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

State Legislators Unveil Affordable Housing Initiative

Apr 25, 2018
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House Bill 2748, dubbed the "Bob Nakata Act," recognizes the former state senator and lobbyist for his many years of advocacy for affordable housing. At a news conference yesterday, legislators said they made good on their resolve to do something bold to address the shortage of affordable rental housing. The $200 million agreement aims to jumpstart construction by reducing building costs.

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Affordable Housing Initiative; Voter Turnout; Kahua Ranch; Culinary Apprentice Program; Black Snow 

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Kauai Flooding Recovery; Blue Line Project; Debt Free College; Poetry Out Loud

Honolulu Councilmember Goes After Monster Home Violators

Apr 23, 2018
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City enforcement of zoning and building laws has been a chronic problem. After one local contractor, Brilliant Construction, continued building after receiving an order to stop. City Councilmember Ikaika Anderson is trying to get tough on violators.

Radio Reading for the Blind

Apr 20, 2018
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Throughout the week, The Conversation looked at various volunteer opportunities across the state. To close out the series, The Conversation's Catherine Cruz looked into the Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled; which provides services for only a fraction of the thousands of people across the state who are either born blind, or have lost their vision later in life.

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Enforcing Building Codes; Excellence in School Leadership; Radio for the Blind; You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

Financial Relief for Flood Victims

Apr 19, 2018
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Promises of additional flood relief are pouring in from the government as well as private donors. Facebook mogul Mark Zuckerberg pledged a million dollars and eBay Founder Pierre Omidyar already donated $200,000 in disaster relief. Residents of East Honolulu and Waimanalo may also be eligible for federal state and county assistance after those communities were declared disaster areas by Governor David Ige yesterday.

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Flood Rebuilding Costs; Cabs Push Back Against Ridesharing; Volunteer Week; SHOCKA on Stage

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Honolulu Board of Water Supply Issues

Hundreds Rescued from Kauai's North Shore

Apr 17, 2018
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Following the weekend flooding, the Hanalei District - including Wainiha and Haʻena, faced heavy damage. The Hanalei River became swollen, and many neighborhoods and farmlands flooded. Emergency rescue crews evacuated 152 people by helicopter, 121 by bus and others by water. Currently, it is an active search and rescue effort.

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Kauai Flooding Update; 2018 National Health Security Preparedness Index; Volunteer Week; Electric Buses

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Future of TMT; Climate Change Resiliency; Treating Trauma; National Volunteer Week

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Advance Health Care Directives; Surfing Meets Snow; Chinatown Walking Tour

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Legacy of Life; American Samoan Sues for Citizenship; Road to Mecca

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Hawaiian Language Project; The Long View; Barbershop 

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Equal Pay Day; "Best Play Ever, Guaranteed!"; Nanakuli Library Opening

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Electric Transportation Plan; Gubernatorial Candidate Forum; Kennedy Theatre’s Nora

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Senator Daniel Akaka; Hawaii return on investment taxes; Scottish singer-songwriter, Natalie Clark

 

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Mice Problem on Midway Atoll; Greening Historic Homes; UH Law School for Jurist in Residence Program

Tobacco Restrictions Considered at the Legislature

Apr 5, 2018
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Lawmakers are taking up two bills today, one making the University of Hawaiʻi a tobacco-free zone and another to restrict access to e-cigs to those under 21. The Hawaii Public Health Institute supports both measures.

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The failure of counties to enforce zoning codes has added to the state's housing crisis with a staggering number of runaway illegal vacation rentals. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is proposing to try and fix that broken picture by legalizing Bed and Breakfasts, with operators paying higher taxes and penalties for violations.

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Legalizing Transient Rentals; Increasing Tobacco Restrictions; Blue Planet Energy in Puerto Rico

Little Agreement Over Toxoplasmosis Solution

Apr 3, 2018
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Toxoplasmosis is a parasite-borne infection that can wreak havoc on wildlife, humans with compromised immune systems, and pregnant women. The parasite that causes toxoplasmosis comes from cats, specifically their faces. It has been blamed for the death of at least eight Hawaiian monk seals, the endemic Hawaiian crow, and several other vulnerable bird species. However, there is little agreement over a solution to the problem. The debate largely boils down to one question: should feral cats be eradicated?

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Toxoplasmosis is a parasite-borne infection that can wreak havoc on wildlife and humans with compromised immune systems. The parasite that causes toxoplasmosis comes from cats, specifically their feces. It has been blamed for the death of at least eight Hawaiian monk seals, the endemic Hawaiian crow, and several other vulnerable bird species. It was the subject of a forum this past weekend sponsored by the University of Hawaii Law School. We wanted to continue the conversation about how to manage the situation. 

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Chinese Labor in Saipan; Kauai’s Russian Fort; Kaka’ako Walking Tour; Waikiki the Movie

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Wildfire Risk; Female Legislators and #MeToo; Made in Hawaii Movie; Hawaii Pickleball League

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Young Brothers President/CEO; Female Crane Operators; PBS Digital Innovator/Educator; Kettle Bells World Record

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