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.

Hawaiʻi's First Sanctuary Church

Mar 1, 2018

Harris United Methodist Church began exploring the idea of being a sanctuary church more than a year ago. Its congregation voted on it last spring, but it was only until this past fall that it openly talked about its new ministry. It includes lending supporting to immigration cases like the one of Maui resident Tania Venegas who was facing deportation.

The Conversation: Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Mar 1, 2018
John Wehrheim

Proliferation of Double Utility Poles; New Jon Van Dyke Public Archive; Sanctuary Churches; Bhutan Exhibit

Using Dogs to Track Invasive Chameleons

Feb 28, 2018
Wikipedia

Scientists charged with protecting our endangered species are turning to man’s best friend to ferret out rats, slugs, and Jackson's Chameleons. Those invasive species threaten endangered snails but are often very difficult to locate.

The Conversation: Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Feb 28, 2018
U.S. Air Force

Medical Aid in Dying; Tracking Invasive Species; Changing Demographics and Elections

Catherine Cruz

The Honolulu City Council is wrestling with a half a dozen versions of a bill to slow the growth of so-called “monster homes.” Today we sit down with to talk about a proposed moratorium and to understand what is wrong with our land use laws, and why enforcement is such a problem. 

Guests:

Honolulu, Kauai Counties Ban Lying Down at Bus Stop

Feb 26, 2018
Surf100ify / Wikimedia Commons

Bus riders have long complained about homeless turning those shelters into their bedrooms or worse bathrooms. Last week, Honolulu Mayor Kick Caldwell signed a ban on sleeping at bus stops into law. Kauai County enacted a similar ban that took effect last week. 

The Conversation: Monday, February 26th, 2018

Feb 26, 2018
Wikimedia Commons

Bus Stop Ban; Homeless Youth Study; African American History Museum

Wikimedia Commons

After last week’s mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida students, parents, and officials across the nation are all proposing steps to prevent future incidents. What should be done here in Hawaii? Our panel addresses school safety and some of the proposals improving security.

Biki Eyes Expansion

Feb 22, 2018
Casey Harlow

Biki is tapping into matching federal funds to expand its bike stations this summer. Bikeshare Hawaiʻi runs the Honolulu-based bike rental program that launched last summer. And program officials want public suggestions on the location of potential stations.

The Conversation: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Feb 22, 2018
Bikeshare Hawaii

Biki Bikes Expansion; Zen Camera Book; Volunteer Assistance for HPD in Domestic Violence Disputes; Restaurant Tip Pooling

Wayne Yoshioka

On Tuesday, Governor David Ige released a road map for reforming the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency. Failures of management, protocol, an technology came to light following an incoming ballistic missile alert issued in error by that agency on January 13th. 

Hawaii State Department of Defense

On Tuesday, Governor David Ige released a roadmap for reforming the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. Failures of management, protocol, and technology came to light following an incoming ballistic missile alert issued in error by that agency on January 13th. Our panel breaks down the details of that reform plan and assesses its tenets.

Guests:

Toby Clairmont, former Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Executive Officer

Samuel King Jr. / U.S. Air Force

Following the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, there is a lot of attention on school safety. The number of gun incidents in Hawaiʻi schools has actually dropped. Last year there were 21 incidents all involving air guns.

Wikimedia Commons

DOE on Gun Safety and Shooter Drills; Big Island Solar Update; DoD Report on False Missile Alert

Best Practices in Emergency Management

Feb 16, 2018
Wikipedia

It has been just over a month since the State of Hawaii erroneously issued an incoming missile alert. A report from Deputy Adjutant General Kenneth Hara about how to move forward is forthcoming. So today we assembled a panel of experts to address Hawaii’s disaster readiness. What did the January 13 missile alert teach us? What changes need to be made?

Epigenetics Study in Waiʻanae

Feb 15, 2018
Public Domain Pictures

Rates of diabetes, obesity and alcoholism run high among Native Hawaiians. A researcher is using his family ties and inspiration to change a community's health habits for the better.

The Conversation: Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Feb 15, 2018
Wikimedia Commons

SNAP Under Threat; Epigenetics and Health; Girls in STEM; Guitarist Andy Kimbel

Honolulu City Council Explores Monster Home Regulation

Feb 14, 2018
Catherine Cruz

Critics say extra-large structures known as “Monster Homes” are apartment buildings masquerading as single or two family dwellings in residential neighborhoods. Issues of parking, impact on property taxes, and sewer capacity prompted calls for relief, but the City Council is struggling with how best to address the situation.

The Conversation: Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Feb 14, 2018
Catherine Cruz

Monster Homes; Synthetic Experiences and Pop Culture; Local Study on Depression; International Graduate Student Conference

Hawaii State Board on Geographic Names Mulls Changes

Feb 13, 2018
National Park Service

Iao Stream or Wailuku River? Mauna Kea or Maunakea? These are just a couple of the challenges before the Hawaii Board of Geographic Names.

The Conversation: Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Feb 13, 2018

Hotel Workers Union on Cell Phone Use; Transforming American Healthcare; Hawaii State Board on Geographic Names; Hawaii Theatre for Youth’s Kinolau

Wikimedia Commons

Less than two months into 2018, ten people have already died from drowning on Maui. Our panel today explores issues of ocean safety including lifeguard staff size, visitor outreach, training, and more. 

The Conversation: Friday, February 9th, 2018

Feb 9, 2018
National Park Service

The “Button Pusher” Speaks; Expert Assessment of HI-EMA; Lava Tour Hazards; HOT Daughter of Regiment

Hawaii’s Housing Hardships

Feb 8, 2018
Wikimedia Commons

Lack of affordability, convoluted permitting process, monster homes, and more. There is no shortage of challenges in addressing Hawaii’s housing market. Today’s panel will explore those challenges, their causes, and possible solutions.

The Conversation: Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Feb 7, 2018
Wikimedia Commons

Restricting Missile Alert Authority; Indigenous Rights Lawyer; Local Effects of Nuclear Testing; Remembering Plantation Life

Governor Ige Signs Net Neutrality Executive Order

Feb 6, 2018
Wikimedia Commons

You may remember that back in December, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal so-called “net neutrality” rules. Governor Ige has signed an Executive Order that requires all Internet Service Providers that do business with the State of Hawaii to adhere to net neutrality principles.

The Conversation: Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Feb 6, 2018
Hawaii Department of Education

Consumer Alerts from Federal IRS; Milken Educator Award Winner; Net Neutrality Executive Order; Honolulu Wastewater Study and Cesspool Conversion; 

U.S. Air Force

Continuing Resolutions and Military Readiness; H-Power Waste Ash; Paratransit Emergency Planning; Local Disney Writer

‘Ōlelo Could Be Banished to ‘Digital Siberia’

Feb 2, 2018
Max Pixel

Spectrum Hawaiʻi, formerly Oceanic Time Warner, will shuffle the channel lineup as part of its plan to switch its signal from analog to digital. It says that switch result in increased broadband speeds and more HD channels. But local station ‘Ōlelo may be left out in the cold.

The Conversation: Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Feb 2, 2018
Max Pixel

‘Olelo Channel Slam; Tolerance of Mediocrity; Emergency Planning for Hospitals; The Caucasian Chalk Circle

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