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The Conversation: Online Marketplace for Local Vendors Partners With Amazon

Pop Up M?keke

Pop Up M?keke, an online marketplace for local vendors; Hawai‘i's rural residents share their challenges during the pandemic; Reality Check with Civil Beat; A new campaign to warn teens of the dangers of e-cigarettes; Gourmet chocolate shop in Chinatown

Pop Up M?keke, an online marketplace for local vendors 

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Pop Up M?keke started as an online marketplace to help local vendors sell their products. Now, the overwhelming positive response and success has caught the eye of the shipping giant Amazon.

It began around this time last year when Kuhio Lewis, President and CEO of the Council of Native Hawaiian Advancement, came up with the idea to help Hawai‘i's small businesses, who normally would have sold their products at the then-cancelled Merrie Monarch Festival.

Pop Up M?keke is about to start its third season--this time with Amazon as an online host. To learn more about becoming a vendor, click here.

Pop-Up M?keke's Kuhio Lewis, President and CEO of the Council of Native Hawaiian Advancement

Hawai‘i's rural residents share their challenges during the pandemic | Full Article

It’s been just over a year since the threat of COVID-19 began to change the way Hawai?i residents work, learn, and travel. HPR's Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi spoke to people across the islands to get a snapshot of how the pandemic has impacted rural communities. Limited healthcare and technology were just some of the worries and frustrations of Hawai‘i's most remote residents.

Moloka?i resident Kui Adolpho; Jessie Marques, Executive Director of the Ka?? Rural Health Community Association; Ed Justus, owner of Talk Story Bookstore in Hanap?p?

Reality Check with Civil Beat: Hawaiian Electric power sources | Full Article

Honolulu Civil Beat's Stewart Yerton told us about Hawaiian Electric's upcoming power source changes as it turns to oil temporarily to fill the gap when it shutters the coal-burning power plant in Kapolei. 

Civil Beat reporter Stewart Yerton

New Department of Health campaign to warn teens of the dangers of e-cigarettes

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There's a new Department of Health campaign aimed at warning teens of the dangers of e-cigarettes. We hear from Zaheer Gulko, a junior at Island Pacific Academy, who participated in a focus group on the Escape the Vape campaign and became a teen advocate. Lola Irvin, from the Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Division, said the teens wanted to know more about the e-cigarettes, and then wanted to share the information with their peers.

Zaheer Gulko, junior at Island Pacific Academy; Lola Irvin, DOH Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Division

Chocolate on a Mission, a gourmet chocolate shop in Chinatown

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Davi Teves, Director of Chocolate at Chocolate on a Mission

Next time you're in Chinatown, you may notice a door leading up to a gourmet chocolate shop at the intersection of Maunakea and Pauahi streets. HPR's Noe Tanigawa talked to Davi Teves from Chocolate on a Mission, a chocolate shop that also trains men and women from the River of Life Mission’s recovery and reintegration programs.

Davi Teves, Chocolate On A Mission; Oren Schlieman, Infografik


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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.
Noe Tanigawa covers art, culture, and ideas for Hawai'i Public Radio. Noe began working in news at WQXR, the New York Times' classical station in New York City, where she also hosted music programs from 1990-94. Prior to New York, Noe was a music host in jazz, rock, urban contemporary, and contemporary and classic Hawaiian music formats in Honolulu. Since arriving at HPR in 2002, Noe has received awards from the Los Angeles Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists Hawai'i Chapter, and an Edward R. Murrow Regional Award for coverage of the budget process at the Hawai'i State Legislature. Noe holds a Masters in Painting from UH Mānoa. She maintains an active painting practice, and has recently returned from a 2015 residency with the U.S. Art in Embassies program in Palau. Noe is from Wailupe Valley in East O'ahu.
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