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.



  A new study recently released by the Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism shows International students help to contribute close to a billion dollars to our state coffers.

Dennis Ling, the administrator for the department’s Development and Support Division talks about this bright spot on our horizon.


Marriott Breach; Foreign Students Report; VA’s Million Veterans Program; Na Wahine Koa, book

Rae Chandler-Iao

Honolulu Council Spending; Lt. Governor-Elect Green; Oysters; Patsy Mink Statue

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Hotel Strike Resolution; Leeward Oahu Windfarm, Mariana Islands Typhoon Recovery

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  Over Thanksgiving week Hawaiian Electric announced it reached an agreement to purchase power from Eurus Energy America. The company will build and operate a windfarm on Palehua Ridge above the existing fossil fuel powerplant.

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  This morning we heard from farmers on Kauai and Maui in advance of an upcoming Hemp Conference this weekend. What is the way forward? What are the barriers in the way of success? What other states have pulled out in front of Hawaii in the search for an alternative crop here in the islands now that the sun has set on sugar? What are the downsides of growing hemp? How much water does it use? Some states are wrestling with the noxious smell, or regulations that are slow to materialize.

Our guests today were:

Climate Change; Black Market Babies; World Surf League; Falls of Clyde

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A national scientific report on Climate Change released over the Thanksgiving holiday has underscored what communities across the nation need to do to adapt to global warming. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said that both the urban core will need to adapt and more rural communities may need to move.

  The Pacific And Asian Affairs Council has been focused on building young leaders in our region since 1954.

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Local Five Strike Update; Fire Sprinkler Extension Vetoed; Kokua Market in Dire Financial Straits; Pacific And Asian Affairs Council; Reporter Debrief with Kuuwehi

Local Five Strike Update

Negotiators for the hotel workers union local five are meeting face to face with Marriott and Kyoya. Talks resumed at ten this morning at the Ala Moana Hotel.



Earlier this week Catherine Cruz sat down with Carol McNamee. She’s the founder of the local chapter of  Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, also known as MADD. MADD Hawaii will mark its 30th year this February. McNamee recalled how the group first got started.

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving; The Long View; Tales from the Emerald Isle


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Hawaiian Hawk Delisting; Monk Seal Follow-up; NOAA Workshops; Skate Camps at Koōlina

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If it’s anything the Christmas holiday season teaches us, its patience! Particularly if you are an Xmas tree grower here in Hawaii.

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 There are roads across the state that are in limbo because no one can agree who owns them. A  drawn-out legal battle over disputed roads in Kakaako has taken a turn and has some questioning why it's taken so long to resolve.

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Kua O Ka Lā Charter School;  KSBE Cesspool; HCDA Roads; Bengal Cats; Christmas Trees


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  Let the battle begin! A new round over what to do about the Waikiki Natatorium has been touched off with a new alternative for a swim basin replacing the crumbling walls with a fiberglass mess. Former war veterans weighed in on the controversy over the weekend on veterans day...against the backdrop of the war memorial and ceremonies held there.

We talked to two veterans who remember swimming at the salt water pool when they were children. Retired Lt. Col. Curtis Manchester shared his memories.


Waikiki War Natatorium Memorial; HPR Reporter Debrief; Building Permit Backlog; HIFF Film, United Skates



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A traveling show designed to capture the imagination of youngsters aims to get them into the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. John Patterson who of the defense contractor Raytheon is behind the traveling show called Math Alive!

Catherine Cruz


A de facto dog beach Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam is right up against a coastal marsh that is home to endangered native Hawaiian birds. But canines and fowl don’t mix. Talks between the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Navy ended the practice of allowing dogs to roam in the area and then came the work of restoring the natural habitat in this area known as ahua reef.

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Making the Case for STEM; Pearl Harbor Marsh; American Democracy; Underwater Plane Graveyard


Hu Honua Biomass Plant; Hagadone Commercial Printing Closure; Transgender Week; Rat Lung Worm in School Gardens


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  The announcement that Hagadone Commercial Printing will layoff 92 workersand close its Hawaii printing operations is still rippling through the community. Clint Schroeder is president and chief operating officer explains how a 25% tariff hike, technological changes led to the erosion of its core business of publishing.

Are you ready to HOLO? We’ve been hearing about it and now it's here -- the Holo Card is ready to go and the City and HART are looking for a thousand people to test it out. The city and HART are looking for bus riders willing to test out the new smart transportation card-- the HOLO card. The pilot program will roll out officially on December first but officials need testers to help them with feedback on the new system.

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Veterans Day; Armistice Day; Natatorium EIS;  Union/Strike update: Big Island Coffee Farmers;  HOLO Card


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HPR’s All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence sat down recently with the author of the play, ‘Shipment Day,’ Lorenzo Destefano. The interview includes a dramatic reading from the play. But the playwright begins by describing the sense of fear that surrounded a diagnosis of leprosy in 1934 Honolulu—and not only for the patient.

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Power poles. A thorn in your side? Had double and triple poles in your neighborhood for years? Tired of staring at them? We sat down with Hawaiian Electric to understand what’s involved in a recent agreement with Hawaiian Tel.

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Utility Poles: HECO; Armistice Day; MVT’s Shipment Day; Big Island Film: STOKE