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The Conversation: Mayor Blangiardi on Honolulu Police Department, Commission

Casey Harlow / HPR

Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi's thoughts about the Honolulu Police Department; Maui doctor discusses the Johnson & Johnson vaccine; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Sand Island Treatment Center; Assets School celebrates 65th anniversary

Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi's thoughts about the Honolulu Police Department


Mayor Rick Blangiardi spoke about a number of issues including two recent fatal shootings by police. One was a 16-year-old boy of Micronesian descent and the other was a man who had just arrived in the islands from South Africa. The selection of a new police chief was also at the forefront of his mind as Chief Susan Ballard announced she will step down in June

Rick Blangiardi on April 19, 2021
Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi

Maui doctor discusses the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The Valley Isle was set to offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at a mass clinic this past weekend and also at Maui College on Wednesday. But because the Centers for Disease Control put a pause on its distribution, officials switched it out for the Moderna vaccine. We spoke with Dr. Lorrin Pang from the Department of Health office on Maui to see how the changes are affecting vaccinations. 

Dr. Lorrin Pang
Department of Health-District Health Office Maui

Reality Check with Civil Beat: Sand Island Treatment Center | Full Article

Civil Beat investigations editor John Hill told us about a state contract with an addiction treatment program that has been raising eyebrows.

Reality Check for April 19, 2021
John Hill, Honolulu Civil Beat investigations editor

Assets School celebrates 65th anniversary

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Assets School is celebrating 65 years serving students with its programs focused on gifted children and those with dyslexia and other special needs. Like other schools, it’s been challenged with the pandemic and reduced enrollment but is working to provide more financial aid to those in need. We spoke with Ryan Masa, head of Assets School, about rebounding during the health and economic crisis. 

Ryan Masa
Head of Assets School


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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.
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