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The Conversation: Maui restaurants prove resilient; local author pens new book for the Star Wars universe

Noe Tanigawa
  • We check in with Maui restaurateur Aaron Placourakis about how the food service industry has adapted over the past year | Full Segment
  • HPR contributing editor Neal Milner walks us through vaccine efforts outside of the U.S. on The Long View
  • Honolulu Civil Beat politics and opinion editor Chad Blair reports on a warning from the House of Representatives to the State Auditor | Full Article
  • Crystal Johnson of Hatch Blue gives us another take on sustainable fisheries | Full Segment
  • Local author Emma Mieko Candon reflects on an opportunity from a galaxy far, far away to write a new book in the Star Wars Universe | 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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