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The Conversation: Kona Airport gets a makeover; UH football honors Colt Brennan

Kona international airport CBP immigration processing
Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation Airports Division
The new permanent customs processing area at Kona International Airport.
  • Ross Higashi, Airport Administrator for the State Department of Transportation, gives us a tour of the new nearly $60 million facility at the Kona International Airport | Full Article
  • Colt Brennan's sister, Carrera Shea, introduces a new fund to honor Brennan's legacy that supports local youth sports and mental health organizations | Full Article
  • Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Blaze Lovell covers the Office of Hawaiian Affairs' attempt to fill vacant positions amid their reorganization efforts | Full Article
  • Mila Kaʻahanui highlights Filipino history with a new book featuring 60 community leaders — find out where to get your copy | Full Segment
  • Poet Noʻu Revilla explores the complexity of aloha through poetic form | Full Segment
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.
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.
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