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.

Trashing the Islands, Kauai; Surf & Space; Changes at the Police Commission; Honolulu Zoo Accreditation; Lei Day Celebrations

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Trash update on Hawaii Island; Getting the State Historic Preservation Division up-to-date; Honolulu rail starting up service this year; Priorities at Iolani Palace

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Maui Trash; Repairs Set For Hawaii Volcanoes National Park; Hawaii Homelessness Compared To Mainland; Face of Charity: Carole Kai; Private Investigator Steve Goodenow

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Oahu trash update; Teaching astronomy with today's technology; Honolulu's Building Permit Woes; Land preservation in Kau on the Big Island

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Trash Series; Sterile Trees; Cyber Espionage Could Benefit Hawaii's Economy; Water Conservation; 'Iolani Grad Named To Forbes 30 Under 30

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Wind damage closes Oahu pier to fisherman, scientists; Getting a handle on illegal fireworks; Maui chocolate company wants to raise local cacao industry; Hawaiian theater production goes to New York; The art of Hawaiian quilting

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Mauna Kea Deadline Debrief; Astronomy Conference; OHA Review Suspended; Year of the Nurse

Donating Through Digital Ads; Food Agro-forestry; Hawaii Baptist Academy turns 70; Voices of Science: Fishponds

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Judiciary's role in presidential impeachment; Funding legacy forests with tree fees; Future of Koko Crater Stables in limbo; Keeping the coqui at bay; The Hawaii Coffee Book: A Gourmet's Guide from Kona to Kauai

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Our show today brings a number of female economists to the table to talk about the economy - but specifically: why aren’t more women in this field? What’s in the way of breaking up the “boys club?” We also acknowledge the women who are paving the way forward.

Our guests today:

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Hawaii Businesses affected by Hong Kong protests; Rural Wahiawa hospital tailors services to community; Concerns on birthright citizenship in American Samoa; Kona garden reopens

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A private research vessel owned by the estate of the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen rescued the University of Hawaii's $2.5 million undersea research drone in August. The drone had broken its tether and was lost on the ocean floor for 40 days.

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Disaster at sea turns around with the help of fellow mariners; Hiring Problems at the Honolulu Liquor Commission; Helping Hawaii residents who can't access a bank; Native Hawaiian short film playing at indigenous film festival

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Food Safety. Love to eat? Hate to get sick with a food borne illness? The federal Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law in 2011 but new rules are expected to kick in in the new year. Are Hawaii farmers ready for the stricter rules? What does it mean for small farmers and for consumers?

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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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