The Conversation: DOH Director Plans Vaccine Rollout

Jan 8, 2021

DOH Vaccine Update; Legislature's Handling of Hawaiian Affairs; Reality Check: State Tax Revenue; Massie Case Anniversary

DOH Vaccine Update

This morning we hear from Hawaii’s State Health Director Libby Char. She shares the details of how officials are strategically planning how to best roll out the vaccines. Part of the challenge is we will only know from week to week how much and when vaccines will be sent our way.

HPR’s Ashley Mizuo also spoke with health care leaders about what the hospitals are anticipating in the next few weeks.

 Legislature's Handling of Hawaiian Affairs A group of state lawmakers assigned to oversee Hawaiian Affairs legislation this coming session appear to be lacking Hawaiian legislators. To tell us more about what this could mean for Hawaiian issues at the state capitol this year is HPR reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi.  
 Reality Check: State Tax Revenue Our Reality Check today with Honolulu Civil Beat looks at our state coffers. Reporter Kevin Dayton on the joins us with more.  



Massie Case Anniversary  Today, flowers mark a Kalihi gravesite. It was on January 8th 1932 that Joseph Kahahawai Jr was murdered. He was one of five men accused of raping Thalia Massie, wife of a navy officer. Their trial resulted in a hung jury but the story does not end there.  Not long after that, Kahahawai was kidnapped by Officer Thomas Massie and others and was shot dead. While a jury convicted them for killing Kahawai, they never served a day in jail. We pick up the story with cemetery historian Nanette Napoleon who has a personal connection to this  story of race and injustice.