The Conversation: Mayor Harry Kim Advises Aloha and Community Respect

Jun 18, 2020

Big Island update; Alternatives to going to court; Robust testing and monitoring needed at nursing homes; Concerns raised about Voting By Mail; Helping stranded international students


 Big Island update

Mayor Kim shared his take on the reopening of interisland travel, and the calls across the country to review practices of our police force. He believes the high cost of the economic shutdown was not good, but was a necessary move to deal with the Covid 19 pandemic. He cautions that our community should not get too relaxed, even though restrictions are gradually being lifted. 


Alternatives to going to court

Hundreds of court cases at Oahu District Court have had to be rescheduled. How has the Judiciary pivoted and adapted during the disruption of COVID-19?

Robust testing and monitoring needed at nursing homes

Credit Cory Lum / Honolulu Civil Beat

Today's Reality Check looks at the growing cluster of cases at an Oahu nursing home.  Industry leaders and authorities are investigating. Click here to read the full story at

Concerns raised about Voting By Mail

Before the nation was overwhelmed by the current health crisis, only five states conducted their elections through mail-in voting. Now, concerns over social distancing are causing elections offices across the country to reconsider how best to bring the ballot to the people.

Hawaii was among those five states, and while mail-in voting is available for all residents - some are concerned about the lack of statewide Voter Services Centers.

Helping stranded international students

Roughly 180 international students affilited with the East West Center have not been able to leave Hawaii due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

There will be a food drive on July 10 from 9-11 a.m. at Burns Hall.  Click here to learn more about donating to the students.