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We will hear from people whose lives have been altered by the economic crisis.

Honolulu Civil Beat is hosting a three-part event series, supported in part by a grant from the Hawaii Community Foundation, on the impact COVID-19 has had on the businesses, industries and workers powering Hawaii’s economy.

The conversation will center on the challenges plaguing the unemployment insurance system, the creative ideas coming from small business owners and the tough decisions people are making to survive.


Marcel Honore, Reporter, Civil Beat

Brittany Lyte, Reporter, Civil Beat


Peter Yee, Hawaii Unemployment Updates and Support Group on Facebook

Christopher Sy, Owner and Chef, Breadshop

Haley Miyaoka, Co-Owner of Ahiki Acres

This session will be recorded and sent to everyone who registers, including those who cannot make it live.

Other events related to this series:

Reopening The Economy And Reimagining Tourism

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2-3:30 p.m.

The panel will discuss reopening the economy and how tourism might need to change. Hosted by Civil Beat business reporter Stewart Yerton. Featuring panelists Paul Kosasa, CEO of ABC Stores, Sherry Menor-McNamara, CEO of Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, and Ben Rafter, President and CEO of Springboard Hospitality.

This event has passed, read about it and watch the recap here.


The Hawaii Variable: A Data-Based Discussion About The Economy

Thursday, Sept. 24, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. on Zoom

Hosted by Civil Beat data reporter, Yoohyun Jung, featuring Kendrick Leong from Hawaii Data Collaborative, Carl Bonham, Executive Director of UHERO and Peter Fuleky, Research Economist at UHERO.

By registering for this event, you’ll receive a subscription to Civil Beat’s free e-newsletter, the Morning Beat. And don’t worry, we hate spam too! You can unsubscribe any time by clicking the link at the bottom of each email.

For event sponsorship opportunities contact Ben Nishimoto, Director of Philanthropy, at bnishimoto@civilbeat.org.

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