The Conversation: Retail Slow To Reopen On Neighbor Islands

May 13, 2020

Retail reopens on Hawaii Island, Kauai and Maui; Update on inmate release; Health crisis drives bike sales; Rebuilding facilities at Volcanoes National Park

Retail reopens on Hawaii Island, Kauai and Maui

Hawaii Gov. David Ige gave the go ahead for most retail businesses to reopen, and each county has been rolling out openings since last week. We get an update on how business has been.

Update on inmate release

Efforts to release low-risk inmates from facilities across the state has been ongoing with mixed success. HPR Reporter Kuuwehi Hiraishi gives us an update.

Crisis drives bike sales

With gyms closed and other exercise options limited, bicycle shops say they are selling almost every bike they can get their hands on. Civil Beat Editor Chad Blair tells how this unlikely silver lining. Click here to read Marcel Honore's story at

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Rebuilding facilities at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Working remotely. Big Island scientists were forced to do just that when lava from Kilauea's eruptive phase made it impossible to keep the Volcanoes Observatory and the Jaggar Museum and Visitor Center open. Volcanologists with the U.S. Geological Survey and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park staff are rolling out a proposal to rebuild the facilities that had been abandoned. Click here for more information on the rebuilding project and how to submit your input.