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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New report shows the effect on short term rentals 3 months after Honolulu's crackdown; Details on the Governor Ige's supplementary budget proposals; Coralie Chun Matayoshi looks back at her career with the American Red Cross of Hawaii. She will retire after serving as its executive director for the past 16 years; How Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park biologists helped bring the nene goose back from the brink of extinction -- but why more work still needs to be done.

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New study shines light on suicides among active duty military; Trustee talks about the Office of Hawaiian Affairs recent audit; Hawaii lawyer used Georgia consultants to place Micronesian babies; Aquaponics in Waimanalo; Kingston Trio remembers the music

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Paid Family Leave for Federal Workers Bill Advances; Warnings on new GMOs; Controversial Playground Moves to Kakaako; Light Pollution at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park; Memories of Spalding House

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Ira Glass of This American Life talks about storytelling and vacationing in Hawaii; US gives more attention to Micronesia, but will it lead to a COFA extension?; IRS warns of scams and gives tips on protecting yourself during the holiday shopping season

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Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Josh Green recaps the medical mission to Samoa to address its deadly measles outbreak; U.S. Attorney's office warns of Chinese espionage, especially at American universities; Civil Beat gives an update on protecting native birds from mosquitoes; An interview with Takuma Itoh, composer of Picture Brides, which will be performed tonight as part of the Honolulu Chamber Music Series

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Today, we take a trip to the Honolulu Zoo. Its accreditation is up in the air. Its revolving door of zoo directors has been part of its problem. Funding is the other. Its location in Waikiki has long been debated. Today we look back at its history as we look toward its future. The zoo opened its doors in 1915. It  marks its 105th anniversary next year, as a national accreditation team comes to visit. We asked a number of people familiar with its past and present to join us in our studio for a roundtable discussion. The spark for this show was a book about the zoo’s history compiled by the late Paul Breese - the longest serving zoo director in its history. He died a year ago. In our studio we had:

  • Jean DeMercer-Breese. She along with her late husband co-authored and self-published book The HONOLULU ZOO Waikiki’s Wildlife Treasure 1915-2015. She lives in North Kohala on the Big Island;
  • Ken Redman, who retired from the Honolulu Zoo as the second longest serving director; 
  • Marlee Breese, who serves on the board of the Honolulu Zoo Society and happens to be Paul’s daughter. 

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Business effects from Honolulu's plastic ban; Addressing air travel impacts on the climate; Update on Samoa measles outbreak; Affordable housing; Comedian Hari Kondabolu

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Vetiver Grass; The Long View: A Tale of Two Churches; Security Deposits Pricing Out Residents; Shifted Energy; "Kamehameha: Destiny Fulfilled" Book

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Water deal struck between Maui farmers and landowner; Handi-Van problems; Chinatown Rising filmmakers talk about found footage and social change in San Francisco; Genki balls released to clean the Ala Wai Canal.

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Internet on Reservations; Water on Europa; Safer Windows for Military Housing; KCC Culinary Champs; Arts Update

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Decolonizing Museums; Kiwikiu Deaths, Translocation Follow Up; Long Waits for Mental Health Services; MADD Holiday Season Campaign; Songs For a New World

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Coral Satellite Imaging; Voices of Science Podcast: Coral Bleaching in the Pacific; Misconduct in Kealoha Plea; The Legend of Ko'olau Play; Ethnic Diversity in Local Dining

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Update on the Waikiki Natatorium; Legislator talks special funds; White nationalists claim aloha for radio show; Artist talks about his experimental homemade film; Gardeners on at Turtle Bay Community Gardens

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Managing Mauna Kea; New book collects stories from Kilauea eruption; Aloha for Iran; Seabury Hall plays Catch Me If You Can

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Contextualizing history and demise of Kapu System; NEH Chairman gets firsthand look at reach of federal dollars; Support for $3-Million Playground; Will you take “The Coral Pledge?”; Centuries old Torah survives Holocaust  

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Reactions to state subpoena of Airbnb host records; Maui Water Case Goes to the Supreme Court; Improving the relationship between police and the community; Local performer Loretta Ables Sayre

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The Golden Rule Sails Again; Music of Richard Cheese; Uncertain Future for Hawaii Gas; Hawaii’s Arbor Day History

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Vacation Rentals on Big Island Face Neighbor Complaints; Digitized Hawaiian Newspapers Opens Up New Opportunities for Researchers; Trying to Teach Hawaii Kids How to Swim; Archaeologists Researches Connection Between Heiau and the Stars

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New Federal Regulations on Hemp; Night Marchers Movie Reboot; Easy Access to e-cigs; Honolulu Funding the Arts; Halloween Storyteller

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Call in show discussing solar energy in Hawaii. Guests include:

  • Melissa Miyashiro, managing director of strategy and policy at Blue Planet Foundation and who serves on the state’s Greenhouse Gas Sequestration Task Force. 
  • William Giese, executive director of the Hawaii Solar Energy Association. Giese’s work focuses on policy analysis, creation, and advocacy of clean energy policies.
  • Peter Rosegg, senior spokesman for Hawaiian Electric Companies.
  • Marco Mangelsdorf, president of ProVision Solar in Hilo. He has been in the solar energy and renewable energy field since 1978. 

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Political prisoners in Hawaii; Hanapepe Massacre; Kahuku Wind Farm Violation; State Capitol Tapestry

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Servco's CEO shares his insight on how we'll be getting around town; Pacific Islanders in Communications tell us about an upcoming summit and feel good pitch session; Power struggle over Maui's wastewater fight; New York mixologist returns home for Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

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Chamber of Commerce Hawaii on protests effects on business and development; Hawaii International Film Festival to highlight European cinema; Crickets for lunch; Pacific Islanders face roadblocks to get immigration documents

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