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The Conversation: Senator Mazie Hirono on Racism, Healthcare and New Book

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Senator Mazie K. Hirono's new book "Heart of Fire" and her thoughts on race and gender; The Honolulu rally to stop Asian American hate; Reality Check with Civil Beat; Loyal customers remember Love's Bakery on its last day in business; Manu Minute introduces us to the ‘akikiki; The Long View w/Neal Milner

Senator Mazie K. Hirono's new book "Heart of Fire" and her thoughts on race and gender

Viking Press/Kepano Kekuewa

Senator Mazie K. Hirono has been vocal about the push to include more Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in President Biden's cabinet and other leadership positions. We talked to her about race and gender, particularly in regards to her new memoir, "Heart of Fire", which will be released on April 20. She recalled her experience as an immigrant from Japan, a women in a predominantly-male law school and then Congress, and more.

Senator Mazie K. Hirono

A former California resident who took part in a Honolulu rally to stop Asian hate

Credit Jamie Goya

As incidents of hate against people of Asian descent increase, one Honolulu resident told us that her father in Southern California was a recent target of racism. Jaime Goya, a massage therapist in Waikiki, marched in the Honolulu rally last Saturday, part of an effort to draw attention to the rise of hate crimes and discrimination. With the recent shooting of Asian women massage therapists in Atlanta and the hate crime against her father, she said she felt compelled to participate in the rally.

Jaime Goya, massage therapist in Waikiki

Reality Check with Civil Beat: Working remotely | Full Article

When the pandemic began, daily commutes came to a screeching halt for a large number of Hawai‘i's workforce. Civil Beat reporter Anita Hofschneider told us some people don't want to return to offices and some local businesses may even offer remote options permanently.

Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Anita Hofschneider

Loyal customers remember Love's Bakery on its last day in business

Credit Catherine Cruz

Love's Bakery shut its doors Wednesday after 170 years of providing Hawai‘i with its beloved sweets and breads. Over 230 local workers will be let go and their union is selling t-shirts to help raise money for them. We went to the Love's shop on Middle Street as former employees and loyal customers stopped by to say goodbye their Love's ohana. And while a Portland company has bought the brand rights, people we spoke to had mixed feelings. 

Customers Walter, Christina, Bert, Dennis, Jana, and retired employee Cynthia Shiraishi

Manu Minute introduces us to the ‘akikiki | Full Article 

This week's Manu Minute introduces us to the ‘akikiki, also known as the Kaua‘i creeper. UH Hilo's Patrick Hart has all the information about this endangered forest bird endemic to Kaua‘i.

Manu Minute with Patrick Hart, March 31st, 2021. To learn more about Dr. Hart's work, go to lohelab.org.

The Long View w/Neal Milner: private schools

A new piece in The Atlantic includes the argument that elite private schools create less social mobility in society, not more. Political contributor Neal Milner told us about the article and how it could spark a discussion about Hawai‘i 's elite private schools.

Contributing analyst Neal Milner


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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.
Savannah Harriman-Pote is the energy and climate change reporter. She is also the lead producer of HPR's This Is Our Hawaiʻi podcast.
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