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The Conversation: COVID surge impacts on local hospitals; Remembering the first exiled residents of Kalaupapa

  • Hilton Raethel, president of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii, discusses how the surge in COVID cases is impacting hospitals and hospital staffing across the state | Full Segment
  • Bill Hicks, chair of the Kailua Neighborhood Board, talks about resolving the dilemma on how to redraw voting districts | Full Segment
  • Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Thomas Heaton looks at the challenges for our local cattle industry in today's Reality Check | Full Article
  • Kehaulani Lum, a descendant of three Kalaupapa residents and a board member for Ka Ohana O Kalaupapa, shares efforts to preserve the memory of those who were exiled there | 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.
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