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The Conversation: Mandating Vaccinations for Medical Workers; New York Fashion Week on the Horizon

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  • Hilton Raethel, President and CEO of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii, reviews decisions by The Queen’s Health Systems, Kaiser Permanente, Hawaii Pacific Health and Adventist Health to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for medical workers | Full Article
  • Robert Yu, President and General Manager of Oahu Transit Services, deals with the challenges of the pandemic and bus ridership numbers dipping, just as the new school year gets underway | Full Article
  • Lou Erteschik, Executive Director of the Hawaii Disability Rights Center, assists Hawaii’s disabled community get vaccinated. Two inclusive clinics (Aug. 7 and 28) will be at the Waikele Shopping Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walk-ins welcome or make appointments at Hawaii Pacific Health’s vaccine website | Full Segment
  • Civil Beat Politics and Opinion Editor Chad Blair examines news about an important ruling on Maui's water rights issue | Full Article
  • Kumu Hula Micah Kamohoali'i brings his island style to New York City's Sony Hall in Times Square, as part of NY Fashion Week. His kapa artistry and fashion designs hit the runway on September 9 | Full Article
Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Lillian Tsang is Senior Producer with The Conversation. She has been a part of the talk show team since TC first aired on February 14, 2011. Born and raised in Honolulu, she received her BFA from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her art career melded with radio after her glass-blowing partner, Anthony Borgioli, introduced her to the college radio station, KTUH. Bitten by the broadcasting bug, Lillian went on to produce and host a her own show “Planet of Sound” for almost a decade. It was a fellow KTUH DJ who told her about a job opening at Hawaiʻi Public Radio as an overnight/weekend board operator. She's since transitioned to a full-time day job and happily part of the HPR ʻohana.
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