The Conversation: Police Reform In Hawaii

Jun 15, 2020

Police reform in Hawaii; Newsroom cuts to Honolulu's only newspaper; Marshallese stranded at consulate

Police reform in Hawaii - Interview with HPD Chief Susan Ballard

Police reform is at the top of the national agenda. In a slightly different way, it's also a focus here in Hawaii. Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard spoke with HPR News Director Bill Dorman about recent events elsewhere in the country involving the police and their impact on Hawaii.

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Police reform in Hawaii - Interview with SHOPO President Malcolm Lutu

Malcolm Lutu has been a police officer for 31 years and is theĀ  president of the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers (SHOPO). He spoke this morning on the principles of the HPD: Integrity, Respect, and Fairness. He also addressed the recent calls to defund the police, and talks about SHOPO's support for the families of the two HPD officers killed in the line of duty in January.

Newsroom cuts to Honolulu's only newspaper

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser is moving to lay off its health reporter during a pandemic, plus 30 others. Civil Beat reporter Christina Jedra talks about the cuts. Click here to read the story on

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Marshallese stranded at consulate

The Marshall Islands is among only a few countries left in the world that are COVID-19 free. This is due in part to a strict travel ban that has left more than 200 Marshallese citizens stranded since March here in Hawaii. HPR Reporter Kuuwehi Hiraishi shares the stories of people who have been away from home longer than expected. Click here to go to a GoFundMe page to support those stranded, or contact Kelly Bokin at (401) 612-5524 and