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The Conversation: Hawaii National Guard Troops Recovered from COVID-19

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The Hawaii National Guard updates us on its troops who tested positive for COVID-19 after deployment to Washington, D.C. last month, the University of Hawaii Cancer Center stresses the importance of screenings and treament during the pandemic, Hawaii Nature Center celebrates its 40th anniversary, and Hawaii Opera Theatre shares how its new production of Bastien and Basatienne is adapting to current times.

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Last month, 200 National Guard troops were deployed to Washington, D.C. for President Biden's inauguration ceremony. Several Hawaii National Guard soldiers were among the group. Seven of them later tested positive for COVID-19. They have since recovered and were released from quarantine this past weekend. We talked to Colonel Stanley Garcia about why they weren't vaccinated prior to deployment and how our local National Guard will involved in vaccinations.

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Col. Stanley Garcia

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The best chance for cancer survival is early detection. That's why Hawaii Cancer Center and the Hawaii Cancer Consortium joined a coalition of leading oncology experts - to remind the public that cancer screening and treatment should resume during the ongoing pandemic. The Conversation's Lillian Tsang talked with the Director of the UH Cancer Center, Dr. Randall Holcombe, about the effort.

For more information, click here.

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Dr. Randall Holcombe

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In today's Honolulu Civil Beat Reality Check, we talked to Stewart Yerton about a bill Hawaii lawmakers are considering. The issue at hand - whether it is beneficial to Hawaii for one person to own approximately 70% of the state's capacity to process beef.

Read Stewart's story on the Honolulu Civil Beat website here.

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Stewart Yerton
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The Hawaii Nature Cetner celebrate its 40 anniversary this year. The Center started at its site in Makiki, and over the last four decades, grown to include a site in Iao Valley on Maui and serve an estimated one million keiki. HPR General Assignment Reporter Ku'uwehi Hiraishi got a glimpse of how the organization is adapting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

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You may not know that opera in Hawaii dates back to the 1850s when Queen Emma sang in the chorus of a Verdi production and King Kamehameha IV served as stage manager. The Hawaii Opera Theatre kicked off an island inspired digital production over Valentine's Day weekend. It's a Mozart one act comic opera entitled, "Bastien and Bastienne." We talked with HOT's General Director Andrew Morgan, who also makes his directorial debut.

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Hawaii Opera Theatre General Director, Andrew Morgan

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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 ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
Lillian Tsang is the senior producer of The Conversation. She has been part of the talk show team since it first aired in 2011. Contact her at ltsang@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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