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The Conversation: Cruise Ship Business In COVID-19 Crisis

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Hawaii cruise ship business in jeopardy from COVID-19; Event looks at nexus of Hawaiian tradition and innovation in hospitality industry; State wants to subsidize interisland shipper; Neal Milner on those who don't vote

Hawaii cruise ship business in jeopardy from COVID-19

March, April and May is usually peak season for cruise ship business in Hawaii, with thousands of passengers across the state. Is the coronavirus crimping bookings? Shannon McKee of Access Cruise, which works with the Hawaii Tourism Authority, gives us an overview of  the cruise business in the Islands.

Shannon McKee, President, Access Cruise


Event looks at nexus of Hawaiian traditions and innovation in hospitality industry

The Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association will be hosting Ka Huina on March 12 at the Hawaii Convention Center. Topics include culture in sports including football and surfing, music, science tourism and more. The conference will also host a market selling products by Native Hawaiian artists and entrepreneurs. John De Fries, executive director of NaHHA, tells us why the conference is needed.

John De Fries, Executive Director, Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association

State wants to subsidize interisland shipper

Hawaii lawmakers are pushing through a bill to provide cash subsidies to the state's only interisland cargo shipper in an attempt to soften the impact of the shipper's proposal to increase its rates. Reporter Stewart Yerton has the story, which you can read by clicking here.

Stewart Yerton, Reporter, Civil Beat

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Why don't people vote?

A new study called The 100 Million Project looks at those who don't vote and how that might impact elections. Neal Milner discusses the ramifications on The Long View. Click here to read the study.

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