COVID-19: RESOURCES & INFORMATION FOR HAWAI‘I

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 6:00 pm HST

For far too long Hawai‘i has been dependent on imported oil for generating its electricity. We must address the global climate crisis and fast track Hawai‘i to meet its goal of 100% power generation from renewable energy sources by 2045. Hawai‘i has many natural resources that can be harnessed to produce electricity, including solar, hydrogen, wind, ocean and geothermal.

Energy experts Stan Osserman and Marco Mangelsdorf join Kai on the next episode of “Talk Story with Kai: Clean Energy for Hawai‘i” on Thursday, October 22 at 6:00 pm HST. They will discuss the latest on renewable energy in our state and how Hawai‘i can be a model for the rest of the world.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 6:00 pm HST

Public education leaders Chad Keone Farias, Christian Fern, and Corey Rosenlee join us on the next episode of “Talk Story with Kai: Improving Public Education in Hawai‘i” on Thursday, October 15 at 6:00 pm HST to discuss the issues and pressing needs of Hawai‘i’s public school and public university systems, including COVID-19 safety, federal funding and strengthening programs and resources to prepare students for success in a rapidly changing global marketplace.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 6:00 pm HST

Join us for our last island virtual town hall this month with candidates from the Big Island! The Hawai‘i Island Democratic Party Virtual Town Hall streams LIVE on Tuesday, October 13 at 6:00 pm HST. State Party Chair Tyler Dos Santos-Tam moderates along with East and West Hawai‘i Vice Chairs Gerri Kahili and Bronsten Kossow.

Hawai‘i Island candidates Joy San Buenaventura, Mark Nakashima, Christopher Todd, Greggor Ilagan, and Jeanné Kapela join to discuss key issues important to the residents of the Orchid Isle.

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Thursday, October 8, 2020 | 6:00 pm HST

It is our kuleana to protect our kūpuna and ensure they can live their lives with dignity. From issues like aging in place and long term care to funding for kūpuna programs and protecting our seniors from fraud, we must find solutions that meet the needs of Hawai‘i’s rapidly growing elderly population. Between 2010 and 2019, Hawai‘i’s “silver wave” of residents age 65 and older grew by 37.6%. Community leaders and experts Brickwood Galuteria, Kealiʻi Lopez, and Dr. Kimo Alameda join us on the next episode of “Talk Story with Kai: Kūpuna Power” on Thursday, October 8 at 6:00 pm HST to discuss the needs of our growing kūpuna population, including vital programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and safety during the pandemic.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 6:00 pm HST

This time we are heading to the Valley Isle for our upcoming Maui Democratic Party Virtual Town Hall streaming LIVE on Tuesday, October 6 at 6:00 pm HST. Maui County Chair Stephanie Ohigashi joins State Party Chair Tyler Dos Santos-Tam to moderate our Maui candidates, who include: Gil Keith-Agaran, Justin Woodson, Angus McKelvey, Tina Wildberger and Lynn DeCoite. Tune in to hear what key issues are important to our candidates and the residents of the Valley Isle.

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Thursday, October 1, 2020 | 6:00 pm HST

There have been over 11,900 cases of COVID-19 identified in Hawai‘i to date. The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a spotlight on longstanding and deep-seated challenges and inequities in our healthcare system. Access and affordability for rural and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities, the physician shortage, and Hawai‘i’s high rate of chronic diseases like diabetes remain daunting challenges exacerbated by the pandemic.

Lt. Gov. Josh Green and Dr. Kealoha Fox join our next episode of “Talk Story with Kai: Healthcare for All — Keiki to Kupuna” on Thursday, October 1 at 6:00 pm HST to discuss the disparities in our healthcare system and possible approaches to address these issues and improve access for those who are most vulnerable.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 6:00 pm HST

Join Kai for another O‘ahu Democratic Party Virtual Town Hall, streamed live on the Kai Kahele Facebook page Tuesday, September 29 at 6:00 pm HST and moderated by State Party Chair Tyler Dos Santos-Tam and O‘ahu County Chair Lorna Strand. O‘ahu representatives and candidates Sean Quinlan, Scot Matayoshi, Chris Lee, Patrick Branco, and Lisa Marten join Kai to discuss the key issues important to residents of the North Shore and Windward O‘ahu.

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Thursday, September 24, 2020 | 6:00 pm HST

America’s economic strength comes from the hardworking middle class and at the core of the middle class is the right to organize. From workers’ rights to fair wages and safe working conditions, unions play a pivotal role in our community. Many of the rights and protections that we know today (health care, retirement, work safety, job security) have been the result of organized labor.

Major labor representatives Randy Swindell, Jason Bradshaw, Nathaniel Kinney, Mitzie Higa, Stacy Moniz will be joining us on the next episode of “Talk Story with Kai: Labor — The Backbone of our Economy” on Thursday, September 24 at 6:00 pm HST to discuss the importance of organized labor for American workers and the critical role they play in our community.

The “Talk Story with Kai” series streams on the Kai Kahele Facebook page on Thursdays at 6:00 pm HST, with new topics every week.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | 6:00 pm HST

Join Kai along with O‘ahu Democratic candidates for a Virtual Town Hall, streaming live on the Kai Kahele Facebook page on Tuesday, September 22 at 6:00 pm HST. We’ll be discussing key issues that are important to the residents of Leeward and Central O‘ahu.

Joining us are State Party Chair Tyler Dos Santos-Tam moderating along with O‘ahu County Chair Lorna Strand and Leeward and Central O‘ahu candidates Stacelynn Eli, Cedric Gates, Michael Chapman, and Trish La Chica.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020 | 6:00 pm HST

Not only is our world experiencing a global health crisis, but a global climate crisis also threatens our environment and the communities we live in. From rising sea levels, coastal erosion, pollution, and mismanaged watersheds, we need to act boldly to protect our environment through maintaining clean water, land and air.

Environmental experts Isaac Moriwake, Hōkūao Pellegrino, and Kehau Springer will be joining us on the next episode of “Talk Story with Kai: Protecting Hawai‘i’s Environment — From Mauka to Makai” on Thursday, September 17 at 6:00 pm HST to discuss the current threats Hawai‘i is facing and approaches to protect our natural environment and communities.

The “Talk Story with Kai” series streams on the Kai Kahele Facebook page on Thursdays at 6:00 pm HST, with new topics every week.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 | 6:00 pm HST

Join Kai along with Democratic representatives from Kaua‘i for a Virtual Town Hall, streaming live on the Kai Kahele Facebook page on Tuesday, September 15 at 6:00 pm HST. We’ll be discussing key issues that are important to residents of the Garden Isle.

Kaua‘i representatives include Democratic Party of Hawai‘i State Party Chair Tyler Dos Santos-Tam who will be moderating along with Kaua‘i Party Chair Mina Morita.

Participants will include Kai Kahele, Ronald Kouchi, Nadine Nakamura, Daynette “Dee” Morikawa, and James Tokioka.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020 | 6:00 pm HST

Many veterans are underserved by the very same systems designed to help them. They suffer from a lack of access to healthcare, employment resources, etc., resulting in mental and health issues, homelessness, and alarming rates of suicide.

Join Kai, 18-year veteran, U.S. Air Force pilot, and commissioned officer of the Hawaiʻi Air National Guard, along with Hawai‘i National Guard Brigadier General Stan Osserman, U.S. Army Colonel Deb Lewis, U.S.M.C. Infantry Platoon Sergeant Tom Frantinardo, and Hawai‘i National Guard Colonel Ben Fuata on the next episode of “Talk Story with Kai: Veterans Issues & Critical Needs” this Thursday, September 10 at 6:00 pm HST as they discuss the needs of our veterans and ways to improve the system to better serve and provide for our veterans.

The “Talk Story with Kai” series will be streaming on the Kai Kahele Facebook page on Thursdays at 6:00 pm HST with new topics every week. Click “Get Reminder” to get notified when we go LIVE!

Kai Kahele serves as a Lt. Col. in the Hawai‘i Air National Guard, United States Air Force. Use of his military rank, job titles, or photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Hawai‘i National Guard, United States Air Force, or the Department of Defense.

Thursday, September 3, 2020 | 7:00 pm HST

Get to know Kaiali‘i Kahele, the Democratic nominee for U.S. House District 2, and his wife Maria Kahele, on our special episode of “Talk Story with Kai & Maria,” streaming on Facebook LIVE this Thursday, September 3 at 7:00 pm HST.

Well-known Hawaiian language revitalization advocate, TV host and family friend, Amy Kalili, will be joining Kai and Maria as they talk story about Kai’s inspiration for public service, his work as a pilot, a father, and a state legislator, how they balance politics and family life, and much more.

The “Talk Story with Kai” series will be streaming LIVE on the Kai Kahele Facebook page on Thursdays at 7:00 pm HST with new topics every week.

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Thursday, August 20, 2020 | 8:00 pm HST

Kai Kahele, as the Democratic nominee for U.S. House District 2, will be featured among six candidates vying for the office on PBS Hawai‘i INSIGHTS Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 8:00 pm HST.

Please tune in and join this live discussion with the candidates on INSIGHTS. You can phone in or leave PBS Hawai‘i a comment on their Facebook or Twitter. INSIGHTS is also streamed live on www.pbshawaii.org and PBS Hawai‘i’s Facebook page.

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