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The Conversation: Possible Link Between COVID-19 And Kawasaki Disease

Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

Kawasaki disease expert talks possible link to COVID-19; Spotting child abuse in your community; Honolulu avoids penalties for lack of trash for H-Power; Historian on Queen Liliuokalani's diaries during the overthrow

Kawasaki disease expert talks possible link to COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control alerted pediatricians treating children with the coronavirus to look at a possible link with Kawasaki disease - a rare and serious inflammatory disease. Dr. Marian Melish is a doctor at Kapiolani Medical Center and she is credited with diagnosing the first case of Kawasaki disease in Hawaii decades ago. The disease, first identified in Japan, can damage a child's heart and normally affects children under the age of 5. The CDC reached out to her earlier this month and she will be working with a team of international researchers on a project related to Kawasaki disease and COVID-19.

Dr. Marian Melish, Kapiolani Medical Center and faculty member, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
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Spotting child abuse in your community

With schools closed and fewer people going in for doctor's appointments because of the COVID-19 crisis and stay-at-home orders, the community is losing the first line of defense of mandated reporters for child abuse. In these challenging times, however, advocates for child protection are looking to spread the word on how individuals in the community can help spot, report and stop child abuse.

Tina Porras-Jones, Vice President of Community Building Programs, Parents and Children Together

Honolulu avoids penalties for lack of trash for H-Power

Despite earlier concerns, the City & County of Honolulu will probably avoid paying financial penalties for its shortage of trash to send to a power plant during the COVID-19 crisis. Civil Beat's Politics & Opinion Editor Chad Blair tells us about the "force majeure" clause in the city's contract with the electric utility. Click here to read Marcel Honore's story on

Chad Blair, Politics & Opinion Editor, Civil Beat
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Historian David Forbes

Historian on Queen Liliuokalani's diairies during the overthrow

University of Hawaii Press recently released The Diaries of Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii, 1885-1900. The Queen's daily notations were seized by those who overthrew the monarchy and who were looking for information to use against her. Now, historian David Forbes and editor Barbara Pope have compiled the papers, which range from the mundane to the mood of the politics at the time of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Click here for more information on the book. 

David Forbes, Historian and Author

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