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The Conversation: Rail Construction Moves Forward Despite Pandemic

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Rail construction moves forward amid COVID-19 crisis; Pandemic delays Hawaii courts; Staying safe from domestic abuse while staying home; Nearly free childcare for Maui's essential workers

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Construction crews working on Honolulu's rail project.

Rail construction moves forward amid COVID-19 crisis

Hawaii's COVID-19 health crisis is expected to have short term as well as long lasting economic effects. Andrew Robbins, Executive Director and CEO of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, tells us about the overall impact Honolulu's shutdown is having on the rail project. He said on one hand, some of the construction may get accelerated, but there could be delays as well.

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Andrew Robbins, Executive Director and CEO, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation

Pandemic delays Hawaii courts

The COVID-19 pandemic has put Hawaii court cases and lives on hold. One of many issues raised by the closures and delays is whether defendants will get legally required "speedy trials." Civil Beat Politics & Opinion Editor Chad Blair tells us more. Click here to read the story on CivilBeat.org.

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Civil Beat Politics & Opinion Editor Chad Blair

Staying safe from domestic abuse while staying home

For many, the prospect of shutting oneself at home comes with its own highs and lows. But for some, government mandated stay at home orders have vastly complicated one of our biggest social issues: domestic violence. What can you do to get help when you live with your abuser and can't leave the home? Nanci Kreidman, CEO of the Domestic Violence Action Center, has flagged this dangerous situation and tells us about protecting survivors of abuse in these uncertain times, and how they can seek help without leaving the home.

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Nanci Kreidman, CEO of the Domestic Violence Action Center
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Dean Wong performs with puppets during Imua Family Services daily circle time, which is streamed live on Facebook.

Practically free childcare for Maui's essential workers

As the state and counties have ordered stay at home orders for many workers, that leaves child care up in the air for essential workers. One organization offering care for childrens age 1 to 5 is Imua Family Services on Maui. Dean Wong is the nonprofit's executive director, and he tells us about the service he calls a "response to the our community need."

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Dean Wong, Executive Director of Imua Family Services

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.
Jason Ubay is HPR's news editor. Send your story ideas to him at jubay@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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