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The Conversation: Halekulani Hotel welcomes back visitors; Comedy film spotlights local talent

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  • Halekulani Hotel’s Chief Executive Officer Peter Shaindlin looks forward to a strong holiday season as restrictions ease | Full Article
  • Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Christina Jedra has the latest update in the Red Hill saga | Full Article
  • Sasha Issenburg, author of The Engagement: America’s Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage, talks about the complicated origins of the marriage equality movement in Hawaiʻi; Ian Tapu of the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation spotlights a town hall meeting tonight on queer community organizing | Full Article
  • HPR's Noe Tanigawa talks about changes underway at the Aloha Week Festival, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year | Full Article
  • Writer and director Stefan Schaefer offers a behind-the-scenes look at his new film, Aloha Surf Hotel | Link to Amazon Prime watch party on Oct. 24 | 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 also produces HPR's podcast Manu Minute in collaboration with The University of Hawaii at Hilo. She was born and raised on the Big Island, and she collects public radio mugs.
Russell Subiono has been with Hawai‘i Public Radio since 2019. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, TV, and radio. He got his start at HPR as a Production Assistant on The Conversation from 2016-2017. Prior to his return, he spent two years as a producer at KITV4 Island News, where he oversaw Hawai‘i’s only hour-long evening broadcast. He also served as HPR’s Fund Drive Producer for two years before returning to The Conversation as Executive Producer. In the moments when he’s not working at the station, you can find him visiting donut shops, making top-5 lists, and developing comedy videos that never get made.
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