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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Vaccine distribution at Kaiser Permanente; Time running out for Hawaii to use federal pandemic relief funds; Kauai businesses need travelers to survive; Dodo Mortuary on grieving and death during the COVID crisis; Local publisher's new memoir program

Vaccine Logistics; Care Home Data Delay; Reality Check: Legal Battle Imminent over Final Stretch of Rail; Rice Farming in Hawaii

Vaccine Logistics

UHERO Forecast; Reality Check: DOE Furlough Plan; Aloha, Mayor Caldwell

UHERO Forecast

There is hope ahead for Hawaii’s economy, but any “meaningful economic recovery” is not likely to get underway until the middle of next year. That’s the latest forecast from the University of Hawaii’s Economic Research Organization - ”UHERO.” 

Furlough Reaction; Ampaire Hybrid Electric Planes; Reality Check: Concerning Progress Reports for Hawaii's Students; Electoral College Process; Art Scene Debrief


 

Furlough Reaction

Yuichi Kosio / Flickr
Yuichi Kosio / Flickr

State of Hawaii's airline industry; Checking in on Hawaii's small businesses; Addressing Hawaii's illiterate population; Public access in the time of COVID; Hawaiian Soul, a new film on George Helm

Vaccine Trials, Rollout Reaction; Black Water Dive Guide; Reality Check: Uncertainty Surrounding Rail Bids; Waikiki Film

The Conversation: Update on Invasive Fire Ants

Dec 7, 2020
Hawaii Department of Agriculture

Treating Maui sites for invasive Little Fire Ants; Naming Hawaiian birds; 2 Hawaii inmates who died in Arizona prison had COVID; Oahu civilian recounts Pearl Harbor attack

Aloha Mayor Harry Kim; Commercial Rent Survey; Reality Check: Taxpayers Foot Bill For Police Overtime Abuse; Virtual Pearl Harbor Commemoration

This pandemic has turned lots of people’s attention down to earth. Newfound gardeners have emerged and there has been a run on seeds, soil and all things related to growing food at home. Today we talk about seeds; taking stock of the state of seeds and learning about groups in our community who are producing seed to sell and grow.

Joining our discussion today:

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Wikipedia Commons

The Long View with Neal Milner: Why governors and legislators clash over COVID rules; Two police officers sentenced in Kealoha case; Photographer refocuses business during pandemic; Matson vintage images now available for your home; Santa Diaries: Stories from Shaka Santa

Cory Lum / Civil Beat

Federal public defender on Kealoha verdict; Mayors and public health executives disagree on travel restrictions; Court ruling can help rein in Hawaii's aquarium fish trade; Virtual field trips to Hawaiian Mission Houses; Santa's strange 2020

Pop-Up Makeke; Driverless Car Pilot; Reality Checking: Controversy Surrounds Planned Glamping Resort; DLNR Reef Fish Rules Meetings

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Honolulu's studies wastewater for COVID; Challenges to receiving housing assistance; People have moved to Hawaii to escape COVID hotspots; Hawaii's broadband initiative; Preparing for Hawaiian independence

Maui Mayor Mike Victorino; Travel Testing Experience; Reality Check: House Speaker Critical of Changes to Travel Testing Program; ADA 30th Anniversary; Values of Hawaii

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Kauai Mayor calls for tighter travel restrictions; What the state should be doing with tourism; Despite working from home, no office exodus in Honolulu; Captioned telephones help hearing impaired

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Gov. Ige on tweaked travel requirements; Homelessness conference charts gains and needs; Honolulu weighs options to avoid layoffs; KCC farmers market reopens; Fresh milled rice in Kakaako

UHERO Economist; HIPA CEO; Reality Check: Rail Opening Pushed Back; Oahu Rice History

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People optimistic with travel plans; Pacific Islander translators; City trying to keep public transit safe; The Long View with Neal Milner: the continuing rural and urban political divide; Water buffalo return to Kauai to work rice fields

Japanese Tourism; Retail Merchants Hawaii; Reality Check: Statewide Mask Mandate; Pearlridge Center; Kauai Rice and Taro

Courtesy Rick Blangiardi for Mayor

Rick Blangiardi prepares to become Honolulu Mayor; Preparing for guests at Kaanapali Beach Hotel; Clock ticks for Hawaii to spend CARES Act money; Reviving rice as a local crop

Restaurants, art and citizenship in Chinatown; Papa Kurt’s; CEO of Citizen University; Downtown-Chinatown Neighborhood Board; Taiji Terasaki; Donkey Mill Art Center; Scaled Down Thanksgiving Ideas

 Big Island Mayor-elect Mitch Roth; Hawaii County Issues Recap; Reality Check: Worker's Covid Comp Denied; Malama Maunalua; Naming the Nihoa Snail

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Strong wahine political voices, locally and nationally; Keeping Oahu's Dillingham Airfield open; As states legalize recreational marijuana, Hawaii may follow; St. Anthony's School on Maui offering free tuition; Veteran's Day at Punchbowl cemetery during COVID

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Interview with U.S. Rep. Ed Case; Timeshare industry hopeful for a rebound; Swimmers and fisherman struggle to share Ala Moana Beach; SoCal author writes surfing history book

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Interview with Congressman-elect Kai Kahele; Lt. Gov. Josh Green on Safe Travels program; In class teaching challenges at Hawaii's public schools; Caregiving; Finding care for seniors; Teaching preschoolers to love veggies

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Concerns about long voting lines; Voters approve new Maui agriculture department; Suicides down despite pandemic; Coffee leaf rust found on Maui; HPM Building Supply on nearly century-old family business

2020 Election Recap; Local Election Recap; Reality Check: Upset in OHA Race; Big Island Mayoral Race; Persimmon Farming through a Pandemic

Elections Office Check-in; Report Shows Vaping Legislation Stalled as Legislator Received Thousands from Tobacco Lobbies; Reality Check: 7 Ways to Repair Hawaii's Broken Economy; Yukio Okutsu Remembrance

The Blue Diamond Gallery

UH Law School Dean on legal challenges this election year; People with disabilities face challenges with all mail-in voting; HPD ticketed homeless multiple times during pandemic; Recycling challenges during the COVID crisis; Putting on Aloha Attire, Kumu Kahua Theatre's new virtual show

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Views on a changing visitor industry and Iolani Palace update; Community view from Lanai; Using state lands for the homeless in Waimanalo; Displaced from Crane Park; Hui Aloha helping the homeless; Perpetuating Hawaiian music

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