ZOOM INTERVIEWS in the time of Coronavirus

In the time of Coronavirus and working from home, Heather Giugni interviews some of the people who have contributed to ʻUluʻulu and our archival film and video collections.  These Zoom Time conversations will shed a light on the importance of archives, especially while we are apart.

Melanie Ide moved from New York City to return to her island roots in 2018 to head the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. An architect by trade, Melanie has worked in museum planning, program development and interpretive design for nearly 30 years. She is a fourth generation Japanese-American. Her parents and grandparents were all born and raised in Hawaiʻi. While Melanie was not, she has always been drawn back to Hawaiʻi. She is an inspirational leader of Hawaiʻi's largest museum in the world which is devoted to the active preservation, interpretation, and perpetuation of the history, heritage, and culture of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. She is married to Christiaan Kuypers. They have one son, Lukas.


Entertainer Karen Keawehawaiʻi was born in Kalihi, Oʻahu to John Ka‘ōnohiokalā Keawehawaiʻi and Winona Kahaleʻohu Holokai. Music surrounded her entire life.  Karen's dad wrote the famous My Yellow Ginger Lei. She started out professionally in a group called the Laughing Kahunas and eventually turned solo and began recording. She won a Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Most Promising Artist in 1980 and participated in many television programs. Karen has filled her life with wonderful music, infectious laughter, and a beautiful family. She is married to John Farias and has four daughters and to date six grandchildren.