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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Less than two months into 2018, ten people have already died from drowning on Maui. Our panel today explores issues of ocean safety including lifeguard staff size, visitor outreach, training, and more. 

The Conversation: Friday, February 9th, 2018

Feb 9, 2018
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The “Button Pusher” Speaks; Expert Assessment of HI-EMA; Lava Tour Hazards; HOT Daughter of Regiment

Hawaii’s Housing Hardships

Feb 8, 2018
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Lack of affordability, convoluted permitting process, monster homes, and more. There is no shortage of challenges in addressing Hawaii’s housing market. Today’s panel will explore those challenges, their causes, and possible solutions.

The Conversation: Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Feb 7, 2018
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Restricting Missile Alert Authority; Indigenous Rights Lawyer; Local Effects of Nuclear Testing; Remembering Plantation Life

Governor Ige Signs Net Neutrality Executive Order

Feb 6, 2018
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You may remember that back in December, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal so-called “net neutrality” rules. Governor Ige has signed an Executive Order that requires all Internet Service Providers that do business with the State of Hawaii to adhere to net neutrality principles.

The Conversation: Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Feb 6, 2018
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Consumer Alerts from Federal IRS; Milken Educator Award Winner; Net Neutrality Executive Order; Honolulu Wastewater Study and Cesspool Conversion; 

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Continuing Resolutions and Military Readiness; H-Power Waste Ash; Paratransit Emergency Planning; Local Disney Writer

‘Ōlelo Could Be Banished to ‘Digital Siberia’

Feb 2, 2018
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Spectrum Hawaiʻi, formerly Oceanic Time Warner, will shuffle the channel lineup as part of its plan to switch its signal from analog to digital. It says that switch result in increased broadband speeds and more HD channels. But local station ‘Ōlelo may be left out in the cold.

The Conversation: Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Feb 2, 2018
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‘Olelo Channel Slam; Tolerance of Mediocrity; Emergency Planning for Hospitals; The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Should Hawaii Be Able to Send a Missile Alert?

Feb 1, 2018
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The former administrator of what used to be called State Civil Defense agrees the top brass had to step down. He supports closer coordination with the Pacific Command, but doesn’t think the Pentagon should take control of the alerts and bypass the state agency.

The Conversation: Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Feb 1, 2018
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Public Safety Committee Reaction to EMA Mistake; Former Hawaii State Civil Defense Vice Director

Ala Wai Dredging Plan

Jan 31, 2018
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Honolulu’s Ala Wai is ranked as one of the most polluted waterways in the country. The State of Hawaii has a plan to clean it up that just received a green light.

The Conversation: Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Jan 31, 2018
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Lieutenant Governor Succession; Bail Reform; Ala Wai Dredging; Joshua Kaye on Piano

Hawaiʻi Prepares for Flu Season

Jan 30, 2018
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This year’s flu season has been especially severe on the Mainland United States, with multiple deaths reported. Cases there are peaking, which means peak flu in Hawaii is still a few weeks away.

Bracing for Flu Season; Peace Corps Prep; HI-EMA Review; Pineapple Powder; Fights & Delights  

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The Special Relationship; SECDEF in Hawaii; Diet for a Hot Planet; Defunding Public Daycare; Project Based Learning

The Conversation: Friday, January 26th, 2018

Jan 26, 2018
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Hawaiian Language Court Controversy; New Ocean Management Tool; Kawainui Marsh Master Plan; Place and Culture Forum

The Conversation: Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Jan 25, 2018
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School Choice: New and Old Ideas in Education

 

Growing Hawaii’s Education Economy

Jan 24, 2018
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The Study Hawaii Consortium is working to grow Hawaii’s international education market into a billion dollar industry.

The Conversation: Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Jan 24, 2018
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Hawaii’s Education Economy; Democracy After the Trump Era; Kapiolani Park; Turnaround Arts Program

Honolulu's 2018 Point In Time Count

Jan 23, 2018
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The Point-In-Time Count survey of Oahu’s homeless population is happening this week. The count is the basis for all homeless policy for the year.

The Conversation: Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Jan 23, 2018
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2018 Homeless Survey; Education Philosophy; Hotel Disaster Preparedness; Freddie Miranda Jr.

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2018 State of the State; Affordability of Solar Batteries; Revival of Canceled Solar Projects; Hound of the Baskervilles

The Conversation: Friday, January 19th, 2018

Jan 19, 2018
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FEMA’s Wireless Alert System; Local Scientist Selected for NASA Mission; ADA Compliant Websites; Pianist Joyce Yang

The Conversation: Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Jan 18, 2018
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Military Role Emergency Management; Getting Ahead When You Can’t Save; Immigration Debate Impacts in Hawaii; Local Civic Engagement

The Conversation: Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Jan 17, 2018
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Opening Day at the Legislature; 125 Years Since the Hawaiian Overthrow

The Conversation: Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Jan 16, 2018
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Hawai'i Island's Response to False Alarm; Civil Engagement

Marco Polo, 6 Months Later

Jan 13, 2018
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Firefighter Stories from Marco Polo

Jan 12, 2018
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Catherine Cruz

The Honolulu Fire Department recently released internal audio communication tapes that document how firefighters approached the deadly seven-alarm fire last summer. An HFD Captain, who was on the scene, helps us interpret the tapes and explains the challenges crews faced.

The Conversation: Friday, January 12th, 2018

Jan 12, 2018
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Firefighter Stories from Marco Polo; UH Sexual Assault Survey; FISA Renewal; HTY Production of Red Balloon

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