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The Conversation: Update on Hawaii's COVID Testing

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Update on Hawaii's COVID-19 testing capabilities; Molokai charter school on staying safe in the fall; Religious groups receive fed money due to pandemic; Iolani student wins gold for history documentary

Update on Hawaii's COVID-19 testing capabilities

Health officials are closely watching a cluster of positive COVID-19 cases at the Pearl City Nursing Home. Dr. Scott Miscovich of Premier Medial Group has stepped up testing of the nursing home's staff and patients. He tells us about the efforts and about new equipment that will help with the state's COVID-19 response.

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Dr. Scott Miscovich, President, Premier Medical Group Hawaii
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Molokai charter school on staying safe in the fall

Public schools are finalizing plans for the 2020-2021 academic year even though the school board put off a decision on the blueprint provided by Hawaii Department of Education Superintendent Christina Kishimoto. We reached out to Kualupuu Public Conversation Charter School Principal Lydia Trinidad to talk about its approach to learning and staying safe this fall.

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Lydia Trinidad, Principal, Kualapuu Public Conversion Charter School

Religious groups receive fed money due to pandemic

When Hawaii landed more than $2.4 billion in federal money from the U.S. Small Business Administration in April, it was hailed as a boon for local businesses and the locdal economy. But based on data released last week by the U.S. Treasury, there was another big winner: religious organizations. Civil Beat Politics & Opinion Editor Chad Blair tells us the federal aid and what it was used for. Click here to read Stewart Yerton's story on CivilBeat.org.

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Civil Beat Politics & Opinion Editor Chad Blair
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Iolani student wins gold for history documentary

Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tershkova broke barriers on June 16, 1963 and became the first woman in space. The U.S. did not send a woman into space until Sally Ride did so 20 years later. This piqued the interest of Iolani School student Summer Royal  Click here to watch Summer Royal's documentary, "The Tereshkova Effect: The Role of Propaganda in Breaking Barriers." Click here to learn more about Hawaii History Day. 

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Summer Royal, Iolani School student and gold prize winner for history in the Council of Humanities National History Day competition

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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