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The Conversation: Honolulu's New Hub For Economic Recovery

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Honolulu's new go to hub focused on economic recovery; COVID and domestic violence; Data discrepancies on HPD police killings; Distance learning challenges for English language learners


Honolulu's new go to hub focused on economic recovery

The City & County of Honolulu's Chief Resilience Officer Josh Stanbro is helping to set the framework of a new COVID economic office in Honolulu. Called the Office of Economic Revitalization, it will be a hub for the public to turn to as funding for getting on the other side of this pandemic is doled out. Stanbro tells us what the City's administration hopes to accomplish.

Josh Stanbro, Chief Resilience Officer, City & County of Honolulu

The Long View with Neal Milner: COVID and intimate partner violence

Stay at home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic stemmed the spread of COVID-19, but preliminary studies have shown an increase in domestic violence. Also known as intimate partner violence, the things that limited the pandemic, like isolation, are the same things the foster IPV. HPR contributor Neal Milner discusses this troubling trend. Click here to read a recent study on COVID-19 related IPV. Click here to learn more about why there's been an increase. If you're seeking help in Hawaii, click here to visit the Domestic Violence Action Center website, call 808-531-3771 on Oahu, 800-690-6200 toll free helpline, or text 650-956-5680.

HPR Contributor Neal Milner

Data discrepancies on HPD police killings

A Civil Beat review found that Honolulu police officers killed at least 29 people in the past decade, at least 11 more cases than are listed in HPD's use of force reports. Civil Beat reporter Anita Hofschneider talks about the cops shoddy record keeping. Click here to read the story at

Civil Beat Reporter Anita Hofschneider
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Distance learning challenges for English language learners

When Hawaii public schools closed to slow the spread of COVID-19 and moved to distance learning, education advocates warned that students learning English were at high risk for falling behind. Seventeen percent of DOE students have been or are active ELL learners. HPR reporter Ashley Mizuo talks about the unique challenges these students faced.

HPR Reporter Ashley Mizuo

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.
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