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 talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org. 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, Harrison Patino, and Jason Ubay.  

Click the photos for individual stories and their audio!

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

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Healthcare Association of Hawaii addresses healthcare job vacancies; Medical care for Hawaii's homeless; Bringing your own containers to restaurants; Manoa Valley Theatre's new Artistic Director Kip Wilborn

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Listen to stories from flower lei sellers from the 1980s, courtesy of the University of Hawaii's Center for Oral History. In studio with host Catherine Cruz is HPR's Bill Dorman and Greg Pai, former state economist and whose family once grew carnations for lei on Wilhelmina Rise. 

Callers also chimed in with their favorite floral lei memories.

Do you have your own stories and memories of lei flowers? Call our Talk Back line at (808) 792-8217 and leave a message. We may air it in a future episode.

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TMT Twitter account spoofed; OceanObs'19 conference comes to Honolulu; Fresh ahi shortage; Preparing the shipping industry for disaster

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We talk e-cigarettes and vaping in Hawaii with Lola Irvin and Dr. Lance Ching from the state Department of Health; and Jostin Iriarte and Shannon Stevenson from Hi Lyfe Vaporz.

Click here for the FDA's Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan

Click here for Stanford's Tobacco Prevention Toolkit

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This morning we talk with Hawaii's Consumer Advocate Dean Nishina.

He's charged with protecting your interests when the electric company wants to raise rates, or telecommunications firms want to merge. With the state's lofty green energy goals, the landscape across the state is changing in a big way. How do we balance the needs of a utility company with that of the consumer.

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City’s Homeless Programs; Hula for Health; Waialua Sunflowers; Okinawa Obon and Festival

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Mauna Convoy; Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day; Tulsi Gabbard's high paid consultant; Researching New Zealand Ohia

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We talk renewable energy with studio guests Peter Rosegg and Shannon Tangonan of Hawaiian Electric Co., and Ulupono Initiative President Murray Clay.

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UH Dealing with TMT Protester Absences; Universal Design and Aging in Place; Kealoha Trial's Rising Costs; Planting 11,000 Trees in a Day; Mai Poina Walking Tour

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Today, we throw the spotlight on beneficial bugs. They care the good guys in your garden. How do you encourage more of them to hang around? Are you planting things that invite bad bugs? What's a gardener to do?

This morning we welcome Darcy Oishi, the Biological Control Section Chief for the Hawaii Department of Agriculture; Chrissy Mogren, Assistant Researcher at the University of Hawaii; and Andrew Nowinski, aka "Da Bug Doctor," who holds 'green' pest control workshops with the Honolulu Board of Water Supply.

Click here to find out more about plants for bees in Hawaii.

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Kapu Aloha; Made in China 2025; Prison Oversight Commission; Honolulu Marathon Study; Stargazer; Ko Olina Race Event

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East West Center Perspectives on Asia Pacific; UH Regents, Gut and Replace; Monsanto Lawsuits; Election Security

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Opiod Outreach; UH Parking Woes; Beach Project Could Harm Environment; Safe and Clean Labor Day Tips; Contemporary Landscapes: Li Huayi

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Little Fire Ant Infestation; UH Enrollment Numbers; Hawaii Wildfire Battles; Back to School Vaccinations

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Pearl Harbor Shipyard Centennial; DNA Medicare Fraud; Rail Power Issues; Analyzing eDNA In Water Samples; Water Sitting at Bottom of Kilauea Crater

Hawaiʻi House Democrats

Capitol Time Capsule; Alternatives to Statehood; Caldwell Weights Gubernatorial Run; Update on State’s Ocean Resources Management Plan

Woodstock Memories; SBX-1 Radar; Design Flaws in the Honolulu Rail; Founding Era Project; Exploring Historical Trauma

LFA at Kualoa Ranch; Lessons from Masdar City; Honolulu Mayoral Race; Promise of Statehood

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Kauai Tilapia Management; Honolulu e-Scooter Bills 43/44; Rising Sea Levels Affecting Beaches; Exploring Filoli's Hawaii Connection

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CRB City Follow-up; UN Convention on the Law of the Sea; Rail Update; Hawaii's Filoli Connection

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TVR, Vacation Rental Citations; Visitors Caught in TVR Crackdown; Mauna Kea Jobs; Hemp Investment

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West Hawaii has held three community meetings spurred by business concerns with folks sharing their frustrations.  There was one in May, June and most recently last week. 

On Maui the annual Point in Time count showed a slight decline, but on Kauai the numbers appear to have skyrocketed.  What’s a community to do? On the Big Island some business have suggested taking matters into their own hands.  

Today's show is a rebroadcast, where we sat down to talk about the homelessness situation on the neighbor islands and the role communities play in finding solutions.  Our guest panelists are:

  • Jillian Okamoto, Division Administrator for Housing Assistance and Referral Programs for  Catholic Charities Hawaii.
  • Brandee Menino, Chief Executive Officer of Hope Services Hawaii and Chair of Bridging the Gap, a coalition of agencies working to end homelessness on the neighbor islands.
  • and Maude Cumming, Executive Director of the Family Life Center, Maui’s primary homeless outreach agency and previous chair of Bridging the Gap.

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UN Law of the Sea Treaty;  Re-Collecting Impeachment Signatures; Carlisle Seeks Court Approval; Community Volunteerism; HPM Building Supply/HalePlus

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Kidney Donation and Transplant; Mauna Kea Poll; Rainbow Film Festival; Art Scene Update

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Realtor Perspective on Bill 89; State Information Strategic Plan; Maui Wastewater Case; Oahu Cemetery's 175th Anniversary

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Economic Outlook on TVU Enforcement; Chinese Tourism in Hawaii; Law Enforcement Transparency; TMT, What is Sacred?; Rapid Ohia Death Found on Oahu

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