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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The Honolulu City Council is poised to take a vote on whether to approve footing the legal bill for the impeachment petition for City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro.

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Deputy Public Defender; Medical Marijuana; Point In Time Count Results; Hurricanes And The Shipping Industry

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Roadways on Maui, Oahu, and Hawaii Island have been shuttered by landslides in recent days. Even more are threatened by erosion that is expected to worsen in the coming years. The State Department of Transportation rushed an emergency request to state lawmakers for $15 million in funds to repair the Pali Highway that connects Honolulu to Windward Oahu.

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Red Hill Fuel Storage; Overtourism; Saving for Retirement; Funding DOE

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  If you grew up in Hawaii you are probably aware of privately taught Japanese language classes offered throughout the state, after school and on weekends.

But Maryknoll School here on Oahu took the bold step of beginning a  Chinese language immersion program.

This Chinese new year it announced it was expanding it from Kindergarten up through 6th grade. We listened in on a kindergarten class where Mandarin lessons were the focus and English was checked at the door.

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DBEDT Retreat Report; Kuleana Land Issues; Civil Asset Forfeiture; Chinese Language Immersion: Maryknoll School

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  It’s coming up on two weeks since a storm downed trees in Waikiki including one at the Honolulu Zoo which allowed two rare birds to fly the coop. Zoo staff were able to lure one of two African Ground Hornbill birds back to safety-- Honolulu Zoo Director Linda Santos joins us live with an update.

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SCOTUS Agrees To Hear Maui Clean Water Act Case; Big Island Recycling/Hilo Landfill; Pedestrian Safety Campaign Rollout; Honolulu Zoo Update

  

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Last week’s arrest of Philippines journalist Maria Ressa by the government of President Rodrigo Duterte shocked many. She was recently named as one of Time Magazine’s “Persons of the Year” for her efforts to maintain an independent voice for news in the Philippines--by way of the news website she founded Rappler.com.

A newly organized group in Hawaii is rallying to support free speech for her--and for other journalists in the Philippines.

Catherine Cruz spoke with Arcy Imasa and  Ellen-Rae Cachola about what they see as human rights violations in the Philippines.

 

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Trump/Kim Summit; Philippines Human Rights; Hawaii’s Corporate Tax Loophole; HPR Reporter Debrief

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In our recurring egment on Hawaii's gardens and forests, we focus on an urban garden in our Honolulu. Foster Garden is on the National register of historic places. It covers some 14  acres and was founded in the 1850’s.

We were there at the gardens this past Arbor Day to chat with Foster Garden’s Director Joshlyn Sand about what's in store for this historic city garden going forward.

 

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Keith Kaneshiro Update; Remembering Ted Tsukiyama; Budget Complications; Opioid Addiction/Wisdom Teeth; Equal Pay For Equal Work; Garden Segment: Foster Botanical Garden

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The bombshell drug dealing indictments in the Katherine Kealoha case, and the petition by the state attorney general to suspend Keith Kaneshiro as City Prosecutor because of a conflict of interest are the latest developments in a public corruption case by federal prosecutors.

We invited Loretta Sheehan, the Chair of the Honolulu Police Commission to sit down with us this morning. She served as a deputy prosecutor under Charles Marsland and Keith Kaneshiro. She also served as an assistant US district attorney and now serves in private practice.

 

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Kealoha Developments; Need For Additional DUI Judges; Distracted Driving Awareness Campaign; Rapid Ohia Death

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2018 was quite the year for Hawaii County with natural disasters walloping the economy.  Recovery is top of mind as lava and flash flooding only made our housing and homelessness problems more acute. Legislators at the capitol appear to want to fast track money to help in that recovery effort but many residents want to know more about a timeline for getting roads reopened to help communities back to normal.

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Tomorrow marks the  anniversary of the coronation of Queen Kapiʻolani

Local designer Kini Zamora of Project Runway fame is putting the final touches on a replica of the gown she wore in 1883.

We visited his studios located deep in the industrial park at Halawa Valley here on Oʻahu where it was a beehive of activity.

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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

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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.

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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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