Dave Lawrence

Local Host, All Things Considered

Dave Lawrence has been on the radio since 1990.

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, Paul Simon, George Clinton, Burt Bacharach, Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend, Dionne Warwick, Pat Metheny, James Brown, Glen Campbell, Smokey Robinson, Brian Wilson, Ronnie James Dio, Buddy Guy and John McLaughlin are among some of the hundreds of seminal artists he has interviewed. Dave has hosted a number of critically 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, music 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. She also introduced him to Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Santana and numerous other rock acts, and attended many concerts with him, including the Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Allman Brothers Band, The Who, Yes and many others he'd go on to interview and work with professionally.

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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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Another cosmic anniversary on Stargazer.   

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This week on Helping Hand, we’re learning about the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Executive Director Keane Akao about their December 28th benefit Tennis and Pickleball Tournament at Central Oahu Regional Park.

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For Stargazer, HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips discuss the distant future of our solar system.

  

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Executive Director Dana Vennen. According to their website, the nonprofit specializes in riding instruction for special needs individuals, but provides therapeutic riding to individuals of any ability, with a goal to improve the minds and bodies of riders, using horses as partners.

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The O'Jays most recent album is called "The Last Word", and while they've said it may be their last release, the group have maintained their socially conscious messaging that helped define their sound over decades, and perhaps taken it up a notch.

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This Saturday night at the Hawaii Theatre, Jefferson Starship performs, and HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomed them to the show today.

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It’s a pair of robotic anniversaries on Mars with HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips on this week’s Stargazer.

  

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This week on Helping Hand, join HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence as he welcomes back the Salvation Army Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division. Major Jeff Martin, Divisional Leader, returns with an annual holiday feature: hearing the Salvation Army’s wish list for projects to support those in need across the state.

The Wailers are back in Honolulu for a weekend of shows at the Blue Note. Last night, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence sat down for a conversation with guitarist Donald Kinsey.

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One of the rarest creatures on Earth has died. The last Sumatran rhino in Malaysia, Iman, passed away Saturday at the Borneo Rhino Sanctuary in Sabah, Malaysia, due to complications with inoperable tumors. 

The Sumatran rhino once inhabited a wide area in southeast Asia, but today is one of the world’s most critically endangered animals, with fewer than 80 thought to still remain in Indonesia, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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On Helping Hand, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes back Hawaii Fido Service Dogs, a nonprofit that’s been internationally accredited under ADI: Assistance Dogs International. Program Director Susan Luehrs & Jim Kennedy, the Executive Director said only two organizations have this accreditation in the state. They train dogs to support people with disabilities other than blindness.

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HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with astronomer Christopher Phillips about the SpaceX Starlink project and it's implications for observatories.

  

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This week on Helping Hand, join HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence for a conversation about some of the most vulnerable Hawaii Island residents – the animals – with return guests Hawaii Island Humane Society. Administrative Liaison Patrick Thompson speaks about their mission to prevent cruelty to animals, eliminate pet overpopulation, and enhance the bond between humans and animals.

Tower of Power is back in the Aloha State, with dates through Sunday at the Blue Note, and back on All Things Considered with HPR's Dave Lawrence. The band have a long history here, and the late concert promoter and radio personality Tom Moffatt often called them "one of Hawaii's favorite bands".

Today Engelbert Humperdinck returned to HPR’s All Things Considered for a conversation with Honolulu Host Dave Lawrence ahead of his Saturday Blaisdell gig, even offering an impromptu poetry reading!

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On Stargazer, HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips about a mystery galaxy observed belching gas!

Ahead of their area shows next weekend, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence spoke with Tower of Power band leader Emilio Castillo about what they've been up to since last being on ATC, and in Honolulu, a year ago. The late local concert promoter Tom Moffatt used to call them "one of Hawaii's favorite bands".

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Loretta Ables Sayre returns to the Blue Note for a 7 p.m. show this Sunday. The local artist sat down with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence to discuss her remarkable career. She explains how she got a big break at a 1 a.m.

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This week on Stargazer, HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips talk about the future of the Hubble Space Telescope.

  

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Blake and Brent Cousins are filmmakers from Hawaii Island. In 2001 they released the film “The Night Marchers”, based on the island legend of the deadly ghosts of ancient warriors. They recently released a new version of the film, which is in theatres now.

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