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The Conversation: Honolulu Fish Company On Getting Through The COVID Crisis

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Healthcare Association of Hawaii on vaccine rollout; Honolulu Fish Company on weathering the pandemic; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Gentleman estates squeeze out serious agriculture potential; Kauai's Neu Mana Hui Farm grows cashews; Preschoolers learn codes in nature

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  Healthcare Association of Hawaii on vaccine rollout

This morning, hundreds of thousands of more essential workers are now eligible to sign up for the vaccines. Phone lines are seeeing a heavy volume of calls. Queen's Medical Center says they are focused on those 65 and older with chronic diseases and expect to hear more about when other categories of essential workers can book appointments. Hotel workers have been told not to expect to book appointments until March 30. Hilton Raethel, president and CEO of Healthcare Association of Hawaii, tells us more about the curren phase of Hawaii's vaccine rollout.

Hilton Raethel, president and CEO, Healthcare Association of Hawai

Honolulu Fish Company on weathering the pandemic

It's been a year since our economy was brought to a screeching halt. We talked to one small business that managed to survive and thrive in spite of the pandemic. Wayne Samiere studied marine biology and now peddles fish to restaurants in cities from coast to coast. The seafood wholesaler reflects on the past year as it was almost to the day the bottoom dropped out of the market. Click here to visit honolulufish.com.

Wayne Samiere, CEO, Honolulu Fish Company

Reality Check with Civil Beat: Gentleman estates squeeze out serious agriculture potential

Some developers have turned acreage earmarked for farming into high-end luxury homes with high prices and restrictions on what the land can be used for. Civil Beat reporter Stewart Yerton tells us more about gentleman farms and what the state government is doing about it. Click here to read the story he reported with Claire Caulfield at CivilBeat.org.

Civil Beat reporter Stewart Yerton


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  Kauai's Neu Mana Hui Farm grows cashews

Did you know cashew nuts start out as cashew apples? We reached out to a family farm on Kauai, which has been growing cashews for the last 20 years. Linda and Scott Neuman operate Neu Mana Hui Farm, which is home to more than 200 mature trees. 

Linda and Scott Neuman, owners, Neu Mana Hui Farm

Preschoolers learning codes in nature

This week we are looking at innovation stories in our schools and in the marketplace. Edna Hussey is an educator with roots in the Reggio Emelia approach to learning that's similar to Montessori which encourages non traditional learning. Hussey shares how presschoolers at Mid-Pacific Institute are finding codes in nature.

Edna Hussey, elementary school principal, Mid-Pacific Institute

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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.
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