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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  In our Hawaii Garden and Forest segment, we take you out on the grounds of the Bishop Museum at Kapalama. The Hawaii Tourism Authority is helping to fund programs that are helping to keep the Hawaii Biological Survey up to date.

Its an inventory of plants found across the state and as part of the outreach museum staff are restarting tours of the native gardens on the Kapalama campus that were planted almost a decade ago.

We went along on last month’s inaugural tour led by research specialist who's been at the museum for 35 years.

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Hawaii State Capitol 50th Anniversary; Kaneshiro Impeachment Status; Argosy University Closure Debrief; Garden Tours at the Bishop Museum

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When Argosy University abruptly closed its nationwide network of campuses last week, 800 Hawaii students suddenly found themselves adrift. Argosy was home to one of the state’s two programs for producing doctoral level-clinical psychologists. Dozens of students were faced with the prospect of having to completely restart their training, which can take as long as six years.

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A face to face meeting with Federal Transit Authority over the revised financial recovery plan for Honolulu’s rail project is expected to happen in April.

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Women’s History Month, National Guard View; The Interaction Between Cities and Water; Taste for Invasives; Epigenetics Research

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Civil Engineering Report: HPR Reporter Debrief; Argosy Shutdown; Over Tourism on Maui: Councilmember Tamara Paltin; All Bodies Speak, Dancing With Disabilities

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Overtourism; Micronesian Kingfisher; East African Court of Justice; Honolulu Biennial  

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The Honolulu City Council is poised to take a vote on whether to approve footing the legal bill for the impeachment petition for City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro.

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Deputy Public Defender; Medical Marijuana; Point In Time Count Results; Hurricanes And The Shipping Industry

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Roadways on Maui, Oahu, and Hawaii Island have been shuttered by landslides in recent days. Even more are threatened by erosion that is expected to worsen in the coming years. The State Department of Transportation rushed an emergency request to state lawmakers for $15 million in funds to repair the Pali Highway that connects Honolulu to Windward Oahu.

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Red Hill Fuel Storage; Overtourism; Saving for Retirement; Funding DOE

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  If you grew up in Hawaii you are probably aware of privately taught Japanese language classes offered throughout the state, after school and on weekends.

But Maryknoll School here on Oahu took the bold step of beginning a  Chinese language immersion program.

This Chinese new year it announced it was expanding it from Kindergarten up through 6th grade. We listened in on a kindergarten class where Mandarin lessons were the focus and English was checked at the door.

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DBEDT Retreat Report; Kuleana Land Issues; Civil Asset Forfeiture; Chinese Language Immersion: Maryknoll School

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  It’s coming up on two weeks since a storm downed trees in Waikiki including one at the Honolulu Zoo which allowed two rare birds to fly the coop. Zoo staff were able to lure one of two African Ground Hornbill birds back to safety-- Honolulu Zoo Director Linda Santos joins us live with an update.

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SCOTUS Agrees To Hear Maui Clean Water Act Case; Big Island Recycling/Hilo Landfill; Pedestrian Safety Campaign Rollout; Honolulu Zoo Update

  

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Last week’s arrest of Philippines journalist Maria Ressa by the government of President Rodrigo Duterte shocked many. She was recently named as one of Time Magazine’s “Persons of the Year” for her efforts to maintain an independent voice for news in the Philippines--by way of the news website she founded Rappler.com.

A newly organized group in Hawaii is rallying to support free speech for her--and for other journalists in the Philippines.

Catherine Cruz spoke with Arcy Imasa and  Ellen-Rae Cachola about what they see as human rights violations in the Philippines.

 

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Trump/Kim Summit; Philippines Human Rights; Hawaii’s Corporate Tax Loophole; HPR Reporter Debrief

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In our recurring egment on Hawaii's gardens and forests, we focus on an urban garden in our Honolulu. Foster Garden is on the National register of historic places. It covers some 14  acres and was founded in the 1850’s.

We were there at the gardens this past Arbor Day to chat with Foster Garden’s Director Joshlyn Sand about what's in store for this historic city garden going forward.

 

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Keith Kaneshiro Update; Remembering Ted Tsukiyama; Budget Complications; Opioid Addiction/Wisdom Teeth; Equal Pay For Equal Work; Garden Segment: Foster Botanical Garden

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The bombshell drug dealing indictments in the Katherine Kealoha case, and the petition by the state attorney general to suspend Keith Kaneshiro as City Prosecutor because of a conflict of interest are the latest developments in a public corruption case by federal prosecutors.

We invited Loretta Sheehan, the Chair of the Honolulu Police Commission to sit down with us this morning. She served as a deputy prosecutor under Charles Marsland and Keith Kaneshiro. She also served as an assistant US district attorney and now serves in private practice.

 

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Kealoha Developments; Need For Additional DUI Judges; Distracted Driving Awareness Campaign; Rapid Ohia Death

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2018 was quite the year for Hawaii County with natural disasters walloping the economy.  Recovery is top of mind as lava and flash flooding only made our housing and homelessness problems more acute. Legislators at the capitol appear to want to fast track money to help in that recovery effort but many residents want to know more about a timeline for getting roads reopened to help communities back to normal.

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Tomorrow marks the  anniversary of the coronation of Queen Kapiʻolani

Local designer Kini Zamora of Project Runway fame is putting the final touches on a replica of the gown she wore in 1883.

We visited his studios located deep in the industrial park at Halawa Valley here on Oʻahu where it was a beehive of activity.

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