Catherine Cruz

Catherine Cruz is the Co-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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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

Changes Coming to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport

May 17, 2018
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The state is in the throes of a three billion dollar modernization project at the Honolulu airport. If you plan to travel next month, heads up! This week transportation officials announced it is changing the gate numbers, all in advance of big changes at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

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East Rift Zone Update; Changes at the Airport; Charter School Evacuation; Mayor Wright Housing Redevelopment

Electric Scooter Rentals Run Afoul of City

May 16, 2018
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Limebike is a bikeshare and electric scooter rental company from the San Francisco Bay area. The company's entry into the Hawaiʻi market this past weekend is getting a cold reception from Mayor Kirk Caldwell. The city sent a letter warning the company to discontinue putting the vehicles on the streets and sidewalks. 

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Honolulu City Council Explores Additional Regulation on Uber, Lyft

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East Rift Zone Update; Animal Victims of Eruption; Charter School Evacuation; Mayor Wright Housing Redevelopment

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East Rift Zone Update; Science Behind Volcanoes; Point in Time Count; MVT’s production of Shear Madness

Lawsuit Filed in Case of Faulty Ala Moana Railing

May 10, 2018
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Honolulu City Councilman Trevor Ozawa introduced Bill 17 after a rusted railing ended the life of one man and critically injured a second at Ala Moana Shopping Center. However, the bill has come up against stiff opposition and has not advanced. The issue is back in the spotlight as a lawsuit has now been filed against General Growth Properties on behalf of the families of the two men involved in the fall at the popular mall.

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East Rift Zone Eruptions; Ala Moana Railing Lawsuit; Medical Aid in Dying; Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe at DKIST; Military Joint Concert

Homeowners Face Insurance Dilemma in Lava Prone Areas

May 9, 2018
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There are obvious perils of living in an area prone to volcanic activity. Since the 1970's, the U.S. Geological Survey has produced a map of Hawaii Island identifying each geographic area's lava risk. Leilani Estates is rated at the highest possible risk level. That makes homeowners insurance expensive and difficult to obtain for landowners, leading some to eschew protection. 

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Today we sat down to talk about the triple whammy hitting Hawaii Island that consists of lava spewing from below, several earthquakes and noxious fumes in the air. This is the strongest series of events to hit Hawaii in more than forty years. We sat down with seismologist Lucy Jones, U.S. Geological Survey research geophysicist Weston Thelen, and American Red Cross Volunteer Marilani Marcie to get an understanding of what is going on below ground and above ground.

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Kilauea Lava Flow Update; Landlord-Tenant Challenges

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Kilauea Lava Flow Update; A&B Land Transition Out of Sugar with Hukilike no Maui; Pacific Biodiesel, Sunflower Farm; Author William Finnegan

Kilauea Lava Flow Update

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2018 Legislative Season Wrap-up; Farm Tour Flooding; Hawaiian Bird Symphony; Innovative Bike Designs

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Right of Entry for Kakaako Makai Park Land; Howard Hughes, Kakaako’s Newest Build; Bike Community Updates; Stopping Building Without Permits; Plant-based Diet Helps Reverse Chronic Disease

Legislature Funds 'Safe Zones' for Homeless

Apr 30, 2018
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On Friday, legislators announced an agreement to set aside $30 million to address the homeless crisis. Conferees want to creat special zones for homeless. Some call them "safe zones," or ʻohana zones or kōkua zones. It's not an approach state and county homeless coordinators fully embrace.

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Homeless Safe Zones Funding; Kauai Recovery Update; Maunalua Heritage Festival; Power of Positive Thinking

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Hawaiʻi County is the only county in the state without some form of restriction on temporary vacation rentals. Last week, County Councilmembers introduced Bill 108 – a measure that would regulate how and where properties can be rented short term.

The 2018 Legislative Session is winding down. HPR's Political Reporter Wayne Yoshioka gives The Conversation's Catherine Cruz an update on what passed, what died, and which bills are still in committee.

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Legislative Session Wrap Up; Hawaii Island Moves to Regulate Short Term Rentals; Containing Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death

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