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The Conversation: State Officials Prepare for Reopening


Hawaii Adjutant General Kenneth Hara; Economist Paul Brewbaker; Reality Check: HPD Crime-Solving at Record Low; ESG Metrics


Hawaii Adjutant General Kenneth Hara

It’s been six months since Governor David Ige appointed Major General Kenneth Hara as incident commander of our COVID-19 response. We spoke with him this week as efforts are being made to reset our response to the health and economic crisis. With an October 15th travel reopening set, Hara believes we are ready for business.

Adjutant General Kenneth Hara

Economist Paul Brewbaker

Can our shaky economy make it through 2020? That depends on whether we can control the spread of Covid cases, according to Paul Brewbaker of TZ Economics. We have been checking in with him throughout this crisis. Here’s where Brewbaker thinks we are headed.


Economist Paul Brewbaker

Reality Check: HPD Crime-Solving at Record Low
Honolulu Police Crime-Solving Record Is The Worst Its Been In Nearly 40 Years. That’s the subject of today’s Reality Check. Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Christina Jedra joins us with more.

Civil Beat Reporter Christina Jedra


ESG Metrics

This month, the World Economic Forum rolled out new reporting metrics - a benchmark for companies to grade themselves against. These metrics centered around people, our planet, prosperity and principles of governance. Corporations refer to them as the values of ESG: ‘'environmental, social and governance.” Here in Hawaii we looked to Hawaiian Electric Industries President and CEO Connie Lau about what will drive decisions for its utility and banking operations. We learn more about  ESG values - the non-financial factors that are emerging on Wall Street.

Hawaiian Electric Industries President and CEO Connie Lau

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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