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The Conversation: Caution Urged As COVID Surges

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Caution urged as COVID numbers increase; Progress slow but continual at DKIST; Governor unveils plans for November furloughs; Impact-Bound promotes student civic engagement 

Caution urged as COVID numbers increase

Can we still control an out of control COVID spread? We talked to epidemiologist Tim Brown, a tracking expert at the East West Center, who last week cautioned the public about how risky it is to be out and about with community spread now growing. 

Tim Brown, EWC epidemiologist

Progress slow but continual at DKIST


At the beginning of the year scientists testing out the optics of the world’s largest telescope on Haleakala published the first pictures of activity around the sun. The call for proposals for time on the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope had a deadline of last week Friday.  Director of the project, Thomas Rimmele, says never in his wildest dreams did he imagine the response he got.  

Dr. Thomas Rimmele, 4m Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope Project Director

Governor unveils plans for November furloughs

Honolulu Civil Beat’s Reality Check  highlights a fear of thousands of government workers. FURLOUGHS. It’s a story reporter Kevin Dayton has been tracking. Click here to read his story on

HCB Reporter Kevin Dayton

Impact-Bound promotes student civic engagement 

As in-person instruction was pushed back for many of Hawaii’s schools this week, more and more students are coming to grips with receiving their education online.  For many, this has been an obstacle that educators across the state have been dealing with since the beginning of the pandemic. But for Robert Landau of Impact School - online was the plan all along.   He spoke with The Conversation’s Harrison Patino on the program’s rollout and what it hopes to achieve.

Robert Landau, Co-Founder IMPACT-Bound

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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