Catherine Cruz

Catherine Cruz is the Co-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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The Hawaii Tourism Authority recently released results of a resident survey; with our record visitor numbers, resident satisfaction is slipping. Jennifer Chun, head of HTA’s Research Division, walks us through the numbers.

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HTA Resident Survey, Hawaiian Observance, Reality Check, Common Cause/Power Ballots, Supermassive Black Hole

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For the past year, all eyes have been on a rare plant high up in the Waianae mountains; its growth has been live-streamed 24/7.

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Six months after the infamous false missile alert, Francine Wai of the Disability and Communication Access board joins us to discuss the efforts to improve communications with members of the disabled community during disasters.

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FEMA Missile Alert, Housing Solutions in Maui, Reality Check, Lloyds of London Lawsuit, Plant Cam

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Our housing crisis weighs heavy across the state. This morning, Eric Gill, leader of the Hotel workers, joined us to talk about how Marriott Hotel may be warming to the idea of helping its employees through a housing trust fund.

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Local 5 Mortgage Trust Fund, Housing Solutions in Maui, Reality Check, The Long View, New Resolution on Fire Safety

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 The growing problem of people bringing their pets into clinics and dentist offices, grocery stores restaurants, shopping malls and even movie theaters has struck a nerve. Enough so that a new law will kick in that carries fines for trying to pass their pets as legitimate service animals.

Intro Music: Let's Go To Tahiti by J. J. Cale

Outro Music: Fram by Rodrigo y Gabriela

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The Honolulu City Council says parking is the number one complaint across the island in all the districts. That is why councilmember Carol Fukunaga has cracked down with a bill that regulates commercial vehicles in residential neighborhoods.

 

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Outro Music: Wildflowers by Made In Heights

 

 

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Bill 48, Commercial Parking in Residential, Service Animals, Reality Check, What Exactly Does the Lieutenant Governor Do?, Eat Less Plastic Voyage

Bill 48, Commercial Parking in Residential Areas

The Honolulu City Council says parking is the number one complaint across the island in all the districts. That is why councilmember Carol Fukunaga has cracked down with a bill that regulates commercial vehicles in residential neighborhoods.

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We talked to Lisa Laughner, CEO and co-founder of Go Electric, a company that provides microgrid systems to commercial, industrial, and military customers in Hawaii and on the mainland.

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Mayor Kirk Caldwell discusses Lime Bike’s entrance into the market and the city’s response. Since the city issued its cease and desist order, Lime has hired Glenna Wong’s Public Relations company to help navigate further negotiations.

 

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Lime Bikes/Scooters, Microgrids, Reality Check, Conservation Conference, Reporter Debrief

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Free Wifi, RIMPAC, Reality Check, Indie Film, Tunes with Boogie

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Sand Mining, Big Island Agriculture, Reality Check, Maile Documentary, Eli Trio

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In response to April’s flash floods, Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho instituted emergency measures that included a ban on vacation rentals. Now the mayor is considering lifting the ban to address the housing crisis in the wake of the floods.

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Vacation Rentals, Running for Grace, Reality Check, Big Island Agriculture, Hawaii Theater

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Lava Bomb, Affordable Housing, Hui Car Share, Reality Check, Hawaii/France

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The Future of Tourism in the Hawaiian Islands

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Ala Moana Park Plan, Underwater Archeology, Reality Check, The Long View, Hawaii/Paris Series

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Flood Relief Programs, Puna Real Estate, Reality Check, Hawaii/Paris Series, Local Musical Comedy

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The Future of Tourism in the Islands

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Tonight Hawaii Emergency Management officials will be in Maui for an open house meeting. They are winding up a series of meetings to get feedback on a draft plan to help make us more resilient as a state in the event of a natural disaster. We spoke with HI-EMA’s David Kennard about this latest effort.

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Baby Hammerhead Sharks, Sit and Lie Ban Extension, Reality Check, Disaster Preparation, Hawaii/Paris Series

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Special Guest: Ira Flatow, host of Science Friday

Ira Flatow, award-winning science correspondent and TV journalist, joins us today on The Conversation. His weekly informative discussions center on science, technology, health, space, and the environment. Ira is also founder and president of the Science Friday Initiative, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit company dedicated to creating radio, TV, and Internet projects that make science “user-friendly.”

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What’s in store for us this summer? The Conversation's Catherine Cruz spoke with Dolan Eversole, a coastal geologist with the University of Hawaiʻi’s Sea Grant College, about managing our coastal resources as we face rising warming waters.

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Black Lives Matter; Beach Erosion; Pain Management; Kids’ Film Festival

Pacific Primate Sanctuary

For 34 years the Maui’s Pacific Primate Sanctuary has been home to monkeys - -marmosets and tamarind monkeys- which are not native to the islands. Many of them have been kept in cages and will live out their lives here in Hawaii. 

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Healthcare Center for Homeless; Chinatown Crime; Campaign Finance; Pacific Primate Sanctuary

Last Chance Refuge for Maui's Injured Animals

Jun 25, 2018
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Some know it as the Boo Boo Zoo.  The East Maui Refuge Center is a No Kill shelter for animals of all kinds.  The facility has existed for 40 years and operates thanks to its volunteer staff who care for some 500 creatures, furry, feathered, and hoofed.  

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