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. 

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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.

Maker Studios; Ballet; Kahuku Development; Woman Artists of Kauai

Oct 3, 2013

It’s Thursday, October 3 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Maker Studios: Benni Leigh

Benni Leigh is the Executive Business Director; Lifestyle of Maker Studios. The group says it's a next-generation, talent first media company of 60,000-plus YouTube channels with over 6 billion monthly views—Benni Leigh has helped garner an online community and Lifestyle Network, called The Platform and many Hawaii's designers hope it will springboard them to success.

Agrarian Crisis; Call for Filmmakers; Chinese Investment; Mayhem in the Mansions

Oct 2, 2013

It’s Wednesday, October 2 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Land, Water, Seed: P. Sainath

Government Shutdown; Korean Cookbook; Fashion Month; Big Isle Pottery

Oct 1, 2013

It’s Tuesday, October 1 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Government Shutdown: Rep. Colleen Hanabusa

Colleen Hanabusa is Hawaii's representative from the first Congressional district.

Korean Cookbook: Joan Namkoong

Joan Namkoong is the author of Hawai‘i Cooks: A Korean Kitchen - Traditional Recipes with an Island Twist.  It comes out this month from Mutual Publishing.

Climate Change; "Foliage"; Domestic Violence; Historic Buildings

Sep 30, 2013

It’s Monday, September 30 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Climate Change Report: Dr. Axel Timmermann

Dr. Axel Timmermann is a UH Manoa professor of oceanography and the leader of the UH Manoa International Pacific Research Center’s paleoclimate research unit. Since 2010, he has been working as a lead author of a chapter on paleoclimate in the (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report.

Mockumentary “Foliage” screening at HIFF: Adam Simon

Cooler Classrooms; Honolulu Jazz Quartet; "Losing Is Good For You"; Vietnam War Reporting

Sep 27, 2013

It’s Friday, September 27 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Rallying for Cooler Classrooms: Corey Rosenlee

Corey Rosenlee is a 15-year nationally certified social studies teacher from Campbell High School. He is one of the organizers of the Hawaii Teachers Work to the Rules Movement and is leading the latest quest to cool schools so kids can focus on learning in a healthy environment.

Driver's License Lawsuit; Manga; Community Development; John Pizzarelli

Sep 26, 2013

It’s Thursday, September 26 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Driver’s License Exam Discrimination Lawsuit: Gavin Thornton

Undercovered Mexican Population; The Heiress; Non-Violent Solutions; Oratorio

Sep 25, 2013

It’s Wednesday, September 25 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

  Undercovered Mexican population in Hawaii: Monisha Das Gupta

Monisha Das Gupta is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies at the College of Social Sciences at UH Mānoa. She is the coauthor of Newcomers to the Aloha State: Challenges and Prospects for Mexicans in Hawai‘i. It’s a project of the Washington DC based Migration Policy Institute and the University of Hawaii.

Native Species; "Identity Crisis"; GEAR UP; Waikiki Aloha Live

Sep 24, 2013

It’s Tuesday, September 24 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Landscape Industry Utilizing Native Species: Chris Dacus

Chris Dacus has been practicing landscape architecture since 1987 and has been a resident of Hawaii since 1993. He is the current state landscape architect for the State Department of Transportation Highways Division and is responsible for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of 2,500 miles of state roadsides. He has served on the Hawaii ASLA board since 2004.

Unfunded Liabilities; Royal Hawaiian Band; North Korea; Lono's Journey

Sep 23, 2013

It’s Monday, September 23 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Critical State of Hawaii's Unfunded Liabilities: Keli'i Akina

Molasses Clean-up; Goodwill Glam; Bishop Museum; Sonny Silva

Sep 20, 2013

It’s Friday, September 20 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Honolulu Harbor Molasses Clean-up: Adam Teekel

Adam Teekel is the state On-Scene-Coordinator for the Honolulu Harbor molasses spill incident.  He has been working for the Hawaii Department of Health for seven years, first with the radiation branch and now for the Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response Office as an Environmental Health Specialist.

UH Manoa Freshman; Oahu Civic Orchestra; HPU Veterans Center; HI SK8 Films Showcase

Sep 19, 2013

It’s Thursday, September 19 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

UH Manoa Fall 2013 Freshman Increases: Dr. Francisco Hernandez

Keiki Eye Health; Ernie Chang Piano Studio; $avings Project; Professional Photography

Sep 18, 2013

It’s Wednesday, September 18 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Keeping Keiki’s Eyes in Focus: Dr. Steven Rhee

  Dr. Steven Rhee is an accomplished eye surgeon at the Hawaiian Eye Center, specializing in cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, advanced corneal surgical techniques, and refractive surgery such as LASIK™.  

Piano Studio Celebrates 50th Anniversary: Ernie Chang

Āina Forum; Hawaii Youth Opera; Rail Construction; Female Comics

Sep 17, 2013

It’s Tuesday, September 17 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Āina Forum on Native Land Rights & Kuleana: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Professor Emerita of history and ethnic studies at California State University-East Bay, is part of the three-day ‘Aina Forum that begins today and runs through Thursday at UH Mano’a.

BlueStartups; Law Film Festival; Green Communities; Airbrush Artist

Sep 16, 2013

It’s Monday, September 16 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Incubators Changing Business in HI: Carey Bennett

Carey Bennet is the co-founder of Happy Hour Pal  --  a comprehensive guide to all things happy hour.  Her company was selected to be part of Blue Startups’ Fall 2013 cohort.  

2013 Law Film Festival: Robert Thomas

Tracking Ocean Plastic; Hawaii Pops Orchestra; Maori Geothermal; Prostate Cancer Month

Sep 16, 2013

It’s Friday, September 13 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Wings Without Borders: David Hyrenbach

Dr. David Hyrenbach is an Assistant Professor of Oceanography at Hawaii Pacific University is the inaugural speaker of Science Pub Hawaii, a monthly meet up to discuss timely topics of the scientific variety.

Hawaii Pops Orchestra:  Jo Dee Messina

Syria Conflict; Somatic Experiencing®; Cochon 555; Downtown Garden

Sep 12, 2013

It’s Thursday, September 12 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Syria Conflict: Prof. Jairus Grove

Living In America; Teaching Kids; Congressional Reaction;

Sep 11, 2013

It’s Wednesday, September 11 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Living In America Post-9/11: Prof. Carlos Juarez

Carlos Juarez is a professor of political science at Hawaii Pacific University, where he specializes in diplomacy and international relations.He has been a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico and to the Czech Republic, and travels extensively.

Teaching Kids Post 9/11: Marion Lyman-Mersereau

Senior Hunger; Aloha Festivals; ASCES; Toxic Avenger

Sep 10, 2013

It’s Tuesday, September 10 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Hawaii's Senior Hunger: Lyn Moku

Lyn Moku is the director of Lanakila Meals on Wheels, Hawaii's largest and only island wide meal provider for seniors. Annually the organization serves over 200 thousand meals and sees senior hunger up close.

Aloha Festivals 2013: Aunty Momi Cazimero

Kauai Bill 2491; Sea Level Rise; Air Conditioned Classrooms; BOLD

Sep 9, 2013

It’s Monday, September 9 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Pesticide Expert Testifying on Bill 2491: Caroline Cox

Caroline Cox is Research Director of the California-based Center for Environmental Health. She has served as an advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on pesticide policy, and she has Kauai connections . Her grandfather was an engineer who helped build the breakwater at Port Allen, and her father grew up on the McBryde sugar plantation. Today she’s back on Kauai to testify in support of Bill 2491.

Council on Revenues; Hanafuda; Kauai Coral/GMO; Gemini Observatory

Sep 6, 2013

It’s Friday, September 6 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Council On Revenues: Chris Grandy

Economist Chris Grandy is a member of the State Council on Revenues. He’s Director and Associate Professor of the Public Administration Program at UH Manoa.  

Hanafuda Intergenerational Tournament: Wil Tottori

Military Might; Mesophotic Research; GMO Feed; MACC Artist

Sep 5, 2013

It’s Thursday, September 5 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Constitution and America's Military Might: Brien Hallett

HuffPost Hawaii; Big Love; Marine Environment; Mai Poina

Sep 4, 2013

It’s Wednesday, September 4 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Huffington Post Hawaii Launch: Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington launched the Huffington Post in May 2005, and today in partnership with Civil Beat is unveiling Huffington Post Hawaii.  The parent Huffpost captures the attention of more than 75 million unique global visitors every month and last year the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

UH Kennedy Theatre’s BIG LOVE: Karissa Murrell Myers

Military Health; Hawaii Cuisine; GMO Bills; Kauai Chorale

Sep 3, 2013

It’s Tuesday, September 3 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Behavioral Health Community Summit: Dr. David Brown

Dr. David Brown is the U.S. Army's Director of Psychological Health for the Pacific region. He and about 450 Behavioral Health professionals serve more than 470 thousand beneficiaries throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim. Dr. Brown came to the Pacific from the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he was the lead Clinical Psychologist and subject matter expert for suicide prevention.

Same Sex Marriage; Hawaii Woodshow; UNITE HERE!; Victorian Tea Party

Sep 2, 2013

It’s Monday, September 2 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Same Sex Marriage Bill: Governor Abercrombie

The  question that's been hanging over the weekend: will we or won't we decide the issue of same sex marriage now. Governor Abercrombie submitted a draft of a bill to recognize it...and is weighing whether to call a special session or wait until the legislature reconvenes next January.

Hawaii Woodshow, Na La`au o Hawai`i: Andy Cole

Honolulu Budget Shortfall; Art of Photography; Campaign Spending; Kapiolani Medical Center

Aug 30, 2013

It’s Friday, August 30 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Honolulu Budget Shortfall: Mayor Kirk Caldwell

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell was born in Waipahu and raised in Hilo before leaving Hawaii to study Urban Planning and Economics at Tufts University. He came home to attend the UH Law school, was Managing Partner at Ashford and Wriston and since 2002 has been in public service.

Lens = Brush, Camera = Canvas...: Vincent Versace

Act 163 Ruling; Charlie Chan Play; Na Wai Eha Lawsuit; Keiki Picassos

Aug 29, 2013

It’s Thursday, August 29 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

9th Circuit Court Ruling, Act 163: Louis Erteschik

Nuuanu Garden Co-op; Santana Musical Director; Same Sex Marriage; Maui Music Festival

Aug 29, 2013

It’s Wednesday, August 28 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Nuuanu Garden Co-op: Andrew Dedrick

Andrew Dedrick is the owner and executive director of Geobunga, a grower of water plants and a local resource for landscapes and hardscape. He hosts free weekend workshops where gardening topics range from sustainable living and organic farming, to water plants and bamboo, rock gardens and container gardening.

Social Security; Artsong Appreciation; Deedy Mistrial; Ardente Duo

Aug 27, 2013

It’s Tuesday, August 27 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

National AARP Talks Social Security: Cheryl Matheis 

  Cheryl Matheis is policy strategist and senior counsel with AARP and heads the national conversation to engage Americans about the future of Social Security and Medicare.

Artsong Appreciation: Gary Hickling

Gary Hickling is the host of Singing and Other Sins, which airs Sunday nights at seven on HPR1.

Deedy Hung Jury: Ken Lawson

Honolulu Budget Shortfall; Korean War Novel; Veterans' Readjustment; Hawaii Meth Project

Aug 26, 2013

It’s Monday, August 26 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Discussing Honolulu Budget: Ann Kobayashi

Budget Chair Ann Kobayashi represents District 5 on the Honolulu City Council. She and the Honolulu City Council will continue to grapple with the shortfall announced last week to the budget.

Brothers Under the Same Sky: Gary Pak

It’s Friday, August 23 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Good Beginnings Alliance Poll: Jacce Mikulanec

Jacce Mikulanec is the Policy and Community Partnerships Director of Good Beginnings Alliance.

The Nanjing Massacre, Poems: Wing Tek Lum

Wing Tek Lum is the author of The Nanjing Massacre: Poems, published by Bamboo Ridge Press. He’s doing a series of readings around O’ahu in September, starting a week from Sunday at UH-Mano’a.

Maui Special-Ed teacher, Justin Hughey