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thanks so much for tuning in

here on this Monday. I’m Ryan

Kalei Tsuji joined by Yunji

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Hawaii and today, we have

Governor David Ige on our show

a lot to get to Yunji. So, we

want to get right into it.

That’s right. Joining us from

his office live at the Capitol

is the governor. Uh good

morning Governor. Good to see

you. Thanks. Thank you, Angie.

Thanks, Ryan. Thank you for

giving me this opportunity to

respond to questions and

provide updates. Yeah and we

have a lot to get to as Ryan

just said uh as we come on the

air now. Uh Mayor Rick

Blangiardi is holding his own

news conference. I think

that’ll be wrapping up fairly

but he did announce in that

presser that uh large

gatherings are cancelled. Oahu

for the next 4 weeks. What is

the state looking at? Are you

thinking of mirroring that

across the state? What kind of

restrictions are you

considering? You know, we have

been working with the city and

county of Honolulu and we do

believe that that’s this uh

action is the right thing to

do. Um we continue to see case

counts here on Oahu that set

new records uh and we are

beginning challenge the health

care capacity in our facilities

all around Oahu as well as

around the state. So, I fully

support um the city and

county’s decision to shut down

all activities uh more than ten

indoors and uh Twenty-five

outdoors because we need to

take action to slow the spread

of COVID-19 and if you can

speak a little more about what

would happen in the other

counties because we know that

each county has been providing

different types of

recommendations that they would

like to implement within their

own counties. If you talk

through some of the decision

making process that you’re

going through for each of these

counties and how they may

differ from island to island.

Uh you Ryan it’s it’s two

issues. I think that um come to

the forefront uh in every

county. It is about hospital

capacity and our ability to

take care of those who need

care. Um uh we are also looking

at um various um differences in

how much virus activity is

occurring in each county uh as

throughout this pandemic has

had lower case counts than any

of the other counties and you

know, I think all across the

state, we’re committed to

keeping schools open and in

person learning because we know

that that’s very important to

our children um and then, we

are looking at what kind of

further action just like here

in the city of Honolulu. Uh we

felt compelled to restrict all

activities. Um ten more than

ten indoor and uh more than

Twenty-five outdoors because um

the virus continues to spread

and we see continuing case

counts. Uh there’s a lot of

questions here about travel

Sylvie says, why haven’t you

started pre travel testing for

everyone coming into Hawaii

yet? Is that something that

you’re looking at? You know,

we’re looking at that but it

does. Um it’s it’s been a

challenge when we look at uh

pre travel testing. uh as you

know, the CDC has said that

travel is safe or vaccinated

individuals. So we to work with

our airline partners. Uh I have

asked that all non-essential

travel for residents and

visitors to Hawaii be delayed

or curtailed uh through the end

of October. Um I’ve been uh

calls with uh all the airlines

and I’ve talked with the the

hotel industry uh to support um

this requirement. Uh I think

it’s important that we reduce

the numbers of visitors coming

here to the islands uh and um

You know, certainly, I expect

cooperation from the visitor

industry. Another thing that

has been getting much

discussion has been this idea

of this vaccination passport if

you will and other businesses

in the state stepping in to

help in the implementation of a

vaccination verification at

restaurants or other

establishments. Uh is this

something that continues to

move forward and and what might

that look like in terms of a

password? Is that an app? Is it

website. Can you give us any

other information on what that

might look like? Yes. Yes,

Brian. thank you so much for

that question. I did ask uh

Doug Murdock and ETS to look at

what would be required to

establish a health pass if you

will. That would um help

determine a vaccination status

of the individuals Um as you

may know, New York City is one

of the few cities are requiring

that customers and workers be

fully vaccinated in certain

venues. Um so, you know, the

Safe Travels program right now

is able to verify vaccination

status for those vaccinated in

Hawaii Um you know, Doug said

that it wouldn’t take that long

to be able to create a

stand-alone application or a

website that would allow

individuals to verify their

vaccinations That is um if in

fact, we expand those

businesses that are requiring

or asking that their customers

be vaccinated, you know, when

Lieutenant Governor Josh Green

was on here on Friday, he did

say that the state was looking

at possibly uh implementing

this not just for private

businesses but also for uh

state functions. libraries for

instance, or other venues that

the state has control over. Uh

could that be something that we

see in the near future You

know, um are working with all

of the agencies. um to think

about how we can keep uh

employees and customers safe Um

you know, we’ve um as you know,

the tier system does provide

additional capacity to private

sector businesses who want to

require um only those who are

vaccinated to to come to their

establishment. Uh you know,

I’ve heard and I’ve talked with

many in the business community

Um the concern as you have

heard, it’s hard uh hiring

employees and they are

concerned that any broad

requirement that their

employees be vaccinated, might

burden them and they might not

be able to get the employees

that they need. You know, the

other part of that and I think

all of us has seen, you know,

the restaurant industry, for

example, has really been

severely impacted by COVID-19,

and many restaurants are

getting back to normal. Uh as

you know, I did implement

restrictions a month ago uh

that limited restaurants to 50%

capacity. uh and uh they’re

concern that if we have another

mandate of vaccinated only for

employees as well as customers.

Uh it really could tip them

over the edge. You know,

they’re they’re struggling to

just survive. They’re concerned

that many of the businesses

would be put out of business uh

and we saw a ripple effect Uh

last year that as restaurants

closed, people are back on

unemployment and uh you know,

and the whole recovery effort

is really shattered and so at

this point in time, I know that

there has been a lot of

discussion and talks and people

out there worrying about

another potential lockdown, a

stay-at-home order given where

we’re at with the state’s

vaccination rate can’t are you

comfortable saying that that is

probably not a position that

you will be is implementing any

sort of lockdown Once again,

given the number of people have

actually initiated a

vaccination. Yeah, I think that

that’s the balancing act,

Brian, you know, right now, uh

70% of our community uh has

initiated vaccinations um and

62% are fully vaccinated uh and

we’ve done a terrific job of

converting. you know, once

someone starts the vaccination

process, our providers have

sent reminders and texts and

all kinds of different

mechanisms assured that once

someone gets the first dose,

they do follow through and get

the second dose uh and so we’re

confident that that 70% who

have been initiated will um

overwhelmingly get the second

shot uh and as you heard this

morning, um Pfizer vaccination

has been fully approved for

regular use by the FDA and I

did hear from many as I’ve

talked with who are

unvaccinated I’ve heard them

say that they would consider it

once the FDA provided full

authorization. So, we’re hoping

that that um spurs additional

um members in our community who

haven’t been vaccinated to get

vaccinated. I want to follow up

on something that you said a

little bit earlier and that was

that you’re encouraging people

to stop um non-essential

travel. Are you asking visitors

to stop coming to Hawaii right

now? II Am Um II. Think it’s

important. I I’ve stressed with

the airlines and the visitor

industry that now is not a good

time to visit Hawaii. You know,

we have limited capacity in in

the restaurants. Um you know,

we see continuing uh case

counts here uh even though just

a small percentage of the cases

are travelers. Um you know, I’m

asking even residents to

restrict travel to essential

business purposes only you know

we uh see many of the COVID

infections from travel is

really initiated by residents

traveling to somewhere getting

infected and coming back and

infecting others. So, I’m

asking all residents and

visitors alike to restrict

travel curtail travel to Hawaii

to essential activities only.

You know, we see it here in the

comment section and and just

hear it overall in the

community and there seems to be

some anger by many local

residents who feel that the

state almost is a catering to

the visitors who maybe aren’t

playing uh by the rules.

They’re playing by a different

set of rules. Uh how do you

respond to those who say that

locals are being treated

differently by visitors as we

see some of these videos of

gatherings of large gatherings

in Waikiki of the shores

gathering in large numbers. Uh

you know, it kind of goes back

to just uh that old sibling

rivalry of if they can do it.

How come I can’t do it you know

that that kind of age old

debate that goes on uh that

happening right now between

tourists and locals. How to

respond to that anger that many

local residents are facing

right now. You know, we are

working Ryan with the visitor

in the industry and the hotels

to really um get the message

out to the visitors, you know,

asking them to be respectful of

our environment and our culture

and traditions. Um you know,

that’s one of the things I

think that is very important

when I speak with the mayors,

they do have that concern about

the and saying how come it’s

okay for visitors but not okay

for residents. Well, the fact

is, especially with the order

that uh Mayor Blangiardi has

issued today that it’s not okay

for travelers, you know, uh

gatherings of more than ten

indoors and uh more than

Twenty-five outdoors is not

allowed for both um residents

and visitors. Um you know and

we’re working with law

enforcement to ensure um some

law enforcement. There are a

bunch of questions in here also

about schools. Are you

comfortable with the uh

mitigation measures that are

happening in schools right now

and also about parents who

initially perhaps sent their

kids to school and now have

decided that they’d like to

switch to distance learning.

Are there enough options for

them? You know, uh Yunji, we

continue to expand the options

for online learning. Um I know

that there are parents who are

making that request and The

department is working to

respond to those. Um we believe

that um that it’s better for

our students to be back in

person learning and as I’ve

talked with principals and

teachers around the state, they

are um happy that students are

back on campus and they have

the opportunity for in person

learning. Uh you know, we

continue to make improvements

to protect the health and

well-being of students,

faculty, and staff on the

campuses. Uh you know, every

campus is getting better at

identifying those who may be

sick and really isolating them,

getting them tested, and

identifying close contacts so

that others won’t be infected.

You know, when you look at the

case counts tied to schools, uh

the overwhelming majority of

the cases occur outside of the

school setting and I want to

thank the parents who have

really went once their child

becomes symptomatic has has

chosen to keep them at home.

Just really want to emphasize

that it will take the entire

community to keep our our

school safe um and that

everyone needs to be part of

the solution. We know what it

takes to reduce the spread of

COVID. It’s about wearing our

masks, avoiding gatherings and

large crowds you know, staying

home when you’re sick from work

as well as keeping your

children home from school. Uh

all of those things are very

important to slow the spread of

COVID-19 One of the things that

we’ve heard from many teachers

who have commented by watching

the show or just from hearing

it in the community, asking for

more testing availability for

teachers and for students on

campuses. Is that something

that could be implemented to

help with this uh numbers that

we’re seeing in our schools

that more testing availability

may become an option for these

educators? Yes, uh Ryan we

actually have a couple of

programs now that we’re rolling

out working with the federal

government Uh they’re actually

a lot of uh new testing options

that is easier to administer

and we’re trying to get those

test kits to every school that

wants them. You know, it

doesn’t require a health care

professional to administer um

and we can get results back to

the school uh very quickly. If

not, you know, some of the

tests are able to get a result

in 15 minutes. Uh some of them

have to be sent to a lab but um

we are able to get 24 hour a

turnaround in the results. Um

so, we are working. We’ve heard

it from teachers, faculty, and

staff at the schools that they

want to be able to get testing

out to more schools and we’re

making those options available

to every school that wants to

do it. I’m just interested to

know what you’re sort of line

in the sand is when it comes to

trying, you know, figuring out

if we should actually shut down

because on this program in the

past, you said that you’re not

looking at case numbers but you

would be looking at hospital

capacity based on what we’re

seeing health care

professionals. It feels like

we’re there already. So, at

what point, you know, what is

the trigger? I think a lot of

people would like to know what

the boundaries are because it

just feels like we don’t really

know what could trigger the

next move and what that next

move actually would be. Well,

um you know, it’s really hard

to to draw that line in the

sand. It’s not as black as

white as as that may sound. You

know we talk with um hospital

admin There’s multiple times

every day to see what the

census is in the hospitals. Um

you know, we’ve initiated

search plans at every facility

in the state. You know, queens,

you’ve seen the tent set up

outside of the ER room. Uh

we’ve established a tent

outside at Queen’s West as you

uh heard the stories about um

you know having uh uh a large

number of people show up at the

ER at Queen’s West over the

weekend. Uh we are working to

improve the systems to

distribute COVID patients. You

know, one of the challenges

that occurred at Queens West

and Queen’s Main Campus here on

Quench was that they get the

overwhelming bulk of COVID

patients and while they were

full and at capacity, we did

have other hospitals that had

empty beds and could take more.

Uh so we’re working to transfer

patients from those hospitals

that are full uh to those that

are not so full can take

additional patients. So, um II

think that another shutdown is

really the last resort and it

would be at the point that um

the hospitals say they

absolutely cannot take any more

patients and we really have to

take further action Would that

include possibly setting up

field hospitals or getting the

national guard involved? I

mean, when we see the images

that we’re seeing now from the

hospitals it already is. Angie

said looks like uh there. You

know, we’re hearing from the

medical staff there that say

they’re overworked and yes,

support is coming from the the

mainland but early on in the

pandemic, we saw that there was

a potential for these field

hospitals to be set up. Is that

something that is still on the

table or something that you

might consider at any point? Uh

given where we’re heading.

Yeah, Ryan that is uh that is

an option but I can tell you as

we’ve talked to not only a

local hospitals here but we are

in constant contact with Fema

uh additional capacity uh and

as you’ve seen the COVID,

especially with this Delta

variant increased. The case

counts in virtually every state

across the country. Uh I

checked the CDC COVID Tracker

website this morning and the

entire country is red Every

single state has high high

levels of community

transmission especially with

this Delta variant. Um so, you

know that field hospital option

is some that we would have to

compete with the rest of the

country to get and so, you

know, I’m telling our people

that we really need to look at

what resources we have control

over. You know, we were very

early on uh seeking additional

nurses and medical technicians

and and doctors uh to support

our facilities here in the

islands. You know, we have a

contract for up to 500. They

started coming last week. Well,

um I think we’re scheduled to

get another or so um health

care professionals here this

that will be deployed to the

hospitals. Um you know, we are

in constant contact and that

may be an option Ryan but um

when you look at all the states

that are surging right now, um

you know, those um health care

professionals that would come

and staff that facility would

have to come from some place

else and just based on what we

know about how widespread the

Delta variant is it would be

very difficult to get

authorization to stand up that

field hospital here in the

islands. How do we get the

tourists to stop coming Other

than, you know, there are a lot

of people who saying who are

saying that just because you

tell them not to come, doesn’t

mean they’re not going to come.

What kind of buying in do you

have from the tourism industry

from hotel and industry

partners to try to stem the

tide of travelers because these

arrivals just seem to keep

flowing in You know, we um I

did speak with the airlines uh

on a Friday and um talk with

them about what our situation

was here in the islands Um and

I did ask and all the airlines

said they would be looking at

what they could do to amplify

the message. Uh you know, we’re

working with the hotel

industry. They recognize uh

what the situation is uh with

the hospitals here in the

islands uh and they certainly

don’t like it but they are

supportive of helping us get

that message out. You know, if

you remember in back in March,

last year which seems like 10

years ago. Um when I first

asked travelers to stop coming,

we actually saw a reduction of

seventy to 70% of the traffic

to the islands. um in the next

2 weeks following, you know,

obviously then we did the

lockdown and the mandatory

quarantine which shut it

virtually to zero. We shut down

99.5% of Travel here. Um you

know, this is a different

environment mint. Um Now that

many in our country is

vaccinated and the CDC believes

that vaccinated individuals

should be allowed to travel. It

just gets a lot more

complicated. uh to order a

shutdown. Uh so all of the

partners have committed, they

understand they’re part of our

community Uh in many instances

and they want to be helpful in

stemming this surge of COVID

cases You know, when we look at

uh the population right now,

the people who are choosing not

to get vaccinated. You know,

many of them are saying that it

is their choice and that the

government cannot mandate them

or make them get this vaccine

and it doesn’t sound like they

are going to be changing their

mind regardless of if this FDA

approval comes through and if

they say uh you know, that’s

going to kind of be the thing

that I was waiting for. Many of

them are just adamant that they

simply don’t want to get the

vaccine yet. Government is

making it more difficult by

pushing these government

vaccine mandates and testing

options for those who work at

within the state capacity uh

but given where we’re at with

these two groups of people in

our community from different

thoughts, those who believe in

the vaccine and those who

don’t. Uh how do we move on

past this if if there’s a group

of individuals who feel no

matter what the case is,

they’re not getting this

vaccine. How do we move past

COVID and how do we heal as a

community when there seems to

be so much division on this

issue? You know, Brian, we

continue to work with community

groups. You know, we’ve been

very active and engaged the

community health centers uh and

um nonprofit organizations who

really provide a wide range of

support. uh to these targeted

groups and and you know, we

continue to work with them uh

to make a vaccination pods and

a testing of available in the

community as as easy as

possible. Um you know, it is

unfortunate that there has been

so much misinformation spread

uh all around um the the

country and around the world

for that matter that really has

a question of the the safety

and the effectiveness of these

vaccines but you know, we’ve

seen as more than 400 doses now

here in 400, million doses of

the vaccine has been

administered here uh in the US

uh and the number of cases that

have um have had adverse um

reactions are so so small uh

that uh the overwhelming

benefit. um uh far exceeds the

risk. You know, Ryan, I do

think that in the health area,

we have taken action to mandate

vaccinations and other health

measures. You know, if you

think about it, you know, every

child in Hawaii um virtually

every child in Hawaii gets

vaccinated for measles, mumps,

and rubella because um I think

we all understand how safe it

is. Yes, some children can’t uh

and uh and we are aware that

there are some for me reasons

can’t be vaccinated but it is a

mandate and requirement for all

others. You know, we certainly

would be looking at what steps

are necessary. You know, we

would want people to make

informed choices as the first

option and we continue to

provide information in that

way. We ask community

organizations to help us inform

and reach out to members in

their community. You know, and

I’m I’m hopeful that we will be

able to get through this

without explicitly ordering the

vaccine for everyone. but we

have seen how COVID-19 has

wreaked havoc in our community

here in the islands as well as

across the country and around

the world and certainly, I

think the best public health

actions will be done at the end

of the day. You know, for a

long time, we’ve been trying to

get to that 70%. what’s the new

benchmark if you will, where do

we need to get to, do you think

now you know, is really um a

moving target but you know, we

continue to work to get

everyone vaccinated. It’s still

makes, you know, the smartest

thing that that somebody can do

for their own personal self to

keep them healthy and safe is

to get vaccinated. Uh we’ve

seen the data and many in our

community has agreed. Um you

know, the the point at which we

reach herd immunity changes

because of the reduction of

these new variants and clearly

with the Delta variant. um it

probably will have to be

something higher than seventy

70% uh in order to uh keep our

community healthy and safe. Uh

we don’t have a specific number

at this point in time. You

know, we are working uh very

hard to stop the escalating

cases. You know, we we see how

you know a week ago um we were

averaging 500 cases and I know

that we’re over 600 uh as an

average this week uh and we to

bend the curve and stop the

increase in COVID cases. We all

know what we need to do. It’s

about wearing masks,

maintaining physical

distancing, get vaccinated.

That’s the best thing we can

do. I want to circle back

because there seems to be a lot

of questions about travel uh

once again and people asking if

there is this opportunity to

impose a post testing uh option

for people to mandate make it

mandatory for people upon

arrival to get a uh secondary

to ensure their safety When

arriving here in the islands.

Do you think that is

logistically possible and

something that could happen?

Yeah, I think Ryan that’s the

challenge is how would we make

it happen? As you know, we’ve

been averaging 30 thousand or

so visitors the testing

capacity in our state. Um

statewide is about uh 10

thousand per day. So clearly uh

the number of visitors here

would swamp our ability test at

the same time, you know, there

are many new antigen tests that

are much, much simpler to

administer. Um you know, those

um become options as we move

forward. Uh you know, we do

evaluate that. I know I spoke

with Mayor Mitch Ross on Hawaii

Island. You know, they were uh

requiring um post arrival test

uh early on during this

pandemic and I know that he is

interested in reinstating that

post arrival test. So, you

know, we’re we’re talking about

it trying to see what the

logistics would be and would we

be able to distribute and

administer testing after

arrival? Um you know, the

challenge is with the number of

visitors that we receive each

and every day. is that more

likely to be implemented than

pre arrival testing? Do you

think Yes, Yunji the the

challenge with pre arrival

testing as I said is um you

know, the CDC has um you know

stated that a vaccinated

travelers can travel without uh

restriction and it makes it a

bigger challenge. You know, uh

every order that I’ve issued

virtually, uh we’ve been sued

and are fighting it in court um

to uh ensure that uh the action

is required under the emergency

health. Uh conditions that that

both the county state and the

federal government has declared

but we always have to justify

within the um the judicial

system about whether the

restrictions are reasonable uh

driven by data and enforceable

for us and and that’s the

challenge that we face Our time

is up here but we did want to

provide you an opportunity to

maybe provide some final words

here as we uh again uh here of

the mayor’s announcement this

morning. Uh these growing

number of cases that we

continue to see. Uh what is

your message. For those who are

tuning in here this morning.

you know, Ryan, I would just um

ask all of the people of Hawaii

to really think back about a

year ago and where we were when

we had the first bike and

really ask everybody to do the

same thing. You know, we have

to restrict travel. Um both

residents and visitors coming

here to essential business

only. Uh we want to make sure

that those are coming. uh have

a business and essential

purpose and if not, delay your

trip for visitors. We want them

to reschedule their vacations

and come to the islands after

October uh because they would

have a much, much better

experience. You know, we want

to ask all of our residents,

even those vaccinated, you

know, we are seeing more

breakthrough cases. um you

know, overwhelmingly more than

90% of the cases are in

unvaccinated individuals um but

those vaccinated are becoming

infected If they’re to this new

Delta variant. So, you know, I

would encourage everyone to

restrict interactions outside

of your family bubble Uh avoid

gatherings of any size. You

know, I wear your mask both

indoors and out in public

especially if you can’t

maintain physical distancing

and really if you know others

who are not vaccinated, uh

encourage them get vaccinated

because that’s the best way. to

beat COVID-19 and certainly, it

will require all of us doing

what we can to stop the spread

of COVID, Okay, Governor David

Ige starting off the week with

us. We do appreciate all of

this time. We know you’re

incredibly busy and so thank

you for being with us this

morning. Aloha. Thank you. a

lot to talk about there. We see

all of your questions. We see

all of your frustrations and we

really do our best to summarize

and ask him as much as

possible. We did cover a lot of

ground. Uh he supports Mayor

Angi and the restrictions that

the mayor outlined this

morning. ten and Twenty-five

outside uh and said that he is

not ready to do a statewide

lockdown. The thing that would

trigger that and it is a last

resort is this hospital

capacity issue. He maintains

that we are not there yet uh

but it does seem that we are

approaching that Ryan. Yeah,

I’m reinforcing that there is

support that is continuing to

come into the state for the

personnel uh to assist those in

the medical field and those who

seemingly are overwhelm right

now with the cases that we are

seeing in the hospitals. Uh

also hearing from the governor

this morning that he is asking

people not to visit Hawaii.

something that we haven’t

really heard him say publicly

uh as of yet but him making

that announcement today saying

that this is not a time for

people to be traveling to

Hawaii and not a time for those

who would like to experience a

weekend getaway here that this

is something that both the

visitors and locals should do

to is to limit travel

restrictions and travel plans

that they have during time and

he said, hey, come back in

October where they’ll have a

much more enjoyable experience

at that time as well. Yeah, he

said he’s spoken to industry

leaders and ask them to try to

put a, you know, put the brakes

on that. There is obviously

competing interest there

because those folks have not

made money for a long time and

those visitor arrivals mean

that you know, hotel rooms are

full and people are spending

money. so you know how that all

plays out. It’s hard to tell

and the governor’s sort of

hamstrung other than asking for

that. There’s not really a lot

that he can do So, um we’ll see

if anyone heeds that call. He

did say that when he asked for

that in the past 70% of people

did not travel uh but it’s hard

to imagine that that many

people would delay their trip

at this point. Yeah. as we see

those numbers coming in and in

him even saying that he

understands the frustration

that many local residents face

and feel towards visitors

coming to the islands uh and we

see it on uh on social media

with people documenting these

large gatherings by visitors

here in Hawaii and him saying

that It is a rule that pertains

to visitors and residents and

that they’re going to try to do

a better job of enforcing that

certainly with this new ruling

that has come down and and

recommendation from the mayor

about limiting those gathering

sizes uh and those restrictions

that should also play a

difference in how these large

gatherings are enforced for

both visitors and residents

alike. Yeah, the governor also

saying that one thing he hopes

will move the needle is the

FDA’s announcement today that

the Pfizer vaccine has been

form approved to prevent

COVID-19, You know, will that

help people who are on the

fence make the decision to go

get the shot that combined with

looking at these hospital

surges are pretty compelling

argument but we’ll see if

people actually heed the call.

We’re going to be talking with

Doctor Libby Chart right here

on Wednesday. She’ll be telling

us a lot more about hospital

capacity about what they’re

where they’re seeing community

spread and if she thinks that

uh the mayor’s new restrictions

go far enough what she thinks

should happen why we know that

she tends to not like to be in

the policy arena. She really

focuses on public health but

she’s always such a straight

shooter and we love having her

on. So, we’re looking forward

to talking to her on Wednesday

and then uh Ryan, we have have

a very special guest on Friday.

That’s right and on Friday,

we’ll be talking to Mayor

Blangiardi about the ruling uh

and the restrictions that he

just announced this morning

about what went into making

those decisions and other

things that are facing the city

and county of Honolulu during

this uh latest surge that we’re

seeing of COVID-19 We thank you

all for joining us here this

morning. A lot of news that we

were able to gather from the

governor and we thank you for

your time and for tuning in

here. We’ll see you right back

here on Wednesday with Doctor

Shah. Aloha. Aloha. This

episode of Spotlight Hawaii was

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