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The Conversation: Election Day Sees Record Number of Mail-In Ballots


Elections Office Check-in; Report Shows Vaping Legislation Stalled as Legislator Received Thousands from Tobacco Lobbies; Reality Check: 7 Ways to Repair Hawaii's Broken Economy; Yukio Okutsu Remembrance



Elections Office Check-in

Today is General Election Day and voters who have not mailed in their ballots must drop off their signed envelopes by 7 PM tonight. This morning Chief Elections Officer Scott Nago talked with us about the ballots that have returned so far and the plan for tonight's count.

Chief Elections Officer Scott Nago and HPR News Director Bill Dorman


Report Shows Vaping Legislation Stalled as Legislator Received Thousands from Tobacco Lobbies

Young people in Hawaii use electronic cigarettes at some of the highest rates in the country.  But legislative proposals to change that behavior have failed to gain traction here, and the answer may point to a powerful lawmaker who stalled legislation for years while receiving thousands from tobacco lobbies and companies. It’s a story that HPR’s Ryan Finnerty has followed - and talked about with HPR News Director Bill Dorman.

HPR Reporter Ryan Finnerty

Reality Check: 7 Ways to Repair Hawaii's Broken Economy

Honolulu Civil Beat’s Reality Check today takes a hard look at Hawaii's Broken Economy. Reporter Stewart Yerton joins us today.

Civil Beat Reporter Stewart Yerton

Courtesy Karleen Chinen

Yukio Okutsu Remembrance

This month we will mark Veterans Day. So in advance of that, we thought we would bring you a story about a name you have been hearing in the news a lot because of the recent COVID-19 cases. 

Yukio Okutsu was an army soldier, part of the 100th battalion and the famed 442nd regimental Combat team. His bravery during a battle in Italy was recognized. He single handedly destroyed three enemy machine gun encampments. Today you hear about another side to Yukio Okutsu. Okutsu was born in Koloa, Kauai. He died in Hilo at the age of 81 and is buried at the Hilo Veterans Cemetery. His story is featured in the Hawaii Tribune Herald. Journalist Karleen Chinen told us she was bothered that she was hearing his name on the news because of the deaths at the veterans home that bears his name.


Journalist Karleen Chinen

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.
Bill Dorman has been the news director of Hawai‘i Public Radio since February 2011. Born in New York City, he spent 21 years at CNN in various positions behind the scenes and on the air in Atlanta, New York, Washington DC, and Tokyo, Japan. He was also managing editor of Asia Pacific Broadcast for Bloomberg News for five years before moving to Hawai‘i in 2009. He’s covered stories from more than twenty countries and territories.
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