The Conversation: Maui County's Coronavirus Challenges

Apr 13, 2020

Coronavirus challenges in Maui County; Prescription supply issues for Lupus patients; Legislative priorities pivot due to pandemic; Tihati Productions on 50 years of entertainment

Coronavirus challenges in Maui County

Maui County is unique in that it covers three populated islands, each with its own set of circumstances. That is a challenge for Mayor Mike Victorino as his team wrestles with a cluster of COVID-19 cases at Maui Medical Center and tries to help smaller isle communities with limited health care options. Victorino provides a snapshot of the County's current coronavirus situation.

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Prescription supply issues for Lupus patients

We have been hearing a lot about whether the drugs chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine, also known as Plaquenil, can help COVID-19 patients. Health officials warn there are potential supply issues for patients suffering from malaria, rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune diseases like Lupus. Melaca Canella, founder of Sjogren's and Lupus Foundation of Hawaii, tells us more. Click here for a link to their website.

Legislative priorities pivot due to pandemic

The COVID-19 calamity means the Hawaii Legislature's grand plans for the 2020 session may be just pipe dreams. Civil Beat Politics & Opinions Editor Chad Blair looks at how the pandemic has changed the priorities at the Capitol from just three months ago. Click here to read the story at

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Tihati Productions on 50 years of local entertainment

The shuttering of Hawaii's visitor industry cuts deep. It comes at a time when a mainstay of the local entertainment industry has just marked its 50th anniversary. Cha Thompson reflects on the history of the company and the hard times ahead.