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The Conversation: American Samoans Trying to Go Home Test Positive for Covid-19

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Samoan repatriation; Reality Check: Fixing Hawaii's Food System; Moloka'i deer die-off; The state of Hawaii's private schools; UH Manoa's College of Education prospective teacher's event.

Samoan repatriation

When American Samoa closed down its borders due to the pandemic, many nationals were stranded abroad. Reporter Ku'uwehi Hiraishi joins us to discuss the challenges American Samoans are facing amid repariation efforts.

Reporter Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Reality Check: Fixing Hawaii's food system

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When the pandemic turned off the faucet of tourists, local food producers pivoted to selling to residents. Even as tourists return, many producers and farmers want to continue to center residents' needs and improve Hawaii's self-sufficiency. Read Jessica Terrell's full story here at

Civil Beat reporter Jessica Terrell

Moloka'i deer die-off

The first deer arrived in Moloka'i in 1868 as a gift to King Kamehameha V. Now found out in the wild on several islands, the long-established populations have taken their toll on our ecosystems. Drought conditions are causing the collapse of the population of deer on Moloka'i, which poses a public health problem as well as the loss of an important food source for the community.

Senator Kalani English

The state of Hawaii's private schools

We talk with Phil Bossert, head of the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, about the state of the private schools in Hawaii as St. Ann’s announces it will close its doors after 180 years.

Phil Bossert, Executive Director of the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools,

UH Manoa's College of Education prospective teacher's event

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Thinking about becoming an educator but don’t know where to begin? A virtual event this Saturday will show you the way. The event, called It’s Great to Be a Teacher, is organized by the state Teacher Education Coordinating Committee, whose members include educator preparation programs and the state Department of Education, Hawaii State Teachers Association, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Education. Nezia Asni and Janet Kim are with UH Manoa’s College of Education and organizers of the event, which is now available for free via Zoom.

Nezia Asni and Janet Kim, UH Manoa’s College of Education


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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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