The Conversation: Preparing For Tourism's Return

Jun 1, 2020

Hotels prepare for tourists return; Unions advocate for worker protections; Cash flow to families abroad slow during pandemic; Returning to the dental chair

Hotels prepare for tourists return

Talk has been intensifying over how and when Hawaii will reopen its doors to tourism. Mufi Hannemann is the head of the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association and he tells us about setting standards for jump starting the visitor industry.

A demonstrator at the Unite Here! Local 5 rally on May 27, 2020
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Unions advocate for worker protections

Last week, hotel workers rallied - in their cars - through Waikiki calling for a safe return to work. Eric Gill, Financial Secretary-Treasurer of Unite Here! Local 5, is advocating for more job protections for the union's 11,500 members.

Cash flow to families abroad slow during pandemic

Many immigrants from the Philippines have to decide between saving money to survive unemployment or sending it to relatives. Civil Beat Politics & Opinion Editor Chad Blair tells us how the COVID-19 crisis has affected remittances. Click here to read Anita Hofschneider's story at

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Returning to the dental chair

Concerned about the spread of COVID-19, dentail hygienists asked for guidance after some dental offices called them back to work for non-essential appointments last month. Kim Nguyen, executive director of the Hawaii Dental Association, explains the latest guidance on resuming routine dental appointments.