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Retail reopens on Hawaii Island, Kauai and Maui; Update on inmate release; Health crisis drives bike sales; Rebuilding facilities at Volcanoes National Park

Retail reopens on Hawaii Island, Kauai and Maui

Hawaii Gov. David Ige gave the go ahead for most retail businesses to reopen, and each county has been rolling out openings since last week. We get an update on how business has been.

Diane Ley, Director of Research and Development, Hawaii County; Tanya Temme, co-founder,; Pamela Tumpap, president, Maui Chamber of Commerce
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Update on inmate release

Efforts to release low-risk inmates from facilities across the state has been ongoing with mixed success. HPR Reporter Kuuwehi Hiraishi gives us an update.

HPR Reporter Kuuwehi Hiraishi

Crisis drives bike sales

With gyms closed and other exercise options limited, bicycle shops say they are selling almost every bike they can get their hands on. Civil Beat Editor Chad Blair tells how this unlikely silver lining. Click here to read Marcel Honore's story at

Civil Beat Politics & Opinion Editor Chad Blair
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Rebuilding facilities at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Working remotely. Big Island scientists were forced to do just that when lava from Kilauea's eruptive phase made it impossible to keep the Volcanoes Observatory and the Jaggar Museum and Visitor Center open. Volcanologists with the U.S. Geological Survey and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park staff are rolling out a proposal to rebuild the facilities that had been abandoned. Click here for more information on the rebuilding project and how to submit your input.

Rhonda Loh, Acting Superintendent, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park; Tina Neal, USGS Hawaii Volcano Observatory Scientist-in-Charge

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