Maxine Burkett / Maxine Burkett, an associate professor at the University of Hawaii’s Richardson School of Law, is currently attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Burkett also serves as the inaugural director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP).
Angela Campbell / In October, local advocacy group Media Council Hawaii filed a lawsuit aimed at halting the consolidation of local television stations KHNL, KFVE (K5) and KGMB, on the grounds that it violated federal antitrust law. The Media Council asked the Federal Communications Commission to issue an emergency order to prevent the grouping, which went forward as planned on Oct.
Hawaii People’s Fund / Last week, the Weekly spoke with Nancy Aleck, executive director of Hawaii People’s Fund, an umbrella social service organization that helps to fund non-profit groups actively working for social justice. We asked Aleck how non-profits, particularly the grassroots groups HPF is known for assisting, are faring in this recession, and for her thoughts on what kinds of support these groups really need.
Kathryn “Kathy X” Xian, Girl Fest Hawaii / When Kathryn “Kathy X” Xian isn’t busy as a filmmaker or performing duties as Legal Aid Society of Hawaii’s director of communications and development, she is the “non-executive director” of Girl Fest Hawaii–an annual event advocating violence prevention for women and girls through the arts. Despite the organization’s strictly all-volunteer basis and refusal to accept government funding, this year’s conference has managed to garner more support than ever.
Park Chan-wook / Park Chan-wook was studying philosophy and working as a journalist and film critic when he switched gears and began to make films of his own, releasing Moon Is the Sun’s Dream in 1992. Now one of South Korea’s most successful directors, winning the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, his newest film Thirst (see review online at [honoluluweekly.com]) begins its Honolulu theatrical run on Friday.
Michael Arcega / The venerable monkeypod trees on the grounds of The Contemporary Museum have sprouted new growth–a series of 101 small tent-like structures attached to branches and tethered to the ground with colorful ropes. This is the work of Bay Area artist Michael Arcega, who has spent the last two weeks completing a site-specific installation entitled Overlook.
Chris McKinney / This is starting to feel like Chris McKinney’s time. While his early novel The Tattoo launched him into the consciousness of local educators and literary types, his latest offering, Mililani Mauka, explores new emotional and physical terrain, and promises to grow the Honolulu Community College professor’s audience.
With Hawaii hosting the 2009 Association of Asian American Studies conference comes the opportunity to reassess how scholars in Hawaii approach the subject. UH-Manoa Associate Professor of English Candace Fujikane recently released the book Asian Settler Colonialism: From Local Governance to the Habits of Everyday Life in Hawaii with co-editor Jonathan Okamura.
Ben Wizner / In the seemingly never-ending debate over what constitutes torture, what obligation the U.S. government has to protect human rights and where a line can be drawn when it comes to individual freedoms, maybe no point has been more maddening to civil liberties advocates than the state secrets exemption.
John Cruz / John Cruz, one of Hawaii’s most cherished musical talents, has been building his mainland fan base for years now. The “Island Style” singer-songwriter is off on tour again this week, with a few dates in California followed by a trip to SXSW (South by Southwest), one of the country’s biggest venues for up-and-coming acts.
On March 12, linguists from across the globe will descend on Hawaii to discuss the loss of language around the world, and how to prevent it. Professor of linguistics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Nick Thieberger is one of the conference’s organizers and took time to chat with the Weekly about what languages we’re losing and what it will take to preserve entire cultures, one word at a time.
Pamela Ronald / Though genetically-engineered crops, often referred to as GE crops, have been produced since the 1980s, they have made their way into virtually all processed food. But it seems only recently that the controversy surrounding genetically modified organisms has been heating up again.
Stuart Coleman / Stuart Coleman, the writer and educator best-known for his 2004 bestseller Eddie Would Go, was recently named the first Hawaiian Islands Field Coordinator for the Surfrider Foundation, the California-based environmental organization dedicated to ocean conservation. He spoke with the Weekly this week about past successes and plans for the future.
Peter Oshiro / You know the horror stories: Cockroach infestations, waiters who spit in the soup, sneezed-on salad bars and food poisoning from even the finest restaurants. During a time when salmonella taints everything from spinach to peanut butter and mad cow disease is just a cheeseburger away, how safe is it to eat out?