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The Conversation: Honolulu Prepares For Tourism Reopening

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Honolulu Mayor on reopening Transpacific travel Aug. 1; State Rep. concerned about school reopening; Military in Hawaii coping with COVID; Maui's Seabury Hall prepares for fall; How Hawaii businesses and politicians can leverage social media

Honolulu Mayor on reopening Transpacific travel Aug. 1

We caught up with Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell to see what he thought about the Aug. 1 reopening of tourism. He said it was a decision that came after a lengthy meeting with all the mayors on Monday.

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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell
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State Rep. concerned about school reopening

As the Hawaii State Legislature is set to vote on a number of key bills covering the state budget, the CARES ACT, and more, Rep. Della Au Belatti joined us to give her perspective. She also expressed concern as a parent about wanting to know more about the plan for reopening public schools in the fall. The House Majority Leader gives us an overview of this first week back in session.

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Hawaii State Rep. Della Au Bellati

Military in Hawaii coping with COVID

The military declines to say how many Hawaii-based troops have been infected, but it has put restrictions on both daily operations and training efforts. Civil Beat reporter Kevin Knodell tells us about the U.S. military challenges and community perceptions during the pandemic. Click here to read the story on CivilBeat.org.

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Civil Beat reporter Kevin Knodell

Seabury Hall prepares for fall

The Maui school begins reaching out to families Monday: what to expect for the fall when students return to the classrooms. We talked to Head of School Maureen Madden about adapting Seabury to COVID-19 and its effect on the school's art and music programs.

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Seabury Hall Head of School Maureen Madden
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How Hawaii businesses and politicians can leverage social media

The offices and schools of America have moved online. Gwen Woltz is the co-founder and CEO of Wahine Media, a Hawaii-based digital marketing and social media agency founded in 2010 with clients across the country. At first, everybody jumped on the online bandwagon but didn't have quality metrics. But 10 years on, people are more deliberate now, and since COVID-19, there are ways smart advertisers and personalities make use of social media and technology. HPR Reporter Noe Tanigawa tells us more.

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HPR Reporter Noe Tanigawa

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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