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The Conversation: Reactions to Possible Molokai Vacation Rental Ban

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Bill would ban vacation rentals on Molokai; Kaiser Permanente Hawaii doctor talks COVID-19; Honolulu Ethics Commission makes financial disclosures harder to find; Union volunteers spruce up Kalihi Elementary

Bill would ban vacation rentals on Molokai

A bill on the desk of Maui County Mayor Mike Victorino would not allow for any short term vacation rental properties on Molokai, and would phase out current vacation rentals. The bill has drawn mixed reactions from members of the rural community. HPR Reporter Kuuwehi Hiraishi tells us more.

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HPR Reporter Kuuwehi Hiraishi
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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii doctor talks COVID-19

As COVID-19 test kits become available and the viral spread continuing, there are mixed messages on what to do and what not to do. Kaiser Permanente Hawaii chief of infectious diseases Dr. Tarquin Collis has been preparing staff and patients for the possibility of COVID-19 in Hawaii.

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Dr. Tarquin Collis, chief of infectious diseases at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii

Financial ties of Honolulu officials now harder to find

Public records in which Honolulu officials disclose their business interests, real estate holdings and familiy ties are no longer posted on the Honolulu Ethics Commission's website, and disclosures from past years have been deleted. Civil Beat Reporter Christina Jedra explains how she found out and the official statement from the ethics commission. Click here to read the story.  

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Civil Beat Reporter Christina Jedra
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Volunteers at Kalihi Elementary School

Union members volunteer to spruce up Kalihi school

Hundreds of AFL-CIO members installed fans, air conditioners and a dishwasher at a recent volunteer event at Kalihi Elementary School last month. Here are some voices from the "labor of love" event and why the trades and unions are still important.

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Hawaii Government Employees Association Executive Director Randy Perreira and Kalihi Elementary School William Grindell

Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
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