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, Ryan Finnerty, and Harrison Patino.  

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

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City Ethics Commission, Kealoha Follow-Up; Lessons from the Great Recession; Overtourism; Sexist Views and 2020 Presidential Candidates; PISCES Science Camp

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Day 3 of TMT Protests; Disaster Preparedness: Hawaii Gas; Evaluating Tourism's Tipping Point; Sale of Spalding House; Celestial Visitor Not Alien Made

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Protesters Hunker Down on Mauna Kea; Sit down with U.S. Representative Ed Case; Disaster Preparedness-Hurricane Insurance; Record-Breaking Free Diver; 

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TMT Construction Begins; Sit Down with U.S. Representative Ed Case; Coral Reef Damage from Kauai Flooding; Turtle Bay Garden Lottery

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Construction to Start on Thirty Meter Telescope; Hawaii on the Hill; Reality Check; Hawaii Harmonica Society 22nd Annual Concert

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TMT Update; US Unveils New Strategy for Conflict Resolution; Questions Raised by Kealoha Conviction; Training the Orchestras of Tomorrow; Kids First Film Festival

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Civil Asset Forfeiture; Lt. Gov. Josh Green on Homeless Outreach; Tourism’s Tipping Point; Conservation Canine Program; A Timeless Princess

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Expect to pay more for your running water here on Oahu going forward. Higher water rates kicked in this month, and they will continue to climb over the next five years.

The rate increases will help pay for an upgrade to our aging water system. There are miles of old trasmission water lines and pumps that need to be replaced.

Today we sit down with Ernie Lau, the Board of Water Supply's Chief Engineer, to talk about what lies ahead.

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LFA on Oahu; Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Infests City Property; Reality Check; Common Cause on Gerrymandering; Local Food Gurus

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Chair of Police Commission to Address Kealoha Aftermath in Next Meeting; Short Term Vacation Rental Policies on Kauai; Reality Check; The Longview with Neal Milner; Community Choice Electricity

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U.S. Conference of Mayors; Aftermath of the Kealoha Verdict; Reality Check; First Day of Medical Residency

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Climate Mayors Summit; The Logistics of Business and Tariffs; Kealohas Found Guilty; Future of eSports in Hawaii; Hawaii's Underground Swing Bands

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  Future of Haiku Stairs; Lawmakers Exploring Housing Solutions in Singapore; Spotlight on Sand Island Treatment Center; Homelessness on the Big Island

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Governor Releases Intent to Veto; Seawater Air Conditioning with Eric Matsutomi; Reality Check; Caly Plantcam

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Vacation Rental Follow Up; 69th Anniversery of Korean War; TMT Construction Gets Green Light; Indecent opens at Mark's Garage

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  Possible Tax on Empty Residences; Economic Factors in the Democratic Race; Voices of Kaka'ako's Homeless; Executive Director of Ocean Voyages Institute Talks Plastic Cleanup

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Hawaii Counties Respond to Overtourism; Kuhio Highway Repoening Spurs Local Protest; Maui Water Rights Struggle Continues in Litigation; Celebrating Isabella Kauakea Abbott; Hula on Broadway with Patrick Makuakane

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Today we’re bringing you the highlights from a recent town hall gathering. The forum was brought to you by Zocalo Public Square, the Daniel K. Inouye Institute and Hawaii Public Radio. The starting point for our discussion was the question: “Will Pidgin Survive the 21st Century?

Today on The Conversation, we rebroadcast an ealier show where we talk about how best to protect your family treasures. What's the best way to preserve your antiques, heirlooms and treasures through the years?

Joining us today are:

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In a rebroadcast of an earlier show, we highlight some of the best practices when it comes to protecting, preserving or restoring our family treasures.

To digitize, or not to digitize? Got paper, pictures or - egads! - video tape?

 

You might not  know where to turn, so we bring together people with the expertise to help guide you in the right direction.

 

It is a staggering statistic. Suicide is the leading cause of deaths in the island.

Mental illness stares us in the face as we walk or drive by the homeless on our streets and touches us when we learn of that someone we know has lost a loved one to suicide.

Today’s show is a rebroadcast where we focused on this very important issue. Several counties held events in May, which is Mental Health Month to raise awareness.

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Today we share a rebroadcast of our vaccines show. To vaccinate? Or not. Here in Hawaii, recently compiled numbers show what school communities are at risk for measles, as several charter school campuses have large numbers of exemptions for the mandatory vaccinations.

Our guests are:

  • Dr Sarah Park, Epidemiologist for the State Health Department,

  • Yvonne Lau, Chief Operations Officer at the Hawaii Public Charter School Commission,

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Summer heat brings out the bugs-- so what’s bugging you??

This week the alert went out about a new pest on discovered on Maui. The Ramie moth and caterpillar likes mamaki tea leaves. You might want to keep an eye out for this new hitchhiker. It has spread quickly in the Maui forests and in backyard gardens.

Agriculture officials tell us they get lots of calls about a mistaken identity--do you have the scary looking Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle or not?

Plantation Store Histories; The Long View; Reality Check; Kona Brewing Company Lawsuit

  

Trade Tariff Impacts; Queen's Health Systems; Neighborhood Board Results; Six Word Memoirs; Normandy Remembrance

  

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