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The Conversation: Helping Kupuna in Care Homes

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Seniors in Foster Homes; Hawaii Votes by Mail; Reopening Hawaii Schools; Perspectives on Waianae Needs; Inaugural Iron Butterfly Challenge

Seniors in Foster Homes

There has been a lot of concern about elderly in care homes and a concerted push for more transparency about reporting COVID cases across our state.

Keith Ridley is the Director of the state Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance. He oversees the segment of our community that cares for our kupuna in medical and community facilities.

Keith Ridley, OHCA Director

Hawaii Votes by Mail

The Office of Elections wants  your attention as Hawaii is holding its first election by mail next month. Hawaii residents  have already begun receiving ballots in the mail.  We talked to elections officer Scott Nago about  the changes to expect this time around.

Scott Nago, chief elections officer for the Hawaii Office of Elections

Click here to read Voting By Mail FAQs.

Reopening Hawaii Schools

The new school year is set to start in just about two weeks and DOH officials are on the same page with DOE Superintendent's plans to reopen schools. Click here to read Education Reporter Suevon Lee's story on

Suevon Lee, Honolulu Civil Beat Education Reporter

Perspectives on Waianae Needs

The Waianae Coast is a community where families have been heavily affected during this health and economic crisis.


HPR Reporter Noe Tanigawa

Inaugural Iron Butterfly Challenge

Legacy of Life Hawaii is holding its first ever Iron Butterfly Virtual 5K Challenge. Entrants can run, walk or paddle in a virtual race over the next couple of days. It didn’t start out to be a fundraiser but was meant as a way to connect families helped by organ or tissue donors.

Nancy Downes, Director of Marketing & Fund Development at Legacy of Life Hawaii

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