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The Conversation: Weekend COVID vaccine clinics for students begin; 2 films commemorate Veterans Day

Hawaii Veterans
Sgt. Jon Heinrich/8th Theater Sustainment Command
The 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, hosted a Noncommissioned Officer Induction Ceremony Nov. 7, 2014 in front of the Army Museum in Honolulu. The ceremony inducted 10 Army NCOs and four retired U.S. service members from the island in honor of Veterans Day.
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  • Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Nathan Eagle takes a deep dive into the history of the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council as a long-awaited audit of the agency wraps up | Full Article
  • Retired Army Lt. Col. Wilfredo Tungol, a Filipino veteran living in Hawaiʻi, shares the importance of the MoveMeHawaii effort by the Beta Beta Gamma Foundation to highlight social justice issues | Full Segment
  • Samantha Farinella, director of the Vietnam War documentary "Hunting in Wartime," talks about Native Alaskan veterans and the bond they formed with our islands — ahead of the film's PBS Hawaiʻi premiere on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 10 p.m. | Full Segment
  • Retired Big Island teacher Patricia Richardson shares her experience as one of the Peace Corps early recruits as the organization celebrates its 60th anniversary | Link to Events | 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.
Lillian Tsang is Senior Producer with The Conversation. She has been a part of the talk show team since TC first aired on February 14, 2011. Born and raised in Honolulu, she received her BFA from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her art career melded with radio after her glass-blowing partner, Anthony Borgioli, introduced her to the college radio station, KTUH. Bitten by the broadcasting bug, Lillian went on to produce and host a her own show “Planet of Sound” for almost a decade. It was a fellow KTUH DJ who told her about a job opening at Hawaiʻi Public Radio as an overnight/weekend board operator. She's since transitioned to a full-time day job and happily part of the HPR ʻohana.
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