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The Conversation: Healthcare Association Gives Update on Hawaiʻi Medical Shortages; Oʻahu Farmer Talks Recent ʻUlu Thefts

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  • Hilton Raethel, the President and CEO of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii, shares how two local oxygen producers helped the state avert a crisis, and provides updates on the state's medical shortages | Full Article
  • Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Anita Hofschneider discusses why Hawaiʻi is a model for identifying pandemic racial disparities in today's Reality Check | Full Article
  • Joe McGinn, an Oʻahu farmer and farming instructor, provides insight into the increase in ʻulu theft around the state, and ways to increase community agricultural efforts | Full Article
  • Taylour Chang, Honolulu Museum of Art's Curator of Film and Performance, and artist Nicole Naone talk about the new HOMA exhibit, Artists of Hawai'i Now; an experience they hope will stimulate conversations around community issues | Full Article
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.
Russell Subiono has been with Hawai‘i Public Radio since 2019. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, TV, and radio. He got his start at HPR as a Production Assistant on The Conversation from 2016-2017. Prior to his return, he spent two years as a producer at KITV4 Island News, where he oversaw Hawai‘i’s only hour-long evening broadcast. He also served as HPR’s Fund Drive Producer for two years before returning to The Conversation as Executive Producer. In the moments when he’s not working at the station, you can find him visiting donut shops, making top-5 lists, and developing comedy videos that never get made.
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