Reopening the Hawaiʻi Tourism Economy in the Age of COVID-19


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When: Aug 6 2020 - 12:00pm until Aug 6 2020 - 1:00pm

EWC Senior Fellow Dr. Tim Brown will participate in an upcoming webinar to be hosted by the Hawaii Economic Association. Registration is free but space is limited: register here. Details below.

On Thursday, August 6, the Hawaiʻi Economic Association will host a presentation by Sumner La Croix, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Hawaiʻi and UHERO Research Fellow. He will be joined by Tim Brown, Ph.D., Senior Fellow at the East-West Center and F. DeWolfe Miller, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, for a question and answer session moderated by HEA president Lesley Harvey.

Dr. La Croix will discuss Hawaiʻi’s reliance on tourism in the context of risk–to the economy and to resident health. What is the State of Hawaiʻi’s COVID-19 economy? What will it take to convince visitors to return to Hawaiʻi? What will it take to make their presence safe? What is the role of the state in the process? And what will it mean in terms of local behavior modification to make it all work?

A Q&A-based discussion with Drs. Brown and Miller, more focused on the ever-changing medical and testing issues Hawaiʻi faces, will follow. It will include questions posed directly by the moderator and those submitted by webinar attendees. Please join us for this opportunity to hear from three experts about this crucial issue and the challenges awaiting the state.The hour-long event begins at noon.

About the Panelists

Dr. Sumner La Croix’s Hawaiʻi: Eight Hundred Years of Political and Economic Change was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2019. A riveting speaker, he has written incisively about the impacts of COVID-19 on Hawaiʻi.

Dr. Tim Brown is an expert on infectious disease modeling, behavioral epidemiology, and their applications to public policy. Prior to his present post he taught at UCLA, and has consulted widely (WHO, UN, Save the Children Fund) on HIV/AIDS matters.

Dr. F. DeWolf Miller is a Fellow in the American College of Epidemiology. His work on public health issues is both broad and extensive, and includes two stints as a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Egypt. He has been described as “a real-life Indiana Jones.”

Lesley Harvey, M.S., serves as the president of HEA. As a consultant, she frequently moderates discussions and panels.


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