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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Cybersecurity Lessons; Student Crimestoppers; Olelo O Hawaii; Queen Kapiolani Gown

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During President Donald Trumps state of the union speech--lots of attention was given to the

Border Wall and the threat of another government shutdown, but others were watching what he said about healthcare.

AARP’s Barbara  Kim Stanton has heartened since Trump mentioned the need to curb the spiraling costs of prescription drugs-- but says we need to do more.


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Falls of Clyde; Affordable Housing; Prescription Drug Programs; Part 1 Hawaiian Royalty Gowns; Garden Segment: The Ruth Bancroft Garden


It’s been two months since Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami was sworn into office.

The Garden Isle lawmaker traded his seat in the State House for the top county job.

It’s a different view from when he previously served on the County Council. Kawakami appeared before the legislative money committees with his hands outstretched in the annual mayor's trek to the Capitol to argue their case for a larger share of the hotel room tax.


Ozawa Criticism/1st Amendment; Eating Disorders; Ala Wai Elementary Administrator Wins Milken Award; HTY's Home of the Brave

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Leave a place better than when you found it.

That’s been a guiding principle for Joe Ferraro, incoming head of the Hawaii Chapter of American Institute of  Architects. And its an idea that goes hand-in-hand for the AIA’s sustainability focus for this next year as all eyes are on how do we adapt to our changing climate.

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Sports Tourism; Falls of Clyde Update; Big Island “Vision Zero”; AIA Climate Change

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  Today we take you out and about with a hardy band of volunteers of Citizen Foresters..

Over the last two years, they have mapped some 6 thousand trees in Kailua. They are now in Honolulu tackling neighborhoods in Manoa and soon to be in Kaimuki.

We caught up with Heather McMillan who happened to be hard at work on Arbor Day to talk about the state program and how it all got started.

DUI Bills to Strengthen Law; Benefits and Pitfalls of Expanding Access to Pre-K; Garden Segment: Citizen Forestry; A Midsummer Night’s Bollywood Dream

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Community Vigil; Drone Training; Kokua Market; Mentoring H.S. Musicians

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This morning Governor David Ige joins us live in our Kaheka street studios to talk about his priorities for Hawaii during this last term in office.

On the list state-funded preschools, and affordable condominiums on state land.

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Officials are optimistic they can eradicate the ingestion of little fire ants discovered recently in a Kaneohe neighborhood.

The department was successful when a larger population was found in Mililani several years ago. It was deemed fire ant free.

We talked to Becky Azama, Plant Pest Control Manager of the Department of Agriculture.



Hawaii Supreme Court Invalidates Election Results; Fire Ant Eradication; Government Shutdown and Biosecurity; Point in Time Count; Children's Discovery Center

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This year marks 30 years since Ferdinand Marcos died in the islands while in exile from the Philipines. The deposed leader left behind millions in secret accounts across the world. But this month there was a significant development in a case over the sale of the Marcos family’s art and antiques from  their New York apartment.

Honolulu Attorney Sherry Broder has fought long and hard to recover money for victims of human rights abuses under the Marcos regime.


Marcos Settlement; Government Shutdown; HPR Reporter Debrief/Hawaiian Politics; Changing Face of Wahiawā

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Ed Case was sworn in to the 119th Congress this month, but it isn't the Congressman's first time on Capitol Hill. Representative Case previously represented Hawaii's 2nd District for 5 years. The Conversation sat down with Case as the government shutdown approaches its 6th week and 800,000 federal workers are still going without pay.

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In 2018 the World Surf League announced that it would pay equal prize money to male and female competitors. Professional surfer Keala Kennelly, who was the female winner of the 2018 big wave competition at Maui's famous Jaws surf break, was announced as the first woman to be invited to the famous Eddie Aikau memorial surf competiton. Is pro surfing on a path to total gender parity?


Next week across our country volunteers will be out trying to get good numbers on our homeless population.

The Point in Time Count takes place Tuesday, January 22nd.

Every state is marshaling forces to visit homeless encampments to understand what the trends are as we try to find solutions to what has reached crisis proportions in many cities.

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Public Corruption Probe; Cat Scratch Disease; Shutdown Affects Air Travel; Craft Brewing

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  We took a drive to Oahu’s windward side where a rare Native Hawaiian plant and endangered bird are thriving.

Lisa Marten of Healthy Climate Communities walked her through a reforestation tour of the Hamakua Marsh-- It’s a project near and dear to her heart. It’s  literally her back yard...

Marten is always looking for volunteers. The group has set its community work day schedule for the third Saturday of every month. They meet this weekend from 9 to 11 am.

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LEGE 2019 Opening; Looking at Government Shutdown in a Different Way; HPR Reporter debrief; Garden Segment, Hamakua Marsh

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With the New Year, comes New Year’s Resolutions. For many, one may be to get more sleep.

A few months ago we talked about the latest treatment for sleep apnea and other disorders which can affect  your overall health. The issue resonnated with many of our listeners so we decided Take-2 was in order. Today, on our call in show we will look at busting myths about sleep.    


  The Hawaii Supreme Court will hear oral arguments tomorrow that will determine the outcome of a contested race here in Honolulu. The lack of a law on mandatory recount has several state lawmakers scurrying to draft bills to avoid a similar dilemma in the future. A 22 vote spread is at the heart of an election drama that has City councilman Trevor Ozawa up against challenger Tommy Waters. The City Council’s business is on hold until the Supreme Court decides the way forward.

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Government Shutdown/US Coast Guard; Supreme Court Election; Climate Conference; Hawai'i Restaurant Manager Apprentice Program

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January 13th, 2018 was the day of the false  missle alert. Residents and visitors in Hawaii didn't know what to think at first. Many thought it couldn't be real, but then a second later… 'what if it is?' Some searched for verification, while others waited for a second alert to say this was a false alarm. It was just a drill, but that  notification didn't come until  38 minutes later.  That incident exposed a serious flaw in our emergency system.




Hawaii logged it’s first pedestrian fatal Monday night just hours after our call-in show about pedestrian safety. 86-year-old Maqbul Ur Rahman was hit as he crossed a Hawaii Kai street near where a crosswalk was said to be mistakenly removed.

State Representative Gene Ward fired off an urgent letter to the City asking that the crosswalk be immediately repainted.

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Government Shutdown TSA and Prisons; 1st Pedestrian Fatality; Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale in Hawaiian; Garden Segment, Book on Native Plants

Keeping Pearl Harbor Open; School Uniforms; State Archives; Sofar Sounds

Amber Khan

Obama Foundation, Asia-Pacific Leaders; Astronomical Discoveries/Hawaiian Names; Kalakaua Symphony