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The Conversation: First Batch Of Vaccine Arrives In Hawai


Vaccine Logistics; Care Home Data Delay; Reality Check: Legal Battle Imminent over Final Stretch of Rail; Rice Farming in Hawaii


Vaccine Logistics

This morning we heard more from the head of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii about the vaccine rollout, the first batch is expected to touch down at some point today and  could be distributed in the islands as soon as tomorrow. Doctors and nurses, firefighters and police are among the first frontliner that will be offered the vaccines. President and CEO Hilton Raethel breaks down the plan.

Healthcare Association of Hawaii President and CEO Hilton Raethal


Care Home Data Delay

Among the first group to be offered the vaccines are the elderly. We talked to AARP Hawaii’s Craig Gima. He is the communications officer with the organization helping seniors.

AARP Hawaii Communications Officer Craig Gima




Reality Check: Legal Battle Imminent over Final Stretch of Rail

Joining us for today’s Reality Check is Marcel Honore. He has an online story about rail and potential litigation if the train does not go all the way to Ala Moana Shopping center. 

Civil Beat Reporter Marcel Honore


Rice Farming in Hawaii

We wanted to spotlight a series we aired recently about the past present and future of rice in the islands. Did you know Hawaii supplied rice to the states during the civil war? Kauai farmer Jerry Ornellas, began planting his winter crop of rice. His summer harvest was bountiful and he is encouraged by his success so far. We were there on the Garden Isle early on in the year to check on his rice fields as Ornellas is trying to carve out a market for Hawaii grown sushi and table rice.

Kauai Farmer Jerry Ornellas

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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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