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The Conversation: Hospitals track rising COVID case counts; Local music students release a Christmas album

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Hawaiʻi Department of Health
Hawaiʻi COVID-19 Data dashboard on Dec. 22, 2021.
  • Hilton Raethel, the President and CEO of the Healthcare Association of Hawaiʻi, shares whether hospitals and long-term facilities are ready for the spike in COVID case counts | Full Article
  • Kealiʻi Lopez, the AARP Hawaii State Director, talks about her concern the state is lagging in getting boosters to its residents and staff | Full Segment
  • Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Kevin Dayton talks about the proposed overhaul of state House district maps in today's Reality Check | Full Article
  • Contributing Editor Neal Milner discusses the idea of the "tipping point" and whether American democracy has reached one
  • Jonah Davis, an ʻukulele and guitar instructor at Na Maka O Puʻuwai Aloha, shares what his young students learned while recording their Christmas album, "A Vintage Christmas" | Full Segment
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Russell Subiono is the executive producer of The Conversation. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, television and radio. Contact him at
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