The Public Art Podcast

TALK STORY #17: Michael K. Nāhoʻopiʻi & Kelly McHugh-White

June 24, 2022

In May 2022, Kelly McHugh-White helped to organize a storytelling training alongside 12 extraordinary individuals, led by SMALL TOWN * BIG ART artist Leilehua Yuen. Our team paired each participant with an intergenerational partner to engage in a 40-minute, audio-recorded "Talk Story" session, with the goal of capturing an authentic moment of connection. As Kelly began listening to more and more of these recordings, she became fixated on the idea of interviewing her former boss (and now friend), Michael K. Nāhoʻopiʻi, Executive Director of Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission. Here, the two spoke at Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House / Maui Historical Society. This recording will become part of a collection from which artists will base a proposed work of public art through the upcoming SMALL TOWN * BIG ART 2022 RFP (request for proposals). Learn more at

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