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The Conversation: Hawaii Health Department Steps Up Restaurant Inspections

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Health Department enforcing COVID guidelines at restaurants; The Long View with Neal Milner: Threats to America's voting system; Honolulu police deal with sexual abuse in its own ranks; Engaging young people to prevent Hawaii's brain drain; Kona family remembers 1918 flu pandemic, draws parallels to today

Health Department enforcing COVID guidelines at restaurants

Food establishments have been welcoming back diners for about a month now, and customer complaints have now triggered the state Department of Health to step up inspections statewide. Peter Oshiro, the director of the Food Sanitation Branch at DOH, talks about COVID-19 mandates to keep restaurant patrons and staff safe during this pandemic. Increased complaints have forced the department to look for ways to crackown using its existing placard system.

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Peter Oshiro, Program Manager, Food Sanitation Branch, State of Hawaii Department of Health
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The Long View with Neal Milner: Threats to America's voting system

We are moving into high gear as the primary election aproaches. More canditdates sign waving on the streets and more campaign literature and broadcast ads circulating. HPR Contributing Editor Neal Milner discusses a legal paper on the three pathologies of American voting rights illuminated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read the paper.

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HPR Contributor Neal Milner

Honolulu police deal with sexual abuse in its own ranks

Female police officers have filed complaints against their male colleagues for years. But how well department officials handle the problem remains a question. Civil Beat contributor Denby Fawcett tells us more about the complaints within HPD's ranks. Click here to read the story at CivilBeat.org.

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Civil Beat Contributor Denby Fawcett
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Engaging young people to prevent Hawaii's brain drain

Hawaii has a brain drain problem. High costs of living and competitive job markets have long been luring locals away from their Island homes for green pastures elsewhere. But how do we reverse the trend? According to the Center for Tomorrow's Leaders, the answer lies in empowering young people in the community with a sense of responsibility to their community. India Ching and Olivia Stoetzer discuss sustainability and community responsibility for Hawaii's upcoming generations.

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India Ching and Olivia Stoetzer, Center for Tomorrow's Leaders

Kona family remembers 1918 flu pandemic, draws parallels to today

The 1918 flu pandemic was one of the deadliest in modern history - killing 50 million people worldwide, including thousands here in Hawaii. Kona historian Maile Melrose shared her family's history with the pandemic and reflects on some of the lessons for a world caught in the grip of COVID-19.

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HPR Reporter Kuuwehi Hiraishi

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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