Ryan Finnerty is producer on Hawaii Public Radio's local public affairs talk show The Conversation where he reports on local and state politics, business, economics, science, and the environment. Before coming to Hawaii Public Radio, Ryan was an officer in the U.S. Army stationed at Schofield Barraks on Oahu. He graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in economics.
Hawaii is using some of its CARES Act money to create a version of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The state is now trying to spend the last of the funds before the deadline later this month.
The tourist economy in Hawaii has been decimated by the pandemic, with 1 in 6 people there unemployed. Now, the state hopes new traveler testing protocols will help bring visitors back to its beaches.
A dispute over wastewater and coral reefs in Hawaii could have a major impact on the reach of the Clean Water Act. The Supreme Court hears arguments in the case Wednesday.
Native Hawaiian activists are protesting to prevent the construction of the world's largest telescope on Hawaii's tallest mountain. Now, authorities appear poised to break up the protests.