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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The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Director Ann Perreira-Eustaquio answers questions about the backlog of unfulfilled unemployment claims; Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Stewart Yerton discusses potential Hawaiian Airlines' layoffs; the head of Local Five talks efforts to vaccinate hotel employees; and U.S. Postal Inspector Jeff Fitch dishes on recent postal scams and how to avoid becoming a victim.

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Update on the Marshallese community in Arkansas; The Long View with Neal Milner: Is it time for optimism?; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Info on Hawaii prisoner deaths hard to come by; ‘Ōleloflix brings Hawaiian language subtitles to streaming content; The Royal Room honors Native Hawaiian music and culture

Center for Oral History

Today, we're bringing you another program with our partners at the Center for Oral History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the Hawaiian Council for the Humanities. As we start Women's History Month, this morning's topic is "Visionary Women in Politics and Education."

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Today, we're revisiting our conversation with the Center for Oral History at UH Mānoa about the town of Waialua.

Guests include Kim-Hee Kanoe Wong, oral historian and instructor for the North Shore Ethnographic Field School, UH Professor Ty Kāwika Tengan with the Departments of Ethnic Studies and Anthropology, and Waialua community member and Kumu Hula Keith Awai.

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Windward Oahu withstand weather at 'Aikahi Elementary; New president takes charge at Maryknoll School; Reality Check: Can Landlord-Tenant Mediation Stave Off Mass Evictions?; Combatting global disinformation; Hawaiian monk seals face threat from dogs

Windward Oahu withstand weather at 'Aikahi Elementary

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U.S. Postal Inspector warns of mail theft; Hawaii's stamp collectors; Reality Check with Civil Beat: State ineffective in getting farmers on land; What's new at the Hawaii State Archives; Gardening tips from a Molokai homesteader

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COVID-19 cases behind bars; Big Island doctor reflects as physician-assisted-dying bill advances in Hawai'i Senate; Reality Check: State budget shortfall smaller than expected; Alzheimer's virtual conference tomorrow; Punahou grad on the latest Mars mission
 

COVID-19 cases behind bars

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Bill would require state agencies to buy local produce; Executing Larry Ellison's agricultural vision on Lanai; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Zippy's wants to pay employees to get vaccinated; Union leader on remote working policy for government workers; Challenges with telehealth adoption

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New grants seek to expand telehealth throughout the state; Reality Check: how the pandemic has exacerbated our teacher shortage; Rental assistance program rolls out for Native Hawaiians; Perseverance rover hunts for ancient life on Mars

New grants seek to expand telehealth throughout the state

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U.S. Senator Brian Schatz on transportation, Hawaiian homelands and more; East-West Center fellow talks latest on Myanmar; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Lawmakers try to shift tax burden to non-residents; President Truman's aloha shirt collection

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The Hawaii National Guard updates us on its troops who tested positive for COVID-19 after deployment to Washington, D.C. last month, the University of Hawaii Cancer Center stresses the importance of screenings and treament during the pandemic, Hawaii Nature Center celebrates its 40th anniversary, and Hawaii Opera Theatre shares how its new production of Bastien and Basatienne is adapting to current times.

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New scooter company Go X discusses cautious launch; Danny and Allen Castro, ten years later; Reality Check: Makers of blood-thinning drug Plavix fined $834 million over undisclosed health risks; Frank De Lima shares his latest musical parodies on aging, COVID-19


New scooter company Go X discusses cautious launch

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School Facilities Agency to be part of Hawaii's economic resiliency strategy; Punahou Carnival goes online; Reality Check: It's a long way home for many Pacific Islanders; Hawaii photographer recounts Capitol Hill siege

School Facilities Agency to be part of Hawaii's economic resiliency strategy

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Governor reports on the progress of vaccines; UHERO provides an economic forecast based on latest tourism numbers; Reality Check: Lawmakers want return of "Gifts of Aloha"; New bill would attempt to discourage theft of catalytic converters; Regulation of electric scooters
 



Governor reports on the progress of vaccines

Chinatown businesses expect quiet Lunar New Year; Restaurateur takes over father's former Benihana location; Reality Check: Newly released disciplinary reports document misconduct by police officers; Director discusses premiere of new film at Sundance
 



Chinatown businesses expect quiet Lunar New Year

Keisa Liu

To mark the first day of Black History Month, we hold a roundtable discussion on the experience of being Black in Hawai'i. While Hawai'i has often been lauded as a "racial paradise," our conversation with guests Sergeant James Terry, activist Maya Marquez, and musician Kamakakēhau Fernandez investigates the complexities of their experiences here in the islands.
 

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HTA's latest tourist numbers; Reality Check: Tax on tourist may help green goals; Art events in February; New podcast from UH Hilo; Finding Ohana hits Netflix today

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Samoan repatriation; Reality Check: Fixing Hawaii's Food System; Moloka'i deer die-off; The state of Hawaii's private schools; UH Manoa's College of Education prospective teacher's event.


Samoan repatriation

When American Samoa closed down its borders due to the pandemic, many nationals were stranded abroad. Reporter Ku'uwehi Hiraishi joins us to discuss the challenges American Samoans are facing amid repariation efforts.
 



Reality Check: Fixing Hawaii's food system

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Today we spotlight the history of the Oahu North Shore town of Waialua. The first sugarcane plantation started there in 1865, but it wasn’t a success until decades later. Castle and Cooke bought the plantation in 1898 and built a new mill, a railway system, water storage and irrigation. By 1991, the Waialua Sugar Mill produced 8% of the sugar in Hawaii.

 

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Remote testimony at the State Legislature; State mismanagement of Native Hawaiian burial grounds; Reality Check: American Samoans can return home after quarantine in Hawaii; Maui County planning 5,000 affordable housing units in five years; The Rent and Relief Housing Assistance Program.
 



Remote testimony at the State Legislature

Legislature convenes with increased security measures; Reality Check: Panel will evaluate State Auditor's performance; The Long View with Neal Milner: Building national unity; Hawaii's strategy to combat sex trafficking evaluated; Realities of the digital divide; Manu Minute


Legislature convenes with increased security measures


The Hawaii State Legislature marks the first day of its new legislative session with increased security and public health restrictions. HPR Government reporter Ryan Finnerty breaks down this unprecedented start.

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Economic recovery ahead of the inauguration; Reality Check with Civil Beat: State owes feds $700 million for unemployment benefits; Marking the anniversary of the Hibiscus Drive Shooting

Economic recovery ahead of the election 

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Improved public access at the state Legislature; Priorities from the Hawaii Senate; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Audit slams Hawaii Agribusiness Development Corp.; Hawaii Island doctor shortage worsens

State Labor Director; House Finance Outlook; Reality Check: Remote Learning Initiative; Outrigger Hotels

State Labor Director

Farm Link Hawaii

Today we put agriculture in the spotlight. The pandemic has underscored the need to become more resilient when it comes to our food supply. The state has lofty goals for the islands to increase our sustainability. One way to do that is to encourage new farmers.

 Joining us today are: 

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Kapiolani Medical Center nurses vote to strike; Hawaii Proud Boy founder arrested after Capitol riot faces court; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Maui COVID cases surge; Helicopter business, down from pandemic, rises with lava flow; University of Hawaii research finds mislabeled seafood

DOH Vaccine Update; Legislature's Handling of Hawaiian Affairs; Reality Check: State Tax Revenue; Massie Case Anniversary

DOH Vaccine Update

This morning we hear from Hawaii’s State Health Director Libby Char. She shares the details of how officials are strategically planning how to best roll out the vaccines. Part of the challenge is we will only know from week to week how much and when vaccines will be sent our way.

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Washington D.C. Lockdown Reaction; Reality Check: D.C. Reporter Gives Firsthand Account of Chaos; Washington Lockdown in Context; Hawaii Vaccine Update; National Guard General

Washington D.C. Lockdown Reaction

With much of the country still reeling from Wednesday's unprecedented events, we reached out to a number of Hawaii lawmakers who were in D.C. and at the Capitol when the takeover occurred.

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Breaking down the latest federal relief funding for small businesses; Hawaii Island photographer on latest volcanic eruption; Reality Check with Civil Beat: State sent out ineffective masks during mad dash for PPE; Nonprofit thanks ride sharing company for helping kupuna; Jim "Kimo" West's album up for a Grammy

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Facing possible furloughs and layoffs, public employees opt to retire; Using the harp for healing; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Rail's terrible 2020; Native Hawaiians make notable firsts at Sundance Film Festival; Farrington High's T-Shirt Theatre documentary can now be streamed worldwide

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