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The Conversation: Oral History of Palama Settlement

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Palama Settlement Oral History; Scaled-back RIMPAC; Economic Shortfall of RIMPAC

Palama Settlement Oral History Project

This morning we put the spotlight on an anchor in a community known to attract Hawaii’s newest immigrants. Palama Settlement is a social service non-profit that marks its 125th anniversary in 2021. In these pandemic times with its programs serving our kupuna and keiki restricted, it has focused its efforts on feeding the community. HPR’s New Director Bill Dorman joins me in-studio.  We are also joined by Paula Rath - the granddaughter of the founder of Palama Settlement, James Arthur Rath, and the daughter of Bobby Rath, whose oral history will be heard today.

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Palama Settlement Oral History

 
RIMPAC, Scaled Back Changes
 
This year's RIMPAC event will proceed as planned, albeit with scaled back demonstrations due to Covid-19. HPR's Ryan Finnerty joins us to discuss changes made to this year's war games.

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HPR Reporter Ryan Finnerty

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RIMPAC Business
 
 This year’s scaled down RIMPAC certainly will not have the same kind of economic impact, but some businesses will still benefit. Jason Chung is the vice president of military affairs with the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii. In that role, he advocates for the military in Hawaii and helps link the local community, business and government. He spoke with The Conversation’s Jason Ubay about which local businesses are still engaged with RIMPAC.

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Jason Chung, Vice President of Military Affairs with the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii

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.
Bill Dorman has been the news director of Hawai‘i Public Radio since February 2011. Born in New York City, he spent 21 years at CNN in various positions behind the scenes and on the air in Atlanta, New York, Washington DC, and Tokyo, Japan. He was also managing editor of Asia Pacific Broadcast for Bloomberg News for five years before moving to Hawai‘i in 2009. He’s covered stories from more than twenty countries and territories.
Jason Ubay is HPR's news editor. Send your story ideas to him at jubay@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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