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The Conversation: Will Canadian Visitors Return This Winter?


Canadian visitors not here yet; Hawaii Tourism Authority looks ahead to 2021; Covert Honolulu police unit trailed former medical examiner; Pursuing a career in social work

Credit Hawaii Tourism Authority
Hawaii Tourism Authority

 Canadian visitors not here yet, but expected in spring

Canadian visitors normally start arriving in the Islands around this time to escape the cold. Many have timeshare units or have invested in condominiums, which they rent out the rest of the year. We reached out to Michael Cuthbertson, managing director of Destination Residences, to check in on the activity with our snowbirds from Canada.

Michael Cuthbertson, managing director, Destination Residences

Hawaii Tourism Authority looks ahead to 2021

The Hawaii Tourism Authority has been working behind the scenes to generate sparks as we try and recover from this health and economic crisis. The return of travelers has been slow even with the bubbles and the pretest programs that are being established with our international and domestic markets. The recent developments with the vaccine and the news of a mutating virus stand to impact consumer confidence. Industry officials have their eye on summer of next year while hailing the small steps along the way. We talked to Pattie Herman, vice president of marketing and product development at HTA, about how the visitor landscape is shaping up as we move out of 2020 and into 2021.

Pattie Herman, vice president of marketing and product development, Hawaii Tourism Authority
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CC BY 3.0 / Wikimedia Commons

  Covert Honolulu police unit trailed former medical examiner

A secretive intelligence unit used by former Honolulu police chief Louis Kealoha to frame a family member was deployed again by his successor, Chief Susan Ballard, last year to carry out a surveillance operation on Medical Examiner Christopher Happy, who at the time was at odds with Mayor Kirk Caldwell's administration over a lack of productivity and poor conditions at the city morgue. Civil Beat reporter Nick Grube tells us what HPD was looking for and Dr. Happy's reaction to the investigation. Click here to read the story at

Civil Beat Reporter Nick Grube

Pursuing a career in social work

It is one of the fastest growing professions in the country. We are talking about social work. Social workers look out for the well-being of people by helping to meet basic and complex needs of people in our community. One of their mantas is, "When we take care of each other, we're taking care of ourselves." Producer Lillian Tsang spoke with the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Michael DeMattos - he's the chair of the bachelors program at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. The school will be hosting a webinar in January to connect with people who are interested and would like to pursue the field of social work. Click here for more information.

Michael DeMattos, Bachelors of Social Work program chair, University of Hawaii at Manoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work

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.
Lillian Tsang is Senior Producer with The Conversation. She has been a part of the talk show team since TC first aired on February 14, 2011. Born and raised in Honolulu, she received her BFA from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her art career melded with radio after her glass-blowing partner, Anthony Borgioli, introduced her to the college radio station, KTUH. Bitten by the broadcasting bug, Lillian went on to produce and host a her own show “Planet of Sound” for almost a decade. It was a fellow KTUH DJ who told her about a job opening at Hawaiʻi Public Radio as an overnight/weekend board operator. She's since transitioned to a full-time day job and happily part of the HPR ʻohana.
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