The Conversation: Legal Argument For Hawaii's Travel Restrictions

Jun 29, 2020

Legal argument for Hawaii's 14-day travel quarantine; Hawaii Island school on bringing students and boarders back for the fall; Surge in coronavirus cases among Pacific Islanders; Hawaii DACA recipient on recent ruling; Hawaii student snags fellowship with Dr. Fauci

Legal argument for Hawaii's 14-day travel quarantine

A legal challenge to Gov. David Ige's emergency orders and 14-day quarantine is heard in federal court. The state hopes to get the issue behind it this week as it prepares to allow transpacific travel starting Aug. 1. Sylvia Law, co-director of New York University's Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program, tells us more about the case. She, along with the University of Hawaii at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law Dean Avi Soifer, wrote an op-ed in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser in support of the state's efforts to require a 14-day quarantine.

Hawaii Preparatory Academy
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Hawaii Island school on bringing students and boarders back for the fall

Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Kamuela is one of the few Hawaii schools with dormitories. We talked to Head of School Patrick Phillips about the changes that are being made to accommodate the students who are traveling abroad and paln to spend the 2020-2021 school year here in the Islands. There are no specific guidelines about boarding schools, but Phillips and others are talking with the state Department of Health, the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools and others about best practices

Surge in coronavirus cases among Pacific Islanders

State health officials say Pacific Islanders are likely more at risk for the disease because they have high poverty rates and often live in overcrowded conditions. Civil Beat reporter Anita Hofschneider shares with us that 23 percent of Hawaii's COVID-19 cases involve non-Hawaiian Pacific Islanders, who only make up 4 percent of the population. Click here to read the story at CivilBeat.org.

Local DACA recipient on recent Supreme Court ruling

Earlier this mohnt, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5 to 4 rejecting the Trump Administration's attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. In Hawaii, there are an estimated 4,000 Dreamers and over 800 Hawaii residents have been granted DACA status over the 5 years. One of those is Bree, a DACA recipient who asked that we not use her full name as doing so could put her family at risk. Click here for a link to The Legal Clinic's website, which provides immigration legal services, education and advocacy for low-income immigrants.

Chloe Talana, Chaminade University student and fellow in the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Disease
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Chaminade student snags fellowship with Dr. Fauci

Chloe Talana is a Farrington High School graduate studying at Chaminade University who snagged a prestigious two-year fellowship in the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Disease in Bethesda, Maryland. Its director is Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is with the White House COVID-19 Task Force. Talana tells us she's eager to get to work studying infectious diseases and is observing up close the work under way to battle the pandemic.

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