The Conversation: Reopening Driver Licensing Centers

May 27, 2020

What to expect as driver licensing centers reopen; Returning to regular health visits; COVID-19 crisis also affecting mental health; Hawaiian Telcom on increased Internet demand; Internet access creates disparities in distance learning

What to expect as driver licensing centers reopen

As businesses and services begin to reopen, so too are the driver licensing stations across the state. Sheri Kajiwara, director of the City & County of Honolulu's Department of Customer Services, tells us what steps they're taking to ensure everyone's safety, and the challenges they're facing keeping people up to date.

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Returning to regular health visits

In the past few weeks, the Healthcare Association of Hawaii has begun sharing some of its supplies of personnel protective gear and sanitizer to smaller care homes across the state even though they are not members. HAH President and CEO Hilton Raethel tells us about access to healthcare, and efforts to begin welcoming back patients for elective surgeries and annual checkups.

COVID-19 crisis also affecting mental health

Calls to crisis hotlines and hospital admissions for psychiatric problems are up as the economy unravels and many feel isolated by public health restrictions. Civil Beat Politics & Opinion Editor Chad Blair talks about the other public health crisis exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to read Brittany Lyte's story at CivilBeat.org.

Hawaiian Telcom on Internet demand

Distance learning, working from home, staying at home - all have contributed to increased Internet traffic. Su Shin, president and general manager of Hawaiian Telcom, tells us about the added demand on its system during this time of great disruption.

Internet access creates disparities in distance learning

Hawaii's public school students have been learning remotely since March due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, some elementary schools are having an easier time than others because so much depends on a student's access to the Internet. HPR Reporter Ashley Mizuo tells us more.