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The Conversation: School Is Back In Session

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Private school association on returning to school; Department of Education struggles to get computers to all students; Gov. David Ige talks state's COVID response; Exhibit shows Hawaii's worldwide influence on string instruments

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Private school association on returning to school

Phil Bossert, the executive director of hte Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, met with heads of school across the state last week and gives us a snapshot of  the fall semester.

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Phil Bossert, executive director, Hawaii Association of Independent Schools

Department of Education struggles to get computers to all students

The Hawaii Department of Education is spending millions of dollars on laptops and mobile hotspots for low-income families but some devices have yet to arrive. Civil Beat Reporter Suevon Lee tells us how some of the ordered devices have yet to arrive due a national supply chain logjam. Click here to read the story at CivilBeat.org.

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Civil Beat Reporter Suevon Lee
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Gov. David Ige talks state's COVID response

It's been five months since Hawaii first went into lockdown as COVID-19 began to spread across the United States. After several months of low levels of the virus, Hawaii is now experiencing a large spike in new cases, on top of persistently high unemployment. HPR's Ryan Finnerty sat down with Gov. David Ige last week to look back on the state's response to the virus and look ahead at the rest of his time in office. Click here to read Ryan Finnerty's story.

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Hawaii Gov. David Ige

Exhibit shows Hawaii's worldwide influence on string instruments

You may not be aware of the tremendous influence Hawaii music had on the world. Well, a new exhibit at the Bishop Museum aims to spread the word and the sense of pride about humble roots of the ukulele and the steel guitar. Click here to find out more about the Kaula Piko exhibit at Bishop Museum and to buy tickets.

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Kilin Reese, luthier and president of The Kealakai Center for Pacific Strings; and DeSoto Brown, historian, Bishop Museum

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Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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