The Conversation: Beware of Unemployment Insurance Scammers

May 28, 2020

Unemployment Claims Update; Futurist Ponders New Normal; Interisland Shipper Seeks Funding Aid; Foster Parenting

Unemployment Claims Update

Thousands of jobless are still waiting for their unemployment checks but scammers may be trying to jump in line in front of them. State Labor Director Scott Murakami reviews the progress in processing the record-breaking number of claims.  He assures the public that safeguards are in place to make sure the money gets into the right hands.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance website is available 24/7.

Futurist Ponders New Normal

With all the talk about reopening our economy how can futurists studies help as we make tough decisions about what is going to be the new normal? Political scientist and Hawaii Research Center of Futures Studies Director Jairus Groves studies alternatives.

Credit Cory Lum / Honolulu Civil Beat

Interisland Shipper Seeks Funding Aid

Today's Reality Check is about one of the lifelines in our community, Young Brothers and the financial assistance needed to keep its interisland service running. Click here to read Stuart Yerton’s story at

Foster Parenting

During this health and economic crisis, children from broken homes are still in need of safe care  from foster families. Jonathan and Danielle Mendoza have years of experience with foster care within Catholic Charities Hawaii, and they say that the challenging times have complicated what was already a tough situation. Click here to learn more about CCH's program, which connects foster parents with children in need.