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.

Eric Tessmer

The Future of Tourism in the Hawaiian Islands

Wikimedia Commons

Ala Moana Park Plan, Underwater Archeology, Reality Check, The Long View, Hawaii/Paris Series

FEMA

Flood Relief Programs, Puna Real Estate, Reality Check, Hawaii/Paris Series, Local Musical Comedy

Wikipedia

The Future of Tourism in the Islands

NASA

Tonight Hawaii Emergency Management officials will be in Maui for an open house meeting. They are winding up a series of meetings to get feedback on a draft plan to help make us more resilient as a state in the event of a natural disaster. We spoke with HI-EMA’s David Kennard about this latest effort.

Wikimedia Commons

Baby Hammerhead Sharks, Sit and Lie Ban Extension, Reality Check, Disaster Preparation, Hawaii/Paris Series

Arizona State University

Special Guest: Ira Flatow, host of Science Friday

Ira Flatow, award-winning science correspondent and TV journalist, joins us today on The Conversation. His weekly informative discussions center on science, technology, health, space, and the environment. Ira is also founder and president of the Science Friday Initiative, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit company dedicated to creating radio, TV, and Internet projects that make science “user-friendly.”

Chip Fletcher

 

What’s in store for us this summer? The Conversation's Catherine Cruz spoke with Dolan Eversole, a coastal geologist with the University of Hawaiʻi’s Sea Grant College, about managing our coastal resources as we face rising warming waters.

Wikimedia Commons

Black Lives Matter; Beach Erosion; Pain Management; Kids’ Film Festival

Pacific Primate Sanctuary

For 34 years the Maui’s Pacific Primate Sanctuary has been home to monkeys - -marmosets and tamarind monkeys- which are not native to the islands. Many of them have been kept in cages and will live out their lives here in Hawaii. 

Boaski / Flickr

Healthcare Center for Homeless; Chinatown Crime; Campaign Finance; Pacific Primate Sanctuary

Last Chance Refuge for Maui's Injured Animals

Jun 25, 2018
Ryan Finnerty / Hawaii Public Radio

Some know it as the Boo Boo Zoo.  The East Maui Refuge Center is a No Kill shelter for animals of all kinds.  The facility has existed for 40 years and operates thanks to its volunteer staff who care for some 500 creatures, furry, feathered, and hoofed.  

Ryan Finnerty

Robo-Calls; 5G Network Infrastructure; Boo Boo Zoo

Maui College Aims for 100% Solar Power

Jun 18, 2018
Courtesy of the University of Hawaii

The first container-load of solar panels are set to arrive at the Maui College campus in Kahului later this summer. It’s part of a net-zero plan dubbed a “Star Trek” deal that could put the college on the map. During a recent trip to Maui, we thought we would take a closer look at the $6.3 million dollar solar project.

Wikimedia Commons

East Rift Zone Insurance; Lifeguard Shortage; Maui College Solar; Last Taxi Dance

Pixabay

$10-million DOE Settlement; Foreign Exchange Program on Maui; Condo Real Estate Law Change; Tuvan throat singers: Tyva Kyzy

flickr

Rise in Suicide; Albizia Wood; Manoa Heritage Center; Taimane

Pixabay

Long-term Mental Health Concerns of Kilauea Eruptions; Kauai Flooding Update; Shade Institute; Project 1 Voice, Flyin’ West

Tina Mahina

Overtourism in Hawaii; Volcano Photographer Displaced by Flow; Examining Kamehameha’s Legacy; World Ocean’s Day

Lava Flow Takes Toll on Big Island Agriculture

Jun 6, 2018
Pixabay

More than 2,500 acres on Hawaii Island are in papaya production. The majority is in the Kapoho area, which is now being affected by lava from Kilauea volcano. The Conversation's Catherine Cruz spoke with Scott Enright, the Director of the State Department of Agriculture, about the potential losses of an industry that is tied to hundreds of jobs.

Pixabay

Ridesharing Companies face cap on Surge Pricing; Lava Flow threatens Big Island Agriculture; Late Entry into Hawaii Congressional Race; Counting the Cost of Newspapers in Decline; Celebrating Children’s Literature

Volcano Byproducts Impact Solar Panels

Jun 4, 2018
Wikipedia Commons

On Hawaiʻi Island, officials have been meeting with residents of neighborhoods affected by the vog and noxious gases to address concerns about air quality. But if you live in an area that's being affected by the volcano, should you also be concerned about the corrosive effects of volcanic ash, Pele's hair, and acid rain on things like your solar panels?

Flickr

ACLU Battles for Reproductive Rights in Kauai; Solar Panels in the Wake of Volcanic Emissions; Restoring Maui’s Watersheds; Studying Tourism at UH’s East-West Center

State Cracks Down on Monster Home Builders

Jun 4, 2018
Catherine Cruz

Scrutiny over monster home construction triggered a complaint about a contractor who lost his license, yet continued to build. The Hawaii Construction Alliance flagged the problem to the City Department of Planning and Permitting and the State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

Mandatory Evacuations Strain Residents and Responders

Jun 1, 2018
U.S Department of Defense

Yesterday, Mayor Kim ordered the mandatory evacuations of neighborhoods in lower Puna as fast advancing lava flows puts more families at risk. Residents had until noon today to get out of harm's way or take the chance that they may not be able to be rescued - or face incurring the costs of a rescue. 

U.S Department of Defense

Mandatory Evacuations in Lower Puna; State Cracks Down on Building Permits; HART Faces Audit; Tribute to Muddy Waters live at HPR

Pages