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The Conversation: Kaiser Permanente Hawaii's Vaccine Plan

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Vaccine distribution at Kaiser Permanente; Time running out for Hawaii to use federal pandemic relief funds; Kauai businesses need travelers to survive; Dodo Mortuary on grieving and death during the COVID crisis; Local publisher's new memoir program

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Vaccine distribution at Kaiser Permanente

There's been lots of attention around the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine here in the Islands. Queen's Medical Center received it Monday and gave its first shot today, while Tripler Army Medical Center is scheduled to receive its first doses today. Kaiser Permanente, which has a presence across the islands, will see its first shipment tomorrow. We spoke with Andrew Giles, assistant hospital administrator, who is leading Kaiser's COVID emergency response. He shares with us the latest on the planned arrival of vaccines for Kaiser's facilities across Hawaii.

Andrew Giles, assistant hospital administrator for Kaiser Permanente Hawaii
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Time running out for Hawaii to use federal pandemic relief funds

Time is running out for Hawaii to make use of emergency pandemic relief funds awarded to the state by the federal government. When Congress approved the massive relief measure in March, the funds came with a catch: all the money had to be spent before January 1st, 2021. Unspent funds would be returned to the U.S. Treasury. HPR Reporter Ryan Finnerty tells us how much the state has spent and what they're doing as the deadline approaches.

HPR Reporter Ryan Finnerty

Kauai businesses need travelers to survive

Kauai businesses are saying "We can't survive" without travel. With tourism effectively canceled for the 2020 holiday season, a number of Kauai resorts and businesses are closing again - some for good. Civil Beat Politics & Opinion Editor Chad Blair tells us about the economic struggles on the Garden Isle. Click here to read Brittany Lyte's story at

Civil Beat Politics & Opinion Editor Chad Blair

Dodo Mortuary on grieving and death during the COVID crisis

The funeral industry has had to make a real adjustment during the pandemic. It's not been easy for grieving families and staff having to change their way of dealing with saying aloha to loved ones during an already stressful time. We reached out to Mitchell Dodo, Vice President of Dodo Mortuary, a Big Island family business which has been around for more than a century.

Mitchell Dodo, vice president, Dodo Mortuary
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Watermark Publishing's new memoir writing program

Has someone ever told you that you should write a book about your life, but you just didn't know where to start. A new program from Honolulu-based Watermark Publishing cdan help you get your memories into a book. The guided program, called the Halia Aloha Series, prompts writers to craft short "micro-narratives," which helps authors capture a snapshot in their life and makes it easier for readers to enter a memoir. After a roughly nine-month process, writers will have a few published copies under Watermark's Legacy Isle Publishing imprint. Darien Hsu Gee is the Halia Aloha Series editor. Click here to read more about the program.

Darien Hsu Gee, editor, Halia Aloha Series

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
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