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The Conversation: Rebound of Waikiki Resort Area

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Hawai'i Public Radio

Rebound of Waikiki resort area; Community survey underway about development of state parks; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Bribery scandal in Honolulu; Hana Hou: Highlighting CEO of American Red Cross Hawaii

Rebound of Waikiki resort area

The Waikiki area is seeing more foot traffic and hotel occupancy as daily arrivals surpassed the 20,000 mark  in the past week. Slow and steady growth is what some are forecasting for Waikiki through the summer while airlines increase flights to meet rebounding demand. Rick Egged of the Waikiki Improvement Association shared the latest with us.

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Rick Egged of the Waikiki Improvement Association

Community survey underway about development of state parks | Link

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There's a survey underway about Hawai‘i state parks that addresses issues such as parking lots near popular hikes, bathroom facilities and protecting cultural sites. The Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan is prepared every 5 years to identify recreational needs and trends across the islands. We talked to Curt Cottrell, parks administrator for the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Click here to find upcoming meetings and the online survey.

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Curt Cottrell, Administrator of DLNR's Division of State Parks

Reality Check with Civil Beat: Bribery scandal at Department of Planning and Permitting | Full Article

Civil Beat reporter Christina Jedra told us about a former Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting employee who received two years of paid time off after cashing a check from a property owner whose plans she was reviewing. Jedra said the records did not indicate any formal discipline.

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Civil Beat reporter Christina Jedra

Hana Hou: Highlighting CEO of American Red Cross Hawaii

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In a nod to Women’s History Month, we saluted women in the driver’s seat. We rebroadcast our segment where we talked with Diane Peters-Nguyen, the new CEO of the American Red Cross, Pacific Islands Region. A graduate of Kamehameha Schools, she looked to her Native Hawaian roots from her grandmother’s side for validation that the Hawaii Red Cross was the right place for her to be.

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Diane Peters-Nguyen, CEO of American Red Cross - Pacific Islands Region

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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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