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The Conversation: Queen Liliuokalani Trust's Strategy To Expand Services

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Queen Liliuokalani Trust leveraging assets to expand its services; Jobs on Hawaii Island; Call for investigation into alleged Hawaii to Guam cockfighting scheme; Self-employed CPA on the COVID crisis; Checking in with recently released monk seals

Queen Liliuokalani Trust leveraging assets to expand its services

The Queen Liliuokalani Trust owns some 6,000 acres, mostly on the Big Island. Its mission is to serve orphaned or indigent children, mainly Native Hawaiian keiki. HPR's Kuuwehi Hiraishi tells us about the trust's strategy to leverage its assets and expand its services.

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HPR Reporter Kuuwehi Hiraishi
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Jobs on Hawaii Island

We've been reaching out to the Neighbor Islands to get the local snapshot on which economic sectors have been hit hardest by the pandemic, and where there might be some room for hope. Today, we focus on the Big Island with the County of Hawaii's Director of Research and Development, Diane Ley. She tells us what the County is doing to help affected businesses and residents, and about where some $80 million of CARES Act funding is being spent.

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Diane Ley, Director of Research and Development, County of Hawaii

Call for investigation into alleged Hawaii to Guam cockfighting scheme

At least 22 Hawaii chicken breeders may also be sellers, fueling illicit cockfighting rings in Guam, an animal welfare group has alleged in a new report. Civil Beat Reporter Blaze Lovell tells us the links animal rights activists have found. Click here to read his story at CivilBeat.org.

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Civil Beat Reporter Blaze Lovell

Self-employed CPA on the COVID crisis

Marissa Matsusaka is a certified public accountant and the sole proprietor of Mahina Ledgers, which she started last year. Her business dropped when her major client hit an economic cliff because of the decline in tourism. She tells us about adjusting her business and keeping the business going through the COVID crisis.

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Marissa Matsusaka, CPA and owner, Mahina Ledgers
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Checking in with recently released monk seals

It's been a month since scientists released four of its monk seal pups back in the wild after nursing them back to health. They were released August 5th on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge after rehabilitation at Ke Kai Ola, the Marine Mammal Center's hospital and visitor center in Kailua-Kona. We talked to Cara Field, medical services director, and Dr. Sophie Whoriskey, who was just named Conservation Veterinarian at Ke Kai Ola.

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Dr. Cara Field, medical services director, and Dr. Sophie Whoriskey, conservation veterinarian, The Marine Mammal Center's Ke Kai Ola

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.
Jason Ubay is HPR's news editor. Send your story ideas to him at jubay@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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