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The Conversation: Honolulu Rail Project Seeks More Federal Funding

Catherine Cruz

Honolulu rail project seeks more federal funding; Workshop for Hawaiian Heritage Music Series; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Kauai Police Chief Todd Raybuck; Hana Hou: Hawai‘i honors the efforts of healthcare workers

Honolulu rail project seeks more federal funding


Interim Executive Director Lori Kahikina of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit has taken on the challenge of completing the final leg of the Honolulu rail project. The Dillingham corridor through the core of urban Honolulu is tricky because it has to consider critical power, water, sewer and communication lines. The most recent federal recovery act provided an additional $70 million for rail costs, but just this week HART and the Mayor asked for $800 million. Kahikina told us it's a long shot. 

Lori Kahikina, HART Interim Executive Director

Workshop for Hawaiian Heritage Music Series | Event Link

Credit Hawaii Music Teachers Association

You may not know enough about the Hawaii Music Teachers Association, but their educators help nurture the souls of Hawaii's keiki in our wonderful world of music. This weekend in the spirit of a “Kanikapila Jam,” organizers are offering a live workshop with Raiatea Helm and Aaron Mahi, as part of the Hawaiian Heritage Music Series. We spoke with Raiatea and Duane Padilla, a musician of many talents who has been featured here at HPR. 

Hawaiian singer Raiatea Helm and musician Duane Padilla

Reality Check with Civil Beat: Kauai Police Chief Todd Raybuck | Full Article

Joining us for today’s Reality Check was Civil Beat reporter Brittany Lyte with a story from the Garden Isle. She looked at Kauai Police Chief Todd Raybuck’s past performance evaluations and shared what she's learned.

Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Brittany Lyte

Hana Hou: Hawai‘i honors the efforts of healthcare workers


A community gathered at Maui Memorial Medical Center last month for a candlelight vigil to acknowledge the anniversary of the pandemic. Two healthcare workers, Elizabeth Linares and Leimomi Melamai, shared their experience with us. And on Oahu, Steven Scott-Hosaka of Manoa leads a nightly chorus of bells and claps to show support for healthcare workers. He and his neighbors will be out there tonight in case you're driving through the area... or better yet, start your own chorus with your neighbors. 

Maui Memorial case manager Liz Linares and nurse Leimomi Melamai; and Steven Scott-Hosaka, Manoa resident and retired nurse


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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
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