The Conversation: Marking the Anniversary of the Hibiscus Drive Shooting

Jan 19, 2021

Economic recovery ahead of the inauguration; Reality Check with Civil Beat: State owes feds $700 million for unemployment benefits; Marking the anniversary of the Hibiscus Drive Shooting

Economic recovery ahead of the election 

Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz
Credit Hawaii State Capitol

Security is tight on the eve of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Tomorrow is also the opening day of the Hawaii state legislative session. We hear from the Chair of the Ways and Means Committee Donovan Dela Cruz about the possibility of further federal relief under the new presidential administation.  

Reality Check with Civil Beat: State owes feds $700 million for unemployment benefits

The state took out a $700 million federal loan in order to pay unemployment benefits to residents during the pandemic. Hawaii businesses may have to foot the bill through unemployment taxes and other surcharges, but Civil Beat reporter Kevin Dayton says lawmakers are looking for other solutions.  Click here to read the full story at civilbeat.org.


Marking the anniversary of the Hibiscus Drive Shooting

A Pass in Review ceremony held for officers Tiffany Enriquez and Kaulike Kalama in 2020.
Credit Catherine Cruz / HPR
 

One year ago, two Waikiki police officers were killed in a shooting on Hibiscus Drive. The gunman also attacked his landlady and a neighbor before setting a fire that destroyed and damaged seven homes. We look at the efforts around healing in the Hibiscus Drive neighborhood, and talk to Senator Karl Rhoads, Head of the Judiciary Committee, about Hawaii's firearm and mental health laws.