Dave Lawrence

Local Host, All Things Considered

Dave Lawrence has been on the radio for over 25 years.

He’s hosted All Things Considered on Hawaii Public Radio since 2009, and has hosted afternoon radio in the islands since 2002. Previously he was music director and afternoon host for 105.9 KPOI, Honolulu; following five years there, he worked on-camera with Hawaii comedian/TV personality Andy Bumatai as a segment host on The Andy Bumatai Show. Prior to his time in the islands, Dave spent nearly a decade at CBS/Infinity Broadcasting’s WBCN and WZLX, in Boston as a member of the air-staff as well as producer for both afternoons with Mark Parenteau and AM Drive for The Big Mattress with Charles Laquidara.

He graduated from Emerson College, where he produced the communication school’s first music CD/ compact disc of material recorded live at the radio station, WERS Presents... Live On Gyroscope. The release won the NACB Creative Project Award in 1993.

Throughout his radio career, Dave has developed his skills as an interviewer, speaking with a wide range of diverse musicians and artists. Ozzy Osbourne, Burt Bacharach, Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend, Pat Metheny, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Brian Wilson and John McLaughlin are among some of the hundreds of seminal artists he has interviewed, both in-person and on the phone. Dave has hosted a number of critcally acclaimed artists in HPR's own Atherton Performing Arts Studio, including Stanley Jordan, Ben Vereen, Journey's Neal Schon, Ziggy Marley, Booker T. Jones, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hot Tuna, Godsmack, Third World, The Average White Band, Taj Mahal and many others. In addition to the music features, Dave also hosts two weekly segments on Hawaii Public Radio. “Stargazer” gives listeners an idea what to look for in dark skies, and provides updates on astronomy stories from around the world. “Helping Hand” is an extended interview segment which highlights organizations assisting the most vulnerable people and animals, giving exposure to those that fight for people with disabilities and others facing special needs, like animals facing poaching, the homeless, those facing domestic abuse, the elderly and other at risk populations. 

Dave's exposure to radio and assisting those in need is part of his family background; his mother Isobel worked in the radio industry, as well as being a disability design consultant and a strong supporter of disabled U.S. veterans.

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On Stargazer, HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips return to a star that’s had some mysterious shape changing we’ve covered before.

  

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This week on Helping Hand it’s the Hawaii Association of the Blind returning, the state affiliate of the American Council of the Blind, made up of members of the community who are blind, have vision disabilities and or are loved ones of or advocates for the blind. They advocate for and provide service to the blind on a number of levels, and there are many ways to support them.

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It's part two in our two part special on the pangolin poaching crisis with the Global Environmental Reporting Collective, authors of pangolinreports.com.

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Carol Burnett is headed back to the islands for a pair of shows at the Blaisdell Concert Hall March 6 and 7. The legendary entertainer took time for a long conversation about her remarkable career with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

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This week it’s a two-part Helping Hand special ahead of Saturday’s World Pangolin Day, a day designed to give visibility to the world’s most trafficked animal, the pangolin.

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We hear more about Space X’s controversial Starlink project with HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips in this week’s Stargazer.    

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Hawaii is getting a visit from Melvin Seals and JGB Featuring John Kadlecik, and Melvin took time for an interview with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence. The JGB stands for the Jerry Garcia Band; Melvin Seals played in Jerry’s band for over fifteen years.

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We hear more about the value of land-based telescopes, as opposed to space-based telescopes, with HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips in this week’s Stargazer.

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This week on Helping Hand, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes back Big Brothers, Big Sisters Hawaii. Dave is joined by President and CEO Dennis Brown, the very first little brother ever for this organization in Hawaii.

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Music legend Sergio Mendes is returning for shows at the Blue Note next week Wednesday through Friday, and returned to Hawaii Public Radio as a guest of HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence. He's got a new album and documentary, In the Key of Joy.

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Guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan is back in the islands, with shows tonight at 6:30 and 9 p.m. at the Blue Note, called "Stanley Jordan plays Jimi Hendrix" and he spoke with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about it.

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For Stargazer, it’s a return to a nearby planet, with fresh data thanks to area telescope facilities with HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips.

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This week on Helping Hand we have returning guest Leilani Farm Sanctuary of Maui, an all-volunteer, nonprofit that provides shelter to hundreds of rescued and sometimes previously abused animals. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Founder and President Laurelee Blanchard about the sanctuary and ways people can support them.

Air Supply is back in Hawaii, with dates through Sunday at the Blue Note Hawaii. Though nearly their entire five night run was sold out, founders Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell sat down with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence to reflect on their long history and connections to the state.

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Boston guitarist Johnny A is back in the islands on a solo tour he's calling Just Me... And My Guitars: Celebrating the British Song Book of the 60's. He took time to speak with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about his history, which includes working with The Yardbirds, the J.

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For Stargazer this week, we hear about a new planet discovery in a system not too far from Earth as HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips.

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This week on Helping Hand, After-School All-Stars Hawaii return. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Paula Fitzell, President and CEO, and Program Manager Maria Glidden.

Reggae artist Maxi Priest is back in the islands. He welcomed HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence into his dressing room at the Blue Note, where he’s performing through Saturday for 6:30 and 9 p.m. shows.

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We hear about mysterious radio bursts this week on Stargazer with HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips.

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This week on Helping Hand we get a return visit from RYSE, Residential Youth Services and Empowerment. The nonprofit operates an access center where Honolulu-area street youth 18-24 are assessed and referred to appropriate support services, according to their website, and get access to a safe temporary living space. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Carla Houser, Executive Director of RYSE.

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Gregg Rolie is back on the show speaking with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about his latest album, Sonic Ranch.

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HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips discuss a mysteriously fading star in this week’s Stargazer.

  

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This week on Helping Hand, we’re welcoming back a very special program you may have heard around this time last year, GrandCares Hawaii. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Heather Greenwood-Junkermeier, Faculty Member at UH Manoa who oversees the program, which is also found online here.

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This week on Stargazer, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with astronomer Christopher Phillips about a new space telescope.

  

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Bill Maher is back in the islands with shows Monday in Kahului and Tuesday in Honolulu. Ahead of the dates, the comedian and host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, returned for a conversation with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence

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This week on Helping Hand, we’re learning about the Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii. Honolulu’s Ronald McDonald Houses are open 24 hours a day year-round as a temporary “home” for families that must come to the Honolulu area seeking specialized medical treatments for their children’s catastrophic illnesses.

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This week on Helping Hand, join HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence with returning guest Aloha Harvest, a nonprofit with a unique way of both tackling food waste and supporting those in need of food. Aloha Harvest Executive Director Phil Acosta explains the many ways people can support them, from donating food to volunteering, to even ways you can meet up with them at a couple of area weekly Farmers Markets.

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Macy Gray is making her Hawaii concert debut this weekend at the Blue Note through Saturday night. She took time to speak about her career with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence, and shared stories of working with a wide range of entertainers: Denzel Washington, Natalie Cole, Dolly Parton and Stevie Wonder among them.

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Neil Sedaka is back in the islands, a place where he’s had a long history. Ahead of a December 27th Hawaii Theatre show, he returned to All Things Considered to share details of his local experiences and more than half-century career with Honolulu Host Dave Lawrence.  

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Legendary entertainer Johnny Mathis is back for shows Friday and Saturday at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. He took time to speak with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about his remarkable career, surpassing most of his peers from the era when he debuted on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1957.

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