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The Conversation: Travel Exemptions for Military Dependents

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Military Travel Exemptions; Caring For Patients During Pandemic; Test Passengers Before Boarding; Mauna Lani Update

Military Travel Exemptions

The military just yesterday relaxed restrictions for personnel traveling to Hawaii. Nearly two weeks ago Adjutant General Ken Hara agreed to exempt military men and women and their families from the 14 day state quarantine. Honolulu City Councilwoman Kym Pine told us her staff flagged the order as it was signed on a Friday afternoon without fanfare.

City Councilwoman Kymberly Pine

Caring For Patients During Pandemic

With the nation waging war on COVID-19, healthcare professionals from all over the country are doing what they can to pitch in. Tanya Gillan, a former Oahu resident is one of them. She’s a Registered Nurse working on the frontlines at Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan. When we spoke with her in April, the state had over 31-thousand coronavirus cases. It now has nearly 65-thousand confirmed COVID-19 cases, and more than 5,900 deaths. HPR producer Russell Subiono spoke with Gillan to get a sense of what working in the midst of the pandemic looks like.  


Terry Gillan, registered nurse

Test Passengers Before Boarding

Today's Reality Check looks at another solution to help reopen tourism safely. Covid-19 testing at CVS Pharmacies may be in the works. Click here to read business reporter Stewart Yerton's report on

Honolulu Civil Beat business reporter, Stewart Yerton

Mauna Lani Update

The state  is expected to lift the 14-day quarantine for interisland travel next week.

The kamaaina market  and staycations will be the focus for many hoteliers. The iconic Mauna Lani on the Kona Coast is an Auberge luxury resort that just snagged a place on the prestigious Conde Nast travel top-twenty hot list and it’s not the only award it’s in for.

Mauna Lani General Manager Sanjiv Hulugalle



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.
Russell Subiono has been with Hawai‘i Public Radio since 2019. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, TV, and radio. He got his start at HPR as a Production Assistant on The Conversation from 2016-2017. Prior to his return, he spent two years as a producer at KITV4 Island News, where he oversaw Hawai‘i’s only hour-long evening broadcast. He also served as HPR’s Fund Drive Producer for two years before returning to The Conversation as Executive Producer. In the moments when he’s not working at the station, you can find him visiting donut shops, making top-5 lists, and developing comedy videos that never get made.
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