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The Conversation: Saving Hotel Jobs; AARP Anti-Fraud Campaign

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Saving Hawaii hotel jobs; AARP launching anti-fraud campaign; Reality Check with Civil Beat: University of Hawaii budget cuts; UH Contemporary Music Ensemble; Teacher Appreciation Week: Nanakuli Elementary and Wa?ena Intermediate

American Hotel and Lodging Association on saving Hawaii hotel jobs | Full Article

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The forecast for the domestic visitor industry shows steady increases through the year. The international market isn't rebounding anytime soon, and that means hotels cannot hire back workers as fast as some would like. We talked to Chip Rogers, head of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, about what is at stake.

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Chip Rogers, head of the American Hotel and Lodging Association

AARP launching anti-fraud campaign | Event link | Full Article

Locally there were more than 7,000 reports of fraud last year totaling more than $15 million. To help combat that, the U.S. Secret Service and the state Office of Consumer Protection is teaming up with AARP Hawaii this weekend. We talked with spokesman Craig Gima about the fraud prevention campaign launching tomorrow.

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Craig Gima, AARP Hawaii communications director

Reality Check with Civil Beat: University of Hawaii budget cuts | Full Article

Honolulu Civil Beat’s reality check Friday looked at budget cuts to the University of Hawaii system. Legislative reporter Blaze Lovell joined us with the latest. 

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Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Blaze Lovell

Contemporary Music Ensemble at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

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HPR's Noe Tanigawa joined us to talk about the Contemporary Music Ensemble at the University of Hawaii. The group's concerts are eclectic, owing to the unique makeup of the group, which often includes a mix of Western and non-Western instruments. 

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Hawaii Public Radio arts & culture reporter Noe Tanigawa

Teacher Appreciation Week: Nanakuli Elementary and Wa?ena Intermediate

Friday is the last day of Teacher Appreciation Week. We wanted to show our appreciation by turning the spotlight on a couple of long-time teachers who were recognized nationally for their achievements. Hawaii’s 2021 National Distinguished Principal Lisa Ann Higa from Nanakuli Elementary, and 2021 National Outstanding Assistant Principal Marianne Wheeler from Maui Wa?ena Intermediate talked with our Russell Subiono.

We also heard listener shout outs about influential educators from across the islands.

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Principal Lisa Ann Higa from Nanakuli Elementary; Assistant Principal Marianne Wheeler from Maui Wa’ena Intermediate

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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.
Russell Subiono is the executive producer of The Conversation. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, television and radio. Contact him at talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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