By Pacific Media Group Hawaii
The 30-minute radio show airs on Sundays from 6:30 AM to 7:00 AM on all Pacific Media Group radio stations. Each radio show addresses a single topic or issue in a ‘question-and-answer’ format interview with a local expert in the field.
“Hawaii Matters” airs weekly on Hi93 (KQMQ-FM), 94.7 KUMU (KUMU-FM), 102.7 Da Bomb (KDDB-FM) and 105.9 The Wave (KPOI-FM).
*We upload our episodes either the same day or the next day, so keep checking back for the most recent interviews*
Hawaii MattersJun 14, 2020
Hawaii Matters | Hawaii MADD-Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Devon is joined by Therese Paulette and Alice Liu of Hawaii Mothers Against Drunk Driving, also known as Hawaii MADD. Together, they discuss the upcoming Hawaii Walk like MADD event!
Hawaii Walk like MADD is MADD’s annual fundraiser being held on September 16, 2023, at Kaka’ako Waterfront Park. It’s a morning 5K walk/jog/run that welcomes families, kids and co-workers to raise monies for grief counseling, education programs, and more ways to remind people not to drive while impaired.
Theresa Paulette is a mom whose teenage son was killed by a driver who had six DUI arrests prior to that summer evening over 30 years ago. Alice Liu’s mother was struck by a driver under the influence of alcohol. The message: When you drink, don’t drive.
Hawaii Matters | Sustainability in Hawaii
Listen to Devon and special guest, Sustainability Coordinator, Danielle Bass of the State of Hawaii Office of Planning and Sustainable Development)!
The importance of every neighborhood, big and small, is equal though it may not feel that way all the time. During emergencies and when life in our islands seems quiet and moving along, the Office of Planning and Sustainable Development work with various agencies to work, to balance and to grow, to maintain, and continue a feasible and healthy Hawaii.
Hawaii Matters | DOH Prepare Now
Devon talks with Emily Gordon, a Public Health Coordinator! Listen to learn more about public health in Hawaii and how to be prepared for different emergency events in Hawaii.
Hawaii Matters | Kaikeha
Devon talks story with Jeff Hubbard from Kaikeha, a non-profit with the purpose to engage the youth of Hawai’i in water sports activities! Listen to learn more about what they do!
Hawaii Matters | Escape the Vape
Devon talks with Jill Tamashiro, Public Health Educator with Tobacco Prevention and Education for the Hawaii State Department of Health. Listen as we talk about vaping in Hawaii and what to do to escape it.
Hawaii Matters | Big Brother Big Sister
Devon talks with Dennis Brown, the CEO of Big Brother Big Sister Hawaii. Listen as we talk more about Big Brother Big Sister and how it benefits the Hawaii community.
Hawaii Matters | Back-to-School Physicals
Devon talks with Dr. Monica Nayakwadi-Singer from Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children. Listen as we talk about the physical needed for back-to-school!
Hawaii Matters | Hawaii OSHA Trenching Safety
Devon talks with Bronson Louis, the Safety Branch Manager of Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Safety. Listen more about HIOSH and how to stay safe in construction settings, specifically, trenching.
Hawaii Matters | Prepare for Hurricane Season in Hawaii
Devon talks with the CEO of Hawaii Red Cross, Diane Peters-Nguyen! Listen along as we talk about how to be prepared for hurricane season in Hawaii.
Hawaii Matters | National Missing Children Day
Devon talks with Amanda Leonard of Missing Children Center Hawaii and Seargent Chris Kim of Hawaii Crime Stoppers. Listen along and learn more about what Hawaii does in the case of missing children and what you can do to help.
Hawaii Matters | Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation
Devon talks with his longtime friend, Ken Hiraki of the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation.
Listen along to learn what PSHF is and what it does for public schools in Hawaii.
Hawaii Matters | Asthma in Hawaii
Devon talks story with Jordan Fuhrmeister of the Hawaii State Department of Health Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division, Chronic Disease Management Branch, and Hawaii State Asthma Control Progam. Along with Adelaine Klein, a nurse practitioner with Hawaii keiki!
Listen along to learn more about asthma in Hawaii and how it affects our keiki.
Hawaii Matters | USAID
Devon talks story with Creighton Lee, the Outreach & Marketing Coordinator at USAID! Learn about USAID--United States Agency for International Development.
Hawaii Matters | Heart Health
Devon talks story with Dr. Debleena Pain Dutt, the Director of Heart Failure at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. Listen along as we talk about heart health and how to keep it pumping!
Hawaii Matters | Genealogy
Devon talks with his friend Kahi Kamohalii, a genealogist! Listen as we talk about what being a genealogist is and the genealogy of Hawaii.
Hawaii Matters | H.O.M.E Project
Devon talks story with Dr. Jill Omori, the Executive Directory of the H.O.M.E Project with two of her students, Eli Park and Vasant Patwardhan.
H.O.M.E stands for Houseless Outreach & Medical Education that aims to improve quality and access to health care for individuals in Hawaii.
Hawaii Matters | Congressman Ed Case
Devon talks story with Congressman Ed Case and what he hopes to do in Congress in his 5th full term.
Hawaii Matters | Suicide Prevention
Devon talks story with his good friend, Mandy Armstrong of LivingWorks Hawaii, a suicide prevention training organization.
If you or anyone you know has thoughts or is thinking about suicidal, please know that you are not alone and that there are people and resources out there to help.
Resources for suicide prevention training: https://www.livingworks.net/resources
Hawaii Matters | Tridemic
Devon talks with Dr. Sharyl NT Shultz from Kaiser Permanente Hawaii! Listen as they talk about what the "Tridemic" is and how you can stay safe.
Hawaii Matters | Kaiser Medicare
Devon talks with Brandy Ching, Senior Medicare Sales Executive at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii! Learn more about Medicare and what it can do for you.
Hawaii Matters | Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Devons talks with Nanci Kreidman, the CEO of the Domestic Violence Action Center.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Hawaii Matters wants to shed light on the growing community issue and what it looks like in Hawaii.
If you or anyone you know needs help, please visit https://domesticviolenceactioncenter.org for more resources. Clear your history and digital footprint if you are in this situation.
Recorded on October 21, 2022.
Hawaii Matters | Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Devon talks with Dr. Jennifer F Carney, the chief of the Hematology-Oncology Department at HPMG. We talk about the importance and types of mammograms for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Recorded on October 16, 2022
Hawaii Matters | Alzheimer's Association
Devon talks story with LJ Duenas, the executive director of the Alzheimer's Association in Hawaii. Learn more about what Alzheimer's is and the resources that can help.
Recorded on October 1, 2022
Hawaii Matters | Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
Devon talks with Lila Johnson, the Section Supervisor and Program Manager for the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, which includes the Tobacco Quit Line.
Recorded on September 17, 2022
Hawaii Matters | Palliative Care
Devon talks story with Dr. Carolin Hubbard from Kaiser Permanente, who specializes in palliative care!
Recorded on August 28, 2022
Hawaii Matters-August 7, 2022
Devon talks to Alan Yamamoto from the Hawaii Occupational Health & Safety Administration about workplace safety. They focus on the efforts of HI-OSH to prevent accidents with the implementation of consultation and training services.
KUMU Kokua Mar 25, 2022
Devon & Sunway talk to the Lt. Gov. of Hawaii in what might be his final update on COVID-19 in Hawaii. Topics include the ending of restrictions statewide, the effect of the Safe Travels program ending, long COVID, the BA-2 variant, planning for the future, and more.
KUMU Kokua Feb 25, 2022
Devon & Sunway talk to Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green on a variety of issues. The LG updates us on COVID in Hawaii. He talks about the declining numbers, the loosening of restrictions, and best practices as Hawaii gets back to normal. They also touch on the attack on Ukraine by Russia and what that means for Hawaii.
KUMU Kokua Feb 11, 2021
Hawaii's Lt. Gov. Josh Green joins Devon & Sunway to update us on COVID in Hawaii, the declining numbers, restrictions on local business, mental health, and lots more.
KUMU Kokua Jan 21, 2022
Devon & Sunway talk to the Lt. Gov. of Hawaii, Dr. Josh Green. He gives us an update on COVID in Hawaii, especially the challenges tackling the omicron variant, the challenges of travel, vaccines and reproductive health, and lots more.
KUMU Kokua Jan 14, 2022
Devon & Sunway talk to Lt. Gov. Josh Green and get his perspective on the rising numbers of Covid cases, what this means for schools, hospitals, and the rest of us. The LG also chimes in about the water safety issue on Red Hill.
KUMU Kokua Dec 17, 2021
Devon & Esme check in with the Lt. Gov. of Hawaii, Josh Green. It's been a while since we've gotten an update on COVID in Hawaii. The LG discusses the omicron variant, booster shots, holiday gatherings, and more.
KUMU Kokua Nov 12, 2021
Devon & Esme catch up with Lt. Gov. Josh Green and get an update on COVID-19 in Hawaii. They cover the latest statistics, vaccines for children, booster shots, and lots more.
KUMU Kokua Oct 22, 2021
Devon & Esme get another COVID-19 update from Lt. Gov. Josh Green. They talk about the safety of the vaccines for children ages 5-11, the further loosening of restrictions in Hawaii, travel to and from the islands, and more.
KUMU Kokua Oct 15, 2021
Once again, Hawaii's COVID numbers are dropping. We also talk about booster shots, vaccines, long COVID, and lots more. Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green is our guest. Your hosts are Esme Infante and Real Deal Reed (sitting in for Devon Nekoba).
KUMU Kokua Oct 8, 2021
Hawaii's Lt. Gov. Josh Green talks about the anticipation of the relaxing of COVID restrictions in Hawaii, he gives an update on our statistics, and he talks about the children 5 to 11 years old getting the vaccine.
KUMU Kokua Oct 1, 2021
Devon & Esme talk to Lt. Gov., Josh Green and get an update on COVID-19 in Hawaii. The LG talks about Hawaii's declining numbers and the reasons behind it, getting the tourists back and the challenge that presents, loosening of restrictions, the recommendation on the vaccine for pregnant women, and lots more.
KUMU Kokua Sept 24, 2021
It's your weekly COVID-19 update straight from Hawaii's Lt. Gov. Josh Green. This week Devon & Esme ask him about booster shots, the recent drop in Hawaii's case counts, the effect of COVID on the Native Hawaiian population, and lots more.
KUMU Kokua Sept 17, 2021
Devon & Esme talk to Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green again on the state of COVID-19 in Hawaii. They talk about the recent plateau of COVID numbers in the state, vaccinations, Nikki Minaj’s bad info tweet, and lots more.
KUMU Kokua Sept 10, 2021
We check in with Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green on the state of COVID in Hawaii. Topics for this show include the anticipated surge from Labor Day; restaurants and the use of Canadian vaccination cards; improvements the state can make at the schools; how the Los Angeles vaccine mandate for students might impact Hawaii’s decisions; the segment of the population that might be at increased risk because of underlying conditions; pediatric hospitalizations of COVID cases; the use or request for Ivermectin as a treatment for COVID; the Oahu Safe Access program; how to treat those who have had COVID-19; the recommended process for those who have had COVID; the federal mandate for vaccinations and how they affect private employers; the concern for other variants besides the Delta variant; the flu season and the timing of flu shots relative to COVID vaccination.
KUMU Kokua Sept 3, 2021
The Lt. Gov. of Hawaii, Dr. Josh Green updates everyone on COVID-19 in Hawaii. The LT. Gov. covers: the state’s stand over the Labor Day weekend; efforts to curb gatherings; the current stress on the hospitals; the long lines at testing locations; his thoughts on the upcoming Safe Access program being instituted by the City; what parents need to do if and when their child has a close contact with a COVID-positive person; the trend in pediatric cases in Hawaii compared to the mainland; the possibility of more restrictions by the state; the use and promotion of Ivermectin and similar drugs in the treatment of COVID-19; the state’s efforts against fake vaccination cards; the picture of a dying COVID-19 patient.
May 21, 2021 - COVID Update w/ Lt. Gov Josh Green
We continue our coverage of the coronavirus in Hawaii. The guest is the Lt. Gov. of Hawaii, Dr. Josh Green. Subjects this week include: the effect of the virus on the male reproductive system; the resistance to getting vaccinated; Hawaii’s case count not dropping; the state mask mandate and when it might be loosened or eliminated; standardizing the process of traveling between the islands; Hawaii’s schools (including the University of Hawaii) opening this coming fall; an update on large events (theater, concerts) continuing.
May 14, 2021 - COVID Update w/ Lt. Gov. Josh Green
Lt. Gov. Josh Green gives us an update on the state’s effort against the coronavirus. The LG talks about: the latest CDC guidance on mask wearing; opening up youth sports; an update on COVID numbers in Hawaii; the progress on vaccinating youth; mask wearing in private businesses; travel in and around Hawaii; herd immunity in Hawaii.
May 7, 2021 – COVID Update w/ Lt. Gov. Josh Green
Lt. Gov. Josh Green gives us an update on the state’s effort against the coronavirus. The LG talks about: the vaccinations being open in Hawaii to those 12 years old and above; vaccines-Pfizer versus Moderna when it comes to usage; the need for a booster shot; traveling rules in a vaccinated world; clarification of the mask mandate in Hawaii; his concern about the relatively high numbers lately; Hawaii versus some mainland cities that are opening up; herd immunity; how bad it was when Hawaii peaked in August; opening of the local concert industry.
April 30, 2021 – COVID Update w/ Lt. Gov. Josh Green
Lt. Gov. Josh Green gives us an update on the state’s effort against the coronavirus. Dr. Green talks about: the overall latest statistics in Hawaii; the state of vaccination pods; the schedule for vaccinating kids younger than 16; the CDC guideline regarding masks outdoors; the state of tourism in Hawaii; some of the tools the state is reviewing to help with screening incoming tourists; house calls from the state Dept. of Health; some of the hotspots around the world; the coordination between city and state governments; the best ways to get more info on COVID; children traveling interisland.
APRIL 25, 2021 – COVID Update w/ Lt. Gov. Josh Green
Lt. Gov. Josh Green gives us an update on the state’s effort against the coronavirus. The LG talks about: the vaccine passport program; security of the passport information; that some don’t want to get vaccinated; the prospect of increasing transpacific travel both domestic and international; the interval of time between phases of the safe travel program; the changing of the tier system to address the changing covid landscape; the vaccination of younger people; anticipated new guidance from the CDC on mask-wearing.
APRIL 16, 2021 – COVID-19 Update w/ Lt. Gov. Josh Green
Lt. Gov. Josh Green gives us an update on the state’s effort against the coronavirus. Subjects include: the upcoming opening up of vaccinations to all ages 16 and up; vaccine hesitancy; the areas on the mainland that are still seeing increasing case counts; an update on the vaccine passport program; the possibility of an international vaccine passport; vaccination for college students; the controversy of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine; public school opening; COVID patients who continue to battle the virus for lengthy amounts of time.
April 9, 2021 - COVID-19 Update w/ Lt. Gov. Josh Green
Lt. Gov. Josh Green provides an update on the state of the coronavirus in Hawaii. Subjects include: vaccine distribution and new age limits; vaccine supply; Honolulu holding at Tier 3; hospitalization and death rates as an informal part of the Tier schedule; the decision-making process in the Covid Tier process; a possible fourth surge of the virus; the global view of the pandemic and how it affects the US and Hawaii; the counts of the variant strains in Hawaii; the vaccine passport idea; herd immunity in Hawaii; the behavior of fully-vaccinated person; breastfeeding and vaccinations; post-testing on neighbor islands but not on Oahu; the eviction moratorium.
April 2, 2021 - COVID Update w/ Lt. Gov. Josh Green
The Lt. Gov. talks about the new CDC guidelines on travel in the US and how that impacts Hawaii and its tourist market. Other subjects include: keeping track of vaccination documentation; security of the vaccination card and info; the implementation of the vaccine passport idea; the situation with rental cars with the influx of tourists; the start of concerts and sporting events; pain relievers-what’s best and when to take them; the recent run of triple-digit case counts and what it means for Oahu; consequences for large gatherings.
March 26, 2021 - COVID Update w/ Lt. Gov. Josh Green
The Lt. Gov. of Hawaii, Josh Green, joins the show with an update on the coronavirus in Hawaii. Subjects include: the recent uptick in the statewide case count; the numbers of vaccinations to date; the effect of the influx of tourists on cases; the increase in cases on the mainland and how that affects Hawaii; vaccination of the Pacific Islander population; the rollout of the vaccines and the potential outlook on the next age groups to be eligible; the perceived popularity of the Pfizer vaccine; booster shots; vaccine passports.