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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Hawaiian Language Project; The Long View; Barbershop 

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Equal Pay Day; "Best Play Ever, Guaranteed!"; Nanakuli Library Opening

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Electric Transportation Plan; Gubernatorial Candidate Forum; Kennedy Theatre’s Nora

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Senator Daniel Akaka; Hawaii return on investment taxes; Scottish singer-songwriter, Natalie Clark

 

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Mice Problem on Midway Atoll; Greening Historic Homes; UH Law School for Jurist in Residence Program

Tobacco Restrictions Considered at the Legislature

Apr 5, 2018
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Lawmakers are taking up two bills today, one making the University of Hawaiʻi a tobacco-free zone and another to restrict access to e-cigs to those under 21. The Hawaii Public Health Institute supports both measures.

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The failure of counties to enforce zoning codes has added to the state's housing crisis with a staggering number of runaway illegal vacation rentals. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is proposing to try and fix that broken picture by legalizing Bed and Breakfasts, with operators paying higher taxes and penalties for violations.

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Legalizing Transient Rentals; Increasing Tobacco Restrictions; Blue Planet Energy in Puerto Rico

Little Agreement Over Toxoplasmosis Solution

Apr 3, 2018
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Toxoplasmosis is a parasite-borne infection that can wreak havoc on wildlife, humans with compromised immune systems, and pregnant women. The parasite that causes toxoplasmosis comes from cats, specifically their faces. It has been blamed for the death of at least eight Hawaiian monk seals, the endemic Hawaiian crow, and several other vulnerable bird species. However, there is little agreement over a solution to the problem. The debate largely boils down to one question: should feral cats be eradicated?

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Toxoplasmosis is a parasite-borne infection that can wreak havoc on wildlife and humans with compromised immune systems. The parasite that causes toxoplasmosis comes from cats, specifically their feces. It has been blamed for the death of at least eight Hawaiian monk seals, the endemic Hawaiian crow, and several other vulnerable bird species. It was the subject of a forum this past weekend sponsored by the University of Hawaii Law School. We wanted to continue the conversation about how to manage the situation. 

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Chinese Labor in Saipan; Kauai’s Russian Fort; Kaka’ako Walking Tour; Waikiki the Movie

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Wildfire Risk; Female Legislators and #MeToo; Made in Hawaii Movie; Hawaii Pickleball League

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Young Brothers President/CEO; Female Crane Operators; PBS Digital Innovator/Educator; Kettle Bells World Record

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Hawaii is the most isolated island chain in the world. Home to a permanent population of 1.4 million and tens of thousands of visitors on any given day, Hawaii and its inhabitants are highly dependent on imports of food and fuel from elsewhere in the world. With help potentially days or weeks away and minimal redundancy, Hawaii's systems and people are highly vulnerable to a major disaster. This series explores those vulnerabilities and how the community can become more resilient.

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Resiliency of Healthcare Systems; Tariffs & Trade; Surviving School Shootings; Technology in Education

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In Hawaiʻi, there is a lot that ties the state to the Asia-Pacific. Part of that is geography, but it's also culture and economics. Although Hawaiʻi doesn't export much in the way on physical goods, the trade policy set in motion by the Trump Administration could have ripple effects for the Aloha State. Dr. Adam Posen, President of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, shared his perspective on trade issues with The Conversation.

Hawaiʻi's Disaster Vulnerability: Healthcare Challenges

Mar 28, 2018
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What happens to patients in dialysis centers when there isn't water or power, and they can't stay open? How do patients get their medicines if pharmacies are closed? What about our stockpile of medical supplies? Those scenarios and more were posed to Chris Crabtree, Director of Hawaiʻi Healthcare Emergency Management as part of The Conversation's ongoing look at Hawaiʻi's vulnerability and resiliency during a disaster.

Hawaiʻi's Disaster Vulnerability: Honolulu Harbor

Mar 27, 2018
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Hawaiʻi needs to import 3,000 tons of food per day to keep grocery store shelves stocked around the state. All of those goods come into one place: the Port of Honolulu. If damaged, it could take weeks to reopen the harbor after a disaster event. That could leave Hawaiʻi residents in big trouble.

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Port Disaster Vulnerability; Youth Suicide Prevention; Mobile Hygiene Buses; Historic Home Preservation

Hawaiʻi's Disaster Vulnerability: Electrical Grid

Mar 27, 2018
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Hawaiʻi's position as the most remote population center in the world leaves the islands uniquely vulnerable to a disaster. This week, The Conversation explores the vulnerability of Hawaiʻi's people and infrastructure. The first installment of the five-part series takes a look at the electrical grid - where 60% of power plants lie in an inundation zone.

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Disaster Vulnerability; Cesspool Task Force; Challenges of Low Unemployment; Emotional Learning

A New Strategy for Combating the Opioid Epidemic

Mar 26, 2018
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President trump delivered strong words about how to approach the opioid epidemic across the nation. Some 2 million people are estimated to be addicted to the drug. It is a public health crisis, but the question is how to best deal with it. However, Hawaii's rate of opioid prescriptions is one of the lowest in the country. The U.S. Surgeon General and the CEO of a local rehab clinic shared a national and local perspective on the crisis.

Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency's New Administrator

Mar 23, 2018
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January's false missile alert laid bare flaws in training, procedure, and leadership at the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency. Last week, a new Administrator was appointed to the agency after Major General Verne Miyagi resigned from the position in late-January. 

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Strategy for Opioid Epidemic; New HI-EMA Leadership; Future of Social Security; Saxophonist Boney James

Former Hawaiʻi Governor Defends OHA

Mar 22, 2018
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A critical management audit of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is continuing to ripple. The office has no comment about a possible FBI probe. The OHA Board met in an executive session earlier today to talk about the employment contract of CEO Kamanaʻopono Crabbe. 

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OHA Situation, STEM Education and Research in Okinawa, AARP President, Author and columnist for Orchids Magazine

State, Counties Weigh Options for Abandoned Vehicles

Mar 21, 2018
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Complaints about junked cars in neighborhoods across the state hit a crescendo last year. The eyesore threw light on a dilemma over automobiles left on the sides of roads. State lawmakers have been hearing measures to try and solve the complaints. One bill to require removal of cars within 10 days is getting push-back from the counties. The real issue is lack of space to store derelict and abandoned vehicles.

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House Speaker Souki, Abandoned Cars, Ewa Field Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Healthcare, Entangled Whales

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An Update with HPD's New Police Chief, Susan Ballard

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March for Our Lives, Invasive Species Control, Civic Clubs, Title IX, Esports in Hawaii

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