The Conversation: State Lawmakers Resume 2020 Legislative Session

May 12, 2020

2020 Legislative session resumes; Pedestrian and traffic safety awareness; Scant details about HECO's new solar farm projects; Samoan history teaches important pandemic lesson 

2020 Legislative session resumes

State lawmakers gaveled in yesterday after a 2-month suspension due to coronavirus. They are working to find a solution to jump start the economy while avoiding salary cuts or furloughing government workers. HPR’s Ryan Finnerty tells us about the latest happenings.

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Pedestrian and traffic safety awareness 

Even though there has been less traffic on our roadways, there are reports of more speeders and jaywalkers particularly here on Oahu. The rules of the road are meant to keep people safe whether you are walking or driving a car. And as many businesses are set to open on Friday the public is being reminded to be careful and stay safe.   

Scant details about HECO's new solar farm projects

Details are scarce following Hawaiian Electric's selection of 16 large scale solar projects to help meet the state’s green energy goals. Honolulu Civil Beat Politics & Opinion Editor Chad Blair joins us to talk about the latest developments. Click here to read Stewart Yerton's story at

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Samoan history teaches important pandemic lesson

Here on HPR’s The Conversation last month we were first to report that American Samoa was the only US territory to remain free of Covid 19 cases. FEMA region 9 administrator Robert Fenton had been talking about the lessons learned from the pandemic of 1918, what was then called the Spanish flu. We learned of the history of two Samoas thanks to the RETRO REPORT, a non profit that produces documentaries.