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The Conversation: Assets School's Fall Plans


Assets School's plan for the fall; Paddlers get back in the water; Ige nominees face Senate opposition; ACLU Hawaii on criminal justice reform

Assets School's plan for the fall

The motto of Assets School is that every child learns differently. It offers a program for gifted and talented students and those who have dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. In our continuing look at how local schools are preparing for the fall, we talked to Ryan Masa, Head of School at Assets School, about its approach to coping with COVID-19.

Ryan Masa, Head of School, Assets School

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Paddlers get back in the water

Usually during this time of year, outrigger canoe paddlers would be out in the water, training for weekend regattas before transitioning to the long distance season. However, the COVID-19 pandemic changed all that. Mike Atwood, the president of the Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association, tells us how paddlers are getting back in the water after the shutdown.

Mike Atwood, President, Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association

Update from the Hawaii State Legislative Session

House Bill 285 cleared the Senate and will make more police disciplinary records available to the public. In another development, a panel of senators voted against one nomination and was split on another for two key posts in Gov. David Ige's administration that will play major roles in bringing Hawaii out of its current financial crisis. Civil Beat Politics & Opinion Editor Chad Blair tells us more about the win for open record advocates and the votes against Craig Hirai for state budget chief and the split on Rona Suzuki for Department of Tax director. Click here for the story on HB 285 and click here for tax and budget nominees story at

Chad Blair, Politics & Opinion Editor, Civil Beat

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ACLU Hawaii on criminal justice reform

The House Finance Committee recently voted to preserve funding for the state's only work release program for female inmates - YWCA Fernhurst. A petition to halt the closure quickly gained over 150,000 signatures, and advocates of criminal justice reform in Hawaii are viewing the reversal as part of a larger re-examination of the criminal justice system across the nation.

Monica Espitia, Director, ACLU Hawaii's Smart Justice Campaign

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