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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Healthcare Center for Homeless; Chinatown Crime; Campaign Finance; Pacific Primate Sanctuary

Last Chance Refuge for Maui's Injured Animals

Jun 25, 2018
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Some know it as the Boo Boo Zoo.  The East Maui Refuge Center is a No Kill shelter for animals of all kinds.  The facility has existed for 40 years and operates thanks to its volunteer staff who care for some 500 creatures, furry, feathered, and hoofed.  

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Robo-Calls; 5G Network Infrastructure; Boo Boo Zoo

Maui College Aims for 100% Solar Power

Jun 18, 2018
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The first container-load of solar panels are set to arrive at the Maui College campus in Kahului later this summer. It’s part of a net-zero plan dubbed a “Star Trek” deal that could put the college on the map. During a recent trip to Maui, we thought we would take a closer look at the $6.3 million dollar solar project.

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East Rift Zone Insurance; Lifeguard Shortage; Maui College Solar; Last Taxi Dance

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$10-million DOE Settlement; Foreign Exchange Program on Maui; Condo Real Estate Law Change; Tuvan throat singers: Tyva Kyzy

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Rise in Suicide; Albizia Wood; Manoa Heritage Center; Taimane

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Long-term Mental Health Concerns of Kilauea Eruptions; Kauai Flooding Update; Shade Institute; Project 1 Voice, Flyin’ West

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Overtourism in Hawaii; Volcano Photographer Displaced by Flow; Examining Kamehameha’s Legacy; World Ocean’s Day

Lava Flow Takes Toll on Big Island Agriculture

Jun 6, 2018
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More than 2,500 acres on Hawaii Island are in papaya production. The majority is in the Kapoho area, which is now being affected by lava from Kilauea volcano. The Conversation's Catherine Cruz spoke with Scott Enright, the Director of the State Department of Agriculture, about the potential losses of an industry that is tied to hundreds of jobs.

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Ridesharing Companies face cap on Surge Pricing; Lava Flow threatens Big Island Agriculture; Late Entry into Hawaii Congressional Race; Counting the Cost of Newspapers in Decline; Celebrating Children’s Literature

Volcano Byproducts Impact Solar Panels

Jun 4, 2018
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On Hawaiʻi Island, officials have been meeting with residents of neighborhoods affected by the vog and noxious gases to address concerns about air quality. But if you live in an area that's being affected by the volcano, should you also be concerned about the corrosive effects of volcanic ash, Pele's hair, and acid rain on things like your solar panels?

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ACLU Battles for Reproductive Rights in Kauai; Solar Panels in the Wake of Volcanic Emissions; Restoring Maui’s Watersheds; Studying Tourism at UH’s East-West Center

State Cracks Down on Monster Home Builders

Jun 4, 2018
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Scrutiny over monster home construction triggered a complaint about a contractor who lost his license, yet continued to build. The Hawaii Construction Alliance flagged the problem to the City Department of Planning and Permitting and the State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

Mandatory Evacuations Strain Residents and Responders

Jun 1, 2018
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Yesterday, Mayor Kim ordered the mandatory evacuations of neighborhoods in lower Puna as fast advancing lava flows puts more families at risk. Residents had until noon today to get out of harm's way or take the chance that they may not be able to be rescued - or face incurring the costs of a rescue. 

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Mandatory Evacuations in Lower Puna; State Cracks Down on Building Permits; HART Faces Audit; Tribute to Muddy Waters live at HPR

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Kilauea Activity Claims Geothermal Wells; Tourism Misconceptions in Wake of Volcanic Eruptions; Freezing Credit to Stop Identity Theft; Racial Equality Through Fair Housing

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Kilauea activity raises insurance coverage considerations for businesses; Lava Accident Survivor; National Security vs Civil Liberty

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Lava, Loss of PGV Capacity Create Electricity Challenges

May 24, 2018
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The Big Island's electric utility, Hawaii Electric Light Company, has been working around the clock to react to the on going Kilauea eruption. Utility crews were recently pulled out of Leilani Estates due to unsafe levels of sulfur dioxide. Additionally, the loss of capacity from the Puna Geothermal Venture has reduced to overall supply of electricity on the island.

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China Expert; EPA Monitoring Air Quality Around Kilauea; Electricity Challenges Around Puna; New School/Old School/Too Cool for School Poetry Slam

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Defense Missile Radar in Hawaii; Navy Disaster Preparedness; The Long View; Kauai Chorale at Lincoln Center

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Today we sit down with our guests Jane Sugimura of the Hawaii Council of Community Associations, Allen Wilson of Hawaiiana Management, Councilmember Carol Fukunaga, and Associa Hawaii’s Richard Emery to talk about the rising costs of condo living in Hawaii.

Hawaiʻi Island Sees Drop in Visitor Bookings

May 21, 2018
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Earlier today, Governor David Ige, through the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, reassured the world that "travel is safe to the Hawaiian Island." Ige emphasized that the volcanic activity is having no effect on other islands.

But even though Kīlauea's latest eruptive phase is mainly affecting the Puna area, there have been a rash of island-wise cancellations for June and July because tourists mistakenly think the entire state is a disaster area. Some cruise ships are avoiding Hilo and even Kona as a port of call.

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Economic Impacts of the Volcano; Fast Moving Lava Appears; Agriculture Theft on Hawaii Island; Hawaii Youth Symphony Seeks New Direction

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City Responds to Dockless Scooters; Eruption Increases Uncertainty for Farmers; EPA Examines Cesspool Challenges; Miss Aligned 2 Anthology

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