COVID-19 Talk Story on Na Leo TV at New Operations Center

COVID-19 Talk Story on Na Leo TV at New Operations Center

A new initiative to reach out to the Hawai‘i Island community amid the COVID-19 pandemic kicks off on Thursday, September 24 with a panorama of guest experts on the virus and its effects.  The 30-minute live TV segment, airing on Thursday, September 24 at 10:00 a.m., will be the first of a series to be aired on public access Na Leo TV Channel 53.

Among the featured speakers on the debut segment will be Department of Health District Health Officer Eric Honda, Mayor Harry Kim, COVID Task Force members, and community members affected by the virus.

The scene for the debut segment is the new COVID-19 Operations Center, located at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale in Hilo. The facility houses teams tasked with testing, tracking and tracing cases of the virus, with the aim of eradicating coronavirus on our Island.

“We are truly grateful for all of the people who are coming together in a common cause to beat COVID-19 out of love for this Island to help us conquer the virus,” said Mayor Harry Kim, who will appear in the debut segment.

Each week this new COVID-19 Talk Story will highlight resources to help you, your family, and your friends stay safe, and community programs that help us all protect our Island from the virus.

Future special guests will include: Marshall Kanehailua, former Assistant Chief of Police, who is helping to coordinate community leaders, Randy Kurohara from Community First, who is helping with messaging to the community, and Peter Schwartz, Senior Vice President of Strategy Planning for Salesforce, whose advice and guidance on the pandemic has been used globally,

Following Thursday’s live broadcast, Na Leo program will rebroadcast the program as follows, and viewers can watch online at Na Leo’s Video on Demand page at

Channel 53

Thur.,     9/24     10:00am – LIVE

Sat.,       9/26       2:00pm

Mon.,     9/28       8:00am

Wed.,     9/30       5:00pm


Channel 54

Thur.,     9/24       6:00pm

Fri.,        9/25       9:00am

Sun.,      9/27     12:00pm

Tues.,    9/29      11:00am

Thur.,    10/1        3:00pm

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