The Conversation: Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami On Flooding, COVID-19 Crisis

Apr 8, 2020

Kauai takes on flooding and "covidiots"; Bleak future for Hawaii eateries; Insurance companies aren't paying claims to businesses effected by crisis; The Long View with Neal Milner: Free and fair elections during a pandemic; Concerns raised as Hawaii's 2020 Census count lags

Kauai takes on flooding and COVID-19

The Garden Isle is pacesetting during this health crisis. Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami spoke with The Conversation from the Emergency Operations Center in Lihue to talk about the nightly curfew and how Kauai residents have been coping.

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Bleak future for Hawaii eateries

As this ongoing crisis shudders small businesses for the foreseeable future, restaurants have been among the hardest hit. While many have adapted to take-out only models to stay afloat, some simply cannot afford to keep their doors open as business grinds to a virtual halt. HPR Reporter Ryan Finnerty tells us more about the bleak future for many of Hawaii's eateries.

Insurance companies aren't paying claims to businesses effected by crisis

Hospitality industry executives in Hawaii and elsewhere are pushing for insurers to pay claims related to government-ordered shutdowns. Civil Beat Politics & Opinion Editor Chad Blair tells us more. Click here to read the story at CivilBeat.org.

The Long View with Neal Milner: Free and fair elections during a pandemic

Political Analyst and HPR Contributor Neal Milner tells us about a recent study that examined the fear factor - how the uncertainty in these times could affect the elections.

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Concerns raised as Hawaii's 220 Census count lags

Hawaii is lagging behind in the 2020 Census count and that is cause for concern in our community. The deadline has been pushed off until August as there are issues about census takers in the field during the health crisis. Micah Kane, CEO of Hawaii Community Foundation, stresses why it has never been more important to be counted as our economic need has never been greater. If you thought it was bad before, think again.