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The Conversation: Rising COVID Cases on Hawaii Island

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COVID-19 cases rise on the Big Island; The Long View with Neal Milner: What we've lost with restaurants closed; Union wants Hawaii prison chief out; Jobs available in city government; Gov. Ariyoshi on the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II

COVID-19 cases rise on the Big Island

Hawaii County is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases on the Hilo side of the Big Island. State health authorities say its community spread and that testing and contact tracing are aggressively being pursued. Hawaii County Civil Defense reported 63 active cases Tuesday morning, including 10 individuals currently being hospitalized for COVID-19. HPR Reporter Kuuwehi Hiraishi tells us about current clusters and a call for a kapu from kumu hula. Click here to read her story at

HPR Reporter Kuuwehi Hiraishi

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The Long View with Neal Milner: What we've lost with restaurants closed

Since the pandemic started, our relationships in Honolulu have changed. And now with the stay at home order re-established, they are going to change again. Front and center is the economic impact of the coronavirus on restaurants and how they operate during a pandemic. But what about patrons? How does it affect our regular routines and the food memories we have?

HPR Contributing Editor Neal Milner

Union wants Hawaii prison chief out

United Public Workers and the Hawaii Government Employees Association say the state is not doing enough to get COVID-19 under control at the Oahu Community Correctional Center. Civil Beat Reporter Kevin Dayton tells us why they want state Department of Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda to resign. Click here to read his story at

Civil Beat Reporter Kevin Dayton

Jobs available in city government

The City & County of Honolulu recently launched its virtual job fair. Its website aims to make it easier for those looking for jobs to navigate around the system. We talked to Gwynne Inamasu in the City's human resources department. Click here for a link to the job fair.

Gwynne Inamasu, human resources manager, City & County of Honolulu
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Gov. Ariyoshi on the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II

As we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, we spent some time this week talking with Hawaii's first governor of Japanese descent. Gov. George Ariyoshi is in his 90s but remains active. He remains connected to the East-West Center, which is dedicated to strengthening ties across the Pacific. Those relationships are so important as tensions in the Indo-Pacific region are strained. Ariyoshi recalled he was a teenager, a sophomore at McKinley High School when Pearl Harbor was bombed and he would later be drafted in the military to serve our country. Click here for a list of events commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Former Hawaii Governor George Ariyoshi

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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