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The Conversation: State Sen. Kalani English Bids Aloha

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State Senator J. Kalani English holds a press conference announcing his retirement at the State Capitol Rotunda in Honolulu on Tuesday, April 27.

State Senator J. Kalani English bids farewell to his colleagues; Kauai COVID-19 vaccinations and an uptick in cases; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Honolulu rail and Colleen Hanabusa; Kauai resort general manager on tourism; History of the Hawaii Education Association on its 100th anniversary

State Senator J. Kalani English bids farewell | Full Article

Credit Facebook/Senator J. Kalani English

Thursday is the last day of the state legislative session and the final session for State Senator J. Kalani English. He announced his retirement from public office this past Tuesday, citing medical issues stemming from COVID-19. For the last 20 years, he’s represented District 7 on Maui, which covers Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka’i, Lana’i, and Kaho’olawe. 

State Senator J. Kalani English

Kauai coronavirus vaccinations amid uptick in cases | Full Article

Dr. Janet Berreman is the Kauai district officer for the Department of Health. She says community partners found there is still interest in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that offers “one and done." The district announced 13 new positive cases on the island Thursday, all among residents.

Dr. Janet Berreman, district health officer for the Kaua‘i District Health Office

Reality Check with Civil Beat: Honolulu Rail | Full Article

Today's Reality Check from the Honolulu Civil Beat is about the Honolulu rail and former Hawaii Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa. Politics and opinion editor Chad Blair has the story from Marcel Honore.

Chad Blair, Honolulu Civil Beat politics and opinion editor

Kauai resort on reopening tourism

We spoke with General Manager Jim Braman of The Cliffs at Princeville, a property on the north end of the island to find out how Kauai is faring with the shortage in rental cars and reopening of tourism.

Jim Braman, general manager of The Cliffs at Princeville

History of the Hawaii Education Association on its 100th anniversary

To take us back to the story of the early days of the HEA, we connected with June Motokawa, HEA president and former executive director of Hawaii State Teachers Association, the union which represents teachers in our public schools.

June Motokawa, president of the Hawai‘i Education Association


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