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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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

Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

Quarantine for travelers and stay at home order for residents; National Guard gets ready; Retooled policies could prevent jail overcrowding; Farmers markets as essential business

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UH readies for all online classes; Shipping industry addresses supply chain rumors; Health department keeps COVID-19 testing narrow; On alert for coronavirus scams; Hawaii players could fill USA's Olympic beach volleyball teams

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Update from Hawaii's visitor industry; Honolulu orders bars and restaurants closed; Theater productions halt during coronavirus crisis; Sitting volleyball player preps for Paralympics

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UH professor prepares for online teaching; Delivering food to the needy during the coronavirus crisis; Hawaii tourism drops; Hawaii-born rugby player eyes Olympics

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State labor department on unemployment strategy; Coronavirus update from the BBC; Legislative session halted; Seeking memorabilia for veterans home; Local skateboarder shreds into the Olympics

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Two new cases of COVID-19 coronavirus on Kauai and Maui; Hawaii's private healthcare industry preps for COVID-19; FAA has resisted calls for helicopter safety for years; Local surfers on the 2020 Olympics

Economist Paul Brewbaker on COVID-19 effects on Hawaii; Council on Revenues changes forecast in wake of virus; Carbon tax credits moves through the Legislature; HiSAM exhibit celebrates centennial of women's suffrage.

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Hawaii cruise ship business in jeopardy from COVID-19; Event looks at nexus of Hawaiian tradition and innovation in hospitality industry; State wants to subsidize interisland shipper; Neal Milner on those who don't vote

Kokua Council; Sandwich Isles Federal Court Action; Minimum Wage Legislature; Domestic Violence Awareness; Monk Seal Death

Update on Oahu TVR 's; Hiring for 2020 Census; No Side Gigs for State Leaders; "The Swedish Model" Combats Sex Trafficking; Local Talent on the National Stage

DLNR Vacation Rental Crackdown; Ala Moana Fall Settlement; Vets Prep for Career in Tech; Kwai Ghost Net Boat; Ghost Net Artist

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Enforcing vacation rental laws on Maui; Coronavirus causes dropoff for Hawaii businesses; Hawaii Pacific University's worrisome future; Ranked choice voting comes to Hawaii

Kauai Vacation Rentals Update; Kauai Drug Bust; Dillingham Field Controversy; Alakai Development; USS Arizona Interment

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Bill would ban vacation rentals on Molokai; Kaiser Permanente Hawaii doctor talks COVID-19; Honolulu Ethics Commission makes financial disclosures harder to find; Union volunteers spruce up Kalihi Elementary

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Gun control bills at the 2020 legislative session; AARP Hawaii warns of Census scammers; Hitachi lands $70M a year rail contract; Creating Hawaiian subtitles for Netflix content

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