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The Conversation: Businesses close their doors as COVID cases climb; Maui housing advocates put families on the path to ownership

Noe Tanigawa
Hawai'i Public Radio
  • Economist Paul Brewbaker of TZ Economics says the rampant spread of the Omicron variant in the islands jeopardizes Hawaiʻi's reputation as a safe travel destination | Full Segment
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Information Officer Veronica Verde highlights financial assistance for families burdened by the cost of a COVID-19 death | Full Article
  • Honolulu Civil Beat correspondent Kirstin Downey looks at the high cost of the life-saving drug insulin and how it impacts communities in Hawaiʻi | Full Article
  • Rhonda Alexander Monkres of Maui Financial Opportunity Center and Michelle Kauhane of the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation highlight a new partnership to put Valley Isle families on the path to homeownership | Full Segment
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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
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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