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When Governor Neil Abercrombie appointed Steven Kealoha Wong as Hawai‘i’s first Poet Laureate, he handed Kealoha a mission for the next year: promote writing, reading, and the appreciation of poetry among Hawai‘i’s people. Seven years later, Kealoha’s crafted a multimedia theatre production that’s a creation story for today. 

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United States National Trust

Downtown Honolulu’s Historic Hawai‘i Theater has announced their 2016 through 2017 season.

The lineup is filled with notable and adventurous acts from Hawai‘i and around the world.  

The Conversation: Monday, June 27th, 2016

Jun 27, 2016

How Will BREXIT Affect Tourism; Entertainer Little Albert; A Lawsuit for Special Ed Studetns; Basketball and Lysistrata

Brexit Impact On Hawaii Tourism: Dr. Eugene Tian

Early next month the public will get a chance to see the works of Hayao Miyazaki on the big screen.

The Hawai‘i Theater is hosting the Miyazaki Ghibli film festival from July 8th to the 10th.  The films Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki’s Delivery Service will be featured.

The festival will also include a pop-up shop, arts and crafts workshops with Art + Flea, a costume contest for children and food from Chinatown’s Pig and the Lady.  Ruth Boland is the Executive Director of the Hawai‘i Theater. 

The Conversation: Monday, May 23th, 2016

May 23, 2016

Economic Outlook for Hawaii; #iambadatthis; 11th East-West Philosophers' Conference; Honolulu Jazz Quartet

UHERO County Economic Forecast: Dr. Carl Bonham

The Conversation: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

May 17, 2016

Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet; Mānoa Valley Theater Production of Equus; Neal Conan; Hawai‘i Students Wins National Shakespeare Competition

Peace Corps’ 55th Year: Carrie Hessler-Radelet

The Conversation: Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Apr 13, 2016
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Gender Wage Gap; "Born to Be Wild" at La Pietra; All Girl Paddleout on Maui

Hawaii’s Gender Wage Gap: Rachel Lyons

The Conversation: Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Apr 5, 2016

Advice for Saving Money; Tales of the Windward Side; Neal Conan; Women In Theater

Financial Challenges Being Faced by Hawaii Residents: David Tasaka


The Hawaiian Islands are getting a taste of Ireland this week.

For more than nineteen-years, Lúnasa has been one of Ireland’s most visible musical exports.  Their music blends traditional Celtic instruments like fiddles and tin whistles with a non-traditional rhythm section of double bass and guitar.  During their three island tour they’re joined onstage by bluegrass artist Tim O’Brien who will add a feel of Americana to their sound.  Kevin Crawford plays flute and tin whistle in the band.

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   The venerable Hawai‘i Theatre has been through a lot since opening as the “Pride of the Pacific” in 1922.   Vaudeville acts gave way to movies, then a closure in 1984.  The theatre’s reopening in 1996 after a 32 million dollar renovation has always held great promise, and HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found a new theatre president is reorganizing with an eye to the future.

Next up at the Hawai‘i Theatre, Kuana Torres Kahele on  February 7, Hālau I Ka Wēkiuʻs annual concert February 8, and blues singer Eric Bibb, February 13.