The Conversation: Hawaii Ports of Entry on Alert for Coronavirus

Feb 13, 2020

Hawaii Department of Transportation on COVID-19; Matson's CEO on its newest ship; Honolulu's potential as e-scooter heaven at least a year out; Maui oyster project hopes to clean Maalaea Bay; Two local printing companies join forces

 Hawaii Department of Transportation on COVID-19

A cruise ship recently docked at Honolulu Harbor and decided not to disembark its passengers out of an abundance of caution because of coronavirus fears. Tim Sakahara, spokesman for the Hawaii Department of Transportation, tells us about the situation at the state's ports of entry - harbors and airports - and how they're on alert for COVID-19.

Matson's Lurline
Credit Catheriine Cruz

Matson's CEO on its newest ship

Matson Navigation Company's newest ship, the Lurline, was scheduled to dock in Honolulu Harbor today. It's the sixth Matson vessel to have that name. Matson's CEO tells us more about the Lurline.

Honolulu's potential as e-scooter heaven at least a year out

E-scooter rentals have been controversial, but if the rollout is done right they could help soften Honolulu's traffic woes... Click here to read the rest of the story on Civil Beat's website. We talk to reporter Marcel Honore about the future of scooters in the city.

Oysters
Credit Edouard Manet

Maui oyster project hopes to clean Maalaea Bay

As we look to better safeguard our natural resources in Hawaii, environmental groups are looking towards an unlikely ally to help improve water quality in Maalaea Bay on Maui. Amy Hodges, program manager at the Maui Nui Marine Resource Council, about the effort to return the bay to a swimmable, fishable environment.

Two local printing companies join forces

Earlier this year Hawaii Hochi and Obun Hawaii joined forces, ushering in a new erag for two companies with deep roots in our community. Susan Eichor of aio, parent company of Obun, and Vince Watabu of Hawaii Hochi talk about what this means to the Japanese community and the locally printed publications.