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 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 Amber Khan-Gruspe.  

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

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Often referred to as paradise, Hawaii’s gorgeous weather, beauty, and relaxed lifestyle comes at a price. The median value of a single-family home on Oahu is now above $800,000. Is that upward trend just the inevitable “price of paradise” or can something be done to change it?

Wikimedia Commons

The Ironman Triathlon; HPR Reporter Debrief; Stories of Change; Cemetery Historian


Daniel Ramirez / flickr/CC by 2.0

2018 Congressional Elections; Mental Health Awareness; Honolulu’s First Friday; Parisian Hālau Celebrates Piaf


Different Perspectives on the Constitutional Amendment; Futurist on Artificial Intelligence; Bamboo Ridge Press Gala


NextGen Philanthropy; Tropical Fruit; Ham Radio, HPR Reporter debrief Ku`uwehi Hiraishi


Political Sparring Over Property Tax Amendment; Timeshares in Hawaii; Monk Seal Follow Up



Pedestrian Safety and Update on the Homeless Bills; Federal Grant, Kauai Businesses and Individuals; Curling Olympic Team



Bills Targeting Homeless Get Final Vote; Artificial Intelligence in Hospitality; Domestic Abuse


Red Hill Development; Selective Service; Steve Yuen




Local Impacts of JANUS Decision, Pahala Cesspool, Musician Elijah Sky



Law School Screens Kavanaugh Hearing; Digital Divide; Hawaii's Wood Show

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The Planned Redevelopment of Neal Blaisdell; Center, College Costs, College Success; AIA Marks it’s 60th Anniversary

Hurlburt Field / U.S. Air Force

The Status of Recycling in Hawaii


Keesler Air Force Base

Recycling and China; MIA Identified; Okinawan Pigs; Territorial Airwaves


POW/MIA Ceremony, 100th Anniversary of Australian & US Forces Allies, Go for Broke film, Monster Home Bills, HPD Spreads Aloha With Lip Sync Challenge



Short Term Rentals; Humpback Whale Count; Kalakaua Exhibit; Edge of Paradise

Project Vision Hawaii

Maui Homeless follow-up,  Project Vision Hawaii, Fostering Employee Feedback, Short Film, “Mauka to Makai”


Sex trafficking HPR Reporter debrief Ku`uwehi Hiraishi, Title IX film, Rise of the Wahine, Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, HOT fashion show

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The State of Hawaii moved a step closer to replacing the Oahu Community Correctional Center; an aging and overcrowded jailhouse located in Kalihi.

But there’s an issue simmering that some say is tied to building a bigger facility. It calls for our bail system to be overhauled. Fewer pre-trail detainees could mean less of a demand for jail cells going forward. Should our bail system be changed? Does it favor the rich and discriminate against the poor?

The Conversation: Friday, September 14th, 2018

Sep 14, 2018
Department of Planning and Permitting / City and County of Honolulu

Nuuanu Dam; Disaster Fatigue; Exploring New Lava Delta; Pioneering Scientist Returns to Hilo

Eric Tessmer / Flickr / CC by 2.0

Tropical Storm Olivia; Honolulu Homeless Bills; Health Disparity Study; Hikianalia Voyage


Tropical Storm Olivia Maui Update, Shelters on Maui,  The Long View, Sex-Ed in Hawaii, Bamboo Ridge Press Book Launch

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Hohonu Moana 2016


Kawananakoa Hearing, Research Expedition to Northwestern Islands, Remembering 9/11 by Planting Trees, Opportunity for Runaways in Windward


Judge Rules Against Counties, Health Services For Our Micronesian Community, Boy Scouts Open to Girls, Veteran Story: Alex Tang

West Maui Hospital Foundation

Supreme Court Nominee; West Maui Hospital; Historic Kaka’ako Building; Sierra Club Anniversary

Wikimedia Commons

Public Comment of Vacation Rentals; Hanauma Bay Capacity; OHA Masterplan; Puna Recovery


Volcano Update, Storms and Shipping; Maui Homeless Strategy; Native Hawaiian Health

Catherine Cruz

Labor Protests, Feather Cloak in Burned Museum; Impact Fees; New Release from Jake Shimabukuro

Amber Khan

DHS Secretary in Hawaii, Little League Champs; Adaptive Surfing; Art at Four Seasons


City Lawsuit, Smart Yields, Safe Food, Aupuni Space, Lei Of parks