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The Conversation: Aftershocks of the Delta Variant at Hilo Medical Center; Catching Up With Former Peace Corps Volunteer Kamaka Dias

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  • Elena Cabatu, the Director of Public Affairs for Hilo Medical Center, talks about the aftershocks of the Delta variant as COVID case counts on the island trend downward | Full Article
  • Hawaiʻi County District 1 Councilmember Heather Kimball gives us an update on the status of emergency repairs on Kolekole Bridge on the Big Island | Full Article
  • Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Blaze Lovell discusses the Agricultural Development Corporation's request for more time to address internal issues in today's Reality Check | Full Article
  • We learn more about the Koa'e Kea, the white-tailed tropicbird in today's Manu Minute
  • On the 60th anniversary of the Peace Corps, we catch up with Hilo native and former Peace Corps volunteer Kamaka Dias, now recruiting for the corps at the University of Hawaiʻi | 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.
Savannah Harriman-Pote rejoined The Conversation in 2021 after interning for Hawaiʻi Public Radio in the summers of 2018 and 2019. She also produces HPR's podcast Manu Minute in collaboration with The University of Hawaii at Hilo. She was born and raised on the Big Island, and she collects public radio mugs.
Russell Subiono has been with Hawai‘i Public Radio since 2019. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, TV, and radio. He got his start at HPR as a Production Assistant on The Conversation from 2016-2017. Prior to his return, he spent two years as a producer at KITV4 Island News, where he oversaw Hawai‘i’s only hour-long evening broadcast. He also served as HPR’s Fund Drive Producer for two years before returning to The Conversation as Executive Producer. In the moments when he’s not working at the station, you can find him visiting donut shops, making top-5 lists, and developing comedy videos that never get made.
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