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The Conversation: Concern Over Relaxed Restrictions

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A Hawaii Senator discusses her feelings about the State's phased plan to lift coronavirus restrictions, a college student contemplates whether he should to return to school if they plan to put classes online, Hawaii Pacific University's President talks about his school's plans amidst the new normal, and the author of the book "Wave Woman" talks story about the person who inspired her to write it - her mother.

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As Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono prepares to return to legislative session on Monday, she expressed how getting back to the people's work will have a different feel after the impact of COVID-19 on our nation. We talked to her about her concerns as Hawaii begins to relax restrictions. 

Senator Mazie Hirono, Hawaii (D)

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Charlie Fox, a junior at Colorado College and a Honolulu resident, talked to us about whether he will return to school amidt the coronavirus pandemic. He takes art and design classes, and doesn't think he'll have the same experience if they're converted to accomodate distance learning.

Charlie Fox, Junior, Colorado College

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Hawaii Pacific University President John Gotanda spoke about his school's efforts to broaden its Hawaii base. He detailed the benefits and incentives the university is offering to encourage local students to stay home in the islands.

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John Gotanda, President, Hawaii Pacific University

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Nearly 800 students still live on the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus, but most are being told to moveout by mid-May. And with the stay-at-home order still in effect, finding a new place to live is just that much harder. Politics and Opinion Editor Chad Blair joined us for a Reality Check.

Click here to read Suevon Lee's full story on the Honolulu Civil Beat website.

Chad Blair, Politics and Opinion Editor, Honolulu Civil Beat

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Vicky Durand, author of "Wave Woman," discussed the book she wrote in honor of her role model - her thrill-seeking mom, Betty Pembroke Heldrich Winstedt.  

Click here to register for Vicky Durant's online talk on Mother's Day, Sunday May 11th, at 2pm.

Vicky Durand, Author of the book "Wave Woman"

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Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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