The Conversation: Kauai Prepares As Restrictions Begin To Lift

Jun 12, 2020

Kauai Mayor on reopening interisland travel and the local economy; How a Hawaiian homested kept COVID-19 at bay; Mental health during this time of crisis; Group wants more trees in Honolulu

Kauai Mayor on reopening interisland travel and the local economy

County of Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami provides an update on how the island is doing as interisland travel and other restrictions are lifted.

How a Hawaiian homestead kept COVID-19 at bay

When the virus spread, a nonprofit in Papakolea Hawaiian Homestead quickly shifted geared to ensuring kupuna got food, supplies and necessary health care. Civil Beat reporter Eleni Gill shares how a community nonprofit's years of work gave them the tools to pivot and respond. Click here to read the story on CivilBeat.org.

Mental health during this time of crisis

What with global events, stress has been expected and we've heard since February that the state of Hawaii is preparing for mental and behavioral health challenges in this community. Greg Payton, CEO of Mental Health Koikua, says people may not notice that increased stressors are affecting them. Jimmy Toyama, founder of Mindful Hawaii, says, "Mindfulness is not just about personal benefits, it's about transforming society." HPR Reporter Noe Tanigawa checks in with them on what people can do about their mental health. Click here for more info about Mindful Hawaii.

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Group wants more trees in Honolulu

Hawaii Neighborhood Forests wants to increase the number of trees in Honolulu. You may hear the "Treehoo!" public service announcements.