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.  

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

House Speaker Scott Saiki; Immersion Schools Facing Challenges; WCC Kalaupapa Exhibit

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Today we focus our attention on sharks. We go sleuthing for DNA clues for the predators. Who are the culprits stealing the catch of fishers? And what's on the high tech horizon? What are the emerging tools that researchers can use to understand the ecology of sharks?

Senate President Ron Kouchi; Governor on Covid-19; Princess Kawananakoa's Financial Status in Question; Tim Wu on Net Neutrality

Hawaii Department of Health update on COVID-19; Climate change effects on national security; Bill could increase housing development with less reviews; Day of Remembrance for Japanese Americans; President Obama's memorabilia road show

Kawaiahao Church Iwi; Niihau Dialect; Ex-Governors Fear For Hawaii's Future; Truman’s Aloha Shirts; Presidential Ties to Hawaii

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Love and LGBTQ+; Maui update from Lucienne de Naie; Update on FestPac; Pow!Wow! goes 10 years strong; Artist Keith Tallett from Hawaii Island

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Hawaii Department of Transportation on COVID-19; Matson's CEO on its newest ship; Honolulu's potential as e-scooter heaven at least a year out; Maui oyster project hopes to clean Maalaea Bay; Two local printing companies join forces

Hong Kong Journalist on Coronavirus; New EPA Administrator; Hawaii Affordable Housing Not So Affordable; Author Tae Keller; Hilo High Scholarship Winner

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Hawaii healthcare industry prepares for COVID-19; Stricter coffee labeling might actually happen; National expert talks toxic masculinity and domestic violence; Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band brings folksy music to preschoolers and their parents

Economic Impact of Coronavirus; Composting Efforts on Kauai; Plastic Finding its Way in Hawaii's Soil; Film Spotlights Transgendered in Tonga

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Primary Plans for Hawaii's Democrats; Why Recycling Events are Cutting Hours; Lions Club Collects Glasses and Hearing Aids for the Needy; Documentary Focuses Traditional Navigators of the Solomon Islands

Coronavirus Screening at Honolulu Airport; State Green Energy Check-in; Taxpayers Footing Cost for State Lawsuits; Recycling Bottle Caps; Earth Day Essay Contest

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Early education. It’s one of several priorities identified by lawmakers and business leaders this year. They are mounting an ambitious plan to expand access by identifying facilities across the state to house pre-school programs.While many may agree early education is important -- over the past decade there hasn’t been agreement on how to fund it, and who should take the lead. The Department of Education? The Department of Human Services? Should Pre-K classes be in public schools? Should taxpayers help subsidize private programs? Headstart, Preschool Open Doors, Executive Office of Early Learning and now Learning to Grow. All programs meant to provide access to those who can least afford quality childcare programs. What do you think? What’s been your experience?  In studio guests discussing early education:

  • Terry George is President and CEO of Harold K. L. Castle Foundation. He’s with the Hawaii Executive Collaborative. It’s a group of local leaders looking at ways to tackle issues like education, affordable housing, health and the environment.  
  • Deborah Zysman, executive director of the Hawaii Children’s Action Network, a nonprofit that advocates for children’s issues. It supports public policies that help children and their families.

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 Managing Storm water; Keauhou Shelter; Bizarre Space Objects; Canada Consul General

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Leadership tips from the Pelosi family; Frank Delima's Impeachment Song; Lawsuit filed against school after deaths at excursion; Keeping an eye on open government at the Legislature; New approach for homeless count

Public or private school? Today, we focus on the latter. As the Hawaii Association of Independent School marks its 50th anniversary, we talk past present future of private schools across the islands. We have seen several closures of schools struggling to stay afloat in the face of rising tuition and falling enrollments in the past decade. New licensing rules kick in this summer, so what’s the snapshot on the horizon as we begin 2020?

Our guests today are:

  • Dr. Philip Bossert, Executive Director of the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools in Honolulu, Hawaii. He joined HAIS as a project manager in 2008 to manage the five-year HAIS Schools of the Future Initiative and from 2011 to 2017 served as Director of Programs. 

  • Dan White, Founding Head of School at Island Pacific Academy after serving as head of school at three other institutions in California and Hawaii. He served as an HAIS Board member for 12 years and was board President from 2008 to 2010, and was the co-founder of an M.Ed. at UH in Private School Leadership. Prior to coming to Hawaii, he served for six years on the accrediting commission for schools of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, representing the California Association of Independent Schools.

  • And Robert Witt, the founding Executive Director of the HAIS, where he served from 1989 to 2014. He has 45 years of service in the field of education as a teacher and school administrator. During his 25 years as the head of HAIS, he focused primarily upon designing and directing professional development programs for senior level business executives and community leaders.

 

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Opening day at the Hawaii State Legislature; Striking findings from Pew Research Center's 2019 studies; Recycling challenges on Maui; Bringing wasted down to zero

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PRP Kakou App; Oahu Recycling; Resurgence of Hawaiian Hawk; Indigenous Perspectives on Mauna Kea; A Tale of Two Lurlines

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What to expect at the 2020 Hawaii State Legislature; Rep. Cynthia Thielen and daughter Sen. Laura Thielen look back at their time in the Capitol; Talk story with a Matson named Lurline

Trashing the Islands, Kauai; Surf & Space; Changes at the Police Commission; Honolulu Zoo Accreditation; Lei Day Celebrations

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Trash update on Hawaii Island; Getting the State Historic Preservation Division up-to-date; Honolulu rail starting up service this year; Priorities at Iolani Palace

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Maui Trash; Repairs Set For Hawaii Volcanoes National Park; Hawaii Homelessness Compared To Mainland; Face of Charity: Carole Kai; Private Investigator Steve Goodenow

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Oahu trash update; Teaching astronomy with today's technology; Honolulu's Building Permit Woes; Land preservation in Kau on the Big Island

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Trash Series; Sterile Trees; Cyber Espionage Could Benefit Hawaii's Economy; Water Conservation; 'Iolani Grad Named To Forbes 30 Under 30

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Wind damage closes Oahu pier to fisherman, scientists; Getting a handle on illegal fireworks; Maui chocolate company wants to raise local cacao industry; Hawaiian theater production goes to New York; The art of Hawaiian quilting

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Mauna Kea Deadline Debrief; Astronomy Conference; OHA Review Suspended; Year of the Nurse

Donating Through Digital Ads; Food Agro-forestry; Hawaii Baptist Academy turns 70; Voices of Science: Fishponds

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Judiciary's role in presidential impeachment; Funding legacy forests with tree fees; Future of Koko Crater Stables in limbo; Keeping the coqui at bay; The Hawaii Coffee Book: A Gourmet's Guide from Kona to Kauai

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