The Conversation: University of Hawaii To Resume Classes This Fall

May 5, 2020

UH to mix online and in-person classes this fall; What offices will look like after the pandemic; Does the state have enough people for contact tracing?; Chaplains bring comfort despite physical distancing

UH to mix online and in-person classes this fall

University of Hawaii President David Lassner has announced that it's back to the classroom this fall. Hybrid classes - a mix of in-person and remote online learning - will be the order of the day. UH isn't sure what enrollment will look like, as there could be a dro in out-of-state students, but also a bump in local students as families look at options closer to home.

Elemental Excelerator office
Credit Courtesy Dean Sakamoto

What offices will look like after the pandemic

Post-COVID-19: How to Build Better. That is why 80 architects across the country with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have been meeting during this health crisis. They are looking to problem solve as communities try to build in physical distancing in this health crisis. Honolulu architect Dean Sakamoto is part of the national committee. He tells us about about a recent project that was planned and built before the pandemic but could offer a glimpse of what office workers will see when they return to the workplace.

Does the state have enough people for contact tracing?

Some think the Hawaii Department of Health is woefully short of people doing contact tracing, but the department says it has enough staff to handle the short term. Civil Beat Politics & Opinion Editor Chad Blair tells us about the growing dispute. Click here to read Stewart Yerton and Eleni Gill's story at CivilBeat.org.

Reverend Al Miles, Chaplain
Credit Courtesy Pacific Health Ministry

Chaplains bring comfort despite physical distancing

The coronavirus crisis has caused stress and worry for many people, especially those on the front line. Helping them strengthen their spirit, as they have for many years, are chaplains. Of course, social distancing is now in place to stop the spread of the diseases and has changed the way they work. Reverend Al Miles has been with Pacific Health Ministry for the past 27 years and has been the lead chaplain at Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu. He tells us about what he does and how it has changed due to the coronavirus crisis.