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The Conversation: Outgoing Big Island Mayor Says Aloha To Long Career

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Aloha Mayor Harry Kim; Commercial Rent Survey; Reality Check: Taxpayers Foot Bill For Police Overtime Abuse; Virtual Pearl Harbor Commemoration

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Aloha, Mayor Harry Kim

The Hawaii County council recently honored Big Island Mayor Harry Kim for his 12 years working tirelessly and guiding the island through so many disasters.

The end of his term as mayor snuck up faster than he expected. Kim reflects on his time in public service.

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Outgoing Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim

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 Commercial Rent Survey

A recent survey of nearly 1,500 Hawaii businesses found that 40 percent of businesses were only able to pay partial rent, or none at all. That’s just one of the dire statistics of the 2nd Hawaii Commercial Rent Survey, released by Island Business Management.

It is currently conducting a national survey, which it hopes will provide data for lawmakers to push a rent relief program for commercial tenants.

Ryan Tanaka is the president of Island Business Management. He spoke with The Conversation’s Jason Ubay about the survey results. 

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Ryan Tanaka, President of Island Business Management

Link to National Survey

Link to Hawaii Survey
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Reality Check: Taxpayers Foot Bill For Police Overtime Abuse

Honolulu Civil Beat’s Reality Check looks at the latest scandal swirling around the Honolulu Police Department regarding the overtime racked up by officers for Covid enforcement. Reporter Christina Jedra joins us.

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Civil Beat Reporter Christina Jedra

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Virtual Pearl Harbor Commemoration

Monday marks the anniversary of the Bombing of Pearl Harbor. There will be no large gatherings as in the past as the pandemic still looms large, but there will be virtual events to commemorate the historic event. One of them will take place at the University of Hawaii ROTC Center in Manoa, where the Hawaii territorial Guard unit was formed when the army cadets were called into action December 7 1941.

It is a part of Hawaii history that film producer Stacey Hayashi knows something about. Her film Go For Broke recently won a film festival award. She and musician Jake Shimabukuro have lent their time and talent for a virtual event to mark the anniversary. 

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Film Producer Stacey Hayashi

Youtube link to Dec. 7th Live Stream

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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