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The Conversation: New service corps project employs Indigenous youth; Hawaiʻi filmmakers tell the story of 'Ala Moana Boys'

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  • HPR's Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi details new a federal program benefiting Indigenous youth, including Native Hawaiians | Full Article
  • Honolulu Civil Beat deputy editor Nathan Eagle's new series delves into the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council | Full Article
  • Stefan Kropidlowski, deputy superintendent for the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, shares details about the culling of 1 million coconut palms as part of ongoing conservation efforts on Palmyra Atoll | Full Article
  • Director Keliʻi Grace and screenwriter Alexander Deedy adapted some of the events around Honolulu's infamous Massie Trials of the 1930s for their short film "Ala Moana Boys." It screens tomorrow as part of HIFF's "Made in Hawaii Shorts Program 1." | Trailer | 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.
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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