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The Conversation: Update From Arkansas' Pacific Islander Community

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Update on the Marshallese community in Arkansas; The Long View with Neal Milner: Is it time for optimism?; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Info on Hawaii prisoner deaths hard to come by; ‘?leloflix brings Hawaiian language subtitles to streaming content; The Royal Room honors Native Hawaiian music and culture

Update on the Marshallese community in Arkansas

Tyson Chicken announced it would begin onsite COVID-19 vaccinations at its Iowa plant this week. In Arkansas, where there is a large Pacific Islander community working in the processing facilities, the company announced it would offer four hours of pay as an enticement for its workers to get the shots. We first talked to Dr. Sheldon Riklon last summer. He's as associate professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and he operates out of a clinic that serves his community in Springdale. The alarming number of fatal cases from COVID in the Marshallese community last year prompted an all-out effort to contain the virus. Riklon gives us an update.

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Dr. Sheldon Riklon, associate professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
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  The Long View with Neal Milner: Is it time for optimism?

HPR Contributor Editor Neal Milner takes a look at why some people are optimistic about the COVID crisis now that vaccines are getting into arms. See also: Scott Lincicome's "It's Time to Start Being Optimistic" at The Dispatch, and David Leonhardt's "Vaccine Alarmism" at The New York Times.

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HPR Contributing Editor Neal Milner

Reality Check with Civil Beat: Info on Hawaii prisoner deaths hard to come by

Hawaii corrections officals refuse to publicly release the names of inmates who die in the state's network of prisons and jails, and in most cases never even publicly announce when there has been a death. Civil Beat reporter Kevin Dayton tells us more about the issue. Click here to read the story at CivilBeat.org.

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Civil Beat reporter Kevin Dayton
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 ‘?leloflix brings Hawaiian language subtitles to streaming content

The Netflix original "Finding ‘Ohana" debuted a little more than a month ago, and is now available in ‘?lelo Hawai‘i - with Hawaiian subtitles, that is. Any Netflix movie or television show can now be captioned in the Hawaiian language, thanks to a new platform called ‘?leloflix. HPR's Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi joins us with more.

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HPR Reporter Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi

The Royal Room honors Native Hawaiian music and culture

The Royal Room. The powers behind the latest addition to Waikiki - a gallery and events room are but a reminder of the rich host culture. The music Hall of Fame welcomes you to experience a new venue to pay homage to Native Hawaiian music and culture and its influence over time. We talked to kumu hula Blaine Kia, who grew up in the Beachwalk area, and who is proud to share and showcase his heritage.

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Kumu Hula Blaine Kia

Click here to go to this week's Manu Minute featuring the ‘elepaio.

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.
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