The Conversation

Weekdays at 11am on HPR-1

Whether you live in our state or far from our shores, you’ll know what’s happening in Hawaii with a daily hour of locally-focused discussions of public affairs, ideas, culture and the arts. Guests from around the block and around the world provide perspectives on life in the islands and issues that have not yet reached Hawaii. 

Have something to say? Send a comment, conversation suggestion or a Backyard Quiz to You can also reach us on our talkback line at 808-792-8217. Remember to tell us your name and where you're from. Share your comments about the show in a short 30-second message and then we'll play some of them in future shows.

The production team is Lillian Tsang, Ryan Finnerty, and Amber Khan-Gruspe.  

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*Audio and digital content will be posted daily by 2 pm.

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Making the Case for STEM; Pearl Harbor Marsh; American Democracy; Underwater Plane Graveyard


Hu Honua Biomass Plant; Hagadone Commercial Printing Closure; Transgender Week; Rat Lung Worm in School Gardens


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Veterans Day; Armistice Day; Natatorium EIS;  Union/Strike update: Big Island Coffee Farmers;  HOLO Card


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Utility Poles: HECO; Armistice Day; MVT’s Shipment Day; Big Island Film: STOKE


Catherine Cruz

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KSBE Tree Harvest; DLNR Land Acquisition; Eating Up Easter Debuts at HIFF; Seabury Hall Presents “Anything Goes”


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Brian Schatz on Midterms; Hotel Strike Update; Lava Recovery; Rapa Nui Exhibit

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TMT Executive Director Ed Stone; Geothermal Venture/Volcano Recovery: HiEMA; Planning Commission Approves Short Term Rental Bill; Tango Extravaganza

TMT Reactions; HART Ballot Question; Neighbor Island Election Update; FEMA Update; Neighbor Island’s First Friday



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Rat Lungworm; Ruth Gates Remembrance; Aunty Genoa Challenge; Spooky Stories


Music Modernization Act; German Green Energy Conference; Climate Meetings; War of the Worlds




Music Modernization Act


Music streaming... what are your rights? Ku’uwehi Hiraishi joins us to talk about how Hawaii musicians are looking at changes in the recording world under the new music modernization act signed into law this month.

Intro Music: Utopia by Digitalism

Honolulu Printmakers

Discussing Houselessness; Voter Registration; Printmakers Show; Craftsman Fred Roster


OHA Race; Medical Aid in Dying; Greek Festival; Aging with Humor

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Tax Report; Utility Solar Projects; Environmental Art; Ikebana

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State and county election officials are fielding questions about the ballot question that the Hawaii Supreme Court invalidated last week.




The Conversation is taking a closer look, and a listen, to some of Hawaii’s oral history. Thanks to the work of the University of Hawaii’s Oral History Center, we can hear directly from those who experienced certain events in our past.

Today, the focus is on the tsunami that struck Hilo on April 1st, 1946.  We’re going to hear voices from those who experienced it in Hilo, and those who helped in recovery efforts. We’ll also talk about oral history with Davianna McGregor, the director of the University of Hawaii’s Oral History Center.

And we’ll talk about natural disasters—recovery—and preparations-- from tsunami to volcanoes with Ken Rubin with the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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Every 10 years Hawaii voters are required to decide whether or not to call for a convention to amend the state constitution. A Constitutional Convention, or ConCon, hasn’t happened in Hawaii since 1978. In November voters will have to decide whether Hawaii’s constitution needs changing. Issues like term limits, Native Hawaiian affairs, and ballot referendums could all be up for debate.

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Monster Home Planning Commission; Shearwater Seabirds At Risk; Aussie Rules Football Comes to Hawaii; French Musician: Alain Robak of Baton Rouge

David Bruner

#MeToo Anniversary;  UH Flood Anniversary; Art, Activism & Social Responsibility; Gypsy Ukulele



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Climate Change Forum advancer; Be Ready Manoa; Aloha Glass; Music in the Clubhouse


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Hotel Workers/Union/Striking/Mediation; HPR Reporter Debrief; Farmers Markets as Small Business Incubators; Equal Win Pay for Women Surfers



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Often referred to as paradise, Hawaii’s gorgeous weather, beauty, and relaxed lifestyle comes at a price. The median value of a single-family home on Oahu is now above $800,000. Is that upward trend just the inevitable “price of paradise” or can something be done to change it?

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The Ironman Triathlon; HPR Reporter Debrief; Stories of Change; Cemetery Historian


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2018 Congressional Elections; Mental Health Awareness; Honolulu’s First Friday; Parisian Hālau Celebrates Piaf


Different Perspectives on the Constitutional Amendment; Futurist on Artificial Intelligence; Bamboo Ridge Press Gala


NextGen Philanthropy; Tropical Fruit; Ham Radio, HPR Reporter debrief Ku`uwehi Hiraishi


Political Sparring Over Property Tax Amendment; Timeshares in Hawaii; Monk Seal Follow Up



Pedestrian Safety and Update on the Homeless Bills; Federal Grant, Kauai Businesses and Individuals; Curling Olympic Team



Bills Targeting Homeless Get Final Vote; Artificial Intelligence in Hospitality; Domestic Abuse