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The Conversation: How Oahu Gyms Are Operating Under Tier 3 Guidelines

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YMCA, CrossFit on new phase of COVID reopening plan; Iolani School expands summer boarding program; Reality Check with Civil Beat: No community gardens on Oahu's Waianae Coast; Talk story with new CEO of American Red Cross of Hawaii; Ma`i Movement fights period poverty and inequities

YMCA, CrossFit on new phase of COVID reopening plan

The City and County of Honolulu is currently in Tier 3 of our state's reopening strategy. Pandemic restrictions across several industries on Oahu have been loosened. But what does it mean for local businesses and nonprofits? The Conversation's Russell Subiono spoke with the head of two local fitness facilities to gauge the impact.

Greg Waibel, president and CEO, YMCA of Honolulu; Bryant Powers, owner, CrossFit Oahu

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Iolani School Head of School Tim Cottrell

 Iolani School expands summer boarding program

Firsts are nothing new for Iolani School. The school believes it was the first to switch to online learning and it was the first to deal with a positive COVID case on campus when it did start to come back. That experience has forced a rigor that now is to include COVID testingonsite. It is now trying something else. It's expanding its summer boarding program to the general public. The camp is normally offered to international or mainland students. We talked to head of school Tim Cottrell about the changes to its program. Click here for more information on Iolani's boarding school program.

Tim Cottrell, head of School, Iolani School

Reality Check with Civil Beat: No community gardens on Oahu's Waianae Coast

Seven of the 10 publicly funded community gardens run by the City and County of Honolulu are in southern Oahu. None are located on the Westside. And although they're billed as a leisre option for apartment-dwellers in metro areas, a new garden hasn't opened in more than three decades - even as other areas across Oahu have urbanized. Civil Beat reporter Claire Caulfield tells us how some residents are asking for a revamp of the decades-old program. Click here to read her story at CivilBeat.org.

Civil Beat reporter Claire Caulfield

 Talk story with CEO of American Red Cross of Hawaii

It's Women's History Month and we salute women in the driver's seat. It was nurse Clara Barton who founded the American Red Cross. Today, we take the time to hear from Diane Peters-Nguyen, the new CEO of the Hawaii and Pacific region. A graduate of Kamehameha Schools, she looked to her Native Hawaiian roots from her grandmother's side for validation that the Hawaii Red Cross was the right place for her to be.

Diane Peters-Nguyen, regional CEO for the Pacific Islands Region, American Red Cross

Ma`i Movement fights period poverty and inequities

In February, New Zealand became the latest country to make period products available for  free in all public schools, joining Scotland and six U.S. states. Similar measures failed to pass in the Hawaii State Senate this session. Nikki-Ann Yee and her sister Brandy-Lee Yee cofounded the Ma`i Movement in order to address period poverty in Hawaii. Their organization lobbied in favor of the bill, but that doesn't mean she's waiting for the government to come up with a solution. The Ma`i Movement pilots a new educational program this month that empowers students to take menstrual equity into their own hands. 

Nikki-Ann Yee, cofounder, Ma`i Movement

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
Russell Subiono is the executive producer of The Conversation and host of HPR's This Is Our Hawaiʻi podcast. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, television and radio. Contact him at talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org.
Savannah Harriman-Pote is the energy and climate change reporter. She is also the lead producer of HPR's This Is Our Hawaiʻi podcast. Contact her at sharrimanpote@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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