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 Savannah Harriman-Pote, Russell Subiono and Lillian Tsang.  

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

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Rebound of Waikiki resort area; Community survey underway about development of state parks; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Bribery scandal in Honolulu; Hana Hou: Highlighting CEO of American Red Cross Hawaii

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Managing Hawai‘i's airports throughout the pandemic; Promoting innovation in isolated economies; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Co-living for digital nomads; Hana Hou: Netflix's "Finding ‘Ohana" 

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Repairing controversial Kaka'ako roads; Kaua‘i community health center on COVID-19 vaccinations; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Aloha Stadium; Hana Hou: The Royal Room on Waikiki Beach Walk

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Governor David Ige on the latest COVID-19 news; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Maui water dispute; Connecting young people to careers in the tourism industry

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The state of Hawai‘i's economy with Paul Brewbaker; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Latest Developments From the State Legislature

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Three early education providers and advocates joined The Conversation on Tuesday to discuss child care during the pandemic and answer call-in questions from the community.

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Expanding and funding vaccine access for rural communities; Mental health repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Parents on the return to the classroom; A new book tracks the history of beer in Hawai‘i

Noe Tanigawa

UH Manoa professor on race and ethnicity in Hawai‘i; Comedian Frank De Lima talks ethnic humor; Anti-Asian hate rally organizers from Hawai‘i

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Superintendent Christina Kishimoto on the move to get students in the classroom; Mobile vaccine clinic at an old remote fishing village; Saying goodbye to Sears retail stores; Reality Check with Civil Beat; Coffee farmers battle a coffee leaf rust

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Senator Mazie K. Hirono's new book "Heart of Fire" and her thoughts on race and gender; The Honolulu rally to stop Asian American hate; Reality Check with Civil Beat; Loyal customers remember Love's Bakery on its last day in business; Manu Minute introduces us to the ‘akikiki; The Long View w/Neal Milner

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Longtime Kaneohe Bakery closes its doors after nearly 70 years in business; Stop Asian American hate rallies nationwide and locally; Reality Check with Civil Beat; Local artists' perspective on non-fungible tokens

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Former Congresswoman Pat Saiki's new book and thoughts on race and gender; Small-scale farmers and access to local food; Non-fungible tokens, what exactly are they?

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The state tax filing deadline is April 20 and the federal deadline has moved to May 17--both are right around the corner. To get people up to speed on the latest tax bills passing through the Hawai‘i State Legislature and the newest tax laws, The Conversation spoke with three local tax experts and answered call-in and email questions from our listeners.

Pop Up Mākeke

Pop Up Mākeke, an online marketplace for local vendors; Hawai‘i's rural residents share their challenges during the pandemic; Reality Check with Civil Beat; A new campaign to warn teens of the dangers of e-cigarettes; Gourmet chocolate shop in Chinatown

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The latest scramble to vaccinate people before COVID-19 variants spread; Combatting crime in Waikiki as tourists return; Reality Check with Civil Beat; Tobacco Trust Fund's possible elimination; Manu Minute introduces us to the mōlī, the Laysan albatross

State of Hawai‘i

Lt. Gov. Josh Green on tourism and vaccines during the pandemic; Hawai‘i County Mayor Mitch Roth reflects on first 100 days in office and managing tourism; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Pending departure of superintendent Christina Kishimoto; Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard weighs in on CARES Act funds and overtime pay

Kamehameha Schools

Kamehameha Schools on ensuring a safe return for its students and staff; Reality Check with Honolulu Civil Beat: Could ‘Vaccine Passports’ work for Hawai‘i?; University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center saving lives with colon cancer screenings; Kanaka Climbers talks educating rock climbers about respecting cultural sites

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Anti-Asian bias locally and nationally; Police Chief Todd Raybuck and racism on Kaua‘i; Visiting community bookstores across Hawai‘i

Steven Businger

The push to vaccinate hospitality workers; Maui healthcare workers honor those lost during the pandemic; An innovative renewable plastic project kicks off on the Big Island; UH Mānoa professor Steven Businger on Hawai‘i's status as rainbow capital of the world

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Mobile vaccine clinics roll out in high risk communities; The Long View with political analyst Neal Milner; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Defects on the rail project; Protecting the native i'iwi bird; Manu Minute with Dr. Patrick Hart; Local students help storm water runoff project

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Mayor Derek Kawakami on the state of Kauai; Cashew farmer Frank Hinshaw; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Patchwork vaccine rollout with little policing; Drive-in movies at Campbell High School

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Healthcare Association of Hawaii on vaccine rollout; Honolulu Fish Company on weathering the pandemic; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Gentleman estates squeeze out serious agriculture potential; Kauai's Neu Mana Hui Farm grows cashews; Preschoolers learn codes in nature

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Update on Hawaii's vaccine rollout; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Military and family members 16 and up eligible for vaccines; Real estate expert on sky-high home prices; Next steps for flood victims; Former emergency administrator on dam safety

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Common Cause on automatic voter registration; Scott Miscovich on expanding COVID testing nationwide; Reality Check with Civil Beat: School superintendent not renewing contract; State of local businesses from the eyes of Oahu Auctions; Talk story with Sonia Lo of Lanai's Sensei Ag

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Flooding response continues on Maui

Maui Mayor Mike Victorino is expected to survey the extent of the floooding in east Maui again today. By some estimates, half of the total rainfall that the Valley Isle usually sees in a month fell yesterday, overwhelming the Kaupakalua reservoir. Residents have been evacuated, and emergency crews are working to clear roadways. Mayor Victorino is waiting on the State to approve his request to declare the area a disaster zone.

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Anti-Asian violence on the rise; Bishop Museum exhibit explores scientific racism; Finding Ohana's young star; Printmaker Steven Kean; Just Futures conference; Hawaii school counselor of the year

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The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Director Ann Perreira-Eustaquio answers questions about the backlog of unfulfilled unemployment claims; Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Stewart Yerton discusses potential Hawaiian Airlines' layoffs; the head of Local Five talks efforts to vaccinate hotel employees; and U.S. Postal Inspector Jeff Fitch dishes on recent postal scams and how to avoid becoming a victim.

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Update on the Marshallese community in Arkansas; The Long View with Neal Milner: Is it time for optimism?; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Info on Hawaii prisoner deaths hard to come by; ‘Ōleloflix brings Hawaiian language subtitles to streaming content; The Royal Room honors Native Hawaiian music and culture

Center for Oral History

Today, we're bringing you another program with our partners at the Center for Oral History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the Hawaiian Council for the Humanities. As we start Women's History Month, this morning's topic is "Visionary Women in Politics and Education."

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