shangri La. While the museum is closed, you can find exhibitions and resources online, included its new 8 x 8 exhibition showcasing Hawaii artists.

The 8 x 8 exhibition was organized well before Covid-19 hit, and it's part of a longer term redirection, according to its Executive Director, Konrad Ng.

Recommendations for the upcoming Art Summit

Great curators pull artists and ideas together to shape our understanding. The Hawai'i Contemporary Art Summit '21 runs next week, February 10th-13th. Two curators — Josh Tengan, an independent curator working with the Pu'uhonua Society and the Arts and Letters Building in Chinatown, and Drew Kahu'āina Broderick, the gallery director at Kapi'olani Community College — give us their recommendations for what to see.

Illnomadic talks influences, collaborations

Navid Najafi at Shangri La
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Hawai'i's rich spoken word heritage is still thriving, and we're joined by one of its practitioners. Educator Navid Najafi goes by the MC name Illnomadic. He was just hired as Learning Programs Coordinator at Shangri La and talks about new opportunities and his recent collaborations.


A guide to grocery shopping in Chinatown

Martha Romero with her son, Reynaldo
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If you live on O’ahu and do not shop in Chinatown, there’s a chance you are paying too much. Martha Sanchez Romero is the chef/owner of Mercado de la Raza, a Latin American grocery store on Beretania Street. She shops in Chinatown every week to make salsas, tamales and other items for the store. 

Ready for the weekend? Noe Tanigawa is going to try an arugula gimlet. Cheers!