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.  

Click the photos for individual stories and their audio!

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


West Hawaii Road Usage; Maui Prisons/Riot; Argosy Update, Chaminade/HPU; Garden Segment: Mapping/Malama Maunalua

Mike Victorino for Mayor Campaign

Maui is one of the fastest growing communities in Hawaii, but it faces numerous challenges including water rights, high cost of living, and a high rate of homes being used as short term rentals. Tackling those challenges will be the job of newly elected county mayor Mike Victorino. 


Southwest Impacts on Hawaii County; Regulating Vaping; Downtown Art Center; Orchid Industry In Decline

Brian Harris / Public Domain / Flickr

Managing Molokini; Medical Residencies; Regulating TVUs; Hawaiian Civic Clubs

Daniel Ramirez / CC BY 2.0 / Flickr



Hawaii State Capitol 50th Anniversary; Kaneshiro Impeachment Status; Argosy University Closure Debrief

J. Ferracane /


Military Construction Projects/Wall Funding; Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority Update; Election Demographics; Symbioseas Exhibit of Science & Art

Wikimedia Commons

A face to face meeting with Federal Transit Authority over the revised financial recovery plan for Honolulu’s rail project is expected to happen in April.


Women’s History Month, National Guard View; The Interaction Between Cities and Water; Taste for Invasives; Epigenetics Research

Cliff Coles

Civil Engineering Report: HPR Reporter Debrief; Argosy Shutdown; Over Tourism on Maui: Councilmember Tamara Paltin; All Bodies Speak, Dancing With Disabilities

From Franz Eugen Köhler's Medizinal-Pflantzen / Wikipedia Public Domain

Holly Richards / US Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Islands

Overtourism; Micronesian Kingfisher; East African Court of Justice; Honolulu Biennial  

Wikimedia Commons

Deputy Public Defender; Medical Marijuana; Point In Time Count Results; Hurricanes And The Shipping Industry

Courtesy of the Hawaii Department of Transportation

Roadways on Maui, Oahu, and Hawaii Island have been shuttered by landslides in recent days. Even more are threatened by erosion that is expected to worsen in the coming years. The State Department of Transportation rushed an emergency request to state lawmakers for $15 million in funds to repair the Pali Highway that connects Honolulu to Windward Oahu.

Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien / Wikimedia Public Domain

Red Hill Fuel Storage; Overtourism; Saving for Retirement; Funding DOE

Eric Tessmer / Flickr via Creative Commons

Rappler's Maria Ressa; Managing Careers and Motherhood; Multicultural Anthology, Hearth

Prayitno / Flickr/CC by 2.0


Maryknoll School

DBEDT Retreat Report; Kuleana Land Issues; Civil Asset Forfeiture; Chinese Language Immersion: Maryknoll School

Wikimedia Commons

SCOTUS Agrees To Hear Maui Clean Water Act Case; Big Island Recycling/Hilo Landfill; Pedestrian Safety Campaign Rollout; Honolulu Zoo Update


Wikimedia Commons

Trump/Kim Summit; Philippines Human Rights; Hawaii’s Corporate Tax Loophole; HPR Reporter Debrief

Lillian Tsang

Keith Kaneshiro Update; Remembering Ted Tsukiyama; Budget Complications; Opioid Addiction/Wisdom Teeth; Equal Pay For Equal Work; Garden Segment: Foster Botanical Garden

Scott Ishikawa

Kealoha Developments; Need For Additional DUI Judges; Distracted Driving Awareness Campaign; Rapid Ohia Death

Wikimedia Commons

Spaceport; The Long View: Census; New Zealand Intern; Inter-Island Art Scenes




2018 was quite the year for Hawaii County with natural disasters walloping the economy.  Recovery is top of mind as lava and flash flooding only made our housing and homelessness problems more acute. Legislators at the capitol appear to want to fast track money to help in that recovery effort but many residents want to know more about a timeline for getting roads reopened to help communities back to normal.

Catherine Cruz

Cybersecurity Lessons; Student Crimestoppers; Olelo O Hawaii; Queen Kapiolani Gown

Amber Khan