The Conversation: State Bolsters Rental Assistance Program

Sep 15, 2020

Rental Assistance Program; Small Business Update; Reality Check: Military Economy; Recruit Military Virtual Career Fair; Kimo West

Rental Assistance Program

It’s just been a week since Governor David Ige announced a new state program to help renters who can’t pay their landlords because they have lost their jobs. Thousands have applied for help under this new Covid fund. We talked to  Denise Iseri-Matsubara from the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation about the role of the CARES money.

Small Business Update

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a considerable toll on Hawaii's small businesses. HPR Reporter Ryan Finnerty joins us with more on the subject.

Reality Check: Military Economy

For today's Reality Check, Civil Beat Reporter Kevin Knodell explores if the military can prop up Hawaii's damaged economy 


Recruit Military Virtual Career FairApproximately 100-thousand active duty soldiers transition into civilian life each year.  A new virtual career fair will help connect transitioning Army members and their spouses to employers seeking job candidates with military training and backgrounds. The Conversation’s Lillian Tsang spoke with Recruit Military’s Career Resources Director Jennifer Hadac about the free career networking opportunity. 

Kimo West Talk Story

Kimo West is a Canadian guitarist known for his work playing guitar for “Weird Al” Yankovic and for his slack-key guitar albums. “More Guitar Stories” is his latest, and he’s also involved in the “Aloha Radio Project”, a tribute to the Golden Age of Hawaiian music. He took time to chat with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.