Catherine Cruz

Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

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 It may brighten your day if you take a few minutes and check out the Lip Sync Challenge started earlier this summer. Some say its the kinder gentler side of law enforcement--but hey--that’s okay.

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POW/MIA Ceremony, 100th Anniversary of Australian & US Forces Allies, Go for Broke film, Monster Home Bills, HPD Spreads Aloha With Lip Sync Challenge

 

The Edge of Paradise Film

Taylor Camp was the name given to a commune built Kauai’s hippie community in the 1960’s. A documentary about it called "The Edge of Paradise" has now been updated and renamed. It debuted on the Garden Isle and now heads to the Big Island.

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Short Term Rentals; Humpback Whale Count; Kalakaua Exhibit; Edge of Paradise

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What’s up with our humpback whales? That’s the question that started to be asked as reports began trickling in across the Pacific that maybe the numbers were smaller than in previous whale watching seasons. We talked to Ed Lyman with the NOAA’s National Marine Whale Sanctuary on Maui about what he was hearing and seeing out in the field.

Project Vision Hawaii

Maui Homeless follow-up,  Project Vision Hawaii, Fostering Employee Feedback, Short Film, “Mauka to Makai”

Denise Yamaguchi

Denise Yamaguchi is Chief Executive Officer of the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival, which has events across the state. She has helped to raise more than $2 million for culinary education and agricultural programs. The festivalʻs mission supports future chefs and helps to create markets for local crops.

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Earlier this month, a documentary film entitled Rise of the Wahine: Champions of Title Nine was released with the idea it might reach a new audience and help educators share the story.

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Sex trafficking HPR Reporter debrief Ku`uwehi Hiraishi, Title IX film, Rise of the Wahine, Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, HOT fashion show

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The State of Hawaii moved a step closer to replacing the Oahu Community Correctional Center; an aging and overcrowded jailhouse located in Kalihi.

But there’s an issue simmering that some say is tied to building a bigger facility. It calls for our bail system to be overhauled. Fewer pre-trail detainees could mean less of a demand for jail cells going forward. Should our bail system be changed? Does it favor the rich and discriminate against the poor?

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Scientists on board the research vessel, the Nautilus, sought refuge from tropical storm Olivia in South Point on the Big Island. Catherine Cruz spoke with Geologist Chris German with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute about the unexpected opportunity to collect data on the newly formed lava delta during a lull of the volcano.

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Biochemist Jennifer Doudna has rocked the science world with her research unlocking the mystery of gene editing. A Hilo High school graduate, she now has her own laboratory at UC Berkeley. In 2014 she won a $3 million dollar prize for breakthrough science for discovering how to edit genes.

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It has been a stressful year for residents of Hawaii. We started with an erroneous incoming ballistic missile alert. Then Kilauea began erupting, followed closely by flooding on Kauai and Oahu. Next, there were wildfires on Hawaii Island and Maui. In the past month, there have been two major hurricane scares. Are Hawaii residents experiencing disaster fatigue?

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At 10 am Thursday morning the Honolulu Board of Water Supply began notifying Oahu residents that one of its reservoirs was reaching dangerous levels. The reservoir in question is held in place by a 103-year old earthen dam that sits uphill of thousands of homes.

Nu’uanu Reservoir #1 sits just off the Ewa side of Pali Highway behind the Oahu Country Club. It’s not one of the larger reservoirs in the area, but it still holds millions of gallons of water above dense residential neighborhoods.

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Hikianalia and her crew will be welcomed this Sunday at Aquatic Park in San Francisco. Dodging storms has been the story for so many people this week. We are happy to report that the Polynesian Voyaging Society's Hikianalia has made its way safely to the West Coast and is now docked at Half Moon Bay. Captain Lehua Kamalu discussed how the crew fared during the voyage.

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Imagine yourself as a “Disease Detective” trying to stitch together clues about how illnesses like cancer and diabetes affects different ethnic groups.

We sat down with Loïc Le Marchand, UH Cancer Center epidemiologist and principal investigator of the study to talk about the Multiethnic Cohort Study (MEC Study) that looked at groups here in Hawaii and in California for two and a half decades. 

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Tropical Storm Olivia; Honolulu Homeless Bills; Health Disparity Study; Hikianalia Voyage

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 Residents of Maui began feeling the effects of Tropical Storm Olivia Tuesday afternoon. This morning, communities on Molokai and Windward Maui are seeing heavy rains. But Maui County spokesperson Rod Antone said that wind and water are not the only threat to residents of the Valley Isle.

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  This month we’ve been focusing on a number of groups celebrating big milestone anniversaries.

For the Bamboo Ridge Press, this marks its 40th year.

We sat down recently with Gail Harada to talk about the milestone for this local group and the community support behind its success. and a new book it launches tomorrow.

 

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Tropical Storm Olivia Maui Update, Shelters on Maui,  The Long View, Sex-Ed in Hawaii, Bamboo Ridge Press Book Launch

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Among those intently watching the storm are scientists preparing for a research expedition out to the Northwest Hawaiian islands. Biologist Chris Kelley is planning to leave this week to begin charting a seamount in Papahanaumokuakea.

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  Most families and friends are marking this September 11th in quiet and personal ways. One of those that died that day was Christine Synder an arborist for the Outdoor Circle. Several trees were planted in her honor and are still thriving including a banyan that had to be relocated within Kapiolani Park. We talked to the Outdoor Circle’s Steve Mechler about remembering Christine Synder who had been attending a conference on the east coast and had just jumped on a return flight home to Hawaii.

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A Hawaii judge has ruled in the legal dispute surrounding control of a sugar plantation fortune. The details of the case read like a novel. Abigail Kawananakoa is the heir to the James Campbell trust, a collection of real estate, properties, and cash assets valued at $215 million. She is also a descendant of Hawaii's former monarchy and is considered by many to be the last Hawaiian princess. 

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Kawananakoa Hearing, Research Expedition to Northwestern Islands, Remembering 9/11 by Planting Trees, Opportunity for Runaways in Windward

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Voters will get the chance to decide whether or not property taxes should be used to fund Hawaii's public schools. A judge ruled on Friday that a referendum question to amend the state constitution could remain on the November ballot. 

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Judge Rules Against Counties, Health Services For Our Micronesian Community, Boy Scouts Open to Girls, Veteran Story: Alex Tang

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  The Sierra 50th-anniversary big milestone with its 50th anniversary celebration this weekend.

An event Friday night at Kualoa Ranch is to showcase local green businesses, as Hawaii as an island state has committed to lofty sustainability goals in an effort to become more self-sufficient.

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  A high stakes battle playing out in our nation’s capital.  Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono sits on the committee that is holding the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Today marks the fourth and final day of the very contentious proceedings and following a line of questioning about the nominee’s emails that shed some light on his thinking about race and in particular issues that affect our island state.

 

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Supreme Court Nominee; West Maui Hospital; Historic Kaka’ako Building; Sierra Club Anniversary

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Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs are taking up a master plan for more than 500 hundred acres in Wahiawa. The land was acquired six years ago to safeguard a rich cultural resource.

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