Sophia McCullough

Digital Producer

Sophia McCullough joined Hawai‘i Public Radio in 2021 as digital producer. Raised in Kailua, as well as around the world, she has been part of the O‘ahu community her whole life. Prior to joining the HPR team, she worked at NBC San Diego as a digital producer following her graduation from the University of California, San Diego.

Honolulu Police Department

The Honolulu Police Commission has announced its choice for interim police chief upon Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard's last day on June 1. 

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“My Octopus Teacher,” the Oscar-winning documentary film from South Africa, tells the tale of an unusual friendship with an intelligent octopus living in a South African kelp forest. The Conversation learned of the film's Hawai‘i connection in University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu professor Louis Herman, who also hails from South Africa.

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The Biden administration announced Wednesday a new website dedicated to artificial intelligence, a place where people can stay up-to-date on the federal government’s developments in artificial intelligence. This news comes as Dr. Peter Hershock from the East-West Center prepares for a virtual discussion on the subject Thursday.

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Kauai County will roll back Thursday to Tier 3 of its COVID-19 business and recreational guidelines due to a surge in new cases over the past two weeks, the county said.

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Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Steve Alm just marked 100 days in office. He talked to The Conversation about how his office will investigate fatal shootings by police and new efforts to strengthen anti-crime “weed and seed” programs.

All state residents 16 years and older are eligible for vaccinations and the Department of Health is strongly encouraging everyone to get the vaccine. Three upcoming vaccine clinics on Hawai‘i Island are part of that continuing effort.

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High school graduations are a special time in Hawai‘i when communities come together to celebrate students as they officially enter the community or start higher education. The pandemic last year caused many graduations to go completely virtual--gone were the senior songs and lei ceremonies.

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The Honolulu Police Department released Friday a 911 call from a frightened woman about Lindani Myeni's allegedly illegal presence at a Nuʻuanu house prior to the fatal shooting by police.

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Closing out this special series on the Civil War, we learned about three men whose gravestones are at the far Diamond Head corner of the O‘ahu Cemetery.

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Kaua‘i reported 13 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, the first uptick of positive cases in many months. The island is also participating in the Safe Travels Program while encouraging residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

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During a time when the country can seem deeply divided politically and culturally, interest in another era of deep division has been rekindled.

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Fewer students living on college campuses may help keep them safe from the coronavirus, but sexual violence remains a topic of discussion at the University of Hawaii.

John A. Burns School of Medicine

The coronavirus pandemic forced the University of Hawaii’s medical school to pause its Willed Body Program, which accepts human body donations for research and education. But with the return of in-person classes, the school has resumed its donation program.

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All Hawai‘i residents age 16 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, meeting President Joe Biden's deadline for states to open up vaccinations to all U.S. residents 18 and older by April 19.

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Iolani Palace’s financial struggle due to the pandemic appeared to find a lifeline in the $16 billion Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program run by the Small Business Administration, but the fine print makes the National Historic Landmark ineligible to receiving funding.

Department of Land and Natural Resources

Officials closed Waimanalo Bay Beach Park and warned people to stay out of the water after sharks were seen eating the carcass of a Hawaiian humpback whale that has since washed ashore and been removed.

Hawaii State Parks

Hawai‘i residents are currently invited to take a survey about the current condition of state parks, future recreation and facilities developments, as well as the protection of cultural sites. It's an opportunity to impact how our recreational spaces will develop in the next five years.

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The Hawaii Department of Health said Tuesday it is pausing usage of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine out of an abundance of caution while federal regulators review six reports of rare, potentially dangerous blood clots.

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Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard announced Friday she will step down from her role on June 1 and begin her retirement.

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Hawai‘i has consistently ranked in the top ten states for vaccination rates which has some people wondering about an inter-island vaccine passport system for residents.

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Divers from the Department of Land and Natural Resources investigated and identified probable World War II munitions off the south shore of Lana‘i on March 25.

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Eight football players from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa tested positive for COVID-19 over the past week, the athletics department announced Tuesday. This comes within two weeks of starting spring practice on March 25.

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Environmental scientists anticipate the return of Hawaiian green sea turtle, or honu, nesting sites at Bellows Field Beach Park this summer after documenting seven sites in 2020, the Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i and the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation announced.

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A coronavirus outbreak tied to a Maui church and its congregation has resulted in at least 55 positive cases and prompted the state Department of Health to warn the general public of the "imminent risk."

Fourteen community health centers throughout the islands are receiving about $32 million from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, the latest federal COVID-19 stimulus bill.

The funds can be used to expand COVID-19 vaccination-related activities, detect and treat COVID-19 infections, expand healthcare services and infrastructure, conduct community and educational outreach related to COVID-19, and more

A new directory of organizations and individuals providing identity-affirming services for sexual and gender minorities, also known as LGBTQ+ people, is now available in Hawai‘i, the Department of Health announced Tuesday.

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Some 28,000 travelers arrived in the state Saturday, raising questions about the possibility of a COVID-19 vaccine passport system in Hawai‘i.