The Conversation: State Moves Ahead With Economic Resiliency Strategy

Feb 8, 2021

School Facilities Agency to be part of Hawaii's economic resiliency strategy; Punahou Carnival goes online; Reality Check: It's a long way home for many Pacific Islanders; Hawaii photographer recounts Capitol Hill siege

School Facilities Agency to be part of Hawaii's economic resiliency strategy

Credit Credit Office of Governor David Ige

Last year, Alan Oshima was tapped by Governor Ige to lead Hawaii's Economic and Community Recovery and Resiliency Plan. We spoke with him last year on his goals for the "recovery" component of that plan. Today, he discusses one of the elements of the "resiliency" phase: the new School Facilities Agency. Hawaii Department of Transportation's Deputy Director for Highways Ed Sniffen, who will head the new agency, also joins our conversation.

 

Punahou Carnival goes online

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Over the past year, we have had to hit pause on many of our yearly celebrations. But Punahou students wanted to make sure that their annual carnival went off without a hitch, even if the venue looked a little different. Alyssa Alvarez and Kiara Reeves of the Class of 2022 join us to discuss the 89th annual and first virtual Punahou Carnival

Reality Check: It's a long way home for many Pacific Islanders

Pacific Islanders stranded overseas at the start of the pandemic have had varying measures of success in returning home. While Marshall Islands will accept its third repratriation flight from Hawaii, citizens hoping to return to the Federated States of Micronesia lack a clear path. Read reporter Anita Hofschneider's full story here at civilbeat.org.


Hawaii photographer recounts Capitol Hill siege

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Kent Nishimura, a photographer for the Los Angeles Times, witnessed the events of the Jan. 6th riots on Capitol Hill firsthand. He joins us with his account and will be returning to Capitol Hill this week to cover the upcoming impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump.

Click here to see Kent Nishimura's photos of the Capitol riots on his Instagram.