The Conversation: Kauai Mayor Kawakami Calls for Tighter Travel Restrictions

Nov 23, 2020

Kauai Mayor calls for tighter travel restrictions; What the state should be doing with tourism; Despite working from home, no office exodus in Honolulu; Captioned telephones help hearing impaired

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  Kauai Mayor calls for tighter travel restrictions

This morning, Kauai County Mayor Derek Kawakami talked with us about his preference that travel restrictions be tightened for his island. This comes as Hawaii Gov. David Ige has tried to clarify the statewide mask policy and tightened up on the pretest Safe Travels program by mandating that those heading to Hawaii have a negative COVID-19 test result in hand.

What the state should be doing with tourism

The changes to the mask policy and the tweaking of the pre-test program are seen differently depending on your point of view. We talked to Keith Vierra of KV & Associates, Hospitality Consulting LLC. Vierra worked for decades with the former Starwood Hotels & Resorts. He sheds some perspective on the long view as we try and get our tourism industry back on its feet. 

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  Despite working from home, no office exodus in Honolulu

A wholesale shift to employees working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic has softened the office market but there's been no mass exodus from office space. Civil Beat Reporter Stewart Yerton tells us more about the current market. Click here to read his story at CivilBeat.org.

Captioned telephones help hearing impaired

You are probably familiar with closed captions when it comes to movies and televisions, but what about phones? We are learning about something called CapTel. Captioned telephones that can open up possibilities for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. We talked to Susan Jung outreach representative of CapTel phones. Click here to learn more about receiving a free device for the deaf or hard of hearing.