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The Conversation: Curtailing Illegal Vacation Rentals on Maui

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Enforcing vacation rental laws on Maui; Coronavirus causes dropoff for Hawaii businesses; Hawaii Pacific University's worrisome future; Ranked choice voting comes to Hawaii

Enforcing vacation rental laws on Maui

Today is the deadline for Maui Mayor Michael Victorino to decide what to do about vacation rentals on Molokai. Maui County's Planning Director Michele McLean tells us where the county is on its effort to curb illegal ruanway rentals. The issue of whether it should phase out short term rentals will be the subject of a 3 p.m. meeting on Friday, March 6 at 3 p.m. at Kalana Pakui conference room 250, S. High St., Wailuku.

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Maui County Planning Director Michele McLean
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Coronavirus causes dropoff for Hawaii businesses

There are still no reported cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in hawaii. But while the state may not yet be feeling the health impacts of the disease, it is already seeing the economic consequences of the virus. HPR's Ryan Finnerty breaks it down.

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HPR Reporter Ryan Finnerty

Hawaii Pacific University's worrisome future

Hawaii's largest private college has experienced plunging enrollment, steep operating losses and large debt. Now it's planning for an ambitious turnaround at a time when many small colleges are in trouble. Reporter Stewart Yerton tells us more. Click here to read the rest of the story.

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Civil Beat Reporter Stewart Yerton

Ranked choice voting comes to Hawaii

State Democratic parties in Hawaii, Kansas, Alaska and Wyoming are allowing for ranked choice voting in this year's primary contests. The move has long been hailed by advocates for electoral reform as a means to allow for a more representative vote. Maria Perez is with the Washington, D.C.-based group, Fair Vote and she tells us about the changes. Hawaii's Democratic Primary will be held on April 4, and the deadline to register is March 5.

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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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