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The Conversation: Rise in COVID Cases on Lanai and Hawaii Island


Spike in COVID cases on Hawaii Island and Lanai; Small businesses respond to state pivot grants; Police union stifling info to public; Future of sustainable transportation; Safety net for Oahu's homeless teens

Spike in COVID cases on Hawaii Island and Lanai

Hawaii County experienced a single-day spike in new COVID-19 cases over the weekend - 51 new cases on Sunday. This shot the county's positivity rate up to 3.8 percent. Over on Lanai, Maui Mayor Victorino says the number of COVID cases seems to have stabilitized. HPR Reporter Kuuwehi Hiraishi gives us an update on the Neighbor Islands.

HPR Reporter Kuuwehi Hiraishi

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Small businesses respond to state pivot grants

It's been a week since the state announced a new $25 million grant program to help small businesses deal with our ecommic crisis. More than a thousand companeis have applied so far. Many businesses are on the cusp of closing their doors due to reduced sales and new COVID related experiences. Hawaii Gov. David Ige announced the launch of the new Hawaii Business Pivot Grant program, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii. COC Hawaii President and CEO Sherry Menor-McNamara tells us more.

Sherry Menor-McNamara, president and CEO, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii

Police union stifling info to public

SHOPO, the statewide police union, doesn't want the public to have access to the arbitration decision that gave alleged abuser Darren Cachola his badge back. Civil Beat Reporter Nick Grube tells us how the police union is still keeping info away from the public despite a recently passed disclosure law. Click here to read the story at

Civil Beat Reporter Nick Grube

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Future of sustainable transportation

In our continuing look at He Lono Moku, a report on the state of Hawaii's environment, we talk to Ulupono Initiative's Katie Rooney to talk about the future of sustainable transportation. He Lono Moku is a project funded by The Environmental Funders Group. Click here to read the report.

Katie Rooney, director of transportation, Ulupono Initiative

Safety net for Oahu's homeless teens

Earlier this week, law enforcement announced the rescue of five minors form the threats of sex trafficking. Details about the case have not been released, but it throws a light on the ongoing need to protect our youth from being preyed upon. Homeless teens often find themselves vulnerable to criminals, and during this pandemic our social service needs have mushroomed. That includes the demand for programs to help our homeless youth. We caught up with Carla Houser with the nonprofit RYSE: Residential Youth Services Empowered. Last time we spoke with Houser, she announced a new bed space for teens in Kailua, and it has expanded to Haleiwa and in Manoa this month.

Carla Houser, executive director, RYSE

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Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at
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