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.


Sex trafficking HPR Reporter debrief Ku`uwehi Hiraishi, Title IX film, Rise of the Wahine, Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, HOT fashion show

athrasher / Flickr

The State of Hawaii moved a step closer to replacing the Oahu Community Correctional Center; an aging and overcrowded jailhouse located in Kalihi.

But there’s an issue simmering that some say is tied to building a bigger facility. It calls for our bail system to be overhauled. Fewer pre-trail detainees could mean less of a demand for jail cells going forward. Should our bail system be changed? Does it favor the rich and discriminate against the poor?

The Conversation: Friday, September 14th, 2018

Sep 14, 2018
Department of Planning and Permitting / City and County of Honolulu

Nuuanu Dam; Disaster Fatigue; Exploring New Lava Delta; Pioneering Scientist Returns to Hilo

Eric Tessmer / Flickr / CC by 2.0

Tropical Storm Olivia; Honolulu Homeless Bills; Health Disparity Study; Hikianalia Voyage


Tropical Storm Olivia Maui Update, Shelters on Maui,  The Long View, Sex-Ed in Hawaii, Bamboo Ridge Press Book Launch

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Hohonu Moana 2016


Kawananakoa Hearing, Research Expedition to Northwestern Islands, Remembering 9/11 by Planting Trees, Opportunity for Runaways in Windward


Judge Rules Against Counties, Health Services For Our Micronesian Community, Boy Scouts Open to Girls, Veteran Story: Alex Tang

West Maui Hospital Foundation

Supreme Court Nominee; West Maui Hospital; Historic Kaka’ako Building; Sierra Club Anniversary

Wikimedia Commons

Public Comment of Vacation Rentals; Hanauma Bay Capacity; OHA Masterplan; Puna Recovery


Volcano Update, Storms and Shipping; Maui Homeless Strategy; Native Hawaiian Health

Catherine Cruz

Labor Protests, Feather Cloak in Burned Museum; Impact Fees; New Release from Jake Shimabukuro

Amber Khan

DHS Secretary in Hawaii, Little League Champs; Adaptive Surfing; Art at Four Seasons


City Lawsuit, Smart Yields, Safe Food, Aupuni Space, Lei Of parks

Wikimedia Commons

The day Hurricane Lane was set to hit Oahu we brought a cross-section of people on our show to talk how to keep our residents and visitors safe. One of those guests was Dennis Hwang, a Sea Grant specialist who co-authored a book on Disaster Preparedness that includes new guidelines to help determine if your house is strong enough to withstand tropical or hurricane force winds.



Disaster Preparedness; Pacific Garbage Patch; “I Promise” School; Bon Dance

Lessons from Lane

Wikimedia Commons

Hawaii Island Update: Storm Recovery, Still Life Books & Vinyl, Coral Reef Health, Gypsy 808

Department of Land and Natural Resources

Kauai County Update, HiEMA Update, Big Island Businesses, Snail Rescue, Kanikapila During Hurricane Lane

United States Department of Defense

Across the islands, residents and visitors are dealing with the effects of Hurricane Lane. Fire and rain have forced evacuations across the Big Island and Maui overnight. Tourists are scrambling as airlines have canceled some flights. There are pockets of power outages across various islands due to the gusty winds even though the Hurricane has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm. Hurricane Lane’s advance has slowed to 2 miles an hour.


Hurricane Lane Update, Homeless Preparation During Hurricane, Healthcare During Storms, Disaster Preparedness, Reporter Update with Wayne Yoshioka


Storm Coverage; Abandoned Vehicles; Shared Spaces; Adaptive Surfing

Wikimedia Commons

Kahala Resort Permit Flap, Film Tax Credit, HPR Reporter Debrief, Madagascar Peace Corps update with Kamaka Dias

Kai Lenny / Facebook

Grieving Whales, Washington Place Celebration; Hydrofoil Revolution

Wikimedia Commons

Hotshot Remembrance; Hurricane Names, Election Winners and Losers; Hawaii Honeybees


Fire campaign: Look out for wildfires!, Driver’s License Appt System, Sunset Beach Restoration, Girl Scouts of Hawaii

Sleep disorders-- why do we need to talk about how to treat them?

That’s the subject of our call in show today.

We hear from the head of Kaiser’s sleep lab and from a dentist trained in sleep dentistry about how to help you get a good nights rest.

Do you suffer from sleep apnea or insomnia? You aren’t alone, millions of others do and may not realize how it affects your overall health.

Ryan Finnerty

Hawaiian Airlines Expands Air Cargo Service, FBI recruitment for Linguistics, DPP Urban Oahu Development plan, FBI recruitment for Linguistics, HTY’s Filipino Folktales & Fables

Bill Selak Flickr

2018 Primary Election Debrief; Primary Election Recap, Presidential Authority to Use Military Force; Harmany App


Campaign Signs; ADUs; Billfish Restrictions; Gubernatorial Race Update


Home Care with DOH, BIA Hawaii, Impacts of Deep-Sea Mining

Noe Tanigawa

Community Mental Health Needs; Hawaii’s Republican Party; Creating a Smart City; Honolulu’s Ka Iwi Coast