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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Retail reopens on Hawaii Island, Kauai and Maui; Update on inmate release; Health crisis drives bike sales; Rebuilding facilities at Volcanoes National Park

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2020 Legislative session resumes; Pedestrian and traffic safety awareness; Scant details about HECO's new solar farm projects; Samoan history teaches important pandemic lesson 

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Hawaii's hurricane season on the horizon; Hawaii's homeowners handbook to prepare for natural disasters; Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders facing higher coronavirus infection rates;  How Asian giant hornets could get to the Islands 

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A Hawaii Senator discusses her feelings about the State's phased plan to lift coronavirus restrictions, a college student contemplates whether he should to return to school if they plan to put classes online, Hawaii Pacific University's President talks about his school's plans amidst the new normal, and the author of the book "Wave Woman" talks story about the person who inspired her to write it - her mother.

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Rep. Ed Case on COVID-19 and RIMPAC; The Long View with Neal Milner: Correlation between political ideology and COVID-19 reactions; Antiquated IT system hinders Hawaii's unemployed; Chaminade University President Lynn Babington talks fall semester; Rural community comes together for distance learning

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UH to mix online and in-person classes this fall; What offices will look like after the pandemic; Does the state have enough people for contact tracing?; Chaplains bring comfort despite physical distancing

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Snapshot of Hawaii's real estate market; Selling homes via virtual open houses; What Hawaii's economy will look like after COVID-19; Challenges of a Hawaii resident distance learning at an East Coast college

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It's May Day, aka Lei Day, here in the Islands. While our changed times don't allow us to mark the occassion in the ways we have traditionally, we are shouting out across the state with a big mahalo for everyone hanging tough during these trying times. For today's show, we celebrate acts of aloha and kindness on this Aloha Friday. We hear from listeners as they highlight the kindness shown for one another during this time. We're also joined by Ashley Maynard, a professor speciailizing in cultural psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, who tell us what drives people during times of crisis.

Want to share your story? Call our Talkback line at 808-792-8217 or email us at talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org

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A University of Hawaii Futurist Studies professor discusses navigating out of the COVID-19 crisis, how going to a bar or restaurant may change after the crisis in Honolulu Civil Beat's Reality Check, Hawaii's Banking Commissioner names resources for financial assistance for businesses and consumers, and a local author explains how to deal with isolation during the Governor's stay-at-home order.

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Coronavirus effect on US China trade; Distance learning a bane for Hawaiian immersion schools; Care homes wary of inspections amid coronavirus; Legal rights during the pandemic; Risks of coronavirus to cats and dogs

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The administrators for Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 9 talk coordinating efforts during the coronavirus pandemic, the Contractors Association of Hawaii on how the industry is keeping job sites open and workers safe, and the Hawaii Farm Bureau discusses the challenges ahead.

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Progress with online learning at Hawaii's public schools; Mid-Pac Institute on deeper learning and teaching online; A look at mobile coronavirus testing; Hawaii Association of Independent Schools turns 50

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How remote and rural Ka‘u preps for a COVID-19 surge; The Long View with Neal Milner: Dealing with homelessness and coronavirus; Is the state epidemiologist the right person for coronavirus response?; Earth Day 2020: Henk Rogers optimistic while film looks at climate change; Hawaii library patrons can stream thoughtful movies at home

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Need help adjusting to working at home? Found some ways to adapt others could make use of? In today's live call-in show we answered questions about best practices for telecommuting while the workforce waits out the coronavirus pandemic.

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Commercial real estate changes from the COVID-19 crisis; Former Hawaii resident tells her story as a nurse on Detroit's coronavirus front lines; Contact tracing Hawaii's coronavirus spread; Making noise for Hawaii's healthcare workers; How monk seals and honu fare during the pandemic

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Meet the doctor tapped to help the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency during the COVID-19 crisis, HPR reporter Noe Tanigawa discusses how local small businesses are grappling with the economic shutdown, kupuna get help from a grassroots volunteer organization, and American Sign Language interpreters shine in the spotlight. 

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The battle against COVID-19 is now asking for the public's help - the National Disaster Preparedness Center launches part two of an online survey this week. Newly appointed Economic and Community Navigator Alan Oshima discusses what will be the new normal on the other side of the coronavirus crisis. And HPR reporter Ku'uwehi Hiraishi talks about how Hawaii's rulers dealt with pandemics in the past.

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Mayor Harry Kim on Big Island approach to coronavirus; Two plans to reopen Hawaii's economy; With no tourists, scientists study Hanauma Bay; Legislator wants recalled Peace Corps volunteers redirected to COVID-19 response; Peace Corps volunteer from Hilo shares hopes and fears for Madagascar

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Coronavirus challenges in Maui County; Prescription supply issues for Lupus patients; Legislative priorities pivot due to pandemic; Tihati Productions on 50 years of entertainment

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Honolulu Mayor Caldwell discusses Waimanalo construction and coronavirus crisis; Predicting when COVID-19 peaks in Hawaii; Schools unlikely to reopen before summer; UH researchers working on COVID-19 vaccine; Protecting against sex trafficking during COVID-19 crisis

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Kauai takes on flooding and "covidiots"; Bleak future for Hawaii eateries; Insurance companies aren't paying claims to businesses effected by crisis; The Long View with Neal Milner: Free and fair elections during a pandemic; Concerns raised as Hawaii's 2020 Census count lags

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Should the State begin the process of releasing low risk inmates and detainees to reduce prison overcrowding during the COVID-19 pandemic? How does that affect loved ones behind bars or working in prisons across the islands? Will victims of crime worry their assailant may be released in the community? In today's show, we attempted to answer those questions and more.

Our guests were Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth and Kauai County Prosecutor Justin Kollar . Roth opposes the mass release of inmates, while Kollar signed a national initiative to release low-level offenders to reduce prison overcrowding.

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Rail construction moves forward amid COVID-19 crisis; Pandemic delays Hawaii courts; Staying safe from domestic abuse while staying home; Nearly free childcare for Maui's essential workers

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To wear a mask or not? Feel that it is out of your comfort zone? Shelter in place, stay home. Why is it okay for some, but not for others? Frustrated about the mixed messages? In today's show, we answered questions on masks, antibodies, testing and more.

Our guest was Dr. Kathy Kozak, host of The Body Show, which airs at 6:30 p.m. every Monday on HPR-1. Dr. Kozak joined Straub Clinic and Hospital where currently works as an internist specializing in preventative health, travel medicine, women's health and wellness.

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Gov. David. Ige talks masks and other coronavirus concerns; Honolulu's 911, ambulance services stand ready; Local company has masks hookup; Local film industry hit hard but optimistic about future

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Tourism industry rides out crisis; UHERO on recession and recovery; State provides locations of COVID-19 cases; Why you can choose Pacific Islander on your Census form

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Hawaii unemployment insurance claims over 100,000; State Consumer Protector warns of stimulus check scams; Honolulu newspaper lays off employees amid pandemic; COVID-19 drive through testing expands; Talk story with the first Native Hawaiian to serve as U.S. ambassador

Hawaii's Economic Rundown; Federal Bailout Bill; Civil Liberties in Question; Island Shipping Concerns; Molokai Covid-Free

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Coping during the global coronavirus crisis. We tapped the expertise of resources in our community as we try and understand what we are feeling. How do we recognize what is driving our behavior in this scary time? How do we best deal with our fear? What is driving the compulsion to buy all that toilet paper? Strategies for coping - what can help you calm down?

Our guests today:

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Traffic moves from roads to the Internet; Doctors move to telemedicine in face of COVID-19; Lt. Gov. iced out of leadership role; Daily briefings keep military communities updated

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