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|| Five Questions For...  the people behind the voices

Catherine Cruz is host of HPR's local topics talk show The Conversation, which airs weekdays from 11 a.m. - noon on HPR-1. 
1. How did you decide to become a journalist?
By accident! Originally, I was looking to work behind the scenes – editing and shooting for TV. I just wanted to be behind the camera. Then after a few years working in California I went home to Guam, where I took a job in the news department at KUAM. There, I did both TV and radio at the same time - I would go out and shoot for TV and then come back to the studio and cut the same story for radio. Once I was in, I was hooked. 

2. What about HPR made you want to join the team?
I was on a panel discussion with (HPR News Director) Bill Dorman, and I decided I wanted to learn more about what HPR does. Once I started listening, I realized that it’s really incredible stuff. We have such a range of programs – everything from Science Friday with Ira Flatow, news coverage from NPR, Wait, Wait, and Splendid Table. I’m so glad to be a part of the HPR team. 

3. What’s your favorite part about hosting The Conversation?
The listener call-ins. At first I was really nervous about that piece – it’s a live show, so it’s kind of an unknown as to who’s going to call. Now I realize that that’s where we can break new ground as a show. I love that people can call in from other islands, and share their perspectives based on their unique communities and experiences. 

4. What’s your most memorable moment hosting the show?
We did a show this past March with the Center for Oral History at UH, focusing on the stories of pineapple cannery workers. We took a call from a listener who described how her mother would get ready to go to work at the cannery. This caller painted such a vivid picture, even down to the smallest detail about how her mother put on her apron. She brought herself to tears in retelling her memories, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the studio either. 

5. What can we look forward to on The Conversation in 2020?
We’re planning on exploring the past, present, and future of staple foods like ‘ulu – to look at them through the lens of science, food, history, and business. We're also working on a few stories about Matson’s new ship Lurline, which arrives in Honolulu on January 15. You'll also hear extended interviews with newsmakers or notable people; for example, next week we will air conversations with Senators Cynthia and Laura Thielen.  
|| In Case You Missed It  popular local stories & shows
Most of Oʻahu North Shore Ahupuaʻa Now Under State Protection
The state now owns nearly 4,000 acres of native forest on Oʻahu's North Shore with the purchase of land stretching from the Koʻolau summit to the middle of the Waimea Valley.

Hawaii's New Asset Forfeiture Rules Take Effect Jan. 17
New requirements will apply to local enforcement authorities in seizing cars and other property of criminals under long-awaited asset forfeiture rules issued by the Hawaiʻi attorney general.

State's Continuing Population Decline Raising More Concerns About Economic Impacts
Five percent of Hawaiʻi's population came from the mainland or abroad between 2013 and 2017 but the state continues to see a declining population overall.

Now Airing: Trashing the Islands

Photo credit: Ryan Finnerty/HPR
Nearly five years ago, HPR reported a series of stories about the state of garbage around the islands. This week and next, we’re going back for another look in a series we’re calling "Trashing the Islands."

We'd like to hear your comments on our stories and questions you have about dealing with our trash problem. Call our Talkback line (808-792-8217) or email
Coming Up: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Special 
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we will be airing a special from Good Radio. Three key speeches of American civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Martin Luther King Junior are excerpted and commented on by two leading King scholars. This will air in place of The Conversation on Monday, January 20th, from 11-noon on HPR-1. 
|| Upcoming Events  at the station & in the community

HOT: Great American Voices
Saturday, January 25

Singers from Hawaii Opera Theatre's Mae Z Orvis Opera Studio will perform a variety of opera, art song, and Broadway numbers in HPR's Atherton studio. 
Get Tickets

In Love With Cole Porter
Friday, February 14  

Special Valentine's Day event! Singers Shari Lynn and Kip Wilborn, along with jazz pianist Jim Howard, take you on a journey through the life of jazz icon and composer Cole Porter. Get Tickets
HPR's Atherton Concerts featured in New York Magazine

Mahalo to Roger Bong of Aloha Got Soul for including HPR's Atherton concerts in his 
New York Magazine guide to live music in Honolulu. He describes the Atherton as "a really intimate space where musicians interact directly with the audience, feeding off the energy of the room in real time." Read the full article

We have just a few shows left in this season's lineup (above).
Get your tickets now before they sell out!

Ira Glass at Hawaii Theatre Center
Mahalo to those who joined us at Hawaii Theatre Center for Ira Glass' one-man show "Seven Things I've Learned" on December 21. True to form, Glass' signature storytelling style kept audiences rapt - and he even shared some stories that can no longer be aired on radio!
Special mahalo to our sponsors Anthology Marketing Group
|| Arts Happenings  from our arts partners
Hawai‘i Island
Hawaiian Style Band - Kahilu Theatre | 1/17
Innocent Beginnings - Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra | 1/26
4th Annual African-American History Month Concert - Kona Choral Society | 1/31

Broadway Pops - Maui Pops Orchestra  | 1/26

Camerata RCO - Honolulu Chamber Music Series | 1/18
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Manoa Valley Theatre | starts 1/23
Murder on the Orient Express - Diamond Head Theatre | starts 1/24
Star Wars: A New Hope – In Concert - Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra | 1/31

About Hawaii Public Radio
HPR is a private, non-profit organization which broadcasts classical, jazz, and international music; and in-depth news and informational programming from National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and other local, national, and international program sources, as well as programs produced by Hawaii Public Radio. In 2013, Charity Navigator, the premier charity evaluator, awarded HPR its second consecutive highest, four-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

HPR's mission is to serve the entire population of the state of Hawai‘i with two excellent program streams. HPR-1, the news magazine and fine arts stream, can currently be heard on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i (KHPR 88.1 FM and 88.5 FM); Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, and West Hawai‘i (KKUA 90.7 FM); and East Hawai‘i (KANO 91.1 FM (Hilo) and 94.7 FM (Waimea)). HPR-2, the news, local talk, and music stream, is found on Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i (KIPM 89.7 FM and KIPH 88.3 FM (Hana)); West Hawai‘i (KIPM 89.7 FM and KHPH 88.7 FM); O‘ahu and Kaua‘i (KIPO 89.3 FM; KIPL 89.9 FM).

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