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Air Date: Thursday, Sep 9, 2021, 7:30pm
Help Wanted! Apply Within
While businesses that survived COVID-19-induced government lockdowns were hopeful and optimistic as they re-opened to fewer restrictions, they faced a new challenge: a shortage of employees. Find out what is being done to help support this employee shortage on COVID-19: Help Wanted.

Air Date: Thursday, Jul 1, 2021, 8:00pm
The Saga of The Return to Public Schools in the Fall
On August 3, Hawaiʻi public schools are scheduled to return to in-person instruction. Among the concerns: Will social distancing and mask wearing protocols remain in place? Are there precautions and protocols for unvaccinated students? What is the plan for those still uncomfortable returning to campus?

Air Date: Thursday, Jun 10, 2021, 8:00pm
Can Hawaiʻi Still Reach Herd Immunity?
More than half of the state’s population are fully vaccinated. Nearly 70 percent have received at least one shot. However, the pace of vaccinations has slowed to a crawl.

Air Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021, 8:00pm
Adventure Awaits … or Does It?
After more than a year of government shutdowns, restrictions and quarantines, people are traveling again. Tourism is rebounding much faster than anticipated, but a negative COVID test is still required for visitors and residents traveling to Hawaiʻi from the mainland. Fully vaccinated residents, who received their vaccinations in Hawaiʻi, can now travel interisland with a vaccine passport. Will that extend to mainland and international travelers, and if so, when

Air Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021, 8:00pm
The Mental Health Fall-Out of COVID-19
It’s been more than a year since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic and several months since vaccinations became available. The virus has taken a toll on the physical well-being of thousands of Hawaiʻi residents. But the disease and the economic fallout from government-ordered shutdowns have also affected everyone’s mental health in some way, whether it’s stress, anxiety, depression, isolation anxiety or substance abuse.

Air Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021, 8:00pm
The Struggle is Real for Hawaiiʻs Businesses
As Hawaiʻi’s coronavirus vaccination rollout continues to expand, state and county leaders are easing or modifying restrictions. Good news for some local companies, but after a year of turmoil, many others remain in crisis mode or are no longer in business. From overdue rent to enforcing health guidelines and changing consumer habits, businesses continue to adjust to the ever-evolving situation.

Air Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021, 8:00pm
Is Hawaii on Track with COVID-19 Vaccinations?
Lt. Governor Josh Green, State Health Director Dr. Libby Char, Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami and Maui County Managing Director Sandy Baz about vaccines, the state Safe Travels Hawaii program and more.

Air Date: Thursday, Feb 11, 2021, 8:00pm
How COVID-19 Has Affected Youth Sports
The COVID-19 pandemic forced an almost complete stop to organized sports activities for youth in Hawaiʻi including most high school sports as well as little league baseball, youth soccer, and keiki football and basketball. How is this affecting our children?

Air Date: Thursday, Feb 4, 2021, 8:00pm
When Paying The Rent Is a Struggle
Many of Hawaiʻi’s tenants who were laid off or suffered a reduction in hours and/or pay because of the coronavirus are struggling to pay their rent. While Governor David Ige has imposed an eviction moratorium that runs through February 14, the moratorium does not guarantee rental housing.

Air Date: Thursday, Jan 28, 2021, 8:00pm
Navigating the Challenges of a Pandemic, A Year Later
Get a COVID-19 vaccine. Wear a mask. Stay at least 6 feet apart. Avoid crowds. Wash your hands. These are messages we have heard over the past year as we’ve had to battle and navigate COVID-19 across the country and here in our state. What more can we do? Will a COVID-19 vaccine help? When will I be able to get one? What are the side effects? What’s happening in our hospitals?

Air Date: Thursday, Jan 21, 2021, 8:00pm
College During COVID-19
Most colleges and universities went to virtual classrooms as COVID-19 swept the nation, eliminating in-person learning and interaction for thousands of students. How are these changes affecting students currently enrolled, as well as high school seniors considering whether to go to college at all? What are universities doing to help students navigate this new landscape?

Air Date: Thursday, Nov 19, 2020, 8:00pm
COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi: Economic Fallout
Hawaiʻi’s economic fallout from COVID-19 is the focus on this INSIGHTS. Tourism has restarted across the state but visitor numbers are nowhere close to pre-pandemic rates. And there’s still the task of balancing health and safety with the cost of financial shortfalls.

Air Date: Thursday, Nov 12, 2020, 8:00pm
COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi: Fighting the Virus
The new Acting State Health Director Libby Char and Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, M.D. are among our guests on this forum on INSIGHTS. Recent outbreaks on the islands of Lānaʻi and Hawaiʻi show just how quickly the virus can spread if people aren’t careful. With a vaccine still elusive, government and health officials are asking residents to remain vigilant as we head into flu season and the holidays – traditional times for gatherings.

Air Date: Thursday, Nov 5, 2020, 8:00pm
COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi  School in Session
The first of three programs with a focus on COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi. Two-and-a-half-months into the school year, it’s clear that back-to-school is not what it used to be and not what many want it to be. Distance learning in public schools is deemed safer for students, teachers and other school employees, but in its current form, is it working? Are students getting the education they need? From across the state, INSIGHTS brings together parents, teachers and a school principal, to talk about what’s working and what’s not.

Air Date: Thursday, Aug 27, 2020, 8:00pm
Back to School During COVID-19 – Whatʻs It Going to Take?
Schools across Hawaiʻi are entering unfamiliar territory as teachers, students, parents and administrators start the new school year in the midst of a pandemic. The back-and-forth over what’s considered safe in the classroom has led to a debate over in-person instruction versus distance learning. Is there a clear vision about how schools should operate? Do teachers have the tools they need? Are all students getting the same opportunity to learn? And how are parents coping?

Air Date: Thursday, Jun 4, 2020, 8:00pm
Hawaiiʻs Resilience Through the Pandemic – Whatʻs It Going to Take?
A discussion on Hawaiʻi’s Resilience Through the Pandemic. Like the rest of the world, our state had to pause and hit the reset button due to the novel coronavirus. While much uncertainty remains, there’s optimism that we will emerge from this crisis in a strong position to face the future. Communities across Hawaiʻi are helping those in need. But there’s still much work to do as we figure out a new normal.

Air Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020, 8:00pm
Managing Tourism – Whatʻs It Going to Take?
This INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI special edition asked, What’s it Going to Take? Managing Tourism in Hawaiʻi. The tourism industry is one of the State’s largest employers and has been the driving force of our economy. But there are costs to the arrival of more than 10 million visitors each year, including overcrowded beaches, traffic and the wear and tear on natural treasures. The coronavirus pandemic is now crippling the visitor industry. This could be a rare opportunity to reshape the future of tourism in Hawaiʻi.

Air Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020, 8:00pm
COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi: Re-Opening of Business
This program looks at the re-opening of some businesses, under new guidelines. Is the State safely moving toward a new normal? Guests included Lt. Gov. Josh Green; House Speaker Scott Saiki; a representative from the Hawaiʻi Restaurant Association; and an infectious disease expert.

Air Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020, 8:00pm
COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi: Resources
This program looks at the plight of workers and small businesses. Many residents and small businesses were already having a tough time making ends meet before the coronavirus outbreak and government shutdowns. Now, with only select businesses allowed to reopen and the tourism industry on hold, tens of thousands of residents face an uncertain financial future. How do you plan when your resources are so stretched? How do you commit to a loan you don’t know you can repay?

Air Date: Thursday, May 7, 2020, 8:00pm
COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi: Hawaiʻi’s Economic Recovery INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI
In this program we hear from key State lawmakers on coronavirus. At the start of the year, lawmakers had high hopes of addressing Hawaiʻi’s affordable housing crisis, increasing the minimum wage and creating tax breaks for the working class. Early education for Pre-K students also was on the wish list. Then the new coronavirus took over. Now the focus is on how to recover from an economic meltdown while keeping Hawaiʻi’s people healthy. Guests included: State Senate Ways and Means Chair Donovan Dela Cruz, House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke and Hawaiʻi Island Representative Richard Onishi of the House Select Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness.

Air Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020, 8:00pm
COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi: Where To Go For Help
COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi continues to dominate discussions and this program centered around the economic fallout from the government-ordered lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus reverberates throughout the Islands. There’s a pressing demand for services by nonprofits serving people who are going hungry, experiencing domestic abuse or suffering in other ways. What resources are available, and where do people go for help?

Air Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020, 8:00pm
COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi: Hawaiʻi’s Four County Mayors
This program includes a special 90-minute edition with Hawaiʻi’s four County Mayors who answered questions about the battle against COVID-19. The mayors each issued orders and directives designed to keep their constituents safe from the coronavirus. Hear the similarities and differences between how each county is handling the disease including how messaging is delivered to the public.

Air Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020, 8:00pm
COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi: Unemployment, Education, Health
In this program we assembled guests in key areas to help viewers understand the effects of the coronavirus. Guests included: Scott Murakami, State Labor Department Director; Dr. Christina Kishimoto, State Schools Superintendent; Dr. Philip Bossert, Hawaiʻi Association of Independent Schools; and Dr. Christina Wang, Hawaiʻi Health and Harm Reduction Center.

Air Date: Thursday, April 9, 2020, 8:00pm
COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi: How Prepared Are We for COVID-19?
In this program we asked, “How prepared is Hawaiʻi’s health-care system for the rising number of cases in the Islands? Are there enough hospital beds, ventilators and protective equipment? How do we cope with the stress this crisis has created? Where do thousands of unemployed workers find resources to pay rent, utilities and other bills that are due?”

Air Date: Thursday, April 2, 2020, 8:00pm
COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi: Managing COVID-19
With the Islands’ #1 goal to slow the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus, this program focuses on managing COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi. Residents of the state have mostly settled into a stay-home “lockdown,” and visitor traffic is mostly kapu. How long does an infected person stay contagious? Is Hawaiʻi’s supply line for food and other products secure? How are we protecting elders?

Air Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020, 8:00 pm
It has been less than three months since reports of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China first made international headlines. With worldwide cases growing significantly every day, the World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. In this program we ask, “What are we doing as a community to inform and protect Hawaiʻi’s people? We know that testing has been woefully inadequate, but are there other important things that we should be doing that we’re not?”


National Programs

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Air Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 10:00 pm
FRONTLINE: Inside Italy’s COVID War
Inside a hospital battling COVID-19 in Northern Italy, as doctors make life and death decisions. The intimate, exclusive story of one besieged ER doctor, her staff and patients, from the darkest days to the signs of hope.

Air Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 9:00 pm
NOVA: Decoding COVID-19
The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has upended life as we know it in a matter of mere months. But at the same time, an unprecedented global effort to understand and contain the virus—and find a treatment for the disease it causes—is underway. Join the doctors on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 as they strategize to stop the spread, and meet the researchers racing to develop treatments and vaccines. Along the way, discover how this devastating disease emerged, what it does to the human body, and why it exploded into a pandemic.

Air Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 9:00 pm
FRONTLINE: Coronavirus Pandemic
FRONTLINE investigates the U.S. response to COVID-19 – from Washington state to Washington, D.C. – and examines what happens when politics and science collide.

Air Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020, 9:00 pm
Confronting Coronavirus: A PBS NewsHour Special will focus on health precautions for individuals and the public-at-large as well as the pandemic’s economic impact both in the United States and globally. This special, anchored by NewsHour managing editor Judy Woodruff, will include interviews with officials and a virtual town hall with curated questions from people across America.

Air Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 9:30 pm
FRONTLINE: The Virus: What Went Wrong?
As COVID-19 spread from Asia to the Middle East to Europe, why was the U.S. caught so unprepared? Despite repeated warnings of a potent contagion headed our way, America’s leaders failed to prepare and protect us. Why and who is accountable?


Coronavirus Resources

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Below please find access to Coronavirus resources from PBS Hawaiʻi and our affiliates. Together, in partnership with our community-at-large, we will continue to serve you with information during these unsettling times.

Latest Reporting on the Coronavirus

What You Should Know

How to Talk To your Children About Coronavirus

How to Wear and Make Your own Mask


Latest Local News

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City and County of Honolulu Proclamations, Orders and Rules
Oʻahu COVID Information
Reopening Strategy
Hawaiʻi Vaccine Information
Hawaiʻi Smart Health Card

Maui County Government Page
Maui Strong COVID-19 Information

Kauai County COVID-19 Response

Hawaiʻi County COVID-19 Response

State of Hawaiʻi COVID-19 Dashboard
COVID-19 State of Hawaiʻi Portal

Safe Travels Program

Latest National News

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National Institutes of Health

CDC: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization


Resources for Families

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The State of Hawaiʻi Executive Office on Early Learning