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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Sleep disorders-- why do we need to talk about how to treat them?

That’s the subject of our call in show today.

We hear from the head of Kaiser’s sleep lab and from a dentist trained in sleep dentistry about how to help you get a good nights rest.

Do you suffer from sleep apnea or insomnia? You aren’t alone, millions of others do and may not realize how it affects your overall health.

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The Department of Planning and Permitting has just kicked off a weeks’ worth of pop up outreach events and plans more over the next year. And there’s also an online survey. We sat down with Kathy Sokugawa acting Director of the City’s Department of Planning and Permitting to understand what’s at stake.

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Hawaiian Airlines Expands Air Cargo Service, FBI recruitment for Linguistics, DPP Urban Oahu Development plan, FBI recruitment for Linguistics, HTY’s Filipino Folktales & Fables

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Hawaii saw its first hurricane of the season skirt us by last week.

But the focus on preparedness drew our attention to a new app, Harmany, that was born out of two storms in the Atlantic. Harvey and Irma. Adam Huminski and Brian Hilinksi wanted to create something to help link evacuees and hosts during a disaster. They flagged the new app they created to us last week as Hawaii watched the 

 

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2018 Primary Election Debrief; Primary Election Recap, Presidential Authority to Use Military Force; Harmany App

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You have no doubt seen all those campaign signs set up in strategic corners of neighborhoods across the state. Many are plastered on chain-link fence fronting someone’s front yard.

If you assume the property owner approved those political signs, you might be wrong. Not all candidates and their campaign workers ask permission to post signs.

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Campaign Signs; ADUs; Billfish Restrictions; Gubernatorial Race Update

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Predatory sponges and giant sea cucumbers were just a few of the discoveries made by University of Hawaii researchers on a recent deep sea survey. The purpose of the mission was to characterize the remarkable organisms of this region to understand how these econosystem might change following deep-sea mining.  

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Home Care with DOH, BIA Hawaii, Impacts of Deep-Sea Mining

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“Smart Cities” use technology to connect citizens and government. One example is Bandung--the third largest city in Indonesia. The mayor who brought a technology upgrade to the city has just been elected to be the next Governor of West Java. Ridwan Kamil is in Honolulu as part of an event at the East West Center--the “Smart Cities Thought Leaders Forum.” He talked with Bill Dorman about what it means to be a “Smart City” in 21st century Asia.  

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Hurricane Hector is flirting with our southeast shores. You might be thinking, "Just what we need, another disaster."  How are weather weary residents coping? We sat down with Child and Family Service (CFS) President & CEO Karen Tan to talk about how we are supporting our community’s mental health needs.

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Community Mental Health Needs; Hawaii’s Republican Party; Creating a Smart City; Honolulu’s Ka Iwi Coast

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Primary elections for Hawaii’s 2018 races are just four days away. In several contentious races, political action committees, or Super PACs, have been pouring thousands of dollars behind certain candidates. Millions of dollars are being spent statewide. The path for that type of political spending was cleared by the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case. Today, we explore how Super PACs operate in Hawaii and where their money is being spent. 

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Today marks the 73rd anniversary of the first use of a nuclear weapon in war. In 1945, the “Little Boy” bomb was dropped detonated over the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing thousands and leveling the city. A group of Hawaii students is in Japan this week for a peace ceremony and to remember the horror of that bomb. 

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It started with an accident in a laboratory more than four years ago. But the findings looked intriguing, and a new researcher at the University of Hawaii was compelled to explore the relationship between plastics and greenhouse gases. The findings were published recently and the study’s author explains the impacts.

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Copyright Controversy, Hiroshima Peace Ceremony, Plastics & Greenhouse Gases, Portfolio Project

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This week community leaders on Molokai renewed the call to protect our endangered Hawaiian monk seal population. It followed the discovery of the death of yet another of endangered marine mammal on the Friendly Isle. Since 2009, officials say 8 seals have been killed. The most recent case involved a seal that was just a year old. Dr. Claire Simeome with the Marine Mammal Center gives an update on his progress to date.

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The Hawaii Government Employees Association represents close to 28,000 active members, as well as more than 12,000 retirees. It is closely watching the outcome of lawsuits filed on the mainland by some groups looking to claim back dues following the recent decision by the US Supreme court. That ruling, tied to first amendment arguments, allows public employees to opt out of paying union dues altogether.

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JANUS Decision, Super PAC Spending, Monk Seal Pup, Wave Glider Drone

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Earlier in the week, a young woman who was severely injured by a lava bomb spoke to the media for the first time. 20-year-old Jessica Tilton and her family were visiting Hawaii from Illinois. The Tilton’s booked a lava viewing boat tour out of Hilo on July 16th.

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All eyes were on 55 coffins said to contain remains of US servicemen who fought in the Korean war. Vice President Mike Pence was on hand to welcome them home. But the work of actually identifying the service members falls to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

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Remains Repatriation; Lava Boat Injury Development; Endangered Snail Conservation; Xeriscape Garden

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Ala Wai Management Plan

Today our eyes are on at the Ala Wai Canal. It was built in 1920 ’s to drain the wetlands of what is Kapiolani Park and to create what is now Waikiki. The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to modify the canal by building a 4-foot wall on one or both of the sides to protect life and property in Waikiki and surrounding neighborhoods.

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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell last week announced his plan to tackle the problem which has been festering for close to 30 years.

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Vacation Rental Reaction, RIMPAC Amphibious Assault, Arboretum Centennial, Hawaiian Oli

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The Hawaii Tourism Authority recently released results of a resident survey; with our record visitor numbers, resident satisfaction is slipping. Jennifer Chun, head of HTA’s Research Division, walks us through the numbers.

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HTA Resident Survey, Hawaiian Observance, Reality Check, Common Cause/Power Ballots, Supermassive Black Hole

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For the past year, all eyes have been on a rare plant high up in the Waianae mountains; its growth has been live-streamed 24/7.

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Six months after the infamous false missile alert, Francine Wai of the Disability and Communication Access board joins us to discuss the efforts to improve communications with members of the disabled community during disasters.

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FEMA Missile Alert, Housing Solutions in Maui, Reality Check, Lloyds of London Lawsuit, Plant Cam

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