Pandemic in Paradise: the pandemic response in Hawai’i | Jennifer Smith, PhD

The story of whistleblower virologist Jennifer Smith's confrontation with government corruption during the Covid pandemic by the Hawai'i Department of Health.

During the Covid pandemic, virologist Jennifer Smith worked as an epidemiological specialist at the Hawai’i Department of Health (HDOH) where she was involved in the front line response efforts, monitoring travelers, investigating cases and executing contact tracing. However when Jennifer came forward to expose corruption by HDOH leadership, she was put on administrative leave and ultimately was discharged from her position without cause. 

In this presentation Jennifer discusses her experience of being a whistleblower and the treatment she has received – from discharge through to the arbitration process.

She has written about her experience in a book entitled ‘Pandemic in Paradise – an insider’s view of Covid corruption in Hawai’i’ (


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