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House Select Committee on COVID-19 to Hear Update on Inmate Releases

WHO: The House Select Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness

WHAT: Informational Briefing on the economic impact of COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi

WHEN: Monday, May 18, 10 a.m.

BROADCAST: O‘ahu ‘Olelo channel 49

Hawai‘i Island (Nā Leo TV)

Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i (Akakū)

Kauai‘i (Hō‘ike Community Television)

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – The next House Select Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness briefing will hear a presentation from Judge Daniel R. Foley on the process of inmate releases resulting from State Supreme Court orders in an effort to reduce jail populations statewide to mitigate COVID-19 risks at 10 a.m. Monday, May 18.

There have been no positive COVID-19 cases in any of the state's correctional facilities.

The agenda also includes an update on the State’s economic outlook, business projections and next steps by Carl Bonham, Executive Director of University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization (UHERO).

Hawaiʻi Medical Service Association President & CEO Dr. Mark Mugiishi, Alan Oshima, who is heading Governor David Ige’s Hawaiʻi Economic and Community Recovery & Resiliency Plan, and Major General Kenneth Hara, Director of the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency (HiEMA) will give a presentation on reopening Hawaiʻi’s economy. The consensus is that the prerequisite for the State to incrementally reopen before a vaccine exists is infrastructure to test, screen, monitor and quarantine.

Lisa Maruyama, President and CEO of the Hawaiʻi Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations, will present part two of her report on child care; and James Koshiba, co-founder of the volunteer homeless support group Hui Aloha, will lead a discussion on housing.

Representative Della Au Belatti will provide the committee with an update regarding the capacity of the Hawaiʻi QUEST program administered by the Department of Human Services, Med-Quest Division.

To comply with restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the briefing will be held remotely via public television and streaming online. No public testimony will be accepted.

The briefing will be televised live on ‘Olelo channel 49 and will be aired live on the neighbor islands. The briefing can also be watched live online at or on the House webcast page

For more information about the committee and to see related documents go to


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