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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Vacation Rental Follow Up; 69th Anniversery of Korean War; TMT Construction Gets Green Light; Indecent opens at Mark's Garage

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Hawaii Counties Respond to Overtourism; Kuhio Highway Repoening Spurs Local Protest; Maui Water Rights Struggle Continues in Litigation; Celebrating Isabella Kauakea Abbott; Hula on Broadway with Patrick Makuakane

Today on The Conversation, we rebroadcast an ealier show where we talk about how best to protect your family treasures. What's the best way to preserve your antiques, heirlooms and treasures through the years?

Joining us today are:

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In a rebroadcast of an earlier show, we highlight some of the best practices when it comes to protecting, preserving or restoring our family treasures.

To digitize, or not to digitize? Got paper, pictures or - egads! - video tape?


You might not  know where to turn, so we bring together people with the expertise to help guide you in the right direction.


It is a staggering statistic. Suicide is the leading cause of deaths in the island.

Mental illness stares us in the face as we walk or drive by the homeless on our streets and touches us when we learn of that someone we know has lost a loved one to suicide.

Today’s show is a rebroadcast where we focused on this very important issue. Several counties held events in May, which is Mental Health Month to raise awareness.

Today we rebroadcast a show about the challenges involved with getting that little gold star on your drivers license.

You may need a certified marriage certificate to show why your name changed, or do you get your mail at a Post office box? That adds another wrinkle to getting the documents you may need.  We invited the counties and the state health department’s keeper of records to come to our table and be available to answer your questions. We found out that there are some differences across the counties.

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Today we share a rebroadcast of our vaccines show. To vaccinate? Or not. Here in Hawaii, recently compiled numbers show what school communities are at risk for measles, as several charter school campuses have large numbers of exemptions for the mandatory vaccinations.

Our guests are:

  • Dr Sarah Park, Epidemiologist for the State Health Department,

  • Yvonne Lau, Chief Operations Officer at the Hawaii Public Charter School Commission,

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Summer heat brings out the bugs-- so what’s bugging you??

This week the alert went out about a new pest on discovered on Maui. The Ramie moth and caterpillar likes mamaki tea leaves. You might want to keep an eye out for this new hitchhiker. It has spread quickly in the Maui forests and in backyard gardens.

Agriculture officials tell us they get lots of calls about a mistaken identity--do you have the scary looking Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle or not?

Trade Tariff Impacts; Queen's Health Systems; Neighborhood Board Results; Six Word Memoirs; Normandy Remembrance

Veterans Affairs Secretary; Climate Change Plan; Different SolutionsTo Short Term Rentals; Princess Kaiulani in Paris

Paul-Henri Nargeolet.

HPD Recruiting Crunch; Maunakea Admin Rules; Marianas Trench Dive; Princess Kaiulani in Brighton

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Mayor Kirk Caldwell Reviews State of the City; Protecting Viewplanes; World Reef Day; Princess Ka`iulani's Scottish Heritage




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Two-Way on Menor's Kealoha Attorney Resolution; Dillingham Ranch Sale/Land Preservation; Streetlight Cadence

The Marine Mammal Center

Maui Brewing Company and Tariffs; Asian Influence In Fine Dining; Hawaiian Monk Seal Update; Film August at Akiko’s

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Trump Visits Japan; Lowy Institute Map; Changing Immigration Policies

Pacific Rim Conservation

Legal Expsoure for Journalists Covering Crime; Yellow Bowls; NASA Comsat; Seabird Chick Update

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We take time out to talk about how best to protect your family treasures. Earlier this month we focused on paper and photos and all things digital. This time we talk textiles, wood, metal and more.

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Governor David Ige has one month to let lawmakers know which bills he intends to veto. His staff is currently reviewing other bills for him to sign or for passage without his signature.

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Disaster Recovery and Spending; Diversifying Hawaii Island’s Economy; Governor Ige Mulls Bills for Signature

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Maui Wastewater Lawsuit; Statewide Windfarms; King Kamehameha Statue


Life Threatening Allergies; LANDED, Teacher Housing Loans; Memorial Dive

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Hawaii Department of Transportation

Maui Car Rentals; Kakaako Highrise; Changing Political Attitudes; HOT's La Traviata


Vaping and Tobacco Age;  Manu O Kū Festival; Hawaii Gem And Mineral Show 2019 In Honolulu

The Department of Land and Natural Resources

Kealoha Trial Breakdown; DOE Superintendent; Alala Project

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Anote Tong, Former President of Kiribati; Sex Workers Advocate; ROTC Program at UH Manoa; Hard Cider

City Councilman Ikaika Anderson; Reporter Debrief wih Kuuwehi Hiraishi; King Kamehameha The Great; Micronesian Festival

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We are coming off of National Preservation Week and wanted to highlight some of the best practices when it comes to protecting, preserving or restoring our family treasures.

To digitize, or not to digitize? Got paper, pictures or video tapes?


You might not know where to turn. We brought together people with expertise to help guide you in the right direction.


Joining us on today's show were: