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 concern about the community spread of COVID-19 is growing. Health officials are working with Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, the state's largest elderly care facilities to try and contain an outbreak of more than a dozen cases among staff and patients.

It is also monitoring the situation of other cases at other smaller care facilities to prevent the spread among the most vulnerable population. Do you know someone in a nursing home or smaller care home and are worried about their well being? Are you wondering where the safest place for them would be?

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Debate over vacation rental regulation; Lawmaker on interisland shipping concerns; The Long View with Neal Milner: Democracy or Authoritarianism?; Making streets more pedestrian friendly; Parent challenges masks in schools policy

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Newsrooms in peril; Startling violation statistics; Internal strife at HFD; Public school leader excels

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Legal argument for Hawaii's 14-day travel quarantine; Hawaii Island school on bringing students and boarders back for the fall; Surge in coronavirus cases among Pacific Islanders; Hawaii DACA recipient on recent ruling; Hawaii student snags fellowship with Dr. Fauci

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Honolulu Mayor on reopening Transpacific travel Aug. 1; State Rep. concerned about school reopening; Military in Hawaii coping with COVID; Maui's Seabury Hall prepares for fall; How Hawaii businesses and politicians can leverage social media

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The world of premier sporting events has been turned upside down during this global health crisis. Today we sit down with organizers of the Honolulu Marathon, the Honolulu Century Ride, and the Waikiki Roughwater Swim.

Maui Mayor Mike Victorino; Reopening Inter Island Travel and Businesses; LGBTQ Supreme Court Ruling; Database on police misconduct; Centennial of Women’s Right to Vote

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Medical legacy of Dr. Kawasaki; Community-based work furlough program closing; Lawmakers hammer out police misconduct bill; Addressing concerns about returning to work; Making schools safe for students

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State lawmakers back in session to address budget shortfall; Punahou School's plan to bring students back on campus; Teens who'd never met organized Hawaii's Black Lives Matter protest; Kaiser High No. 1 in the nation in math and reading proficiency

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Big Island update; Alternatives to going to court; Robust testing and monitoring needed at nursing homes; Concerns raised about Voting By Mail; Helping stranded international students

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Honolulu's new go to hub focused on economic recovery; COVID and domestic violence; Data discrepancies on HPD police killings; Distance learning challenges for English language learners

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You may have joined many across the state who have started growing your own vegetables or fruits. Whether you are an apartment dweller or live in a home with a yard, join us for a show where we talk with experts about maintaining a healthy and thriving garden.

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Police reform in Hawaii; Newsroom cuts to Honolulu's only newspaper; Marshallese stranded at consulate

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Kauai Mayor on reopening interisland travel and the local economy; How a Hawaiian homested kept COVID-19 at bay; Mental health during this time of crisis; Group wants more trees in Honolulu

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UH Med School grad on facing coronavirus in New York City; Kauai doctor wants medication-assisted treatment for drug addicted inmates; Discussion with author of Kamehameha: Destiny Fulfilled

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Military Travel Exemptions; Caring For Patients During Pandemic; Test Passengers Before Boarding; Mauna Lani Update

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Blood Bank of Hawaii calls for donations; State preps for hurricane amid pandemic; Mayor nominates 2 new Honolulu police commissioners; Local expert discusses possible link between Kawasaki disease and COVID-19

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Petition Raises Healthcare Concerns; Kauai Police Chief's Candid Response to Protests; Governor Ige (Part 2) 

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African American Solidarity; Encouraging Innovation; DOE Plans for Fall 2020; Music of Waikiki Leaks

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Reopening Hawaii Safely; Hawaii Island Tourism Jobs; Politician's Bullying Sows Discord; The Long View: Why Protests Escalate

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We're counting down to June 16. That's when interisland travel restrictions will be relaxed and Hawaii moves one step closer to reopening transpacific flights.

Today we talk marketing strategies and have invited representatives from the airline, hotels and industry trackers to our round table talk.

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Hotels prepare for tourists return; Unions advocate for worker protections; Cash flow to families abroad slow during pandemic; Returning to the dental chair

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Unemployment Claims Update; Futurist Ponders New Normal; Interisland Shipper Seeks Funding Aid; Foster Parenting

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What to expect as driver licensing centers reopen; Returning to regular health visits; COVID-19 crisis also affecting mental health; Hawaiian Telcom on increased Internet demand; Internet access creates disparities in distance learning

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State lawmakers are due back in session June 15th after passing a spending plan for the state last week. But there is still work ahead as key players try and sort through what to expect when it comes to money coming into our tax coffers and money from the Federal Government.

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Public transparency at care homes; Celebrating EMS workers in our community; City workers on extended paid leave; Breakthrough science of Alice Ball

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Testing for COVID-19 at the airport; The Long View with Neal Milner: Challenges for airport design post-pandemic; Navy replaces leaky fuel tank in California but not Red Hill; Remembering the Chaulmoogra tree and how it helped those with Hansen's disease 

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Antibody testing results; Technology could help manage quarantine; Longline fishermen struggle to stay afloat; Neighbor island recipents affected by new Medicaid contract; Living in isolation at Kalaupapa

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Kawasaki disease expert talks possible link to COVID-19; Spotting child abuse in your community; Honolulu avoids penalties for lack of trash for H-Power; Historian on Queen Liliuokalani's diaries during the overthrow

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It will be a big day for retail shops and other small businesses here on Oahu as they have been given the ok to reopen tomorrow, May 15. Today we talk about the relaxation of COVID19 restrictions and how retail stores and small businesses plan to safely open their doors and try to get the economy going again.

 

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