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The Conversation: Iolani Ready for Back to School

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All Iolani School students are returning to campus for a full schedule, starting Aug. 24.

Iolani School students and dormers to return in the fall; The Long View with Neal Milner: Federalism and Portland; Teetering on a fiscal cliff; Hawaii Island Mayor Harry Kim Reflects on Hurricane Douglas

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Iolani School Headmaster Tim Cottrell

Iolani School students and dormers to return in the fall

As the public school system grapples with the start date for the new academic year we hear from Tim Cottrell, the headmaster of Iolani School. The campus is home to more than 2100 students and its conservative approach to keeping its school community safe. Iolani is one of only a handful of schools which boards students, but unlike other schools, the number of boarders is actually up.

Iolani School Headmaster Tim Cottrell

The Long View with Neal Milner: Federalism and Portland

Is it legal for the president to send federal law enforcement to Portland, Oregon to deal with the protests there? Neal Milner discusses the situation as the federal government moves into areas normally under state jurisdiction.

HPR Contributing Editor Neal Milner

Teetering on a fiscal cliff

Hawaii faces a precipitous economic cliff at the end of this week, with federal money that's provided some $1.3 billion to unemployed workers in Hawaii over the past several weeks set to run out by month's end. That's in addition to about $2.5 billion in SBA loan money that mostly ran out in June. Civil Beat Politics & Opinion Editor Chad Blair tells us about the tough economic situation. Click here to read Stewart Yerton's story at

Civil Beat Politics & Opinion Editor Chad Blair
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Hawaii Island Mayor Harry Kim reflects on Hurricane Douglas

Historically, the Big Island has been first in the crosshairs when the state is faced with a hurricane threat. As the former head of Civil Defense for the County, Mayor Harry Kim draws on a vast body of experience and some key insights on how officials within the state's largest land mass have prepared for disaster. But with the added wrinkle of COVID-19, how have emergency preparations changed in the days of social distancing?

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim

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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