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The Conversation: Pacific Islanders in Arkansas Hit Hard by COVID-19

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Marshallese in Arkansas face coronavirus casualties; Why armed protesters are wearing aloha shirts; School nurses adopt telehealth; Storytime goes virtual

Marshallese in Arkansas face coronavirus casualties

Dr. Sheldon Riklon is one of two Marshallese doctors serving the Pacific Islander community in Arkansas. He tells us about the growing number of positive COVID-19 cases among the area's Marshallese citizens. Arkansas has approximately 8,000 to 12,000 Marshallese residents, but there have been 30 fatalities so far.

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Dr. Sheldon Riklon of University of Arkansas Health Services and a community clinic in Springdale
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Why armed protesters are wearing aloha shirts

At protests across the country, a strange sight is becoming increasingly common - heavily-armed protesters, wearing aloha shirts alonside their rifles and tactical gear. HPR's Ryan Finnerty looks into the trend.

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HPR Reporter Ryan Finnerty

School nurses adopt telehealth

The Hawaii Department of Education will be relying on a new health hotline and telehealth services to serve families and students outside of the school setting. Civil Beat reporter Suevon Lee about the established Hawaii Keiki program and how it rolled out a telehealth program. Click here to read the story at CivilBeat.org.

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Civil Beat reporter Suevon Lee
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Storytime goes virtual

A scaled down Summer Fun program opens today on Oahu. For countless summers, storyteller Jeff Gere has been a part of that program. With so much uncertainty, Gere opted to go virtual, teaming up with the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Outreach College.

  • This month, 9 sessions starting at 9:30 a.m. and lasting 40 minutes each
  • Tuesdays July 7, 14, 21 - Little Kidz Tales (K-3 grade)
  • Wednesdays July 8, 15, 22 - Folktales (2nd grade and up)
  • Thursdays July 9, 16, 23 - Hawaii Spookies (3rd grade and up)
  • To sign up for a show, send an email with the subject line "SCEP: Jeff Gere" and send to csinfo@hawaii.edu and jeffgere1031@gmail.com.
  • Click here for more info

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Storyteller Jeff Gere

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Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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