Some local scientists are torn between Western science and Native Hawaiian beliefs and practices. My guest on LONG STORY SHORT (Tues., Aug. 7, 2012, 7:30 pm) feels no such conflict. Dr. Sam Gon, senior scientist and cultural advisor of the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, brings together two longtime passions: science and culture. He is a respected Hawaiian language chanter in the community. Seeing life from a traditional Hawaiian perspective and through a Western scientific lens comes easily to Dr. Gon. When asked if he is more of a scientist than a Hawaiian cultural resource, he answers, "Why can't I be both simultaneously?" He's innately and irrepressibly curious and loves to share his knowledge. He's hiked all over the Islands and he talks about what he's seen.
This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Aug. 8, 2012, at 11:00 pm and Sun., Aug. 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm. You can also see it online on the PBS Hawaii website.