The Conversation: Rocky Reopening for Public Schools

Aug 25, 2020

Reaction to Public School Opening; Reality Check: Schools Drop Racist Online Curriculum; Governor Ariyoshi on Tourism; Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii Is Hiring; Pandemic Home Renovation; “Why We Swim” Author


Reaction to Public School Opening

Fresh into the new academic year, several schools have already hit a few road bumps along the way. HPR's general assignment reporter Ashley Mizuo joins us with the latest.


Reality Check: Schools Drop Racist Online Curriculum

Honolulu Civil Beat has a story developing around a particular online curriculum that  critics say is racist. That’s the focus of today’s Reality Check - education reporter Suevon Lee joins us today with that story.


Governor Ariyoshi on Tourism

This morning we hear from former Hawaii Governor George Ariyoshi, who served from 1974 to 1986. Back then, he had a strong vision for tourism and was concerned about the state’s carrying capacity and dependency on the visitor industry. His ideas included sustainability and the need to expand agriculture. Here’s the former Governor as he reflects back, and looks ahead to our recovery.

Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii Is Hiring

We continue our look at job opportunities around the islands during these COVID times. Earlier this month, the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii held a virtual job fair that included employers at virtual booths and keynote speakers. Sherry Menor-McNamara is the head of the Chamber and she spoke with The Conversation’s Jason Ubay about its website: hawaiiishiring.com - a one-stop shop with resources on current jobs and available training.


Pandemic Home Renovation

Home improvement projects are on the rise this year with so many people working at home. The Conversation’s Harrison Patino spoke with realtor Erik Taniguchi, about the kind of renovation projects underway and the current state of Hawaii’s housing market.


“Why We Swim” Author

Looking for something else to read to divert your attention during these stressful Covid Times? “Why We Swim” is a new book out. Bay Area author Bonnie Tsui is familiar with Hawaii waters and had expected to fly to the islands this summer for a family wedding but Covid disrupted those plans.

We reached out to her at her home in Berkeley California to talk about her book which made the New York Times best seller list. It’s a collection of short stories covering swimming over the ages in the pool and in the open ocean.