Catherine Cruz

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.

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A heated debate is taking place around the state over whether or not we should amend the state constitution. One proposal would give the state legislature the power to tax investment property to fund public education. That measure will be decided directly by voters through a ballot referendum.

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Different Perspectives on the Constitutional Amendment; Futurist on Artificial Intelligence; Bamboo Ridge Press Gala

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 Did you know Kona farmers made it into the Guinness Book of World Record for largest  Mango, Avocado, and Jackfruit?

That’s the “rock star” status of some of some of our crops--tropical fruit expert, Ken Love, talked to us following a conference and series of meetings across the state with local fruit growers.

  

  The recent close calls with hurricanes and tropical storms have renewed the focus on vulnerabilities of our emergency response system.

The spotlight will be on ham operators and new training that is available this month. We sat down with Clem Jung who is trying to spread the word about an exercise for amateur operators that takes place this Saturday.

 

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NextGen Philanthropy; Tropical Fruit; Ham Radio, HPR Reporter debrief Ku`uwehi Hiraishi

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They are just one shy of a basketball team. Four little monk seal pups are in the early stages of bonding. At the start of the summer, we introduced you to Sole, a little pup that was snatched up by NOAA Marine Fisheries staff who worried that the little guy was too weak to survive. Now, Sole isn't solitary.  The Marine Mammal Recovery Center’s Director Claire Simeone spoke with The Conversation when Sole had just arrived at NOAA's Big Island facility. Now she has this update on Sole and his new pals after their first week together.

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Political Sparring Over Property Tax Amendment; Timeshares in Hawaii; Monk Seal Follow Up

 

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In one month Hawaii voters will decide whether or not to amend the state constitution. The specific amendment under consideration would create a property tax surcharge to fund public education. It would be a significant change in how residents are taxed in this state. Currently only county governments can levy property taxes.

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The Honolulu City Council voted to pass two controversial bills that would give the City additional authority to remove persons and property from public spaces like sidewalks and parks. The measures are seen by many as targeting Oahu’s urban homeless population, though, it may also help curb the vendors operating on waikiki’s sidewalks.

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2018 is already one of the deadliest years for Hawaii’s pedestrians in the last decade. There have been more than 30 fatalities statewide this year, compared to 15 last year and 32 in 2016. Last weekend alone there were 3 pedestrian fatalities – two on Oahu and one on Kauai. A fourth person was hospitalized in serious condition after a separate incident in Honolulu.

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Pedestrian Safety and Update on the Homeless Bills; Federal Grant, Kauai Businesses and Individuals; Curling Olympic Team

 

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Bills Targeting Homeless Get Final Vote; Artificial Intelligence in Hospitality; Domestic Abuse

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UPDATE: Bills 51 and 52 passed the Honolulu City Council on a 6-3 vote. The additional requirements added by the City Council were not removed from the bills.

  The Honolulu City Council is meeting to for a final on vote on two bills submitted by Mayor Kirk Caldwell that could have a significant impact on Honolulu’s homeless policy. Bill 51 would make it illegal to obstruct a public sidewalk. Bill 52 would make it illegal to establish lodging in public spaces like parks.

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January will mark five years since 27,000 gallons of fuel leaked out of a massive underground facility at Red Hill and we still don’t know where it all went.

There is concern in the community that the spill could migrate to an aquifer which supplies a portion of Honolulu’s drinking water. Members of the Senate’s Red Hill task force were set to meet Wednesday morning to talk about the condition of fuel tanks.

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Red Hill Development; Selective Service; Steve Yuen

 

 

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The Environmental Protection Agency recently released an environmental assessment of a major project: the replacement of a large cesspool on the Big Island that serves thousands of people in the Pahala area. 

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Local Impacts of JANUS Decision, Pahala Cesspool, Musician Elijah Sky

 

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Law School Screens Kavanaugh Hearing; Digital Divide; Hawaii's Wood Show

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Bridging the 'Digital Divide' is the subject of talks this week by a visiting professor. Richard Tedlow is a business historian, an endowed professor at Harvard Law School and for the last several years has been at Apple University.

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  The American Institute of Architects is marking its 60th anniversary this year. More than a decade ago the Honolulu chapter began inviting the public to vote for their favorite recently completed project.

President Geoff Lewis joined us in the studio this week to talk about the competition among its members with some 37 newly completed projects. From single family homes, condos and businesses the designs were just not here in the islands but offshore too.

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  Today on the Long View our Neal Milner is back to do a deeper dive on the costs of college. We’ve been exploring this issue--earlier we touched on the iPromise Schools started by athlete LeBron James. Neal Milner is a retired professor of political science and Contributing Editor of our segment The Long View.

 

 

 

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The Planned Redevelopment of Neal Blaisdell; Center, College Costs, College Success; AIA Marks it’s 60th Anniversary

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The Status of Recycling in Hawaii

 

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There is a milestone in Hawaii radio history this year. Harry B Sorio Jr., the host of Territorial Airwaves, is preparing to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the radio show of vintage music from the 1920’s on up.

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Recycling and China; MIA Identified; Okinawan Pigs; Territorial Airwaves

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 It may brighten your day if you take a few minutes and check out the Lip Sync Challenge started earlier this summer. Some say its the kinder gentler side of law enforcement--but hey--that’s okay.

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POW/MIA Ceremony, 100th Anniversary of Australian & US Forces Allies, Go for Broke film, Monster Home Bills, HPD Spreads Aloha With Lip Sync Challenge

 

The Edge of Paradise Film

Taylor Camp was the name given to a commune built Kauai’s hippie community in the 1960’s. A documentary about it called "The Edge of Paradise" has now been updated and renamed. It debuted on the Garden Isle and now heads to the Big Island.

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Short Term Rentals; Humpback Whale Count; Kalakaua Exhibit; Edge of Paradise

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What’s up with our humpback whales? That’s the question that started to be asked as reports began trickling in across the Pacific that maybe the numbers were smaller than in previous whale watching seasons. We talked to Ed Lyman with the NOAA’s National Marine Whale Sanctuary on Maui about what he was hearing and seeing out in the field.

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