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The Conversation: Update on Hawaii's Tourism Reopening

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One week into Hawaii tourism's reopening; Wedding industry cautiously optimistic on industry rebound; Oahu gyms, arcades, vacation rentals could reopen soon; How the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election will be decided

One week into Hawaii tourism's reopening

The year is almost over and Hawaii's economy is struggling to recover from the COVID-19 shutdown. Can we see the way any clearer? This morning we talked to Mufi Hannemann, president and CEO of the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, which represents hoteliers in a vital industry. There are calls that more needs to be done to encourage our tourists to wear their masks to help keep our community safe.

Mufi Hannemann, president and CEO, Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association
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Wedding industry cautiously optimistic on industry rebound

The Islands have long been popular with honeymooners, and many companies have seen a massive decrease in business as many rely almost solely on visitors planning a destination wedding. Lauren Carson is a wedding and event planner at Oahu-based Weddings of Hawaii. She's cautiously optimistic as Hawaii begins to reopen for tourism.

Lauren Carson, wedding and event planner, Weddings of Hawaii

Oahu gyms, arcades, vacation rentals could reopen soon

Oahu gyms may start reopening and other business restrictions could be eased as soon as Thursday when the City and County of Honolulu moves to the second tier of its COVID-19 reopening plan, Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced Tuesday. The plan is awaiting approval by Hawaii Gov. David Ige. Civil Beat Reporter Blaze Lovell tells us more about what businesses could be affected by Honolulu's Tier 2 reopening plan. Click here to read the story at

Civil Beat Reporter Blaze Lovell
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How the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election will be decided

We have had no shortage of drama leading up to the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. Polls tell us who may be in the lead but there are still signs of trouble ahead. How will the election be decided? That's the question we are chewing on today on The Long View with our political analyst Neal Milner.

HPR Contributing Editor and political analyst Neal Milner

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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