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The Conversation: Hawaiʻi Residents Reflect on 9/11; Local Group Testifies Against Proposal to Better Regulate Vacation Rentals

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Sept. 12, 2016 - Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, right, receives a flag from member of the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Honors and Ceremonial Guard during the commemoration of the 15th anniversary of 9/11 at Tamarind Park in Honolulu. Sailors joined representatives from the Honolulu police, fire and EMS departments to pay respects to the nearly 3,000 people killed during the attacks. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Laurie Dexter/Released)
  • Several Magic Island parkgoers passing by the memorial bench dedicated to Kalaheo High School alum Christine Snyder, who died in the 9/11 attacks, share their thoughts and memories of that day | Full Article
  • Milo Spindt, the head of the Hawaii Legal Short Term Rental Alliance, makes the case against a city proposal to better regulate vacation rentals on Oʻahu | Full Article
  • Shawn Colotario, the Corrections Advocate for the United Public Workers, the union that represents many of Hawaii's prison and jail employees, discusses the high risk of COVID exposure for his members | Full Article
  • In our daily Reality Check segment, Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Anita Hofschneider dishes on the state of evictions in the islands now that the State's eviction moratorium has ended | Full Article
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.
Savannah Harriman-Pote rejoined The Conversation in 2021 after interning for Hawaiʻi Public Radio in the summers of 2018 and 2019. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, during which time she worked for WMHC and Mount Holyoke News. She has also worked with the audio documentary series Outer Voices and National Geographic.
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