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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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:

Emperor Naruhito; Polarization of Americans; Climate Change Lawsuits; Rap Reiplinger Biography

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Kilauea Volcanic Activity; Legislature Passes Short Term Rental Tax Measure; Filipino Poet; Book and Music Festival Mission house Centennial

"Out Of State" Film

Vacation Rental Debrief; Density Done Right; Documentary “Out of State”; Remembering W.S. Merwin

Public Domain Pictures

Kilauea Eruption Anniversary; Reaching Out To Our Medically Fragile; XLR8HI Incubator; Liljestrand House

Neighborhood Boards; Immigration; Pacific Arts Festival; Acapella Academy

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In the headlines this morning -- the measles outbreak across in the country, the largest since the disease was declared eliminated in the year 2000. The resurgence has rekindled the vaccination debate, which is the subject today on our call-in show.

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Palau Pledge; Genki Balls; Doctor Shortage; Japanese Internment Documentary

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Homelessness/City Council Reorganization; Reopening of Haena State Park; Curiosity and Innovation

J. B. Friday, University of Hawai'i

Short Term Rentals Update; DCCA: Robo Calls And Other Issues; Ohia Rapid Death, Kauai /Merrie Monarch; Art Roundup

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Voting Bills at the Lege; Naming a Black Hole; Legacy of Life/Transplant Recipient; YMCA 150th Anniversary

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Pacific Resources Partnership Residential Survey: 800 Years of Hawaii History; Talk Story With Governor Ige Recap


Energy Threats To Island Communities; Views of Taxation; Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim

The Blue Diamond Gallery

Free Speech Issues on Campus; Ah Quon McElrath Labor Documentary; Maui County Mayor Mike Victorino


REITs Tax ExemptionBishop Museum, Flies & Biological Survey; Mayor Kirk Caldwell


Public Safety: Reporter Debrief with Kuuwehi Hiraishi; Second Step Act; Mayor Derek Kawakami