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The Conversation: Mayors on Hotel Room Tax Collection; COVID Updates From Hawaiʻi Island and Maui Health Officials

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  • Hawaiʻi Island Mayor Mitch Roth, Maui County Mayor Mike Victorino, and Kauaʻi Mayor Derek Kawakami express their thoughts on the state collecting hotel room tax for their counties | Full Article
  • Civil Beat reporter Suevon Lee discusses another side effect of the pandemic impacting students — a school bus driver shortage in today's Reality Check | Full Article
  • Jason Dela Cruz, Hawaiʻi County's health district officer for the Department of Health, talks about potential additional restrictions on the Big Island and the approval of the Pfizer vaccine | Full Article
  • HPR reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi gives a debrief on increasing COVID cases on Hawaiʻi Island
  • Dr. Lorrin Pang, head of the Department of Health's Maui County health district, discusses the Delta variant and his participation in the Pono Coalition for Informed Consent | Full Article
  • We learn more about the songs of two different Hawaiʻi cardinals in our weekly series, Manu Minute
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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