The Conversation: Marshallese Community's Response to COVID

Sep 8, 2020

Marshallese COVID-19 response; Keeping an eye on housing evictions; Term limits on the ballot; Turning ulu into pizza

Marshallese COVID-19 response

We have been running several stories about how Pacific Islanders are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. They make up only 4 percent of the population, but more than one third of the COVID-19 cases in Hawaii. The state's struggle to effectively respond to the needs of Hawaii's Pacific Islander communities has mobilized themselves to fill the gap in outreach and services they so desperately need right now.

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Keeping an eye on housing evictions

The threat of eviction continues to loom over thousanands of Island residents. The sate moratorium runs out at the endof the month and President Trump has taken steps to put off evictions until the end of the year. To get a better sense of the issue, The Conversation's Harrison Patino spoke with Tom Helper of the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Economic Law and Justice. Click here for a link to Legal Aid Hawaii's website with resources for renters and homeowners.

Term limits on the ballot

Voters this will be asked about a putting a cap on terms for the Honolulu prosecutor, the Maui County Council and Mayor, and the Hawaii County Council. Civil Beat Politics & Opinion Editor Chad Blair tells us the arguments for change, and who is for and against the proposal. Click here to read his story at

Bread and pizza made with ulu flour from Kilauea Bakery
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Turning ulu into pizza

The COVID-19 health and economic crisis has put more emphasis on diversifying our economy which includes giving agriculture a boost. All this week we put the focus on what's possible for ulu, or breadfruit. We take you to Kauai and introduce you to Tom Pickett, a baker with a passion for a challenge.  And that challenge is ulu. Click here to see Kilauea Bakery and Pizza's website.